Collina Strada is Eco-Friendly Perfection
We recently had the pleasure of meeting Hillary Taymour, the uber-cool LA native behindCollina Strada. The FIDM alum began our new favorite handbag line in Fall 2008 as a small collection for her friends. We're really glad she decided to expand. Collina Strada translates to “hill road,” in Italian, and in this case, "hill" is short for Hillary. The bags and harnesses all incorporate ethnic-inspired prints and shapes and are made of incredibly soft, smooth leather with canvas mixed in. The designer, who does her best to keep it green, explained that the canvas is 100% organic, while the leather, she admits, is “almost” organic. It's vegetable-dyed and sourced from a tannery that “uses all parts of the animal,” so they’re less wasteful of animal hide than other tanneries, we guess.