story

THE MAKING OF LOST WOODS

First of all, thanks so much for visiting Lost Woods, and for the opportunity to earn a spot in your wardrobe! My name's Holly, and if you're passionate about the environment and animal welfare like I am, you'll know how hard it is to find minimal, stylish handbags that are sustainable and cruelty-free.

The idea to create cork handbags first started when I was in design class at uni. We were tasked with creating our own product lines, and I wanted to create a product that I could actually use, and something that I could get really excited about. 

This led to the production of my first product, a cork leather tote bag, which is now sold out! I'm now developing a comprehensive new collection of handbags made in Europe from grape leather. Yes, grape leather! This incredible Italian material is made from grape skin waste from vineyards, yet it looks like real leather. Subscribe in the footer to be notified when the new collection arrives.

THE EVOLUTION OF THE BAG

UNIVERSITY PROJECT

Lost Woods started as a university design project, where I handmade a few clutches and watch straps out of cork leather.

SAMPLING process

A year later, I began the process of product sampling, comparing different manufacturers and refining my tote bag design.

FIRST PRODUCT

Our Classic Black Tote Bag is now sold out! I'm so grateful for the support of my incredible first customers.

NEW COLLECTION

Our grape leather collection is currently being prototyped in Portugal. Subscribe in the footer to be emailed when it arrives!