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Shop Crystalyn Kae in San Francisco April 13 & 14!

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We are on the road in California, bringing our sustainable handbag goodness to YOU!  Come see us at the following events:
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our favorite new craft show in Seattle- Renegade Craft!

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We've popped up in many craft fairs and trunk shows across the country this year, but this holiday season, we managed to squeeze in one last show before the end of the year. 

Renegade Craft in Seattle! 

(And I was lucky enough to have the amazing event & wedding photographer John Curry capture the experience. Thank you so much John!)

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the (nearly-lost) ancient art of vegetable-tanned leather

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In May 2018, I spent nearly a month in Tuscany, immersed in a region renown for olive oil, wine, truffles and leather. Inspired by a culture so connected to the land in a mindful way, I relished this rare opportunity to explore an ancient tradition working with vegetable-tanned leather.

I am a material driven-designer, with longevity and timelessness being paramount to my aesthetic: any object of value has to tell a story.  Working with this pliable material in its natural state enabled me to combine my skills in textiles and woodworking in the most exhilarating way.⁣

Here's a peek behind the scenes of creating the collection.

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How upcycling vintage fabrics help us defy creative limits

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Selecting fabrics for a new handbag collection is like a treasure hunt. Crystalyn regularly shops flea markets, antique shops and her favorite local source for sample fabrics: Fabscrap to select pieces of fabrics. Either she finds textiles that get on well with what she already has in mind for the next collection, or what she discovers gives her even more ideas for a future collection.
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What is glazed fabric?

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Our glazed fabric is superior to any vinyl or faux leather you've ever seen.  In fact our glazed fabric is actually preferable to leather as it far more durable, lightweight, scratch-proof and rain-proof. We start with a woven Cotton/polyester canvas as a base, and then add a very thin durable coating of colored glaze. This glaze sinks into the fibers and allows it to develop a leather-like patina over time.
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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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