The Story: My Son’s Jacket

The Story: My Son’s Jacket

“During his first years of college, my son came home wearing this jacket and continued to wear it for many years. It was not something he or I bought, but something that was going to be discarded by the grandfather of a friend. Many times, I came close to discarding the jacket and now am glad I did not. For you see, my son died in April, 2010 five weeks shy of his 30th birthday.”

– Kathy C.

The Story: My Music Loving Aunt’s Jacket

The Story: My Music Loving Aunt’s Jacket

“My aunt was a DJ at KSJO in the 80s. I’d like to make her old leather jacket into an Ashbury for my sister for Christmas.”

-Kevin B.


“I was tearing up when my brother gave me the “Sleeping Bag Records” purse. I was named after my Aunt, who died when I was seven, and her love of music was a special part of our relationship. I’ve had this jacket in the closet for years and am overjoyed at how amazing the bag is and at the daily reminder I will have of her. Thank you. Best Christmas present ever.”

-his sister

The Story: My Cousin Bought This In Rome

The Story: My Cousin Bought This In Rome

“In 1984, my cousin, while traveling with the state department’s office of security, was in Rome on a temporary assignment. She looked for a leather jacket in the latest Italian style and purchased it for herself. In the late 80’s, she gave it to me, a stay-at-home-mom. I was thrilled. Even though it has been out of style for years, I loved the color and feel of the leather. And every year, I offered it to my daughter, who politely declined. This year she suggested that we recycle it into a handbag, which I wanted her to keep. The 80s oversized fashion fad meant that there was even enough leather left over for cosmetic cases for both my cousin and myself. I’m delighted that this jacket has a new home with all three of us. Once again, I’m thrilled! Thank you, Shannon.”

– Kathryn O.

The Story: My Brother’s Coat

The Story: My Brother’s Coat

“I can’t begin to tell you how much the bags you made from my brother’s coat mean to me. Mark and I were 18 months apart in age and he has been “gone” since he was 25 years old. That was 32 years ago and I have had his coat ever since. It never fit and/or appealed to any of my children so it has just been moved from attic to closet and back again for all these years. The hobo and clutch are beautiful works of art. My daughter, who never met her uncle, will be touched beyond belief to have something of his – repurposed in a way that suits a 23 year old woman. Thank you so much for your artistry and caring.”

– Ellen S.

The Story: Inherited From My Mom’s Great Aunt

The Story: Inherited From My Mom’s Great Aunt

“I’d never buy a fur coat; I’ve always felt strongly about not killing animals for their fur or their fins or their tusks, etc., but my mom inherited a slightly creepy, almost dismembered fur coat from a great-aunt long ago and because animals were killed for it and it came from family, we couldn’t bring ourselves to cast it off so somehow I became the guilty keeper of those scraps. My mother always said, waste not want not, and I believe it more and more, so now by giving the pieces new life and a new purpose I hope I can honor, if not give back, the lives that were taken.”

-Shonquis M.

The Story: I Bought This Years Ago While Studying Abroad

The Story: I Bought This Years Ago While Studying Abroad

“I’m speechless…if the photos are any indication, the bag’s simple and elegant design are exactly what I wanted……the overall style far surpasses anything I could have imagined you could create… This jacket was my first “real” clothing purchase when I lived in Europe as a student many many years ago!”

-Karen L.

The Story: My Dad’s Peace Corps Jacket

The Story: My Dad’s Peace Corps Jacket

This jacket was brought to me by a woman in San Francisco and it was the first commissioned transformation I ever did. The jacket belonged to her father who wore it during his time in the peace corps. The jacket held considerable meaning for her, but she had no practical use for it… until now. She was very happy.

*Sadly, I didn’t think to take a before picture.

The Story: My Mom’s City Coat

The Story: My Mom’s City Coat

“Thank you so much for remaking this jacket. It’s very near and dear to me as my mom loved New York and traveled there often. It was during a trip there, while walking around the city with friends, that my dad realized she didn’t have a nice coat. So, that Christmas, my dad and I shopped long and hard for just the perfect one. She now had a lovely coat for enjoying the city with friends. I so wish this story would end there, but unfortunately my mom passed away just a short time thereafter. I miss her so, so much every day, but I am thankful to have some of her things to bring me comfort and remind me of happy memories. When I found your site online, I knew it would be the perfect way to keep this close to me at all times.”

– Kirsten E.

The Story: My Husband’s Jacket From When We Were Dating

The Story: My Husband’s Jacket From When We Were Dating

“My husband bought this jacket on a trip to San Francisco in 1994. We were friends in high school and reconnected at our five year high school reunion later that same year. We started dating long distance shortly thereafter. (he was in Boston, I was in Philadelphia) I will always remember him standing on the train platform at South Station, waiting for me to arrive in Boston for my first visit, wearing this really cool jacket. While he hasn’t worn the jacket in many years, I refused to let him get rid of it. Now because of Remade USA, an old jacket that hung in the back of a closet collecting dust became a gorgeous handbag! Every time I use it, I will be reminded of that special time in our lives. Thank you so much!”

– Samantha M.

The Story: My Grandfather’s Jacket

The Story: My Grandfather’s Jacket

This beautiful brown lamb skin jacket belonged to the customer’s grandfather and she has memories of him wearing it often. He also used to wear bow ties. She commissioned us to make the bag for herself and three bow tie necklaces for her and her two sisters.

– Nicole S.

The Story: My First Purchase When I Moved to NYC

The Story: My First Purchase When I Moved to NYC

“The long burgundy coat was my first purchase when I moved to New York City to go to school at Columbia and I loved the color of the leather. Since I had come from Northern California, I had zero understanding of real seasons or real cold or snow so that coat turned out, worn over hoodies, to be my only foul weather gear for a few years–totally insufficient, but very well-loved. So even after I discovered real coats and stopped wearing it (and stopped suffering), I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it. It’s traveled around with me to the million and one apartments I’ve lived at in Manhattan and Brooklyn for 20 years and now I’ll finally be able to wear it again without freezing to death.”

– Shonquis M.

“We received the bag last week and it’s gorgeous. Just love it. Thank you so much. My sister-in-law will love it. The quality is beautiful and we received it so quickly I couldn’t believe it.”

-Marnie A.

“I want to THANK YOU for the most beautiful bag – it is PERFECT. I have looked at leather bags for years now but never found one I really liked. This one fits the bill- I absolutely love the work(woman)ship. I love the way you purposed the pockets on the outside…can you tell i just really LOVE this bag? Seems silly, but, every time I use it (i.e. every day) I’m delighted. Thank you for your great work!”

-Christine H.

“The bag arrived and is absolutely beautiful…thank you again for your creativity and hard work. I’ve been sharing your website and Facebook page with all of my friends….I love the fact that my bag showed up on the home page of Ethical Style!”

-Karen L.

“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 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.

“Just wanted to let you know that I am absolutely loving my new bag! Thank you again for all your help!”

-Angela M.

“I love it, I love everything about it! Thank you for a beautiful job! Now, I just need to get busy traveling.”

– Judi G.

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