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Shannon South and reMade USA Recycled Leather Handbags

Shannon South and reMade USA Recycled Leather Handbags Shannon South and reMade USA Recycled Leather Handbags
Brooklyn NY 11201
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Born in Miami and raised in the couture gown industry, Shannon South designed and constructed her first handbag in 1995. She has been around sewing machines since she was a child, teaching herself to sew by patching scraps of satin together in an effort to make a dress. Throughout college, she was very involved in the club scene, crafting fabulous new outfits weekly.

Shannon has traveled a lot and lived in London, Oslo, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and San Francisco - though New York has remained her home base since 1999. She's studied media arts and industrial design, designed and coded many web sites, made furniture, worked with internationally acclaimed designer, Marcel Wanders, and attempted to learn several languages. She is always open to new experiences that will open her mind and bring her inspiration.

Spurred by her concern for the environment and the observation that so few new products today have authenticity or soul, Shannon chose to start working with discarded materials that have a history. She loves the process and the result of transforming something unwanted into something beautiful and desirable.

In 2009, she launched as reMade USA by Shannon South, a bag design company focusing mainly on repurposing leather jackets into handbags. Her first and biggest supporter has been Barneys NY, where she has been selling for two years.

The characteristics that guide all of Shannon's work is that it be beautiful, soulful, well-crafted, made locally, and have the tiniest footprint possible.

There is so much perfectly usable waste in the United States. The primary material that she uses is discarded leather. It is resilient, it lasts, and the quality beautifully worn leather gives to a newly made bag cannot be replicated. It has a sense of history, yet is still new.

Aside from making beautiful products, one of her goals is to create awareness and appreciation of what can be done with discarded materials. Not limiting herself to just leather, she also works with denim, coffee bean sacks, and even doilies. She loves the challenge of transforming a persons desire for a product, simply through redesign and reconfiguring of the material. This is the biggest and most exciting design challenge of all and her dream is to see it on a large scale.


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Date added: 1.5.2012  
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