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.
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
- 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
- .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.
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.