Upcycling brothers are rigged up to bag new life for Astrid's sails

Hungarian bothers Levente and Attila Magyar, above, with their leather bags made from Astrid sails.

Hungarian bothers Levente and Attila Magyar, above, with their leather bags made from Astrid sails.


MAMUKKO, the Kinsale-based designer duo, have launched their exclusive limited edition Astrid Tallship life raft range of bags to mark the one year  anniversary of the historic tall ship which ran aground near Oysterhaven this week last year.

A large-scale operation by the RNLI and the coastguard ensured that all 30 people on board were brought to safety. 

 Mamukko, which was founded by Hungarian bothers Levente and Attila Magyar, salvaged the sails and created a sell-out range of bags earlier this year.  

The new Astrid life raft range will carry even greater exclusivity, with just 65 bags of various designs and sizes available. After a long and arduous process to restore the life raft  materials, the brothers have designed and hand-produced 25 deluxe edition duffle bags, 10 exclusive messenger bags, 10 gear bags and 20 belt bags. 

All products have leather  components, carry the original Astrid logo, as well as a serial number to ensure that each bag is completely unique. 

Speaking ahead of the launch of the bags, Attila Magyar, managing director, Mamukko said: ‘We are delighted to launch our brand new range of Astrid life raft bags which will in some way carry on the legacy of the beautiful tall ship. 

‘Upcycling is an art in itself and combining this with our leather craft tradition, which stretches back four generations, ensures that buyers are investing in a one-off piece from our Kinsale workshop.’

The bags carry with them the story of the Astrid, which the ship's owners have fully approved. The duo have already been getting interest from buyers in Holland and Germany where the Astrid originated. 

Levente added that upcycling is relatively new in Ireland but is being  embraced by people of all ages who appreciate quality and design. 

The bags are available to buy online at www.mamukko.ie and a special launch event will be held on Friday morning, July 25, at 10am in Fishy Fishy in Kinsale.

Meanwhile, the Marine Casualty Investigation Board has issued an interim report on the sinking, confirming that engine failure occured on the ship.

A final report will be issued later this year, the Board confirmed to the Star.

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