Everyone’s got baggage and all of a sudden I’m longing for more. Specifically, the denim and leather duffel bag (below) that I’ve fallen deeply, madly in love with since discovering Chance bags last week.
To compensate for an appalling lack of summer legwear, a pair of my old jeans are facing the chop into shorts, but Miranda Chance has me beat on the upcycling front. Each of the glorious totes you see before you is handmade from reconfigured denims and old leather jackets. Contrasting textiles, thatched finishes and feathered leathers create textural intrigue on simple silhouettes. Contemporary and classic, each one.
The denims used on tasseled clutches, woven handbags and slouchy hobos (above) are re-washed with natural dyes—Mahogany & Indian Almond Leaves. The intent, as their site says, is to “carry your heaviest possessions, but leave the lightest footprint”.
The recycled nature of the bags means there are slight variations between each piece, making them just that little bit more unique.
Australian Miranda nabbed the 2010 Recycled Denim Challenge, presented by GAP and Ecouterre.com, a huge, US-based eco-fashion blog (well worth a look, if you haven’t). “Despite their Down Under roots, the carryalls are the epitome of all-American utility–rugged yet elegant, classic yet contemporary, with personality to spare,” delcared ecouterre Editor in Chief, Jill Fehrenbacher.
Hard to argue with that. Impossible, even.
Take a Chance of your own at the online store.