Reclaimed Leather Tote Bag

Student: Stephanie Carnes
Course: Patternmaking for 3D Forms, DS 215
Program: Accessories Design

This tote was designed for a local company that sells recycled and repurposed handbags. The company presented their customer profile and business model to our class in order that we might generate handbag designs that could go into production for their target market. The challenge was to find ways to reuse materials that would have otherwise entered our waste streams. To address this topic, I chose to work with one of my favorite materials for my finished bag design: reclaimed leather. All leather used in this bag, as well as the quilted lining material, has been taken from an old leather jacket.