Sustainability is more than a buzz word for designer and maker Matt Thomson. It’s woven into every fibre of his business.
‘I’ve always been interested in making bags that last, and that’s the first rule of sustainability. If it lasts a lot longer, you don’t need to replace it,’ says Matt, who for nearly 15 years has made beautiful, durable and eco-friendly bags, under the moniker of mattt.
‘Bags are one of those things that people have an emoti...
Matt Thomson started his career as a bag designer and manufacturer out of necessity. While studying engineering and industrial design at Swinburne University, he would travel to and from class on a vintage Vespa motorscooter that didn’t have much functional storage space. So he decided to make himself a bag, and began experimenting. The results led him to launch mattt made-to-order bags in Melbourne.
That was in 2000. ...
In a take on necessity being the mother of invention, Matthew Thomson began making bags to solve some of the problems he was encountering.
As a member of a scooter club, he wanted a bag that would fit nicely on his bike.
“There was nowhere to carry anything on the scooter so I came up with a bag that would carry the weight low and in the middle of the bike,” he said
In 2000, while juggling his industrial design studies, he commandeered his mum’s ...
Bag designer and maker Matthew Thomson was quite taken with the open brief, despite having only heard bits and pieces of Wagner’s music before he took on the project. “It really fits in with my style of work. I like the idea of needing to come up with something that is aesthetically appealing, that ties in with a particular event, with a particular location and a particular event in time.”
Matthew designs and hand-stitches a range of functional bags for his la...