Elle came across the portable light projects, which tries to introduce reusable energy to 3rd world countries specifically by encouraging the inhabitants to incorporate solar textile kits into their textile/weaving culture. The first result was a messenger bag that is equipped with a flexible solar panel, an HBLED light, a rechargeable battery pack, and a USB port. Elle picked up the exciting idea and tapped 9 designers to recreate their version of this high-tech multi purpose handbag so that YOU can also experience this new exciting development - a bag that can recharge your phone, your iPod, or your whatnot.
Participating designers include: Diane Von Furstenburg, Tommy Hilfiger, Loomstate, Loeffler Randall, Lutz and Patmos, Rogan, Vena Cava, and Zero + Maria Cornejo
Now Elle is auctioning the nine handbags online with proceeds going toward "The Portable Lights" project. Click here to check out the online auction.
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