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Thursday 2 October 2014

Wrecks to riches as brothers have Astrid all sewn up

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

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Brothers Attila and Levente Magyar with the life rafts from tall ship Astrid which the new Mamukko bags have been made from
Brothers Attila and Levente Magyar with the life rafts from tall ship Astrid which the new Mamukko bags have been made from

Two Hungarian master craftsmen have transformed the wreckage of the tall ship Astrid into prized haute couture.

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Attila and Levente Magyar, who run Mamukko Design in Kinsale, Co Cork, were eye-witnesses to the dramatic scenes when the brig foundered last July.

But as well as being delighted to see everyone safely rescued, the Kinsale-based brothers realised the sinking also provided them with an unique opportunity.

They agreed a deal with the ship's owner for some of the canvas sails recovered from the Astrid wreck.

Over the following weeks and months they transformed these into a sumptuous series of designer handbags with aged brown leather which have sold like hotcakes.

The handbags, which range in price from €79 to €245, have been sold as part of their Astrid collection and have now been joined by other handbags made from timber from the lifeboats.

"Each bag is unique because the material has very special traits," Attila said.

"The bags also have a story to tell. They are not just beautiful but they have character."

The initial production run of 35 bags sold out in a matter of weeks.

A second production run also sold strongly and the brothers are now incorporating handcrafted timber into their designs for further products.

"Even the captain's wife took a handbag."

Mamukko was founded by the brothers who hail from an illustrious Hungarian crafts family, which originally came from Transylvania.

Further details available from: www.mamukko.ie

Irish Independent

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