Deadstock fabric. Look at it one way and you see a heap of waste. Look at it another way, and the crafty possibilities are endless. This is something that Our Legacy knows better than most: proof, this time, coming in the transformation of an array of leftover fabrics. From these castoffs, the Stockholm-born brand has pieced together a collection of hand crocheted bags with the help of artisan Sarah Murkes.
This is not the first time Our Legacy has plunged into a pile of deadstock material and emerged with a great idea. There was the Vans collab which used leftover fabrics to create the OG SK8-MID LX. Then there was the summery Stüssy collection featuring deadstock Italian tech fabric. And finally, there’s the ongoing partnership with premium running brand Satisfy, which upcycles vintage race tees with fresh graphics.
These new unisex bags are made from a mix of Our Legacy shirting, jersey, denim, nylon and silk, carefully put together by Murkes by hand. The resulting bags are objects that wear their past on their sleeve; an interlocking and pleasing muddle of different textures and colors. Each piece is completely unique and handmade from torn apart fabric strips. As such, the exact hue, size and appearance will differ from the ones listed on the website. (Which we reckon is only a good thing — who wants to have exactly the same items as everyone else?)
Our Legacy also notes that the bag will be “shaped by its wearer and naturally evolve over time.” This understanding of the innate and organic behavior of textiles is refreshing. It encourages the owner to get used to the idea that their clothing and possessions will change over time, and that’s no bad thing.
The latest crochet bags are realized in either Naturelle Eld Canvas (read: white) or Mixed Denim. We’ve also found Technical Midnight Black and Optic White Cotton Silk options on the Our Legacy website, constructed in the same manner with deadstock materials.
Many of these options are sold out, but you can still get your hands on the white option, available from the Our Legacy website. For other clever deadstock uses, check out Benim Denim’s when-it’s-gone-it’s-gone collection of jeans and jackets.