Glasgow-based manufacturer, Trakke, has launched its exhibition at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, running from 12 July – 25 August, 2013 and shows its latest product made of a material that Winston Churchill commissioned in World War Two.
Ventile cotton, which was commissioned by Churchill, is the material used to manufacture Trakke’s latest backpack design, a sports-based cotton made for performance.
The young Glasgow company which produces ethically manufactured bags from their workshop in Finnieston, started when founder Alec Farmer and a friend from University, recycled salvaged goods from skips and bins. Mr Farmer said: “Who’d have thought that from scavenging as a student and using products like leather sofas and suitcases we would be making our own bags and shipping world-wide. We have delivered bags to customers from Antarctica to Rio de Janeiro.
“We’re still a young company, but the interest has been phenomenal. Currently we sell direct to our customers online, but in the future we would love to launch our own chain of stores worldwide.”
The majority of materials used to manufacture the products are sourced from UK manufacturers including zips and fabrics. A collaboration with Harris Tweed was launched in late summer of last year, “Harris Tweed has experienced an incredible renaissance over the past few years and now works with the world’s leading designers and fashion houses. We continue to regard our work with small and start-up companies as extremely important”, said Mark Hogarth, managing director of Harris Tweed.
“Trakke focus on high quality artisanal cycle bags, engaging with quality fabrics including waxed cotton by Halley Stevenson and Harris Tweed. The fabrication of a Trakke bag mirrors the attention to detail in Harris Tweed and we are pleased to have them in our stable of designers.”
Farmer continues: “Later this year we will be launching a collaboration with Glasgow-based print company, Timorous Beasties, known for its surreal and provocative textiles and wallpapers. Their workshop is just down the road from us, so we’re excited to be keeping our supply chain local! They create beautiful prints that mirror the aesthetic of our bags – seemingly traditional, but with a modern twist.”
The exhibition will explore Trakke in a series of sections in the context of their role as ethical, sustainable British manufacturers also showing samples, processes and locations of their suppliers. Trakke recognise the importance of being a transparent manufacturer and do its upmost to know where each material was made.
A specially designed tent made of Harris Tweed is part of the exhibition and a pop-up shop which is a yurt, will house the product range and link to Trakke’s online show.
Talks linked to Trakke’s exhibition:
Hands On with Trakke (£8/£4) – this is a workshop will take people through some basic skills and techniques and how you how to make your own key-ring out of materials saved from the factory floor (ages 10+).
Many Hands Symposium (£8/£4) – To coincide with Trakke’s exhibition in Gallery One, we are hosting an evening of talks and debate focusing on the benefits and difficulties of producing products n Britain compared to out sourcing abroad. Speakers include innovator and outdoorsman Mike Parsons, and managing director of Harris Tweed, Mark Hogarth.
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Notes to editors:
- Interviews available on request
- Supporting images available on request
- Handmade in Glasgow video http://vimeo.com/51156034
- Alec Farmer studied Visual Communications at Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 2011
- Alec and his friends are keen cyclists and Trakke started as a brand for cyclists
- The bags are durable and long lasting and popular among cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts. Their first product, the messenger bag, is a variation of a cycle courier satchel. Since this initial product the range has expanded to include bags of various dimensions fit for a range of purposes.
- It takes up to six hours to hand make one bag, dependent on the product
- The bags retails between £100 and £300
- The name Trakke is the Norwegian spelling for Track