Delving into the Boeing archives, Crystalyn was able to piece together the intricate details of the planes that once showcased these fabrics. It was an immersive journey through time, unlocking a wealth of information that breathed life into the collection. By connecting the fabrics to their original Boeing aircraft, the handbags became not just accessories but gateways to a rich aviation heritage.
a remarkable discovery
we discovered a beloved chapter of aviation history from an estate sale of a retired Boeing employee: a veritable treasure trove of vintage upholstery fabric samples for airplane seats from the late 1960's and early 70's. These iconic textiles are our muse for our latest handbag collection.
a legacy of sustainable handbag design
For the past 20+ years Crystalyn Kae has been crafting accessories that stand the test of time.
Crystalyn Kae's expertise shines through in each handbag, as we meticulously cut, stitch, and shape the materials into wearable works of art. Every stitch, seam, and finishing touch is a testament to the passion and skill that goes into creating a truly exceptional bag that will last a lifetime.
paying homage to iconic fabrics
Recognizing the historical significance of these vintage fabrics, we embarked on a quest to uncover the specific Boeing planes these samples were used on. The Boeing archives have provided invaluable insights into the aircraft models, cabins, and upholstery designs of that era.
We have slowly been able to identify the airlines and planes that once showcased these fabrics. By connecting the fabrics to their original Boeing aircraft, these new handbags are a way to experience the glamour and elegance of air travel in the 1970s.
handbags in Flying Colors
follow our journey as we breathe new life into these materials, carefully balancing their inherent beauty with contemporary design elements into bags and travel accessories that strike the perfect blend of past and present.
We are working on fanny packs, eyeglasses cases, luggage tags and a few other surprises. . . .
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We would LOVE to hear from you! Do you remember any of these fabrics? Do you have any product requests or questions? Or just want to be first in line when this collection launches? Let us know!