Here at PoT, we are all about taking used bags apart, up-cycling their parts, and making the gorgeous bags you can see on our page. Why throw out a bag that has a perfectly good strap, or piece of leather, or snap? We will reuse anything we can! Tonight though, as we were designing in the basement of our fearless leader's home, we struggled a bit to let go of some very nice, brand-name bags. When I say we, it was more like our fearless leader. We had two that were completely brand new, with gorgeous pieces that would look great on many a bag of ours, all leather. If your in any sort of purse design business, you know that leather is a hot-hot piece for any part of a bag - something I, the intern, have quickly learned. As we debated over whether or not to keep the purses, it was a sweet reminder of what we do here. While the bags were absolutely beautiful, they represented nothing more than a name, granted an expensive name, but a name nonetheless. Peace of Thread is more than a name. Each bag is more than the brand it carries - it represents a woman who has seen loss, great fear, little hope, and turmoil. It represents a woman who has struggled greatly. It represents a woman who is finding hope in a new life, even if just a sliver.
After much debate, we began the process of ripping the bags apart - literally any piece that we thought there was a remote possibility to reuse. Again, I thought of the women. Absolutely beautiful from the start, but torn to pieces in their struggle, whatever that means for them. Broken, torn, used. Taking the old pieces they have and putting them with the new to form an even more beautiful bag. A woman made even more beautiful by her experiences. A woman who, in all the loss and fear and turmoil, is beautiful because of her struggle, inside and out, just like the bag she sews. We're more than a name. We're a story - many stories.