Ella Vickers at the Go Green Expo displaying her recycled sailcloth bag line. (Check out the product discount below!)
Who would have thought that old sails could be recycled to become fashionable and practical totes and bags? Well, in 1989 the idea was born when Ella Vickers, a first mate on the Columbia sailing yacht, which raced in the America cup, decided to make bags out of the discard sails. Everyone wanted two or three of the bags and the rest shall we say, was sailing history.
Since then, the Company, Nauti Gear, has expanded to include multiple products ranging from bags, accessories, to décor items made out of either white Dacron cruising or Kevar/Mylar racing sailcloth. Not only are the bags fashionable, they are durable and water resistant.
Top sellers of her line are the white Dacron Backpack ($129.00), the red and white Sailcloth Duffel ($179.00), white and green Open Tote Medium (on sale at $89.00), all round versatile San Francisco shoulder bag ($169.00), and the St. Barth’s smaller black Kevar shoulder purse ($79).
In addition, to Ella’s best sellers, I love the Briefcase shown above ($143) as well as home decor items, the nautical Spinnaker shower curtain priced at $79.00, and the dog bed cushion cover for your best first mate priced at $70.00. All products can be purchase online.
Love these products as much as I do? Green Talk readers can obtain a 15% discount by using the code, EVSC09 until January 1, 2009. So, add one of the Nauti Gear products to your life to put a little wind in your own sails!