LARAS X Bag to the future 

LARAS teamed up with upcoming Dutch Fashion Designer Annemei Kalden from Bag to the future to produce a limited edition bag collection based on the signature style of both brands. The result: a bag with an unique story to tell. Both brands re-use beautiful materials to create something new. The bags are made from vintage Indonesian Batik (LARAS) and recycled leather (Bag to the future).

Lara Peeters, LARAS: “These beautiful Batik fabrics are part of my family for more than 30 years. Now it’s time to inspire others with these traditional Indonesian textiles. This bag represents my Indonesian and Dutch side, and supports artists from both my worlds.”

Annemei Kalden, Bag to the future: "I use recycled leather for my bags because the vintage leather has a history and it shows by its vintage look. I do not always know the story behind the leather and that is what makes it mysterious. Every bag is unique and it is great to create something old in to something new."

Meet the artists:

Annemei Kalden, Bag to the future

 Annemei Kalden working on LARAS X Bag to the future 

Annemei Kalden working on LARAS X Bag to the future 

How would you define your style?

The style of my bags are basic and timeless. For me the material is
the most important part and I try to use the least amount of
distraction - distractions like all kinds of big metal accessories -
for the bags. Most of the leather I use have a rich lived character
and vintage look. I love the way the recycled leather has a history, a
story to tell, it gives the bag character. This makes every bag

Where does your inspiration come from?

I get my inspiration from all around me. I think the most inspiration
I get out of my vintage bags. I’m selling vintage bags for a couple
of years now, I learned while working with these bags what defines a
good quality bag. I also get a lot of inspiration from the used
leather couches I use for the bags. Every couch is different, for
example one has beautiful topstitches I can re-use for the bags. For
me it’s important you can see the origin of the bag. Using these
leather couches for the bags keeps me challenging myself. While the
designs of the bags are basically the same, every time it surprises me
how different they are from each other.

When did you first become interested in Fashion (bag) design? 

When I started selling vintage bags I never expected I would make bags
myself. I always wanted to be in fashion, but didn’t know what in
fashion. At that time I was really searching what I wanted to do. Then
I came up with the idea to create leather bags. In the beginning I
didn’t knew how to stitch, luckily my mother-in-law learned me how
to stitch. And helped me creating the bags. At first she made all the
bags, but I was really eager to do it myself. I took a few courses and
then tried it for myself. I finally found something that fits me and I
really love to do every day.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? 

In 5 years time I hope to be financially independent with my webshop.
At that point a few big plans are executed and I still will be doing
the work I love doing most!

What triggered you to say yes to the project LARAS X Bag to the future?

I love to challenge myself to try new things.  And for a while now
I’m following you on Instagram, I’m a huge fan of your Indonesian
prints. Your project proposal perfectly fits Bag to the future. The
vintage batik we use are a perfect match with the recycled leather.

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