Skyebags

Inspired By Flight. Bags Crafted By Hand.

Upcycled Bag Companies We Like

Matthew MahlerComment

When it comes to finding materials to upcycle, there are many companies using both pre- and post-consumer waste materials and turning them into beautiful products.  Here's a listing of just a few of our favorites that are recycling what could have been waste materials into brand new goods.

  •  Elvis and Kresse create an amazing line of red upcycled bags and accessories from London's decommissioned fire hoses.  
  • Alchemy Goods has been turning worn out rubber bicycle inner tubes into great urban bags and more.  They're located in Seattle and have recycled more than a half a million bike innertubes.
  • Looptworks is a maker of bags, accessories and apparel from a wide variety of recycled materials including felt, leather, and neoprene.  Based in Seattle, they partner with companies wanting to turn their waste stream into fabulous new products.

The photos in this post were taken from the company websites.

 

Skinny Stitch Belt by Elvis and Kresse

Dravus Messenger Bag by Alchemy Goods

Felt and Leather Messenger Bag by Looptworks

Welcome to Skyebags!

ManufacturingMatthew Mahler1 Comment

We're a new bag company based in Raleigh, making small batches of bags and accessories with a focus on design and craftsmanship.  Our collection is made with genuine repurposed aircraft leather from Delta Air Lines.

Here's where it all begins.  The process starts with a  seat back cover that's reached the end of it's useful life on board an aircraft.  This is where we come in.  We offer the leather a second life as a brand new product and save it from being discarded into a landfill.  

The first step is to transport the retired salvaged seat covers from it's origin in Delta's warehouse to our workshop in Raleigh.  Later, we clean the seat back covers, deconstruct them into pieces that can be reassembled and sewn into handsome handmade goods.

Loaded up with boxes containing hundreds of retired aircraft seat back covers.  Now we're ready to travel back to our workshop in Raleigh where we will process them.

Loaded up with boxes containing hundreds of retired aircraft seat back covers.  Now we're ready to travel back to our workshop in Raleigh where we will process them.