Reco is a Paris-based label founded by designer Bea Recoder in 2020 to fight excess production and challenge the status quo of the fashion industry nowadays.
Reco uses exclusively high-quality surplus leather to create tactile buttery-soft bags identified by a signature patchwork assemblage technique, researching and improving craft techniques
Designer Bea Recoder established her place in the world of luxury accessories early on, working for Balenciaga, Paco Rabanne and Chloé, among others. But when the lockdown hits in 2020, she really got to thinking how luxury accessories were being made, the waste that is left behind, and what she could do to fix it. That’s when she started her namesake accessories brand, RECO.
Created in 2020, Recoder saw that overproduction and dormant inventory were some of the problems related to how the market functions today. She decided then to repurpose surplus leather to create something completely new with minimal waste. The designer found in the material a sustainable canvas to explore and let her creativity run free. «Working with what I ca find limits my options, so it pushes me to be more creative.»
Bea continues her activity un the luxury business today working as freelance designer for Ludovic de Saint Serning, previously Amina Muaddi, Carven and Byredo among others.
« During a period of retreat at home, after years working in the fashion industry, I rediscover the pleasure of the slow life. It was a time of introspection, feeling comfortable in my cocoon. That’s how Reco started, and I wanted to transmit that feeling into my collections.
RECO is my way of proposing different and unique accessories by using colors, playing with assembled shapes to create a product with a reassuring presence that makes you want to embrace it, like if you carry a little piece of home with you ”.
Bea Recoder - Founder and creative director of RECO.
Reco is about comfort and softness, the sensation of being embraced, that feel good factor of a Sunday morning spent in bed. It is an ode to the roundness, the curves and the beauty of every single woman’s body. It is about being feminine in their own way and resilient at the same time.
With a special attention to color nuances and textures, Reco uses patchwork-inspired techniques to assemble together elements of qualitative leather. Every bag is the result of a process that explores different possibilities to create the most organic shape with the available material.
The brand was founded with the goal of exploring a different path to making creative products, especially by using all the surplus materials sitting idle and by researching alternative practices to the fashion industry’s current way of doing things, from making to selling to recycling.