Whoever said being eco meant sacrificing style never saw Ashley Watson’s line of handcrafted bags.

The Vancouver-based designer uses leather purchased from thrift stores to craft soft and sturdy sacks that utilize the original seams and pockets, and pay homage to their origins as now-passé jackets and pants.

Chic-yet-casual mid-sized purses work well for a night on the town or a day of shopping, and wallets are the perfect blend of panache and professionalism. Since every tote is a one-of-a-kind creation, you can be sure that your style stays truly original.

Story by Sarah Parsons. This article originally appeared in Plenty in May 2007. This story was added to MNN.com in September 2009.

Copyright Environ Press 2007