Our Sustainability Mission


RECLAIMED FABRICS IN OUR STUDIO

Our guiding light at Crystalyn Kae is best available, least impactful. Our environmental consideration is as relevant as our social and economic discussion: how our designs are born, where they're made and who makes them is part of the human experience.  We want to be completely transparent with you and share our manufacturing process.

made in usa bags

Our products are all ethically designed and created in the USA in Seattle and New York City. Our design studio and workshop is located in Brooklyn at Pratt Institute's Fashion Design Accelerator. We welcome visitors by appointment. We work exclusively with production facilities in the Garment Center of New York City, and the SoDo neighborhood in Seattle.

upcycled leather bags

We strongly believe in giving vintage fabrics and reclaimed leather a new life. We prioritize using these treasures to create original, long lasting and timeless products. By using upcycled materials, we are cutting down on energy and resources to make new materials, and are significantly reducing waste that would be destined for the landfill. On some of our designs, we incorporate high grade reclaimed leather, reducing the ecological impact of traditional leather production. 

 

vegan bags

For vegans and vegetarians, we create water-resistant, machine-washable, glaze coated canvas bags that develop a luxurious leather-like patina over time. We begin 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 fiber and allows it to develop a leather-like patina over time. By offering a cruelty-free durable alternative to leather, we provide a durable and long-lasting bag that surpasses the quality of most vegan bags available anywhere.

 

limited edition bags  We curate a collection textiles and materials that you cannot find anywhere else. We are very conscious about that selection: rescuing rare materials from becoming waste. Our limited edition bags are made from the renewal of dead stock materials and fabrics that we source primarily from New York City's Garment Center. Our true thoughtful selection process equals a truly unique bag, featuring a fabric that is immortalized forever.

 

machine washable bags
You can machine wash all of our glazed fabric bags, then hang dry. By washing your bag, it extends the life of the usability of the bag.

  

water resistant bags

Our glazed fabric is water resistant and is built to effortlessly repel the wet elements. Our glazed bags can withstand the toughest conditions, yet they are durable, lightweight, scratch- and rain-proof. We begin 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 fiber and allows it to develop a leather-like patina over time. 

bag repairs

Let's face it: nothing looks the same forever.  The good thing is, for a fee, we will replace or repair hardware, straps, and zippers for the life of your bag.  We offer a 1 year guarantee: we will repair or replace your bag free of charge within the first year of your purchase if any defect is found.  

 

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