Cycle Up – New upcycled design lines transform trash into treasure

6 Jun

Forestbound: When Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s declared the reusable grocery tote a practical necessity, Alice Saunders of Boston-based Forestbound took note. Saunders uses only salvaged linen, canvas and leather, which she reworks into durable, utilitarian tote bags. As a testament to Saunders’ New England upbringing, all materials are locally sourced. Each one-of-a-kind piece is designed to reflect her belief that repurposed materials are as relevant today as they were decades ago. Though collections vary, they share a common thread of history. The current men’s line is inspired by the leather aprons worn by blacksmiths in the 1930s, while a line commissioned by Anthropologie incorporates grain sacks, circa 1910-1940.

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