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Agnes Nordenholz’ accessories are just what we like here at raven collective. They are contemporary, beautifully crafted and survive more than one season, not just regarding style but also durability.

Born in Germany, Agnes Schorer later moves to Vienna to become a dressmaker and study fashion design under legends like Marc Bohan, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Helmut Lang. In 2015 she founds the ”slow luxury label“ Agnes Nordenholz in Berlin.

 

The collection consists of ready-to-wear and accessories — you’ll find a selection of the latter here on raven collective, vegetable tanned leather bags like The Baguette, the Saddle Bag or the hand-painted and hand-stitched Stripesbomber that can be worn in a more traditional way, over the shoulder, or — and this is the updated version — like a fanny pack across the chest.

 

Heritage

Agnes Schorer never got to know her grandfathers, one of which was a wool merchant, the other a leather tanner and tradesman. Nevertheless, she feels that she inherited her love for natural materials from them. ”They are the best choice for clothes that have a minimal impact on the environment.“

Bags with a haircut

The „Grey Friend“ collection, for example, challenges the discussion about sustainability. Their fur for the bags from the Heidschnucke, a breed of sheep you will only find in the Lüneburg Heath in the north of Germany. Their natural habitat is pushed back and despite the fact that they are very easy to keep, they are not the most popular amongst shepherds as their wool cannot be used for clothes. Nevertheless, it is their commercial use that helps to preserve the species. Their meat is popular among slow food lovers as it is organic.

 

Even though the skin is a byproduct of the food industry, using fur remains a touchy topic. ”I don’t mind a controversial discussion. Sustainability is a complex matter for which we need awareness and have a conversation.“ Using all products of an animal is the closest we’ll get to a circular approach to fashion where nothing goes to waste and, in the case of the Heidschnucke, gives shepherds an additional incentive to keep this rare breed alive and their habitat intact.

Every fur is hand-cut by Agnes Schorer in her studio, then the saddlebags get assembled in a manufactory near Dresden. Each skin is different and the typical grey fur needs to be individually cut to fit the pattern. This, and a final trim of the hair to give the bag its shape, makes each piece a unique sample of durable craftsmanship.

 

Björn Lüdtke

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