a surprising way we make leather handbags more ethical

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The guiding light of Crystalyn Kae Accessories is to create useful designs with luxurious materials that will stand the test of time.  

In the spirit of my first collection of bags beginning 17 years ago, that were made from vintage plaid wool pants, this Fall I have added rescued leather to my collection.  I see this as the next step in reducing waste and taking advantage of rare high-grade Italian leather in a responsible manner.

In New York City, the heart of American fashion manufacturing, I have access to a plentiful supply of exceptionally rare swatches, mill-end rolls, and even production leftovers from major designers and manufacturers. I have had the pleasure to collaborate with a local non-profit, FabScrap, to obtain my leather (and textiles) for my current collection.  

Watch a video of Crystalyn creating a pleated clutch from 100% reclaimed leather scrap here. . .and read the backstory of how it all began.


What do you think about using reclaimed leather in our collection? What other materials would you like to see us design with?

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About Crystalyn Kae

Crystalyn Kae Brennan Crystalyn is a handbag designer in Seattle, WA. Her sustainable luxury handbags are made in USA with ethically-sourced leather and unique vintage fabrics. Read more »

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