Bags of tal­ent

Lo­cal de­sign duo For­est Lane make beau­ti­ful bags with a dif­fer­ence

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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.”

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