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Hemptress®, Inc.

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Company Description

Hemptress is a line of eco friendly, fashion forward handbags that are primarily made of hemp. Some are Vegan with a lining of hemp/recycled plastic bottles, and others have "reborn" recycled leather trim and hemp/silk lining. Our zippers are made from recycled nylon. We do everything we can to be eco friendly.

Launching at Accessories The Show, NY, January 5-7 2010. Celebrity endorsements: Bette Midler, Drew Barrymore, Ed Begley, Jr., Emily Deschanel, Ginnifer Goodwin Jake Gyllenhaal, Jeff Goldblum, Kate Bosworth, Pamela Andersen, and Rachel Carson-Begley.

We have been featured in Boho Magazine (summer issue), PeopleStyleWatch Magazine (April Issue, , WWD (2/2), California Apparel News (April), and Accessories Magazine Online (7/26). Several fashion and eco fashion blogs have been doing editorial on us, including White Apricot, Handbago, Eco Stiletto, Naturally Savvy, Gorgeously Green, Emily Deschanel/Green With Glamour “Favs” list, The Alternative Consumer, and Greenlagirl.

Additionally, one of our bags, the Mona Satchel, was named one of the 5 best eco handbag designs 2010 by InStyle Magazine. This fall, we will be featured in Marie Claire, The Boulevard, True Romance Mag and November VOGUE.

About the bags

Hemptress is a contemporary fashion handbag and accessory brand, who's bags are primarily made out of hemp. Many have “reborn” recycled leather trim (repurposed from recycled leather) and they are all luxuriously lined with a silk/hemp blend lining, except for the vegan collections which have a hemp/RPET lining. Our metal zippers are top quality (because a bag is only as sustainable as its zipper) and our inside zippers are made from recycled nylon. Additionally, we use factories that adhere to fair trade practices, who only employ highly skilled artisans.

But we don’t stop there. Our labels are made of hemp, our hangtags, business cards, and all collateral are printed on recycled paper with soy ink, our shipping boxes are made from 100% post consumer waste and we use a carbon neutral shipping program to ship our bags out to clients ( We will also be donating a portion of our profits to an animal rights group as well as Vote Hemp.

What is innovative about Hemptress, is that our line is Fashion-forward AND Eco-friendly. We focus heavily on trend analysis, so these fashion-forward bags are doubly sustainable, and will stay stylish for years to come.

Retail prices: from $79 to $198

Hemptress is a line of eco friendly/fashion forward handbags and accessories, created by design team Håkan and Arlene Nilsson. Håkan, originally from Sweden, comes from an advertising and marketing design background. Arlene has been designing handbags since 2001, designing for various handbag companies including BCBG, Zina Eva, Rough Roses, Reveal Bags and others. Ms. Nilsson is no stranger to the fashion industry; She is a graduate of Fashion Institute of Technology, NY, and has lived in Paris, London, New York, and Los Angeles, picking up on fashion aesthetics along the way.

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