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recycled necktie & suit wallet

by Laura Skelton
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  • the story

It Suits You

Think about it: you're a nice pin-stripe suit with a handsome silk tie. And for the past ten years you've been going to the office and looking your best. Then, all of a sudden, BAM! You end up on the sale rack at the back of a thrift store. Now, what's a suit to do?

Enter designer Laura Skelton who finds potential in unwanted suits and neckties and turns them into something useful and fresh. Full of character, charm and history, these wallets are clean-lined, simple and unique without being over the top.

Outside of necktie wallet is made of a silk tie, while the lining is a solid charcoal grey suit material. Suit wallet is made entirely of pinstripe suit material. Features pocket for bills and two side pockets for cards. Handmade in Pennsylvania.

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

Due to the recycled nature of this product, pattern will vary but stay within the color families.

  • details
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Made from
french paper, recycled material
Folded: 4" x 3.5"
Spot clean with cold water and gentle soap. Air-dry.
  • the maker

Laura Skelton

In July 2007, designer Laura Skelton began turning unwanted, thrift-store clothing into creative accessories. With a background in architecture, Laura creates products that are clean, simple and minimalist; bold without going over the top.

Laura is committed to using sustainable materials and practices whenever possible. Raw materials found in thrift stores and the backs of closets, with their funky patterns and unique histories, are the inspiration behind many of her creations. These components are integrated into the design in such a way that closer inspection of the patterns and textures is needed to realize what they used to be. The recycled materials Laura uses are inexpensive, abundant and have a character that only comes with having a previous life. Even when used in the same design over and over, because of the inherent singularity of the material the results are not cookie-cutter copies of one another.

Before starting her own business, Laura worked for Stanley Tigerman doing sustainable architecture in Chicago. She graduated from Columbia University in 2006 with a major in Architecture. During her studies at Columbia in 2005, Laura did a design internship with Peter Eisenman Architects. She loves to design and make things, and is especially interested in making lovely things out of recycled and sustainable materials. Laura now lives in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans.

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