Sustainable Style

In the hands of talented artisans, ordinary pull tabs are transformed into something extraordinary: handcrafted clutches that not only reduce waste but also promote fair trade employment. Each Chica Rosa clutch from Escama Studio is made with more than 200 recycled aluminum pull tabs from soda cans. The purses are made outside of Brasília, Brazil, where the founder of Escama Studio, Andy Krumholz, saw artists crocheting with pull tabs. He was taken by their work and inspired to launch a social enterprise that uses environmentally responsible materials and enables the Brazilian women and men in the community to earn a fair wage in a cooperative environment. Each piece comes with a tag signed by the person who made it. The word “Escama” means “fish scales” in Portuguese, and Andy chose the name because the studio’s signature crocheted accessories appear as if they're made from shimmering, sinuous fish scales. The look is unusual and elegant -- an incredible transformation from humble pull tabs to head-turning, socially responsible works of art.

Escama Studio

Pop Top Mini Clutch

Sustainable Style

In the hands of talented artisans, ordinary pull tabs are transformed into something extraordinary: handcrafted clutches that not only reduce waste but also promote fair trade employment. Each Chica Rosa clutch from Escama Studio is made with more than 200 recycled aluminum pull tabs from soda cans. The purses are made outside of Brasília, Brazil, where the founder of Escama Studio, Andy Krumholz, saw artists crocheting with pull tabs. He was taken by their work and inspired to launch a social enterprise that uses environmentally responsible materials and enables the Brazilian women and men in the community to earn a fair wage in a cooperative environment. Each piece comes with a tag signed by the person who made it. The word “Escama” means “fish scales” in Portuguese, and Andy chose the name because the studio’s signature crocheted accessories appear as if they're made from shimmering, sinuous fish scales. The look is unusual and elegant -- an incredible transformation from humble pull tabs to head-turning, socially responsible works of art.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Andy
    Andy

    My name is Andy Krumholz from the company Escama Studio. We make handbags that are hand crocheted in Brazil using recycled aluminum pop tops. Our accessories are the perfect combination of style, sustainability and fair trade. It's easy to find products made from recycled materials but the majority of them are a cool concept but not very attractive. Likewise it's rare to find fair trade handicrafts that have a contemporary or modern feel. The bags from Escama Studio stand on their own merits -- they are absolutely stunning. The fact that they're fair traded and recycled makes them even better. You'll get more compliments on our bags than on any other accessory you own and you'll feel great in the process.

  •  Pr Doris
    Pr Doris
    2/6/2013 12:39 PM

    Have you considered selling the patterns on Etsy? I would buy a pattern...just tell me the cost.

    Thank you!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 1:03 PM

    @ Pr Doris

    Hi Pr Doris,

    We love his patterns too and it's great that you're inspired by his designs. We don't ask our partners to supply patterns as every business has trade secrets. Be sure to let us know if you put your crochet hooks in motion and create something great.

  •  Gloria Rose
    Gloria Rose
    2/6/2013 1:50 PM

    I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A PATTERN . ARE THEY AVAILABLE AND HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST FOR THE PATTERN ?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 2:40 PM

    @ Gloria Rose

    Hi Gloria Rose,

    We're so happy to hear how much our community is loving the patterns of these clutches. However, as we said above - we like our Grommet partners to be able to keep their information private. Please let us know if you create something great as well.

  •  OverTheSea
    OverTheSea
    2/6/2013 1:55 PM

    This is a lovely item ~ what are the measurements? Would it hold an iPhone during an evening out with the girls?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 2:36 PM

    @ OverTheSea

    Hello there,

    We agree this is a lovely item and yes, it would be the perfect clutch for a night out with the girls. You can always find details such as measurements on the tab labeled "details", located next to the story tab underneath the video.

    The measurements are as follows: Size: 8"L X 4"H X 1"D

  •  Sam
    Sam
    2/6/2013 6:03 PM

    I would love to see if I can get a couple with shoulder length chain handles. What a great idea!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 7:51 PM

    @ Sam

    Hi Sam,

    These are a great idea, aren't they? Right now we are offering the clutches, but if Andy, the founder, is able to offer more styles, we'll be sure to update our site with that information. Stay tuned.

  • Janet
    Janet
    2/6/2013 6:59 PM

    I am very excited to see the Escama clutches for sale on Daily Grommet. I have had mine (silver) for a good 5 years and it has proven itself over and over - it moves from purse to purse and holds up well from all my stuff. Well constructed. Beautiful, unique design. If I could have a quarter for every compliment, "OOO and AHHH," and where'd you get that!, I've probably have enough to buy all 5 clutches on your site. I will definitely order one from you as soon as I decide on the color.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 7:43 PM

    @Janet Booth

    Hi Janet,

    We love hearing that our community members are a fan of our Grommets. We're so glad you like it and can't wait to hear which color you choose. If you have silver, maybe you should go bold and get a bright color this time. Let us know what you end up choosing.

  •  Paulette Krewson
    Paulette Krewson
    2/7/2013 9:37 AM

    How nice it would be if instructions to make at home would be shared. Just a thought. Thank you.

  •  Vicky
    Vicky
    2/7/2013 10:13 AM

    They are beautiful. How much do they cost?

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Escama Studio

Pop Top Mini Clutch

Sustainable Style

In the hands of talented artisans, ordinary pull tabs are transformed into something extraordinary: handcrafted clutches that not only reduce waste but also promote fair trade employment.

Each Chica Rosa clutch from Escama Studio is made with more than 200 recycled aluminum pull tabs from soda cans. The purses are made outside
of Brasília, Brazil, where the founder of Escama Studio, Andy Krumholz, saw artists crocheting with pull tabs. He was taken by their work and inspired to launch a social enterprise that uses environmentally responsible materials and enables the Brazilian women and men in the community to earn a fair wage in a cooperative environment. Each piece comes with a tag signed by the person who made it.

The word “Escama” means “fish scales” in Portuguese, and Andy chose the name because the studio’s signature crocheted accessories appear as if they're made from shimmering, sinuous fish scales. The look is unusual and elegant -- an incredible transformation from humble pull tabs to head-turning, socially responsible works of art.
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Escama Studio - Recycled Pull Tab Clutch
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Andy
    Andy

    My name is Andy Krumholz from the company Escama Studio. We make handbags that are hand crocheted in Brazil using recycled aluminum pop tops. Our accessories are the perfect combination of style, sustainability and fair trade. It's easy to find products made from recycled materials but the majority of them are a cool concept but not very attractive. Likewise it's rare to find fair trade handicrafts that have a contemporary or modern feel. The bags from Escama Studio stand on their own merits -- they are absolutely stunning. The fact that they're fair traded and recycled makes them even better. You'll get more compliments on our bags than on any other accessory you own and you'll feel great in the process.

  •  Pr Doris
    Pr Doris
    2/6/2013 12:39 PM

    Have you considered selling the patterns on Etsy? I would buy a pattern...just tell me the cost.

    Thank you!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 1:03 PM

    @ Pr Doris

    Hi Pr Doris,

    We love his patterns too and it's great that you're inspired by his designs. We don't ask our partners to supply patterns as every business has trade secrets. Be sure to let us know if you put your crochet hooks in motion and create something great.

  •  Gloria Rose
    Gloria Rose
    2/6/2013 1:50 PM

    I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A PATTERN . ARE THEY AVAILABLE AND HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST FOR THE PATTERN ?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 2:40 PM

    @ Gloria Rose

    Hi Gloria Rose,

    We're so happy to hear how much our community is loving the patterns of these clutches. However, as we said above - we like our Grommet partners to be able to keep their information private. Please let us know if you create something great as well.

  •  OverTheSea
    OverTheSea
    2/6/2013 1:55 PM

    This is a lovely item ~ what are the measurements? Would it hold an iPhone during an evening out with the girls?

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 2:36 PM

    @ OverTheSea

    Hello there,

    We agree this is a lovely item and yes, it would be the perfect clutch for a night out with the girls. You can always find details such as measurements on the tab labeled "details", located next to the story tab underneath the video.

    The measurements are as follows: Size: 8"L X 4"H X 1"D

  •  Sam
    Sam
    2/6/2013 6:03 PM

    I would love to see if I can get a couple with shoulder length chain handles. What a great idea!

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 7:51 PM

    @ Sam

    Hi Sam,

    These are a great idea, aren't they? Right now we are offering the clutches, but if Andy, the founder, is able to offer more styles, we'll be sure to update our site with that information. Stay tuned.

  • Janet
    Janet
    2/6/2013 6:59 PM

    I am very excited to see the Escama clutches for sale on Daily Grommet. I have had mine (silver) for a good 5 years and it has proven itself over and over - it moves from purse to purse and holds up well from all my stuff. Well constructed. Beautiful, unique design. If I could have a quarter for every compliment, "OOO and AHHH," and where'd you get that!, I've probably have enough to buy all 5 clutches on your site. I will definitely order one from you as soon as I decide on the color.

  • Amy
    Amy – Grommet Team
    2/6/2013 7:43 PM

    @Janet Booth

    Hi Janet,

    We love hearing that our community members are a fan of our Grommets. We're so glad you like it and can't wait to hear which color you choose. If you have silver, maybe you should go bold and get a bright color this time. Let us know what you end up choosing.

  •  Paulette Krewson
    Paulette Krewson
    2/7/2013 9:37 AM

    How nice it would be if instructions to make at home would be shared. Just a thought. Thank you.

  •  Vicky
    Vicky
    2/7/2013 10:13 AM

    They are beautiful. How much do they cost?

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.