The second collection of the Tote Bag Project brings new styles and designs to the reconstruction project. The collection focuses on reconstructing and repurposing worn and damaged outerwear garments into fully functional tote bags that are built to withstand daily use. Each constructed from recycled garments as well as elements of military surplus in an effort to reduce man-made waste and breathe new life into forgotten materials. The bags feature unique patinas and finishes depending on how the garments were treated and used. Each bag is unique in every aspect from shape, size, colour, detailing and materials, often dictated by the materials used whether it be Gore-Tex or canvas. Designed with function and practicality in mind each bag utilises multiple pockets as well as key loops and webbing. The bags all maintain elements from the original garments with 95% of the materials and elements being used. Drawstring, zips, velcro and the lining all become deconstructed and repurposed to develop the final bag.
Photography and Art Direction by Haydn West & Jaimus Tailor
Models: Marta Úrbez & Haydn West