Brothers bag some of Astrid’s legacy

First, a pair of enterprising brothers launched handbags made from the sails of a magnificent old tall ship which ran aground, and sank, a year ago off Cork.

Brothers bag some of Astrid’s legacy

Now they have issued another line of designer handbags — this time made from the ship’s life-rafts.

Mamukko, a company founded by Hungarian bothers Levente and Attila Magyar and based in Kinsale, have now created 65 bags of various designs and sizes from the training vessel Astrid’s life-rafts.

A large-scale operation by the RNLI and the coastguard ensured all 30 trainees, crews and passengers on board were brought to safety after the Dutch-registered ship went down off the Sovereign Head near the mouth of Kinsale Harbour.

The brothers had also designed and hand-produced 25 deluxe edition duffle bags, 10 exclusive messenger bags, 10 gear bags and 20 belt bags all from salvaged ship materials.

All products have leather components, carry the original Astrid logo as well as a serial number to ensure that each bag is completely unique.

Mamukko managing director Attila Magyar said the bags will, in some way, carry on the legacy of the beautiful tall ship which was salvaged but deemed a financial write-off by its insurers.

“Upcycling to such a high level is an art in itself and combining this with our leather craft traditions — which stretch back four generations — ensures that buyers are investing in a one-off piece from our Kinsale workshop which has been made to last.

“These bags carry with them the story of the Astrid which the ship’s owners have fully approved, Mr Magyar said.

He said the company was already securing interest from buyers in Germany and Holland, where the Astrid was built, so this range will hopefully also be a sell-out for Mamukko.

Levente Magyar, the company’s creative designer, said upcycling is relatively new in Ireland but is something that is really being embraced by people of all ages who appreciate quality and unique designs.

“We only ever upcycle high-quality materials that are made to last and these bags are proof of this. We don’t follow trends, we set them. All Mamukko bags carry a story and these Astrid bags combine the rich past of the beautiful tall ship with new fabrics which will be enjoyed for decades by our customers,” he said.

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