Forestbound Duffel Bag

Forestbound Duffel Bag

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Taking one item and turning it into another, more useful item probably isn’t anything new to you. It’s how plumbing hose and a funnel became a beer bong. How macaroni pieces and Elmer’s glue became art. Scrap plywood and 2×4 became a bike shelf. Now, it’s how a vintage, worn-in US military duffel bag became another, well, duffel bag. Using canvas salvaged from WWII era duffels, Etsy seller Forestbound creates weekend bags that have as much utility as character. The canvas is mated to cotton webbing handles (again, salvaged from WWII era supplies) and a should strap, and the entire package is secured with brass hardware and brown leather. All the utility of an Army bag, slightly modified for everyday use.

The Martin Wholecut Oxford Is Handmade from a Single Piece of Italian Leather The Martin Wholecut Oxford Is Handmade from a Single Piece of Italian Leather
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For those who find attention-grabbing brogues and ornate details a bit too flashy but who still want a pair of attractive, well-made dress shoes, The Martin Wholecut is the answer. Handmade in Italy out of a single piece of Italian calfskin leather, the rich, supple dress shoes feel exceedingly comfortable and look sleek without being over the top. Each is outfitted with a leather lining, a matching leather sole, and is even painted by hand. Plus, thanks to the Blake construction, The Martin Wholecut Oxfords feel light and flexible.

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