Why Volvo and 3.1 Phillip Lim make us feel good

As one of the leading pioneers in responsible fashion, world-renowned fashion brand 3.1 Phillip Lim has collaborated with Volvo Cars to curate a limited-edition weekend bag for you, the eco-conscious traveller. The new luxury fashion accessory made from Volvo interior materials synthesizes the shared commitment from Volvo Cars and 3.1 Phillip Lim to sustainability and the use of materials made from bio-based and recycled sources as recycled corks and pet bottles. Read on why Volvo and 3.1 Phillip Lim make us feel good…

Volvo Cars teams up with 3.1 Phillip Lim and launches sustainable weekend bag

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. For his collaboration with Volvo the American designer with Chinese roots again went a step futher designing a weekend bag made from Nordico, a new sustainable material that Volvo soon will uses in the interiors of its next generation of fully electric cars.

Volvo C40 Recharge Interior

Nordico is a new, high-quality and innovative material created by Volvo Cars consisting of textiles made from recycled material such as PET bottles and linen, bio-attributed material like cellulose from sustainable forests in Sweden and Finland, and corks recycled from the wine industry. With Nordico Volvo sets a new standard for the future of premium car interior design. Starting with the C40 Recharge, all new fully electric Volvo models will be completely leather-free.

Volvo C40 Recharge Interior
Volvo C40 Recharge Interior

“We have a vision of where we need to go in the future, with the first step to ensure we harness sustainable, natural and recycled materials,” said Robin Page, head of design at Volvo Cars. “The collaboration with 3.1 Phillip Lim, to create a bag inspired by tomorrow’s materials, solidifies both our ambitions to challenge the wider design industry to reconsider the materials we use. From creating runway collections to the interiors of cars, we have a shared responsibility to find sustainable material alternatives.”

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. The eco-conscious bag will also take inspiration from luxtainability: a trend identified in ‘The rise of conscious design’, a report by Volvo Cars and leading trend forecasting company The Future Laboratory to investigate tomorrow’s materials. The emerging trend is driven by the design world’s desire for sustainable materials – without compromising on quality.

Phillip Lim and his sustainable weekend bag for Volvo Cars

“I strongly feel that in our collective current state of mind, we have the freedom to find sustainable solutions with new materials, while still being able to achieve high design, which is the ultimate luxury.”

Phillip Lim, Co-Founder and Creative Director of 3.1 Phillip Lim
Phillip Lim working at the sustainable weekend bag for Volvo Cars

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.

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