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We have branched out from only making Mexican-themed backpacks...
to making backpacks out of recycled bike tire tubes and other materials.
We hope to continue both lines,
but there is a distinct difference between the two products... and
we are trying to market to two different kinds of people lately.

Thingsbuilt originated in Echo Park 12 years ago by two emerging artists with a focus on theatrical set pieces, commissioned pieces for private residencies as well eco based construction projects. 5 years ago we discovered and fell in love with San Miguel de Allende and on a whim, lived there for four years. (Also because we had cancer). The idea for the backpacks came about almost upon arrival, with a love/hate relationship with the Mexican shopping bag, made from recycled plastics. (Also…

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  • Born on March 30
  • Joined May 17, 2009

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heavy mesh Mexican shopping bags, leather, bike tire tubes, automotive carpeting, vinyl, old car chrome, vintage motocross, accessories, steel, fire, beer

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About

We have branched out from only making Mexican-themed backpacks...
to making backpacks out of recycled bike tire tubes and other materials.
We hope to continue both lines,
but there is a distinct difference between the two products... and
we are trying to market to two different kinds of people lately.

Thingsbuilt originated in Echo Park 12 years ago by two emerging artists with a focus on theatrical set pieces, commissioned pieces for private residencies as well eco based construction projects. 5 years ago we discovered and fell in love with San Miguel de Allende and on a whim, lived there for four years. (Also because we had cancer). The idea for the backpacks came about almost upon arrival, with a love/hate relationship with the Mexican shopping bag, made from recycled plastics. (Also there was nothing to do in San Miguel). We thought we had a pretty good idea, cutting them up and mixing them together. No one has, to this day, tried to make these except us. We've sold maybe 300,
if you count the local sales in Mexico and the gift shops.

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