Remade USA is a custom service, based in Brooklyn, NY, that recycles and repurposes vintage leather jackets into new one-of-a-kind handbags.
Remade USA was started by Shannon South in 2009. A product designer by training and a minimalist at heart, Shannon had never been a big consumer of products and found herself conflicted by the idea of adding new ones to a world that was already overflowing with stuff. After moving around several times, she also started noticing the only things she was hanging on to were the ones that had meaning for her – memories of certain events, experiences or people.
Shannon had a vintage leather jacket that she hadn’t worn in ages. She also had an obsession with handbags – making and designing them. Remade USA was born out as an experiment with an old jacket. She loved the result and got a ton of compliments on it. Soon after, Shannon was combing every thrift store in town looking for jackets that had nice leather and interesting details. Within a month of launching her website, she’d been written up on Daily Candy and had her first order from Barney’s New York.
Over time, she realized that each bag required too much work to continue selling wholesale and noticed an increase in people asking her to repurpose their own personal jackets into bags. Her custom repurposing service became so successful that she decided to focus Remade USA solely on the service.
If you have an old leather jacket you can’t bear to throw away, but haven’t used in years, let’s talk. Send us your story (and a photo of your jacket).
If you are interested in a finished bag, please visit our other division, Shannon South, a collection of handmade bags made from remnant leather from the furniture industry.
– Leah B.
“I just got my bags today! I am speechless! They are so awesome I can’t even describe! I love them! I love them! I love them! You even made some bookmarks! Thank you so much for everything! Your work is truly outstanding! I wish you all the success! Take care!”
– Joana R.
“Thank you so much for the bag! I don’t know what to say but just “wow”. I went shopping with it today … oh my god, so perfect!! I was so proud of my unique bag, indeed!! When I found a small butterfly on it, I couldn’t stop smiling as … for me, the butterfly means my grandma who passed away last April. Your bag is now one of my favorites! I really love it!”
– Shima N.
“I got my bag today. It is so beautiful. And what’s so amazing is, even though it’s its own, unique creation now, all the details you used are echoes of the lovely leather jacket that it was breaking my heart not to wear anymore. Thank you, thank you, thank you – you gave my jacket new life! Now I get to wear it all over again!”
– Megan D.
“Just wanted to let you know that I am absolutely loving my new bag! Thank you again for all your help!”
– Angela M.
“My bag arrived on Friday and I have been toting it around ever since….I absolutely love the style and the beautiful workmanship….it is hard to believe that this jacket hung in the closet for six years and that you brought it back to life along with the many fond memories…..I will always treasure it….thank you so much.”
– Paulette L.
“I received the purse and clutch the other day and I absolutely love them. My purse came out so wonderful!!!! I can’t thank you enough, you did such a great job! I’m telling everyone I know about it. Thank you!!!”
– Kara T.
“I love it, I love everything about it! Thank you for a beautiful job! Now, I just need to get busy traveling.”
– Judi G.
– Karen L.
– BJ W.
“I am so grateful to Shannon. She took my Dads jackets and upcycled them into a duffle and two totes. The attention to detail and creativity are incredible. Worth every penny. I could not be happier and I think my Dad would be thrilled that I’m now using his Harley Davidson and government issue jackets daily.”