Upcycled Newspapers Handbag

This distinctive handbag is crafted from upcycled newspapers in Italy.
created by

Stefano and Manuela

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Stefano and Manuela

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Crafted from upcycled newspapers, this handmade bag is a masterpiece of sustainable fashion. The rolled and interwoven strands of newsprint are accented by warm, canvas-like trim, rope handles, and a magnetic flap closure. The interior features one large compartment and two smaller pockets. Handmade by Stefano and Manuela in Puglia, Italy.

Due to the recycled and handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

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Stefano and Manuela are a young couple from a small town in Puglia, located at the very bottom of the heel of Italy. This part of Italy suffers from lack of employment opportunities especially for the younger generation. Many of Stefano and Manuela's peers have had no choice but to leave their hometowns in Puglia and either head to the north of Italy eg to Milan or abroad to find employment. Manuela and Stefano are very attached to their roots and family and wanted to raise their 2 young children in the beautiful area where they grew up. Puglia is a very family focused area and very rich in local traditions and beliefs. Here, shops, offices, schools etc close at 1pm during the week so that everyone can have lunch at home with their family. It's a tradition which is held very close to the hearts of the local people and one which they are proud to continue. However, Stefano and Manuela also understood that they needed to carve a career for themselves in order to remain in Puglia and support their young family and it was at this time that they discovered that they both had a passion and a creative gift for a family handicraft which has been passed down though the generations in Stefano's family and that is, the craft of making unique and beautiful handbags and wallets out of weaved upcycled newspapers. Stefano's mother taught them the skill and over time they have added their own contemporary twist to the handmade items. They have also amended the items over the years based on customer feedback and more recently based on the recommendations and market research from The Crafty Italians. Stefano and Manuel are the creative force behind the original products but they lack the marketing, business, financial and English skills to promote and sell their products to an international audience. This is where The Crafty Italians come in.

Handmade Recycled
Made from
polyester, resin, upcycled newspaper
Measurements
11.8" L x 3.9" W x 9.8" H
Item ID
26873

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5.0

Uniquely beautiful from Italy!

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from San Francisco, CA

About Me Career, Modern, Practical, Stylish

Pros

  • Attractive
  • Easy Access
  • Eco-friendly
  • Enough Compartments
  • Good Organization
  • Good Strap Length
  • Great Color
  • High Quality
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Commuting
    • Cycling
    • Date Night / Night Out
    • Office
    • Shopping
    • Traveling

    Comments about UncommonGoods Upcycled Newspapers Handbag:

    Firstly, I have to agree with the previous review and say that the photos of this handbag don't adequately show the beauty, intrinsic craftsmanship and high quality finishing of this unique product.
    The newspapers are coated therefore the bag is water-resistant
    I bought this handbag as a gift for a friend. She loves original, eco-friendly, quirky items and this handbag certainly ticks all those boxes and more.
    It is a good size for an everyday shoulder bag with a neat clasp to ensure all your possessions stay safe as well as having a large internal pocket also with a clasp for smaller items.
    It really is beautifully made and the finishing is top quality. The neutral color of the bag means that it goes with everything.
    I love the fact that it is entirely handmade and Italian as well as being made using a craft of which has been passed down through the generations.
    This is the perfect gift for someone who likes beautiful handmade things which are different and not something you'll find in the shops.
    The packaging and handwritten label were the perfect thoughtful finishing touches.
    My friend loved it and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    From Italy, With Love

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    from Rochelle, IL

    About Me Classic, Modern, Practical, Stylish

    Pros

    • Attractive
    • Easy Access
    • Enough Compartments
    • Good Strap Length
    • Great Color
    • High Quality
    • One-of-a-kind

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Commuting
      • Office
      • Shopping
      • Traveling

      Comments about UncommonGoods Upcycled Newspapers Handbag:

      The online photo of this handbag does not do it justice. The woven newspaper is lightly coated, which adds durability and a rich, subtle shine. The cloth is a nice warm golden brown, perfect for spring and summer. It is well-made and beautifully lined. The handles are smooth and comfortable. Even though this item is described as a handbag, most women, if so inclined, would be able to easily carry it as a shoulder bag. No, it's not a Gucci, but it is charming and lovely for what it is. It came delightfully wrapped with bubble wrap, two sheets of Italian newspaper, and gently tied sisal twine! (Of course, Uncommon Goods had also carefully packaged the whole with more bubble wrap inside a sturdy cardboard box.) Oh, yes, and the note on the tag from The Crafty Italians ended with "Grazie Mille!" That little expression of appreciation may be enough to encourage some women to buy a second bag for a mother, sister, daughter, or friend!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No, No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
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      • Other

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