Shannon South is a handbag designer based in Brooklyn, NY who crafts sustainable leather handbags in the most environmentally sensitive and ethical ways. Our mission is to make well-designed, practical bags, using beautiful materials while leaving the smallest footprint possible.

All of our bags are made by hand in NYC, in limited quantities, by handbag makers with years of experience. We work with pre-consumer waste and currently have a supply of high-end luxury buffalo suede leather from the furniture industry. 

The hides we get are often colors that have been discontinued or have some discoloration or scratches in areas – basically minor imperfections that we can work around (though typically not perfect enough to cover a large piece of furniture). Our materials are limited and will only last as long as our source has supply. It is our mission to only use leather that is rejected from industry and might otherwise end up in landfill. We are constantly on the look out for high quality, interesting materials to create functional bags that last.

We also have a service where we repurpose customers’ vintage leather jackets into handbags. Please visit for more info.

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Shannon South also offers a custom ‘leather jacket-to-bag’ transformation service under the name Remade USA, where she hand-makes special order bags in her Brooklyn studio.

Sustainable leather handbags


We are always looking for experienced handbag sewers and great interns to work in the studio. Please contact us with your resume if you are interested.

Sustainable leather handbags

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