Chic Moderne Finds Revolutionary New Use for Leather Scraps and Announces New Online Shop

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Leather is one of life's guilty pleasures. It sparks guilt for many reasons, which is why many of us think twice — or many times — before buying new leather products, usually talking ourselves out of it in the end.

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"It smells like leather, looks like leather and feels like leather. It’s guilt-free leather – chic and green!"

Patti Tang, owner of Chic Moderne, found that leather is one of life's guilty pleasures. It sparks guilt for many reasons, which is why many of us think twice — or many times — before buying new leather products, usually talking ourselves out of it in the end.

Chic Moderne promotes recycling by distributing new unused recycled leather business accessories. Items include briefcases, wallets, desk calendars and business card cases. But, undeniably, leather is also such a pleasure. Our ancestors couldn't resist its sleek, sturdy strength, its versatility, and the way it can be fashioned into useful, beautiful things. Not wanting to waste one square inch of its supple luxury, our ancestors found a purpose for every last scrap.

Chic Moderne has taken a hint from our ancestors - reuse and recycle what we already have. Using the scraps from the leather factories and turning those scraps into magic, without guilt — because they're scraps. "It smells like leather, looks like leather and feels like leather. It's guilt-free leather, chic and green!"

Sharp-eyed and green-spirited fashionista Patti Tang found a brilliant use for those scraps that were lying around unused at workshops where leather jackets and accessories are made — in Italy, no less. Raised in Arizona and now living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tang is a longtime Europhile. Enchanted by the eye-popping colors and designs showcased in boutiques along the trendiest streets of fashion hotspots Paris, Milan, London and Berlin, Tang yearned to bring that kind of inspiration to her own shores, with her very own company — but with a twist. How could those vibrant, unforgettable marvels that shimmered in her memories of the Via della Spiga and the Rue du Fauborg St-Honoré become ... even better?

Well, they could go green.

They'd be summer-poppy red. They'd be buttercup yellow and midnight black and tangerine. But if she could find a way to have them made out of recycled leather, at heart they'd be green.

Tang liaised with design houses and manufacturers all over Europe seeking the right technologies and the right raw material at the right price. In keeping with her green philosophy, she sought scraps. In Italy, she lit upon leather — lots and lots of leather left over from the process of making high-fashion clothes. Previously, these scraps were being discarded, thrown away — even though they were abundant, workable, and virtually brand-new. By having these pristine, clean, never-used-before scraps made into gorgeous briefcases, wallets, notebook covers, business-card cases, and other accessories vital to the working woman or man, Tang isn't just recycling leather. She's rescuing it.

Through her one-woman company, Chic Moderne, Tang salvages leather of the exact same quality that is used to craft the coats, boots and belts seen on Europe's fashion-week catwalks. Her accessories sport that new, smooth, straight-from-the-designer sharpness and that subtly hypnotic leather smell.

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Patti Tang
Chic Moderne

http://www.etsy.com/shop/chicmoderne
http://www.chicmoderne.com

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