In 1993, two brothers, both graphic designers, decided to create messenger bags made out of old tarpaulin, used bicycle tires and car seat belts—unintentionally setting off a new global trend that’s still going strong. All Freitag bags are designed, cut and packaged in Zurich, and around 300,000 bags a year are distributed worldwide. Their products include messenger bags, backpacks, handbags, sport bags, totes, wallets and more for both men and women—all made from used truck tarpaulins. Forty basic models are made continually, but they also launch new lines about every six months. Official prices start at B2,800 for a shopping bag, B3,900 for an iPad 2 sleeve and B6,000 for a messenger bag.
Sneaka Villa accepts pre-orders with a slight markup, Siam Square Soi 11, 02-658-1970. www.sneakavilla.net
Seven designers came up with an idea to support communities and charities by buying unwanted polypropylene bags, vinyl banners, old truck tarpaulins and used bicycle tires. They use them to make trendy but durable recycled bags. Their products include messenger bags, shopping bags, baskets, totes and more, for both men and women. Price starts from B380.
5/F, Zen@CentralWorld, 02-640-7000. www.smart-trash.com
The owner kicked-off this venture eight years ago without even the most basic fashion knowledge. From T-shirts, pants, skirts, shoes and bags to belts, he says he remakes things because he appreciates the rareness of each material and the distinctiveness of each product. The Remaker’s bags are made from vinyl banners or used clothes, and other accessories, like hats and wallets, are also available. Prices can range from B100-5,000 for bags, B40-500 for accessories and B800-20,000 for furniture.
TCDC, 6/F, Emporium, Sukhumvit Rd., 02-664-8448. www.theremaker.com
Founded by two hip street artists, Mamafaka and Rukkit, Urface, makes bags with new high-quality denim and featuring original art prints designed by the artists themselves. All designs are sold only once, so you can be sure you won’t have that awkward moment when you walk past someone sporting the same bag. Totes are priced at B3,500 and count B2,680 for messenger bags.
Siam Square Soi 10, 081-910-5673. www.urfacestore.com