Sustainably crafted bags by Sans Map

Reduce, reuse, recycle – Sans Map does all three with style. Designer Corey Dergazarian repurposes vintage fabrics and leather to create something new, giving these materials a new life. The resulting product happens to be beautiful and practical: lovely handmade bags of different shapes and sizes.

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A few years ago, Corey found an old vintage Necchi sewing machine and began experimenting. Corey comes from a family of creative types that includes an exceptional seamstress grandmother, so it seems like it was in her cards to pursue her love of bags and begin crafting her own. In 2009 she launched Sans Map, and started selling on Etsy and local markets and hows. Corey loves imagining what her repurposed objects did in the past. Who did they belong to? Where did they travel? Each bag is one-of-a-kind, and has a unique story.

As far as bags go, on most days I need a Mary-Poppins-worthy carry-all. For those days, Sans Map has the ‘Voyageur Grand’ collection – sturdy messenger bags with her signature mix of fabric and leather.

sans map messenger bag

For those lucky days when all I need is the keys-wallet-cellphone trio, Sans Map’s clutches and wristlets are just perfect.

sans map wristlet

Corey’s focus on sustainability starts with the materials that she uses and extends to the building where her studio is located. Renovated in 2007 using only eco-friendly and salvaged materials, the building is covered with 4,000 sq feet of green roofing landscape as well as solar panels, which power 100% of the building’s electricity. This green building in Crown Heights had previous lives, like Sans Map’s creations, during which it housed a Budweiser Brewery, a Heinz 57 plant and metal manufacturing shops.

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Sans Maps unique bags and purses can be found at their online Etsy shop and at the Brooklyn boutiques By Brooklyn and Better than Jam.