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.
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.
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.