Better Know a B: Elvis and Kresse
Elvis & Kresse create stunning life-style accessories by re-engineering seemingly useless wastes and combining them with traditional craftsmanship.
Tell us a bit about Elvis & Kresse?
Elvis & Kresse have been reclaiming heroic materials ever since we fell in love with London Fire Brigade's decommissioned fire-hose. After a distinguished career fighting fires and saving lives the hoses were destined for landfill. We started to rescue it in 2005 and never looked back.
More materials soon followed, Kresse has always had an obsession with waste and likes nothing better than discovering and intercepting something new. The challenge is the same every time - what can we do to prove value, change perception, and respect these resources.
Why did you become a B Corp?
Elvis & Kresse exist to solve problems. We love that the B Corp movement recognises and supports businesses who, like us, are actively engaged in making the world better.
What excites you about being part of the global B Corporation movement?
Each B Corp can focus, can solve a problem or series of problems. But it is our collective strength, all of us, together, that will really make the world better.
Can you tell us about the impact that your company is having in the world?
We have been saving all of London's fire hoses from landfill for the last decade and 50% of the profits from this range have been going to the Fire Fighters Charity.
What benefits have you seen since certification?
We have enjoyed meeting with and trading with other B Corps.
How did your other staff react to the certification?
Everyone is very proud of it - they know how hard we have worked over the last decade to build this.
What has changed in your organisation as a result of taking the B Impact Assessment?
We now have a clear roadmap for improvement.
What does the year ahead hold in store for your company?
We are working very hard on launching our next range, made from reclaimed leather. It is a much bigger problem than we faced with the hose, so we need to scale to tackle it effectively.
Who is your B Corp crush? It's a big global community - which other B Corps would you love to meet and/or work with?
Seventh Generation, Etsy, Patagonia, Too HARD!
It’s 2020, 5 years since you certified as a B Corp, what does the movement look like?
It is a networked hive of awesomeness that businesses of all shapes and sizes are reforming and reshaping to be a part of.
What is inspiring you at the moment?