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Forestbound's Alice Saunders Makes Levi's-Approved Tote Bags

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Not exactly new to the block, local Alice Saunders has been hand-crafting her own utilitarian bags out of quality salvaged materials for years. Her brand Forestbound is a solo operation—she sources, designs, and sews each one-of-a-kind bag herself. The nature of her designs ensures no two bags are alike. Most of the materials she uses are historic fabrics and hardware found throughout New England. With a history degree with a focus on World War II, it's only natural that Alice finds the endless hunt for vintage fabrics and materials to be a thrilling task. She is meticulous when placing the fabrics together into a design so that the finished bag represents the historical elements of the sourced materials, be it a strategically placed logo from a seed bag or the re-utilization of a pocket from an army jacket.

Since founding the brand in 2008, Alice has collaborated with a variety of prominent brands and is currently working on projects with West Elm Local, Levi's, and Patagonia while continuing to develop her own brand. You can purchase her one-of-a-kind bags ($165 to $225 for fabric; leather starts at $300) and accessories (fabric pouches and logo tees) from her online shop.—Christine Mitchell
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