Belfast Telegraph

Biel launches bag line

Jessica Biel has launched her own eco-friendly handbag line called Bare.

The American actress has created a range of "socially responsible" accessories called Bare. Jessica worked alongside her brother Justin Biel and his pal Grason Ratowsky, whose father inspired the idea.

Grason's dad is an artist and when he came back from Costa Rica with a giant java coffee bag the trio decided to put a twist on reusing coffee bean sacks. Each item is handmade in Colorado, where the actress grew up, and the initial two designs are a unisex backpack and a unisex pouch.

Jessica explained the chemistry between her, her brother and their friend.

"My brother is one of those people that I just have total, 100 per cent faith in," she told "And I've known Grason since I was in sixth grade. Together they've just, I don't know, always surprised me and done things that were way older than their years."

Grason also recalled the moment his father returned from the trip, explaining how he laughed when first presented with the sack.

"Who knows why he gives me anything," he mused. "He's a wild card and really an inspiration for me. He gave it to me knowing that I would do something with it."

It is hoped other materials can be used to create bags in the future, such as grain sacks from breweries and old sailboat sails.

Jessica has been the only person so far to show off her designs in public. She gushed about how much she loves her piece and what she puts in it.

"It's my set bag... It has all my scripts, all my stuff, all of my character stuff, it comes with me every day to work," she added.

Prices range from $80 to up to $320.

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