the scoop - info on the vintage bag creations  


these are some dope-ass, reconsctructed, vintage, recycled materialsbag episodes:

SalvationSacks are created in "episodes" of a certain style of sack either grouped and numbered within multiple series or numbered collectively like artwork. there are usually about 100 to 150 bags made per episode. each bag is reconstructed from vintage, salvaged and recycled clothing, linens, accessories, jewelry, belts, and other objects from the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. SalvationSacks proudly creates original, wearable works of art with uniquely numbered hangtags that list the origins and sometimes era of the textiles and goods used to create each bag.

bag function:

unlike rigid cardboard-lined bags, structured SalvationSacks are sturdy and infuse multiple layers of reinforcement and a soft recycled structure, which allows BOWLer bags to stand on their own and reinforces other bag's bottom panels. the interiors of the structured bags contain a large inside pocket, while a sewn-in hidden magnet provides security and allows you to open and close the bag with ease. unstructured miniXL bags are sewn with extra durability to withstand over-stuffage. all SalvationSacks feature durable hardware of nickel or antique brass that attach reincarnated belts as shoulder straps and vintage/recycled jewelry adornment for the finishing touch.

bag design process:

  • scour: the episode creation process begins with scouring the country for the most eclectic vintage and recycled materials, jewelry and other objects, which are then grouped together for design and cutting.
  • cut: the grouped materials are gathered, arranged and hand cut, with fabric directions flipped and/or rotated for extra individualization within each episode.
  • combine: the artist then lovingly arranges just the right combinations to create each individual bag within an episode and sometimes within a series. often, additional materials such as recycled leather, trims and special fabrics and more cutting is needed to further diversify the episode.
  • sew: each SalvationSack is then hand sewn to exact specifications in San Diego, California. we shun the use of sweatshops and encourage a collaborative and fair creative process.
  • strap: recycled leather, reptile, fabric, and chain belts are reincarnated into sturdy bag straps, reinforced and attached by nickel and antique brass hardware. the belt is hand cut and riveted to the bag, often incorporating belt buckles to make certain SalvationSacks straps adjustable in length.
  • .adorn: SalvationSacks uses vintage earrings, necklaces, pins, buttons, and other objects from the 1920s through the 1980s. the jewelry is either pinned, hung from o-rings or adhered securely to each SalvationSack using industrial glue and a weighting process. the often indecisive selection process matches each bag to its perfect adornment.
  • tag: last, but not least, an individualized custom tag is created, which details the origins and sometimes era of the materials used to create each bag and its identity within a series and episode.

adoring adornments recycled from vintage earrings,  broaches, pendants, buttons and other treats Galore!


bag care:

designed and sewn to be durable, SalvationSacks are still made of delicate vintage and recycled materials. SalvationSacks recommends using a protective spray, such as ScotchGuard for fabric bags or a universal protective spray for bags containing both fabric and leather. inadvertently stained bags can be spot-cleaned with mild detergent without water damage to the inside structure. when opening a SalvationSack with a magnetized flap, please avoid pulling directly on the vintage adornment.


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