About Project LUV Seat
In order to conserve fuel, Southwest Airlines replaced their heavy leather airline seats with a lighter weight material, and they wanted to ensure that the journey didn’t end for 80,000 leather seat covers. We upcycled the seat leather into the In Flight Collection, conserving an estimated 2,000 gallons of water per pound of leather!
Learn how we repurposed airline seat covers and turned them into bags, and the design challenges we faced here.
How We Made The Caliana
The Caliana Crossbody is made using post and pre-consumer leather materials - the blue leather once flew the friendly skies as the headrest panel of a leather seat cover on Southwest Airlines Planes. When the SWA fleet changed over to a lighter material in order to conserve fuel, they turned to Looptworks to ensure the useful materials wouldn’t go to waste.
The black excess leather was once on track to be fashioned into motorcycle jackets by Langliz Leathers, which means it’s as durable as it gets.
Inside, we utilized german-milled 100% merino wool felt to form our laptop sleeve and accessory pockets. We sourced this excess felt from FilzFelt.