A young designer from Switzerland uses wild boars in a very special way: from the skin he creates unique bags for business and leisure.
When it comes to hunting, there is often talk of the sustainable use of nature. The basic idea is that a hunted animal is utilized as completely as possible. For examples the use of furs and the intensive exploitation of the game meat. A young product designer from Switzerland has come up with a very special idea: He makes contemporary bags made of wild boar leather.
Benjamin Bichsel is 24 years old and does not hunt by himself. However, this does not stop him from specializing in wild boar, or more precisely, pigskin processing. As he told the Aargauer Zeitung, the Baseler came on the occasion of a study on leathe. He learned that wild boar leather is often destroyed, mainly because of irregularities or scars – and then instead imported and blended with other dubious materials. Therefore Bichsel wanted to consciously use only local leather and sees it as an added value, that the skin “has truly lived”.
Finally the young designer has put his idea into action and even won an innovation award in Basel. According to the newspaper report, butchers and hunters are pleased to see that someone wants to use the leather of shot wild boars.
The bags, which are then created, Bichsel has christened the name “Sanglier“, which in French stands for “wild boar”. The Swiss demands 320 francs for each unique item – after all, the bags are “as individual as the animals were”.
The Swiss is already working on other ideas and experimenting with, among other things, purses made of deer leather. His first tests should have been quite “satisfactory”.