I love making handbags out of recycled leather. Making bags out of recycled leather is much more time-consuming than using original skins. But the results can be a lot more satisfying. Especially when you factor in that bags made from recycled leather are leaving a smaller footprint on the planet. Not to mention the cost of new leather vs. the cost associated with recycled leather.
When I began back making several years ago I was totally overwhelmed with the statistics regarding how much of our clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories end up in landfills due to fast fashion. The statistics are staggering! Our planet is not getting any larger but the number of items that each of us own, grows every year.
Sunday was a wonderful sunny day in central NJ. Maggie and I got out there early and set up. Most of what was on display were the wonderful infinity scarves and “scoodies” that Maggie has spent the last month creating.
I only had one thing to display – the “I Love Paris” skirt. I put it on a dress form, with a denim jacket and a cami, and figured I’d take orders from anyone who was interested in one just like it.
I was pleasantly surprised at the interest it generated!!
Here are some more pictures of Maggie’s beautiful items.
She also makes gorgeous mosaic tables!
“You have to like what you do, no matter what it is, to make a success of it.” —Willie Otey Kay
Willie Otey Kay was a North Carolina native who walked the color line in expert fashion to live her Stitch Story. For more than 60 years Mrs. Kay created debutante gowns, wedding dresses and fancy ball gowns for North Carolina’s elite. She was sought after by both black and white patrons and was careful to split her time 50-50 between the two communities.
She and her sisters created breath-taking one-of-a-kind dresses. An exhibit of works is on view now at the North Carolina Museum of History