Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Spotlight on: Evon Cassier Bags

Today I received a lovely gift in the mail from Evon Cassier an Etsy artist and fellow member of Team EcoEtsy.  Our team had a Green Valentine Gift Exchange and I was the lucky recipient of one of Evon's Power Suit totes. 
Power Suit Tote by Evon Cassier

I have been aware of Evon's work for some time. She makes amazingly detailed bags out of recycled men's suits and sport coats.  I was originally drawn to the overnight bags that she makes out of discarded Firefighter turnout coats and quickly came to appreciate the detail in her designs.

My beautiful bag is made of a wool tweed  suit coat (size 42 regular according to the tag inside the pocket). It is a convenient 11 1/2 inches wide 12 inches tall and 5 inches deep. There are 2 pockets on the outside. They are the suits original outside pockets.   There are also 2 pockets on the inside. They are the suit jackets original lining.  There is a leather insert on the bottom for added strength. I am amazed at the artistry and detail in this bag. Even the buttons on the jacket sleeves have found a home.
Inside of the Power Suit bag

Evon is a talented seamstress as well as an imaginative recycler.This talented Etsy artist will also make a custom bag out of a coat or suit jacket that you provide. What a beautiful way to utilize a treasured article of clothing.  Imagine a bag made from the suit jacket your husband wore on the day you were married, or your fathers old  uniform. 

Background: The FamiLee Jewels is an ecofriendly business. We reuse old and unwanted materials in our jewelry designs and use packaging made of recycled materials in our presentation and shipping. Those practices have allowed me to join  Team EcoEtsy. We are a diverse group of and artisans and craftspeople drawn together by our desire to live a green lifestyle and to incorporate green practices into our businesses.


  1. Aww. Thank you for the wonderful comments. I'm just thrilled that you liked your gift enough to blog about it!

  2. What a wonderful item! I'm so glad you blogged about it Bonnie!The workmanship looks amazing!!

  3. What a lucky, lucky duck!! Evon's bag is amazing, isn't it?

    So glad you participated in the Gift Swap!

    Sometimes I never really know what people's experience is like with team events. Thank You for sharing your story.

    Mine is going up tomorrow. :)