Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What to Wear Wednesdays

Upcycled leather purses and totes are the perfect eco-friendly option when vintage is not your thing . There are countless companies re-inventing perfectly worn-in leather jackets or even old leather sofas into new useful handbags. Here are some examples...

Ashley Watson Boutique 

A few handbags from her collection...


Small Sora

Linnet

All of Ashley Watson's handbags are made from recycled leather. Her purses have a timeless, yet fun and hip feel about them. 

Another company...


Here is a vignette of their Upcycled Leather Collection...


Poketo re-uses vintage leather sofas and chairs transforming the upholstery into useful wallets, totes and clutches. I hope they re-upholster the furniture for resale on Craigslist perhaps. 

A long time favorite of mine...


A few examples from her collection...

Image of Sonoma

Image of Alameda

Image of Ashbury

With the leftover scraps she's making ottomans (how brilliant!)...

Image of reMade Cube Ottoman

South's one-of-a-kind leather purses are gorgeous and if anyone is interested the Ashbury is calling my name...for Mother's Day perhaps?

 Hope this has inspired you to maybe question buying a new purse. Why buy new when the re-invented, already worn-in leather, re-cycled purses are just as chic...right?

7 comments:

  1. Hi! I have never seen recycled leather used for purses...but what a great idea! I hope you are having a wonderful day...Take care, Caroline

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  2. These leather bags are gorgeous! You can never have enough accessories. The colors of these are great too. Thanks for this post. Always fun to visit your blog. Have a great day.
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  3. How wonderful ... I had no idea about these vendors. Thanks as always for the eco-tips, Danielle.

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  4. This is great Danielle! I love all these stylish fashion and design tips and sources. You are so right, is there really a reason at all to buy new? You can be super chic AND green.

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  5. love this idea! for me, the older the leather, the better.

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  6. I love all the items you featured!! Best of all is that they are reinventing old items - so cool. Hope you had a great day ;)

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