Every Skyebag’s story begins in Atlanta, where Delta’s seat covers are first collected. The reclaimed leather then heads to Raleigh, where it’s cleaned with saddle soap and water, graded, and deconstructed for reassembly.
Even the construction of the bags hews closely to tradition. Skyebags relies on hand tools and a 1973 industrial Singer sewing machine to coax the leather into shape.
Because of the reclaimed nature of the products, all Skyebags are unique and vary slightly in appearance. The upcycling process also uses less energy and transportation fuel than conventional manufacturing.
“We offer the leather a second life as a brand new product and save it from being discarded into a landfill,” Mahler tells Ecouterre.
Skyebags supports the environment in other ways, as well. Besides offsetting its emissions through The Nature Conservancy’s Carbon Offset Program, Skyebags also donates 10 percent of its proceeds to the nonprofit.