I'm a Toronto based designer of handbags and
accessories made of reclaimed leather garments. Most of my business is custom,
often working with the clients' own beloved leather garment. Recently, I
partnered with Danier Leather, a large Canadian retailer to create a capsule
collection made from their deconstructed leather garments. The initial
collection, under my name Agent Reclaim was a success at the retail level and am
now working on production for the next collection which will be available in
stores for late fall 2012.
My bags are made from post consumer leather garments, my target market ranges
from 20 something to 65. Although I'm inspired by many things, it's the story
behind each garment before deconstructing it into something special that will
pay homage to its' past life while making it current, fashion forward and
functional for years to come that drives me to continue working on new designs.
All Agent Reclaim bags are one of a kind due to the medium of reclaimed leather.
This is also what makes my bags so special, each bag, no matter the style will
always be OOAK because it will come from a garment unique on its' own and not
cut from a skin.
My line got started from a commissioned custom order that came to me from a
friend who had a pair of Ralph Lauren chaps. She loved the gorgeous cognac
deerskin leather but the style was no longer relevant to her. The first bag was
born! She was thrilled with her new bag, which she still wears all the time and
I fell in love with the art of reclaiming leather.
Each bag starts with a garment, that jacket, pant, skirt, dress, pair of chaps
is photographed before deconstructing it and transforming it into a bag. Once
the new handbag is completed, it gets a hangtag which bares the image of it's
original form. it's a great way to complete the story behind the Agent Reclaim
Thankfully, I've had no design "nightmare" story thus far. I leave that to my
waitressing days, many years ago. I feel quite fortunate to have created
wonderful relationships with my custom clients which has helped grow that side
of my business. I am also very grateful for the partnership I have with the
above mentioned leather retailer. i look forward to building that relationship
and expanding my designs into other categories while helping them find ways to
reuse what would otherwise be considered waste.
|What is your name?
|Where are you from?
|Where do you live now?
|How old are you?
|Do you have a design background?
||Fashion design, sculpture, millinery,
|Do you still have a day job?
|What year were your bags born?
|Bag brand name:
|What is their retail price range?
|Where can a shopper buy your bags?
||www.agentreclaim.com/ Danier Leather,
|For more information, contact