we are symmetry in the business of handbags
We balance the human desire for style with our impact on the earth.
We do this from our Brunswick based atelier, through our educational leather craft workshops & the beautiful products we handcraft for sale. We aim to empower people through the power of connection, craft and creativity.
At Simétrie, we create natural leather goods that are timeless, using the most sustainable materials available that ensure a quality handbag that is safe for people & the planet. All of our wares are handcrafted in Melbourne by local craftswomen who are paid fairly in exchange for their skilled craftsmanship.
We do this because we know that our planet and humans have been exploited by the fashion manufacturing process for too long. The facts are very clear that the industry is taking too much from environment and human resources to fuel the ever-growing desire to consume fashion products.
Our response to this is to be a “slow” fashion business, empower our people through education and self-advocacy, and use the most responsible materials available to craft beautiful wares that people will love.
Read more about the Fashion Revolution & our response here.
made from nature
Our goods are primarily made from natural or water based materials, right down to the dyes and glues used to construct them. That means they are not harmful to produce or use, nor do they present any dangers to our planet's soils or waterways.
The leather we use is vegetable tanned kangaroo which is a natural, low-emission leather that is harvested from necessary wildlife management - as opposed to farm-bred animals. Kangaroo leather is a strong yet lightweight material and is considered to be one of the most eco-friendliest leathers available.
We use an internal reinforcement [hidden between the leather & lining layers] with reconstituted vegetable tanned leather, which is a natural material. All of our bags are lined, either with kangaroo leather, or a recycled hemp & organic cotton.
The Thick Tote is a printed style that is on a 100 % hemp fabric base. Hemp is a superior fibre as it grows without pesticides & takes much less water to grow than cotton & other natural fibres.
We don’t claim that all of our materials are 100 % perfect for a long term solution, but we believe every step in right direction makes a difference. We continue to seek raw materials that are as sustainable as possible for the health of our planet and our human resources.
Everyone should experience the feeling of creation, because when we create something ourselves – we feel good and treasure it for longer, if not forever.
We have been offering monthly bag-making workshops at our Brunswick studio since we started business in January 2019 with the aim to educate and empower all people who desire to learn new creative skills. Not only does this aim to teach people new creative skills, but new knowledge about the value of the labour that goes into making all of our handcrafted pieces.
Since COVID-19 we have adapted our workshops to the online format so you can now learn to create a piece of simétrie from home through our MADE FROM HOME kits.
All workshops & kits are suitable for beginners with no prior leather experience, as well as experienced individuals who wish to flourish with new challenges too.
Come and create with us here.
The human desire to express ourselves through fashion is important. It allows us to show the world who we perceive ourselves to be. However, the impact that fast fashion & overproduction is having on our planet is at crisis stage.
It is well documented that the fashion manufacturing process is putting an unprecedented amount of pressure on our planet's resources in a bid to fuel the ever-growing desire to consume fashion products.
To combat this we aim to create handcrafted goods that support fair wages and responsible materials, all while being beautiful and timeless, so you can enjoy your goods from season to season without the need to continuously update.
We also guarantee our quality & craftsmanship with complimentary repairs for life. So you can love our wares for longer, saving them from landfills.
Consume less and consume well.
One of the greatest exploitations of the fashion industry is the low cost we as consumers expect to pay for quality finished products, which ultimately results in a low living wage for the workers who created them.
Our goods are designed with a balance of efficiency and minimal, unique style so that we can afford to pay a fair price to our workers whilst still being able to deliver stylish goods that will hold their value.
Find out more about our craftswomen here.