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Simple Basic reclaims textiles to make upcycled accessories you can actually afford

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Simple Basic reclaims textiles to make upcycled accessories you can actually afford

You don't have to sacrifice a day's wages to buy environmentally friendly totes and duffles in New York--at least not if you buy them from Simple Basic. Committed to reclaiming textiles and upcycling them into utilitarian products that are made to last, the Brooklyn studio will be showcasing some of their unique wares at the upcoming BKLYN Designs furniture festival in Greenpoint. And if you don't have a wallet yet, you might want to check out theirs.


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Buying a handmade tote or hot dog case feels so much more satisfying when the material has been reclaimed, and there is virtually no material which Simple Basic is afraid to use. They've got a diverse array of durable products made with everything from checked Gingham fabric to canvas and vinyl. And while their tote bags are pretty special, they also craft one-of-a-kind sunglass sleeves, sushi roles and even a fabric reflector.

And another reason to love this Brooklyn studio? They also make repairs and alterations, snubbing the contemporary impulse to discard anything that has a hole in it. They even promise that the quality will exceed the original durability. What's not to love? Head on down to BKLYN Designs in Greenpoint from May 8-10 to get your own Simple Basic accessory, and support the many other designers who make Brooklyn so friggin' awesome.

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