Five reasons why this new, sustainable Must Have bag by Toino Abel makes sense

Every summer in Portugal besides vacationing I learn about and find new things. I am fascinated by the roughness of this country and at the same time find their innovative approach towards design and lifestyle inspiring.

Like Toino Abel’s handmade most charming bags. Find out all the reasons why this bag is a piece you will need also for winter.

The Making* from TOINO ABEL on Vimeo.


The Making* from TOINO ABEL on Vimeo.

  1. Toino Abel is a brand of handmade reed baskets, made with a handcraft technique that remains unchanged since time immemorial the dried reed is weaved on a loom to build a mat which is then hand-sewn, adorned with a wicker handle, a leather buckle and a shoulder strap and finally a handmade ceramic charm engraved with a reed blossom.
    Toino Abel, Antonia reed bag
  2. The same nature that makes the reed grow wild in clear waters, to then be picked, once a year only, when it blossoms. A care which allows its seeds to spread and renewal to happen, year after year. This respect for this life cycle gives this art of working the reed its sustainable character, attentive to all which surrounds it. A Toino Abel bag is not only sustain­able as it concerns the reed, the leather from vegetable tanning, and the lead and nickel-free metal pieces. And whichever size is chosen, each bag will reach you protected inside an ecological cotton bag.
    Bag by Tonio Abel, shoes by Miu Miu
  3. The art of making reed baskets has been in Nuno Henriques’ family forever. The core manufacturing is still the same since the first day: the artisans’ hands. They pick, cut, dye, operate the handloom and finally weave the reed. Throughout the entire process, there is nothing more valuable than the relationship which is established between human knowledge and nature.
    Toino Abel: Gabriela and Alice reed bag
  4. Toino Abel carries Portugal’s name beyond its borders with a modern, inno­vative and unique image. A Toino Abel bag carries the memories of a region, its people and its cultural heritage, but it also carries new ideas, new designs and new functions. It unites its practical and useful spirit with its playful and fashionable side.
    Dress by AnAnlondree, Bag by Tonio Abel

Toino Abel is not inward looking, it’s open to the world and lets its beauty and its stories to be been. This is what’s already happened in magazines such as Vogue UK, Cut Magazine, Frankie Australia or even at the Madrid Fashion Week in a partnership with brand Ailanto.


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