You Won't Get More Literal "Arm Candy" Than This

Jun 24, 2015

This is a Nahui Ollin and (I can't believe this) it's made out of candy wrappers.

Nahui Ollin brunch - Hello, Handbag


Nahui Ollin, also known as Ollin Arm Candy, is a bag company born out of the need for eco-friendly fashion accessories. Each bag is made up of defective candy wrappers, thousands of pieces of plastic that would otherwise go to a landfill.

Instead the candy wrappers go to artisans in Mexico, who hand-stich each bag. One bag can take up to 4000 candy wrappers and 4 days to complete!

Nahui Ollin Arm Candy - wrappers and flowers - Hello, Handbag

This bag is small but mighty. It's just about the size of my hand, but it fits:
  • keys
  • lip closs
  • an iPhone 5
  • mints 
  • all the cards 
Nahui Ollin inside peak - Hello, Handbag

Pronounced "now-we oh-lean" the name Nahui Ollin derives from the Aztec term meaning literally "four-movement," which refers to the constant movement of our world and the universe. An apt name for a company taking a product meant to be discarded and moving it along to a new life.

Nahui Ollin bag bag candy wrappers - Hello, Handbag

You can find Nahui Ollin at Fred Siegal, MoMA and Dylan's Candy Bar. Or at their website, http://www.ollinarmcandy.com.

Many thanks to my dear blogger friend Jen at The Wandering Pea for introducing me to this bag!

Are you a fan of recycled materials? Do you wear them for fashion or for ethics? Sound off below!

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