Bags of talent
Local design duo Forest Lane make beautiful bags with a difference
Former New Zealand Olympic skier Lyndon Sheehan may have left competitive skiing behind but his head is still very much in the misty mountains of Aotearoa – in fact, he’s recently launched a brand of handcrafted canvas and leather goods inspired by nature. “The outdoors is where my values come from, and I wanted to create products that drew me to thoughts of hiking and adventuring with friends,” says Lyndon. Those values include a deep respect for the environment and a desire to raise awareness of the fragile nature of our world through subtle design elements and the brand’s impressive list of sustainability measures. All the materials used in Forest Lane backpacks, laptop cases and day bags are traceable, sustainable and accredited. “The meaning is there without it being in your face,” says 30-year-old Lyndon.
“Living in Wanaka and skiing in the mountains for three or four hours in the morning, then mountain biking in the afternoon around the lake has got to be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a day. I miss the mountains a lot but I enjoy so many aspects of the outdoors. Thanks to my dad, I enjoy surfing – I like the smaller waves and a ride on the longboard.”