Designer Terry Lischka’s innovative bags transform thrift store men’s items into fashion-forward unisex messenger bags. Designing under the name Sew Much Style, Lichska scours thrift stores for disused suits and ties, then gives them a new life as part of a line of accessories. Fashions may come and go, but Sew Much Style loves upcycling quality fabrics into modern bags, purses and laptop cases, and reworking old suits into modern style in a line adorably called Finnegan.
Thrift stores are packed to the gills with old suits and ties, cast aside as flared legs and pleats have gone from being in vogue to obsolete. Rather than waiting an lifetime for the quality threads to come back into style, Lischka decided to accentuate the positive, and use out-of-style men’s frocks as source material for her line. Named after her grandson Finn, Finnegan has been re-purposing suit and tie materials into patchwork purses, messenger bags, cases and hats since 2009.
Elements of the fabric former life are evident in Lischka’s handmade designs. She leaves the angle of a lapel collar on each purse, as well as a section of buttons from a suit sleeve, giving the new owner a reminder of where their chic bag came from. Lischka favors tartans, tweeds and plaids, favoring to mix and match patterns to unify them on one piece.
In addition to her upcycled masterpieces, Lischka also offers custom made memory bags that are made with usable pieces from suit coats from loved ones who have passed.