9:30 PM | October 25 2021
The sustainable Weekender bag made from Volvo interiors
Volvo Cars has collaborated with pioneering fashion brand 3.1 Phillip Lim to create a luxury fashion accessory for eco-conscious travellers.
Volvo Cars has gone from the freeway to the runway by joining forces with 3.1 Phillip Lim to develop a new luxury fashion accessory made from Volvo interior materials.
Sharing the Swedish car maker’s commitment to sustainability and the use of materials made from bio-based and recycled sources, world-renowned fashion brand 3.1 Phillip Lim – one of the leading pioneers in responsible fashion – has collaborated with Volvo Cars on the passion project to curate a limited-edition weekend bag for the eco-conscious traveller.
From a carbon-neutral dress made from algae to elevated recycled materials, 3.1 Phillip Lim is well-known for pushing the boundaries in sourcing alternative materials to create conscious luxury and effortless style, revolutionising the modern fashion industry.
The designer weekend bag is made from a new sustainable material for Volvo interiors called Nordico and follows the announcement earlier this year that starting with the C40 Recharge, all new fully electric Volvo models will be completely leather-free.
Above: The 3.1 Phillip Lim luxury weekender bag is made from Nordico, an innovative and sustainable new material created by Volvo Cars for use in its next-generation electric cars.
Nordico is a new high-quality and innovative material created by Volvo Cars that will make its debut in the brand’s next generation of fully electric cars. Consisting of textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles, bio-attributed material from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry, Nordico sets a new standard for the future of premium car interior design.
The perfect companion for a weekend getaway, the bag has been inspired by the essence of Scandinavian design and features discreet storage, a double strap, and a special signature pouch.
While the bag is not available for purchase due to the exclusive limited edition run, people may have opportunities to get hold of a limited number of bags through local market initiatives such as competitions, charity auctions and giveaways.
In a separate collaboration, Volvo Cars Canada teamed up with Casca Footwear to mark World Car Free Day last month with limited-edition trainers inspired by the pure electric Volvo XC40 Recharge.
Above: Kör Knit footwear from Casca is inspired by the XC40 Recharge Pure Electric and features recycled materials.
Incorporating considered, long-term sustainable, and circular approaches to design, the shoe is in recognition of the brands’ shared vision for a carbon-neutral future.
Seven recycled plastic bottles are used to make the yarn for each breathable, flexible knit upper for the Kör Knit Volvo Casca shoes, while 10 per cent of each sole is made from recycled car tyres.
The Thor hammer headlight influence can be seen in the linework and panelling, delivering a more performance-inspired aesthetic to Casca’s popular Avro silhouette.
The Swedish flag is represented on one shoe tag, while the classic Casca yellow can be seen on the other, honouring the collaboration between the two brands as well as minimalist, Scandinavian design.