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recycled material bags – we love!

with earth day literally just around the corner, i felt that the timing was perfect to tell you guys about some special bags we’re carrying right now that are made out of recycled materials.  not only are these bags gorgeous, but you can take comfort in knowing that they are crafted out of repurposed items like vintage military bags, vintage fabrics and old leather jackets.

the gorgeous belmont backpack by ashley watson is my favorite.  the vancouver based designer draws her inspiration from leather jackets she finds in thrift stores, and each bag is crafted from recycled leather jackets, incorporating features like pockets and seams to make them unique and special. the leather is perfectly worn and soft, carrying with it a history all its own.

ashley watson belmont backpack


i fell in love with both of these bags by foley and corinna when i saw them on sasha pivovarova in our april catalog, but i love them even more now that i know they are made from recycled and vintage materials.  dana foley and anna corinna met when they both had booths at the chelsea art and antique market in 1998 – dana sold her original creations and anna sold vintage clothing.  they joined together and started designing pieces that were both original and incorporated vintage elements.  the musette satchel is made of vintage military bags with delicate, hand-crocheted fringe, and the bora hobo is made of varying, colorful found fabrics so they are each one-of-a-kind.


foley and corinna musette satchel; bora hobo


this fanny pack is another favorite, by artists and revolutionaries – an organic and eco-friendly label based in brooklyn.  their philosophy is “to create unique handcrafted items, using eco-friendly materials and processes.” like the designers above, they use repurposed and up-cycled materials in addition to hemp and organic cottons.  the fanny pack is made of repurposed vintage leather and has unique details like buttons and pockets, and a braided belt buckle strap.


artists and revolutionaries fanny pack


happy earth day!

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mary -April 21, 2011, 2:08PM

absolutely love this! cheers to re-purposing!

Kate -April 21, 2011, 2:22PM

I am all for that fanny pack!!

karacter -April 21, 2011, 4:52PM

i love these pack i want one of each!!

MELISSA -April 22, 2011, 12:50PM


Mallory -April 23, 2011, 5:58PM

Ohh, I love that first Ashley Watson backpack too!

Carrie -April 28, 2011, 11:25AM

It’s expensive to be Free :(

Chakkafric -May 10, 2011, 8:24AM

Thanks for the post :)

Dondra -May 16, 2013, 10:55AM

Native Honey bags are so cute too…

Dondra -May 16, 2013, 10:55AM
Mary -June 23, 2013, 1:15PM

Awesome love all natural and recycled stuff! Starting my own online hemp store please check it out. Starting with bracelets but more to follow.

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