Mandinka Designs: Our process begins with the Hunt. We love to go hunting in thrift shops for gorgeous suit coats with fabulous linings and labels.
The labels are like little works of art in and of themselves. We “ooh” and aah” loudly while people look at the two strange women flipping through the men’s suit rack. Once we get the coats home we “fillet” them into the various parts- sleeves, collars, pockets, etc.
Then the real fun begins as we collage them into the varying styles of handbags, totes and accessories. Of course, no part of the coat should be wasted, so we make our adorable bugs out of the leftover sleeves.
bio: We are sisters JOSIE and GINA. and HAYDEN is GINA’S first son. Back when we first started making purses out of recycled vintage in 2003, we combined our names and could not leave out Hayden for he was only a newborn and was a part of many inspirations.
Since then we have evolved into what you see now as Johagi Originals but have always kept in tradition with our philosophy of creating modern designs by using vintage and retro materials.
All of our purses are made from recycled vintage materials including the accessories and buttons. There are no exposed seams on the inside and we use reinforced stitching on the straps and body increasing durability. They have a button closure. No two purses are alike making your purchase a true Johagi Original!
Simple, clean, bold graphics and recycled sailboat sails are united to create handmade products that are one-of-a-kind and kind to the environment. Reiter8 bags are modern, sporty, fun, functional, eye catching and extremely durable.
Working with recycled sails is exhilarating. Each sail has a different ‘hand’ – texture, density, and crispness – a testament to its history. I have yet to come across two sails that are exactly alike which that keeps my work fresh and Reiter8 products truly unique.
In one of my favorite colors for the season, this felted bag is just right to get you through the blazing hot days of summer. With this much color, panache, and humor you’ll just be forced to survive the heat so you can continue to admire it. Most awesome. By Cofygirl.