Although most of the makers & shop owners that I speak to for Shop Small Saturday Showcase usually have some type of training or schooling in their craft of choice, sometimes you find a completely unique story. Scott from King Bag Company has exactly that! I don't want to spoil too much of the interview below, but when you find out which repurposed materials inspired the creation of his bags, you will be amazed!
I made my own upcycled tote bag once, but these creations are completely unique, well-made, and just plain gorgeous. Peruse the pictures, visit the shop, and then take advantage of Scott's generous promo to my readers... 25% off any Etsy order!
Stay tuned for that at the end of the post, but first check out some serious eye candy!
Tell me a little bit about yourself!
I like to make lots of things... When not making these bags, I may be working on garden sculptures, stone patios, jewelry from found objects, t-shirt designs, bags from alternative materials (old banners, leather and metal with obscure hardware) and basically anything involving a transformation.
Where did the name of your store come from?
For nearly 50 years, King Kovers, the King of Seat Kovers, operated an auto upholstery business on Oakland's historic auto row. The owners, finally deciding to retire, had a going out of business sale. I literally bought a truck full (actually three trips) of material to make into something.... In wanting to preserve the history of the business and the classis car culture, I kept the "King" name and crown.
Why did you start making goods for King Bag Company?
The moment I first found and opened the boxes of vintage car seat covers, I knew then that the material should be made into bags. I had never made handbags before, but the colors, the patterns, and the texture all made me picture "bowling ball style" purses and paper boy inspired messenger bags. The material spoke to me...
What is your favorite item?
I must admit to having a few favorites along the way, and then I make a new batch and end up with another new favorite. Of late, my favorites are those that include my own custom lining. I created my own lining featuring a circular pattern of repeating crowns. The inside of my bags are just as cool as the outside.
What is your most popular item?
Each bag is one-of-a-kind so it's really hard to say. The bags with restored emblems are always the ones that draw the most attention.
Where do you get the inspiration for your work?
I've always loved the colors and patterns of the cars from the 50's and 60's. Each bag is a little reminder of the style and workmanship of that era.
What makes your store unique?
My product is unique are the material is no longer made, and quite scarce. Get a bag while I still have material!
What is the toughest part about making your goods?
The toughest part is saying goodbye to a bag when it sells.
Where can I see more of your work and buy a gift?
I am seriously in love with so many of the bags, and I can totally understand why Scott has such a hard time parting with each of his creations. Unfortunately for him, he may be doing so a lot more because he has offering my readers 25% off any order through the end of February. Simply check out at the King Bag Company Etsy shop and use the discount code: VINTAGEZEST25.
Thanks again to King Bag Company for joining Shop Small Saturday Showcase, and...