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Hem + Haw: Turning old jeans into new bags.

Old jeans | New bags | U.S. made

Hem + Haw: Turning old jeans into new bags.

Old jeans | New bags | U.S. made

$7,409
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
69
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, September 30 2016 2:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 30, 2016

About

"I can't think of any other piece of clothing that elicits the kind of emotional response and memory that blue jeans do. You're touching your own history every day. You're wearing your own history every day." Lynn Downy of Levi's

Like us, you’ve probably lived a lot of life in a pair of blue jeans—big moments and a thousand everyday ones in between. Eventually, though, holes show up where they shouldn’t be. Styles change. We change. 

Alongside other textile discards, our denim gets turned over to a second-hand outlet or shipped overseas. Or worse, it gets tossed—more than 10.2 billion pounds of clothing end up in U.S. landfills every year.

Hem + Haw was born out of the love of a good pair of jeans and the desire to put a dent in textile waste while employing U.S. workers to bring it all to life.

Bags for real life

"Jeans represent democracy in fashion." -Giorgio Armani

Here’s the thing about jeans—a good pair hangs in there, and they even look better worn-in. We knew the designs for our first Hem + Haw line had to be nimble, to maximize the material in a single pair of jeans as well as make use of the wide variety of washes available. We’ve landed on two versatile styles. Both bags have a dark taupe lining made from cotton grown, dyed and woven in the U.S.

The Conroy zip pouch is the perfect addition to another bag or to use alone for a night out. It comes in two denim-and-leather combo colors. Inside you'll find a handy leather pocket, perfectly sized for credit cards. Also included: a leather wrist strap you can easily take on and off.

The Conroy: pearl leather, medium denim wash or gray leather, dark wash
The Conroy: pearl leather, medium denim wash or gray leather, dark wash

 

The oConner clutch is a lightweight bag for carrying essentials. It comes with a matching 48.5” adjustable strap with button studs to easily convert for cross-body wear. The dark/light denim combo comes in a camel or chocolate colored leather.

Front side of the oConner: camel or chocolate leather
Front side of the oConner: camel or chocolate leather

 

Back zipper in the oConner. Perfect for keys or your phone.
Back zipper in the oConner. Perfect for keys or your phone.

We think you’ll find these bags go with the flow and live it up wherever you take them—just like your favorite pair of jeans.

Born in the U.S.A.

The whole world loves American movies, blue jeans, jazz, and rock and roll. ~Billy Joel

Having seen firsthand what happens in communities when economic livelihoods disappear, we’re committed to U.S. manufacturing. We’ve plowed through research, asked a lot of questions and driven ten hours through the Blue Ridge Mountains in one day to make sure we found the right partners.

As a result, we’ve sourced materials from all over the country and learned from a variety of local craftsman. The Hem + Haw pieces you’ll receive have been put together by hands that have been working in their respective fields for years.

Pre-ordering a Hem + Haw bag means you’ve re-used a pair of jeans and contributed to building up a local economy right here in the U.S.

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Special thanks to some special people

Video: Tony Trinh Design Group 

Map Graphic: Ashley Walton 

Photos: Bishoto

Model: Catherine McWilliams

Risks and challenges

Quite a few life lessons come from working in a creative agency—crazy things almost always happen and you learn to find a way to figure out the problems.

We're ready to do what needs to be done to get these bags in your hands. We're used to things "just coming up" and finding ways to work around and through them.

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    Hem + Haw Postcards

    Get four custom designed Hem + Haw postcards printed on recycled paper & pre-stamped. You can send them to fellow denim obsessors.

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    The Conroy

    [retail $75] Available in gray/dark wash denim or pearl/medium wash denim, the Conroy will be your new bff because it’s so easy to keep around.

    Comes with a dark taupe lining, an inner leather pocket (perfect for holding credit cards!) and a custom-made leather wrist strap.

    When the campaign is over you can pick your denim wash/leather combo—and strap (camel or chocolate leather) in the backer follow-up survey.

    Dimensions: 9" x 5"

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    The oConner

    [retail $120] Two-toned denim with chocolate or camel-colored leather, you’ll fall in love the moment you throw this one across your shoulder. It’s perfect for a day—or night—out to pack your essentials.

    Comes with a dark taupe lining, an outer zip pocket and a custom-made matching leather strap (48.5") with button stud adjustments.

    Dimensions: 11" x 8.25 " (folded over)

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    The Custom Conroy

    [retail $150] Got that pair of jeans you just can't part with? We'll make a custom Conroy bag out of them so you don't have to. Pick your leather combo for the bag and the strap leather in the followup survey.

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    Double the Fun Conroys

    [retail $150] Both denim/leather washes in the Conroy style. You can keep both or share one (and make someone love you forever).

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    The Conroy + oConner

    [retail $195] A savings on buying both bags individually, you’ll be set to rock either bag whatever the occasion.

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    The Custom oConner

    [retail $200] Turn a pair of jeans you love into a bag you love. We'll make you a custom oConner bag from a pair (or two) of your favorite jeans.

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    Family Affair: Two Custom Conroys

    [retail $300] Now you can go really nostalgic and share a piece of your personal history using a pair of favorite jeans. Pick your leather combos and strap in the followup survey.

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