Lindsay Long Creates Eco-Friendly Salmon Skin Pieces You’ll Adore!
What’s effortlessly versatile, eco-chic, and made to order? Lindsay Long’s salmon skin bracelets and belts, of course!
Looking for a few sleek accessories to go with your cold weather wardrobe? The search ends with Lindsay Long’s painstakingly crafted salmon skin pieces. Eco-friendly and made to order, you can wear her bracelets and belts with anything – literally! Since salmon skin acts as a neutral, these staples will work with the ensembles you already own. Snag one (or two, or five) now in BettyConfidential Shop’s exclusive flash sale!
We chatted with Long about her pretty pieces, the importance of being eco-friendly, and how her accessories stand apart from what’s on the market today.
Betty Confidential: What are your design inspirations?
Lindsay Long: I try not to pin down one specific area, because I find inspiration often comes from unexpected places. But it can range anywhere from the tiniest of things found in nature to an antique jewelry box to a minimalistic, modern structure or interior. At some point, fragments from different elements fuse together to create something new. If I had to choose one area of inspiration, I am always inspired by — and a little obsessed with — all things old and beautiful.
BC: What’s the most fun part about being a designer?
LL: Witnessing your vision become reality and making women feel beautiful!
BC: What’s the most difficult part?
LL: Finding the many little puzzle pieces that must fit together to see the whole picture as you imagine it.
BC: What’s the first thing you ever made?
LL: Do puppets count?
BC: Why do you craft your bracelets and belts with salmon skin?
LL: I fell in love with the texture, colors, design possibilities, and story of Nanai Salmon Skin. It’s a pretty fabulous alternative to exotic skin (eco AND wallet friendly!). It’s quite lovely when something formerly considered “waste,” is repurposed, and given new and beautiful life! Then again, you know the saying “One man’s trash…”
BC: In what ways are the bracelets and belts eco-friendly?
LL: It all starts with the fish. The salmon are raised on certified organic farms in Ireland in compliance with animal welfare standards. The skins are a natural by-product of the salmon industry; the fish are not specifically bred for their skin. Instead of using harmful chemicals in the tanning process, Nanai leather use a biodegradable substitute so there is no chrome and no heavy metals. They are the only producer of salmon leather worldwide utilizing a 100 percent chrome-free tanning process. For many of our pieces, the leather backing is even eco-friendly! Vegetable products and natural waxes/dye are used to finish the leather.
Why Lindsay decided to go eco-friendly, how they’re made, design inspirations and more up next!