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One-of-a-kind accessories handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail and a nod to the heritage of re-use.
One-of-a-kind accessories handcrafted with the utmost attention to detail and a nod to the heritage of re-use.
82 backers pledged $6,570 to help bring this project to life.

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First of all, thank you for taking the time to take a look at my project.

My name is Jared DeSimio. I am father to Olive, husband to Hannah and an artist who believes in the value of craft and celebrating the heritage of reclaimed materials. In my small studio, I design and create one-of-a-kind bags, baseball caps, belts and other accessories using a diverse combination of new and found materials.

With your support, I can invest in additional equipment and tooling to increase both the quality and efficiency of my work.

I am passionate about making products that people connect with.

Please peruse my rewards. Everything is handmade by me at my studio in the historic Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick, Maine. See if there is something that really speaks to you. Or, tell a friend or share this project on your favorite social media outlet.

Pledge $25 or more-Leather Key Fob and Handwritten Note

Leather Key Fob
Leather Key Fob

You get a handmade vegetable tanned leather key fob and a hand written thank you from yours truly. The limited edition and numbered key fob features my maker stamp and a vintage hand-hammered copper rivet.. The note will be written on paper from an old homemade stamp collecting book.

Pledge $75 or more-Hand Cut Leather Belt

 In addition to the key fob and thank you note,, you will receive a hand-cut and finished leather belt. Made from domestic 10-ounce natural vegetable tanned leather, this belt will start out very light in color but will darken with age and use. The buckle has been salvaged from vintage horse tack and each one is unique! Retail Value-$90

Pledge $100 or more-Handmade Baseball Cap

Military canvas baseball cap
Military canvas baseball cap

In addition to the key fob and thank you note, you will receive a handmade baseball cap made from your choice of either raw selvedge denim from the USA or reclaimed canvas from vintage military duffel bags. The underside of the cap bill will be covered in patchwork from vintage quilts. Adjustable leather strap-back, salvaged buckle from horse tack, hand-hammered copper rivets, chambray sweat band, seams covered in deadstock mil-spec cotton webbing. You will also get a key fob and hand written note detailing all of the materials used to construct your item. Retail Value-$120

Baseball Cap Details
Baseball Cap Details
More Baseball Cap Details
More Baseball Cap Details
Raw Denim Baseball Cap
Raw Denim Baseball Cap

Pledge $160 or more-Baseball Cap and Belt

You receive all of the previous rewards! A handmade baseball cap (choice of denim or canvas), a hand-cut veg-tan leather belt, key fob, and hand written note detailing all of the materials used to construct your items! See above for images of rewards. Retail Value-$210

Pledge $195 or more-Raw Edge Patchwork Tote

In addition to the key fob and thank you note, you will receive a handmade Tote bag made from your choice of a raw edged patchwork of vintage military duffel bag canvas or a raw edged patchwork of reclaimed denim from vintage USA made jeans. Handles are made from 10-ounce domestic burgundy latigo leather and attached with hand hammered vintage copper rivets. Single slip pocket on the inside. Retail Value-$240

Silhouette of Patchwork Tote
Silhouette of Patchwork Tote
Example of Denim Patchwork
Example of Denim Patchwork

Pledge $330 or more-Signature Tote or Messenger

Example of Signature Tote
Example of Signature Tote
Example of messenger (quilting optional)
Example of messenger (quilting optional)

In addition to the key fob and thank you note, you will have the choice of either my signature tote with asymmetrical adjustable leather handles or my messenger bag with adjustable shoulder strap. Both have a double slip pocket on the inside. They are made from vintage, soldier used, military duffel bags and are designed to showcase the unique writing and decoration. I use ONLY domestic leather, vintage copper rivets, vintage reclaimed hardware, and domestic thread. As with all of my work, every detail is highly considered to ensure an item of the utmost quality and style. This will be a bag to cherish and talk about. Retail Value-$450 & up

PLEASE NOTE: Each bag will be different due to the nature of the materials used. Rest assured that each bag will be amazing in its own right. Backers at this level will be able to choose the canvas only. When the campaign ends, backers will be contacted in order to make their choice from my available canvas. For a fully collaborative bag experience, see the next reward level.

Detail of Unique Decoration and Double Boot
Detail of Unique Decoration and Double Boot
Messenger Detail
Messenger Detail
The Signature Tote's Asymmetrical Adjustable Handles
The Signature Tote's Asymmetrical Adjustable Handles

Pledge $440 or more-Custom/Heirloom Tote or Messenger

Custom tote made from jeans and chamois shirts
Custom tote made from jeans and chamois shirts
Custom messenger made from customer's childhood canvas tent
Custom messenger made from customer's childhood canvas tent

This will be a fully collaborative process. You have the choice of either the signature tote or messenger. Options include: choice of rivets, color of leather, quilting, and the option of supplying your own materials for use in the bag. This is a great way to honor a loved one or give new life to an old piece of clothing that is particularly meaningful. You’ll also receive digital sketches throughout the process in order to fine tune exactly what your bag will look like. Retail Value-$600 & up

Thank you to: My wife Hannah and daughter Olive, Sarah Guerette, Red Stallion Media, L.K. Weiss & Tennyson Tappan of Jack Tar 207, Rollin Leonard, Olan Boardman, Jeremy Shaw, Elmer Moore Jr, Kyle Poissonnier, and Matt Cassidy.

Risks and challenges

Sourcing materials remains the biggest challenge. Given the nature of my goods, it takes a lot of work to find the appropriate fabric and hardware. Luckily, this is the most inspiring part of the process for me which means, despite the difficulties I may face, I'm probably going to come up with new ideas for things to offer in the future!

I'm also a husband and father of a three year old girl and I take these roles very seriously. Having a good balance in my life is extremely important. Good time management will be challenging but I am up for the task. Luckily, my "regular job" affords me the summers off which means I will have much more flexibility in my schedule.

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    You get my humble gratitude and a thank you e-mail!

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    I will mail you a postcard with an image of my studio and a thank you note on the back!

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    You get a handmade leather key fob and a hand written note from yours truly. The key fob features my maker stamp, a vintage hand-hammered copper rivet, and a serial number unique to this campaign. The note will be written on paper from an old homemade stamp collecting book.

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    You will receive a hand-cut and finished Leather belt. Made from domestic 10-ounce natural vegetable tanned leather, this belt will start out very light in color but will darken with age and use. The buckle will be salvaged from vintage horse tack and it will be unique from the get-go! Features vintage hand-hammered copper rivets, my maker stamp, and will have a campaign specific serial number. You will also get a key fob and hand written note detailing all of the materials used to construct your item. Retail value is $90.

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    You will receive a handmade baseball cap made from your choice of either raw selvedge denim from the USA or reclaimed canvas from vintage military duffel bags. The underside of the cap bill will be covered in patchwork from vintage quilts. Adjustable leather strap-back, salvaged buckle from horse tack, hand-hammered copper rivets, chambray sweat band, seams covered in deadstock mil-spec cotton webbing. You will also get a key fob and hand written note detailing all of the materials used to construct your item. Retail value is $120.

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    Pledge $160 or more About $160

    You will be receiving all of the previous rewards! A handmade baseball cap (choice of denim or canvas), a hand-cut veg-tan leather belt, key fob, and hand written note detailing all of the materials used to construct your items! Retail value is $210.

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    Pledge $195 or more About $195

    You will receive a handmade Tote bag made from your choice of a raw edged patchwork of vintage military duffel bag canvas or a raw edged patchwork of reclaimed denim from vintage USA made jeans. Handles are made from 10-ounce domestic burgundy latigo leather and attached with hand hammered vintage copper rivets. Single slip pocket on the inside. You will also get a key fob and hand written note detailing all of the materials used to construct your item. Retail value is $240.

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    Pledge $330 or more About $330

    You will have the choice of either my signature tote with asymmetrical adjustable leather handles or my messenger bag with adjustable shoulder strap. They are made from vintage, soldier used, military duffel bags and are designed to showcase the unique writing and decoration. I use ONLY domestic leather, vintage copper rivets, vintage reclaimed hardware, and domestic thread. As with all of my work, every detail is highly considered to ensure an item of the utmost quality and style. This will be a bag to cherish and talk about. You will also receive a key fob and hand written note detailing all of the materials used to construct your item. Retail value is $450 & up.

    PLEASE NOTE: Each bag will be different due to the nature of the materials used. Rest assured that each bag will be amazing in it's own right. Backers at this level will be able to choose the canvas only. When the campaign ends, backers will be contacted in order to make their choice from my available canvas. For a fully collaborative bag experience, see the next reward level.

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    Pledge $440 or more About $440

    This is the custom/heirloom level. A fully collaborative and experiential process. You will have the choice of either my signature tote or messenger but with full collaboration on the details. That includes: choice of rivets, color of leather, quilting (if desired), minor add-ons or adjusments. You will also have the option of supplying your own materials for use in the bag. This is a great way to honor and remember a loved one or give new life to an old piece of clothing that is particularly meaningful. You will be sent digital sketches throughout the process in order to fine tune exactly what your bag will look like. It will be delivered in it's own very unique packaging and will be accompanied by a handwritten note entailing everything that was used to construct your bag as well as a leather key fob. Retail value is $600 & up.

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