This Fashion Revolution Week, I want to share a new Australian accessories brand, Black Moon.
Black Moon bags are the perfect mixture of thoughtful design and timeless luxury. The brand’s style and ethos is defined by the desire to create beauty, consciously.
Who Made My Bag?
Black Moon’s bags are designed in Sydney by founder and designer Amy, who translates her beliefs into beautifully constructed bags.
"Born out of the desire to create beauty, consciously."
Amy wants to help make the accessories fashion industry more ethical and support Australian manufacturing. Helping to revive an almost lost industry. She maintains the idea that real luxury is knowing where and how a product is made – and by whom. Without sacrificing quality and style.
Each bag is made from cow leather, pasture raised in New Zealand by the ANZCO Group who adhere to to a strict animal welfare guideline. The straps on the bags are made from wild Kangaroo leather from New South Wales tanned locally in a Sydney tannery.
The leather hides are vegetable tanned by a New Zealand tannery established in the 1950’s. The tannery is the only wet blue to finished leather, bovine tannery in Australasia; this gives full control to the tannery for the entire process. Water-based products are used during tanning so that no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) are emitted into the atmosphere.
Finally each bag is handmade in Melbourne by husband and wife team Guy and Lee, who have run their small, family owned factory for over forty years. You can read their story at the end of this post.
"At Black Moon we give customers the opportunity to choose a luxe accessory with an ethical conscience."
Meet the designer
Meet the makers
Black Moon’s handbags are crafted in Melbourne by husband and wife team Guy and Lee. who have been in the business for over forty years.
“The company formed in 1983 and since then Guy + Lee have had many highs & lows. They have seen the local industry when it was thriving in the 70’s + 80’s and they have seen the industry slowly die when the government lifted the Chinese import tax in the 70’s. The thing we love most about working with Guy + Lee is their shared passion for the art, and it’s a privilege to listen to their wealth of knowledge.”
Kira Simpson is an environmentalist and sustainability educator. She started The Green Hub in 2015 and has since grown to become one of Australia’s largest education platforms dedicated to helping people live a more sustainable life, talking about the big environmental issues like climate change, plastic pollution, and fast fashion – showing people how they can have an impact through their own small daily actions and how to be part of the bigger environmental movement.