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Why do we use up-cycled leather ?

Posted by Caroline Charvet on

Leather is a very long-lasting material, it can last thousands of years. So, why should we produce new when we can up-cycle? 
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a surprising way we make leather handbags more ethical

Posted by Crystalyn Brennan on

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, Fab Scrap, 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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a week in Harry Potter's Italian nunnery

Posted by Crystalyn Brennan on

All sacrilege aside, I truly cannot find a better way to describe the atmosphere of my exceptional residence this week.  Tucked just outside the city walls of San Miniato lies a 14th century monastic nunnery, Monastero di Santa Chiara, which will be our home base for the week while we explore the vegetable-tanned leather region of Tuscany.
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debunking leather myths and eating my way through italy

Posted by Crystalyn Brennan on

 I was recently invited to participate in first-person full-sensory experience to the cultural context of vegetable-tanned leather in its birthplace in a tiny village in Tuscany called San Miniato. 

As an artisan, this invitation is obviously a bucket-list opportunity and a welcome catalyst to experiment - to stretch myself in ways I don’t usually have opportunity or resources to try.

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So much potential…I want to rescue all the leather!

Posted by Crystalyn Brennan on

We source over 30% of our recycled leather for our bags at McPherson wholesale leather supply in Seattle. They collect leather scraps from suppliers all over the country and allow designers to purchase at a discount.  This provides us guilt-free access to gorgeous leather scraps, which we rescue to create our recycled leather handbags.



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About Crystalyn Kae

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

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