BeenBags are my line of handmade totes and clutches that have 'been' something before. We scavenge, design and sew every part of every one of them.
The exteriors are coffee sacks that brought worldly beans to Austin coffee roasters. The linings of BeenBags could be vintage sheets, shirts, pants, leftover upholstery material, even old wedding decorations. The linings, straps, even the logo tags have been something in a former life. The sewing takes place on what was once our dining room table. And while we work we only listen to covers of cool music.
All materials are sourced and upcycled right here in Austin, TX.
With all this experience in materials and fabrication we are always open to collaborations large and small. It can be a limited run of bags like we did with Howler Brothers.
Or we can apply our skills to make the dreams of designers come true - like the lighting shades at Odd Duck.