Upcycled Leather Bags

For more than 10 years, Sandy Philpott developed a love and unique art of dismantling and redesigning previously-loved leather jackets into new, useful leather bags. View samples of Sandy’s previous work or visit the online Uptown Redesigns shop to browse a constantly rotating boutique collection available for immediate purchase.

The Upcycling Process

Before and After of upcycled leather bags

Each Uptown Redesigns original leather bag begins with the selection of an outdated item that still retains salvageable and durable qualities that can be used once again. Sandy is highly selective of the materials she chooses for her upcycled bags, and only incorporates materials that will continue to stand the test of time.

After the selected materials are deconstructed, cleaned, and assessed, Sandy begins the design process. She manipulates and works with each piece and element until she envisions a design that is not only functional and durable, but takes advantage of the material’s assets and original character.

Interior of an upcycled leather bag.  The lining is made of US Army Tent canvas.

All bags are carefully built to last and incorporate reinforced materials, a sturdy interior base, reliable new hardware, and individualized design details. Most are also lined with weathered vintage military tent canvas for additional character and durability.

Each bag is truly one-of-a-kind, boasting expert craftsmanship, individual attention to detail, and a splash of New Orleans soul stitched into each seam. Carrying an Uptown Redesigns bag honors not only the past and the present, but also showcases individualized high-quality construction and design, and the power of small business ownership in the USA.

View & Purchase

Browse previously completed designs or shop for a new, ready-to-ship bag today!

Custom Work

Clients may submit their own items for personalized upcycling. Custom work typically ranges from $300-$400 per job, but will vary depending on the specifics of the project. Contact Sandy at uptownredesigns@gmail.com for details.

Before and after image of a worn-out brown leather bomber coat transformed into a new leather tote bag
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