[Fashion & Styling] Barel Ethical Luxury

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Barel Ethical Luxury 2013

Barel "Ella" in the press!  - Vogue Italia

Barel "Diamente" in the press! - LuxGallery.it 

the lady-like "Demetra"

For our TET regulars, you must be wondering what happened to our popular "Designer Spotlight" segment?  It seems like eons ago when I spotlighted Italian brand Ilaria Nistri, doesn't it?

Well, my latest obsession is yet another Italian label. What can I say, they're gifted. Barel Ethical Luxury is an Eco-friendly line.  Usually when we think of green products, we think "ugly" (admit it, you think so too), but this brand is unlike any others! Luxury ethically made indeed.  Barel is a line of refined Italian made handbags for women. Animal skin was the first material man found in nature, but with today’s technology and innovation, we no longer have to sacrifice animals for fashion.  If you don't have to sacrifice style and functionality, would you consider sustainable handbags? It's not a question, rather a fact at Barel; they put fashion first, but always employ a responsible design philosophy and use only vegetable or vegan materials that are totally cruelty-free.  

Made from Mycro and fabric, Barel designs are timelessly elegant with multi- faceted unusual geometries.  Mycro is a top-quality microfiber that has a 3D structure which gives the fabric the same look as natural leather, but with superior characteristics.  Compared to top notch leather with the same thickness, Mycro is delightfully weightless and more durable.

Respectful to the environment, each product is thoughtfully designed, ethically developed, and proud to be made 100% in Italy.  Only in its second season, this good mantra of theirs is already earning them recognition from across the globe.  Recently featured among premier designers like Nancy Gonzalez, Alexander McQueen, and Celine in Vogue Italia and LuxGallery.it.  Perhaps, the U.S. will embraced this Eco-Lux brand too now that they are debuting here.  Proud owner of the practical and elegant "Demetra", I for one love it!


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