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Leeds-based fashion start-up launches limited-edition to celebrate Yorkshire Day

A Leeds-based start-up fashion firm has introduced a limited-edition bag to its collection in celebration of Yorkshire Day on the August 1 2018.

Established in 2015, Butterfly Tree will mark the region’s special day with a taster of its new all-leather range, which is due to launch in early 2019.

Handcrafted using locally sourced heritage leather, the Yorkshire Day bag is available in limited numbers and can be purchased from the Butterfly Tree website.

Ten per cent of each bag sold will be donated to Yorkshire Children’s Trust; a local charity dedicated to helping children and their families cope with the emotional and financial strain of life-changing illnesses.

Founded by part-time ballet-teacher Claire Shakespeare, Butterfly Tree began at Claire’s kitchen table in Yorkshire, three years ago and has since expanded to larger premises to accommodate rapid growth.

The firm now operates out of AW Hainsworth’s mill in Stanningley; a textile manufacturer founded in 1783.

Yorkshire Day, which was first celebrated in 1975, is used to commemorate the region’s history and its residents.

Claire said: “The new collection for 2019, which will comprise of lots of different bags for different purposes, was inspired by traditional Yorkshire values. This county has been central to the textile industry throughout history and it is where the manufacturing of high quality fabrics is still thriving.

“It’s impossible to ignore an abundance of heritage whilst working here in Yorkshire and I wanted to the Yorkshire Day bag to reflect this; it’s a classic piece with a modern twist.

“The Yorkshire Day bag will only be available for a short period time; whilst the region celebrates Yorkshire Day. It is made using solely Yorkshire fabric and I think it really showcases true Yorkshire craftsmanship.”


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