TOINO ABEL takes a modern approach to craft and basketry. They bring together an in-house designed collection with a very unique savoir-faire, while adopting an unique role that merges nature, design and an ancient craft. TOINO ABEL was founded by Nuno Henriques, who has experimented and developed an increasing interest for handwork over the past 10 years. Nuno uses his understanding of craft and his passion for nature to drive forward a tradition that has been lost almost completely. Nuno has started TOINO ABEL in 2010 in Berlin and moved to the Portuguese countryside in 2013 to work on a daily basis alongside local artisans, at that time composed mostly of elderly people.
MADE IN PORTUGAL
BASED IN PORTUGAL AND SHIPPING: INTERNATIONAL
Their bags are ethically made in Portugal by local craftsman who are fairly paid and have safe working conditions. They employ directly 3 persons who are all paid equally, whether male or female, a crafter or our founder.
They use ecological certified cotton.
They use handwoven organic reed material that grows wild, every year in a slightly different location. No human action is required and no pesticides, fertilisers, or polluants of any kind are used. They use vegetable tanned leather.
Most of their production waste is decomposed in their own garden, a few steps from their workshop.
Together with painter Nuno Viegas, they have rebuilt a semi-ruin that will function as an Art Residency in their small village where they invite artists to work there while being surrounded by nature.
They have toxic-free tanning process and they don’t use varnish.