La Portegna, a fashion brand made with vegetables dyes that pair to perfection with your salad

All lovers of a good meal understand that each and every ingredient on a dish should have a purpose.

Nothing is random. This is something you value, look for, and demand, right? Each ingredient should be carefully selected, based on origin, and also handled with fine craftsmanship. All that becomes a kind of obsession for those who know that the pleasure in their stomach lies in the tiny details. Add a little environmental awareness into the mix, and there will be no going back. The outburst of delight will make you want to tweet about what you just got and let the whole world know. But don’t stop there. This new culinary dogma can now be applied to everything you do, even your handbag.

This is how José Urrutia and Leticia de la Cuesta saw it when they decided to place their bets on La Portegna, a brand producing 100% Mediterranean bags, nurtured by vegetable-tanned leathers and dyed with wood tannins and olive oil. Olive oil? Yes, indeed. Don’t tell us you thought our (and by ‘our’ we mean the entire Iberian peninsula’s) liquid gold only paired well with salads? “It is harder to work with and people aren’t used to it because it gets old and darker over time; it can have some imperfections… but those are precisely the details which make them unique,” says Leticia, all the way from Tokyo, while on one of their many trips in search of inspiration. So there you have it: being aware of what you eat can also go hand in hand with dressing well (laportegna.com).

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