Everyone’s Talking About FleaBags

At at time when many companies are facing closure or staff cut backs, due to the uncertain economic climate, there are a few companies that are positively flourishing. They are taking on the green message of recycle and reuse and redesigning using vintage and eco materials. And as such, they have seen their business boom. Fleabags is one such company and they started up when Shira Entis, a fashion designer and lover of all things tiny and over-sized, along with Alex Bell, a lawyer and seeker of adventures, both fleamarket addicts since they met at Brown University, became frustrated at the inconvenience and environmental hazard of accumulating plastic bags while marketing. What they both craved was a convenient and fashion-hot tote that could fit in all of their wares.

Hence Fleabags was borne which are designed as the ideal solution – dapper, large, lightweight and sturdy carry-alls – that are also eco-minded. Fleabags strives to create products that are as green as possible while maintaining high quality and covetable design. Fleabags are made with organic and vintage materials, vegetable-tanned and re-purposed leathers, and other parts all sourced in the USA. All silkscreens use water-based ink. Fleabags are made in the USA with good old-fashioned sewing. Fleabags are locally made, in Limited Edition, by hand, in small production runs. With Fleabags you can support small businesses and feel good about it. Take a look at the website and see which bags we have chosen as our favourites.

The Original Flea: Sailor Stripe – $440

The Sailor Stripe Original Flea features dark brown vegetable-tanned lamb leather, organic cotton / hemp canvas, marine blue stripes and midnight water-based silkscreens. Hand-written edition number on each bag. Handles: Leather handles are long enough to wear over your shoulder and are intended to absorb your body’s natural oils to gain a patina and brown over time. Fully lined in organic navy & cream cotton ticking. One interior zipper pocket and one interior drop pocket with leather trim. Opens and closes with an interior frame. Belts close with either buckles or collar buttons (for convenience). Four feet at bottom of bag to protect leather. Gunmetal buckles and brushed nickel hardware. Size: 16″H x 6″D x 16″W (at widest), handle drop 8″, pockets each 6.5″H x 8″W. Made in the USA.

ALICE Knapsack: Chesapeake – $340

A re-fashioned, modern knapsack inspired by military ALICE packs (All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment), our Knapsack is large but lightweight and perfect for travel. The Chesapeake ALICE Knapsack features American-made natural cotton canvas, holster brown leather and electric orange + midnight water-based silkscreens. Sturdy blush vegetable-tanned leather straps, bottom and front belt will change to brown with exposure to sunlight and the oils in your skin. Black rope drawstring closure. One zipper pocket. Nickel hardware. Adjustable straps. Size: 21″H x 14″W, zipper pocket 8″H x 8″W. Made in the USA.

ALICE Knapsack: Seafarer – $315

A re-fashioned, modern knapsack inspired by military ALICE packs (All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment), our Knapsack is large but lightweight and perfect for travel. The Seafarer ALICE Knapsack features organic hemp canvas, fishermen’s net made and dyed by a net-maker in Louisiana, natural cotton canvas and a marine blue water-based silkscreen. Sturdy black leather straps, bottom and front belt. Red rope drawstring closure. One zipper pocket. Nickel hardware. Adjustable straps. Size: 21″H x 14″W, zipper pocket 8″H x 8″W. Made in the USA.

Ballet Tote: Arcade – $165

 All Ballet Totes feature an exclusively designed silkscreen to promote Fleabags’ support of local garment workers. Fleabags will donate 10% of all profits from the sale of this bag to the Save the Garment Center organization. The Arcade Ballet Tote features American-made black cotton canvas, blush vegetable-tanned leather and an electric blue water-based silkscreen. All blush vegetable-tanned leather will change to brown with exposure to sunlight and the oils in your skin. One interior pocket. Nickel hardware. Size: 19″H x 13″W, handle drop 10″, drop pocket 7″H x 9″W. Made in the USA.

Ballet Tote: Chesapeake – $165

All Ballet Totes feature an exclusively designed silkscreen to promote Fleabags’ support of local garment workers. Fleabags will donate 10% of all profits from the sale of this bag to the Save the Garment Center organization. The Chesapeake Ballet Tote features American-made natural cotton canvas, holster brown leather and a hot violet water-based silkscreen. Sturdy blush vegetable-tanned leather handles will change to brown with exposure to sunlight and the oils in your skin. One interior pocket. Nickel hardware. Size: 19″H x 13″W, handle drop 10″, drop pocket 7″H x 9″W. Made in the USA.

Salt Bag: Aquarium was $545.00 ON SALE – 50% OFF now $272.50

The Aquarium Salt Bag features an undersea photograph designed exclusively for Fleabags printed on canvas, complemented by polished sand leather. The bag can be carried with handles or an adjustable/detachable shoulder strap. Fully lined in organic navy & cream cotton ticking. One interior zipper pocket and one interior drop pocket. Opens and closes with an interior frame. Center strap closes with a collar button. Four feet at bottom of bag to protect leather. Brushed nickel hardware. Size: 12.25”H x 6”D x 10.5”W (at widest), handle drop 6”, pockets each 6”H x 8”W. Made in the USA.

The Original Flea: Woodland – $440

The Woodland Original Flea features holster brown leather, lodge brown waterproof waxed cotton canvas and a black silk-screen. Hand-written edition number on each bag. Handles: Leather handles are long enough to wear over your shoulder and are intended to absorb your body’s natural oils to gain a patina and brown over time. Fully lined in organic brown & cream cotton ticking. One interior zipper pocket and one interior drop pocket with leather trim. Opens and closes with an interior frame. Belts close with either buckles or collar buttons (for convenience). Four feet at bottom of bag to protect leather. Gunmetal buckles and brushed nickel hardware. Size: 16”H x 6”D x 16”W (at widest), handle drop 8”, pockets each 6.5”H x 8”W. Made in the USA.

Soda Bag: Blue Velvet – Was $425.00 ON SALE – 50% OFF now $195.00

The Blue Velvet Soda Bag features vintage brilliant blue silk-velvet fabric and smooth stone leather. The bag is carried with an adjustable shoulder strap. Fully lined in organic black & white checked cotton. One interior zipper pocket and one interior drop pocket. Opens and closes with an interior frame. Center strap closes with buckle. Brushed nickel hardware. Size: 10″H x 5″D x 9″W, pockets each 6″H by 7″W. Made in the USA.

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    1. Essie Behimer April 21, 2012

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