This Company Makes New Bags From Vintage Luxury Car Interiors
Because your briefcase should absolutely be hewn from the cockpit of an air-cooled Porsche.
You hear the term “reclaimed,” and you think hipster. You think about old typewriters and fixies and record crates undergoing half-assed restoration, then being listed on Etsy and jammed into trendy flea markets. And then you think of that awful seller, and their terrible pitch about, like, planned obsolescence and stuff, man, and how they just don’t make ‘em like this anymore because of, like, capitalism, but here have this single-batch tartar sauce and steampunk jar at 800 percent over market value. It is insufferable. But that doesn’t mean all reclaimed goods are propped-up, overwrought crap from the penny farthing and handlebar mustache crowd.
Example: Marclaro Inc., a little company based out of Ontario, Canada. Founded in 2009, the firm specializes in turning vintage luxury car and airplane interiors into high-end bags and purses. Each piece is one-off and handmade, and the source materials selection is spot-on; Marclaro’s catalog reads like a smartly curated car collection.
There’s a weekend duffle by Zeit.Works that’s hewn from the leather buckets in a 1969 Lamborghini Espada. Another uses a patinaed 1952 Mercedes 300 Adenauer Cabrio bench seat. Note the black cross-body messenger cut from a 1988 Volvo 740 GLE, where the lap belt is integrated as the bag’s fastening hardware. Other bags and briefcases come from old BMWs (733i and 735i), Porsche 911s (993 and 964) and an Alfa Romeo 164, plus various Audis and Cadillacs. These things are handsome, clever, and attainably priced.
Consider this an endorsement, and a win for reclaimed goods on the whole. Check out the "Drive Collection" at Marclaro’s online store here.