Jacket to Bag Transformation Service

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I just wanted to post a note that yes, I am still making custom leather bags from used leather jackets! I’ve been pretty busy lately working on custom orders and have not been able to get to all of my emails. Please be patient if that is you – I will get back to you very soon!

Remade USA is my leather jacket to bag transformation service. These bags are handmade by me, and made to order using the jackets that my customers send me. These leather jackets usually have special meaning to them and I create beautiful, new and useful bags from them.

These bags make beautiful gifts and keepsakes that that will be cherished. (I was super busy during the holidays!) They are awesome gifts with meaning for the person who appreciates more thoughtful things that they will want to hold on to.

If you are interested in this service, please send me a note, along with a photo of your jacket to shop@shannonsouth.com and I will give you more info – such as prices and timing.

Holiday Sale at TAC

I’ll be selling bags at the Textile Art Center’s Holiday Market. Please stop by!

AW13: What I’d wear with the Tulum clutch

I’m a total minimalist when it comes to dressing, but I love killer accessories (go figure!). I fell in love with this onesie by Stella McCartney x goop and think our Tulum clutch looks gorgeous with it, as well as some of my other favorite pieces.

1. Moon Journey scarf by Helen Dealtry, $225
2. Lotus necklace by Me & Ro, $2800
3. Charcoal jumpsuit by Stella McCartney x goop, $1240
4. Tulum clutch by Shannon South, $260
5. Van Doren slip-on by Vans, $55
6. Klaia cage ring by Odette, $138

Lola is one!


Our gorgeously scruffy little pup is a year old today! Happy Birthday Lola!

Beklina

I’m running a few months late on this news, but I’m happy to say that one of my favorite online boutiques, Beklina, is carrying my bags. They’re stocking two totes. One is a collaboration between Lina Rennell and I using her gorgeous ikat printed faux suede. The other is my Montauk tote in camel.

They have such a beautiful collection and do such a great job of presenting it.

Thank you, Angelina!

Remade USA has Relaunched

Many of you who have been following my business from the start know that I began in 2009 as Remade USA, a leather repurposing business. I was very inspired by the idea of not using new materials to make new products as I feel there is so much waste in the world  and I didn’t want to contribute to it. I repurposed jackets into bags for about three years, selling direct and wholesaling to Barneys NY for about two years. Searching for the right jackets, cleaning them, deconstructing, and then redesigning and reconstructing them is a lot of work – and it all had to be done in-house. I got a bit burnt out.

Last year, I started looking for other sources of leather waste and I found there is much remnant waste from the furniture industry. I began working with a wonderful NYC-based bag manufacturer and launched my eponymous line last year, using beautiful reclaimed nubuck leather.

I’ve been on hiatus from repurposing jackets for almost a year, but throughout the year I’ve continued to get emails from people asking me to transform a jacket they had in their closet. The stories have warmed my heart and often brought tears to my eyes. Last month, I had a realization that I couldn’t give up this beautifully emotion-driven side of my business completely and decided  to re-launch Remade USA as a service.

I’m very happy to announce Remadeusa.com, a new site, devoted solely to my custom jacket-to-bag transformation service.

To celebrate the launch, we’ve partnered with The Collective to run a contest:
Submit your personal story about your old leather jacket to win a redesign into a new bag.