AlyBondBespoke

Bespoke Bags Created From Reclaimed Leather

Stafford, United Kingdom · 208 Sales

AlyBondBespoke

Bespoke Bags Created From Reclaimed Leather

Stafford, United Kingdom 208 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(84)

Announcement   www.alybond.co.uk

I go live on Facebook each weekday at 10.30 London uk
Come and find me
https://www.facebook.com/aly.bond.5
https://www.facebook.com/alybondbespoke/

Simply process to have the bag of your dreams made.
1, Choose your desired style of bag either from mine previously made or your own design
2, Choose your leather jacket ( yours or mine )
3. Choose your fabric for lining ( a favourite shirt ) or favourite fabric
4, I will make your desired bag.

If you've been dreaming about that special bag, you've looked everywhere but never found the exact bag you would like , tell me about it, let's get our heads together and create your absolutely perfect bag. You may have the bag you love already but would like it in another colour, or perhaps you've seen one online and would like to take inspiration from it for your design. Whatever your requirement I want to hear from you.

I make all my bags myself and I’m completely addicted in working with leather. Every bag is unique and has a story of its own. Each jacket has a previous life ready to be transformed into a new life. I always try to keep the original jacket features of pockets and stitching and reuse into the bag. I use a heavy duty industrial machine designed for sewing leather, with heavy duty thread. I only use quality hardware that can stand up to constant use.

The most beautiful objects we own are those that have embedded personal stories and sentimental value. Repurposing your own jacket into a bag or accessory gives it a second life and has an emotional tie far greater than any shop bought item. Many people have leather jackets hidden in the back of their wardrobes, out of fashion, yet too emotionally valuable to give away, if you have one said item and would like to give it a second life, please get in touch.

Nice things people have said, both on my website and here on etsy.

My dad's name was Brian and I was always his little girl. He was the strongest, kindest man I have ever known. He helped me through the loss of my mum 12 years ago and we had a bond only a dad and his daughter would understand. He passed away in June 2012 and I miss him every day. I heard about Aly Bond and how she was recycling old leather jackets into handbags and lining them with men's shirts. I had kept one of my dad's favourite shirts and asked Aly if the bag I ordered could be lined with it. Aly is a very talented and compassionate person and she made me a beautiful bag perfectly lined with my dad's favourite shirt. It makes me smile when I open the bag and see his shirt there and I love the fact that my mobile phone sits perfectly in his shirt top pocket, but most of all I love it because it reminds me of my best friend, my hero, my dad. Thanks a million Aly.
Jane F
Stafford
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Hiya Aly ! Thank u sooooo much !! It's perfecto ! U r so clever - such a very unique & special idea & talent. Absolutely LOVE it & will leave feedback ASAP. Defo fate re Harrods coat - couldn't have asked for something better. Thank u once again & keep in touch
Oh it's sooooo fabulous - honestly over the moon with it. Just in the car now swapping me stuff over cause want to use it ASAP. Thank u once again for the offer of the Harrods Coat. Will defo sort out feedback & have already mentioned u & yr idea cause sooooo excited at work so u never know. They will all see it on Monday morning ! Wish u all the very best re business. Enjoy
Love Tracie
S-O-T x
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Hi Ally
I hope that you don't mind my texting you. I just wanted to tell you that I showed my mum the memory bag - made from her red leather coat - she totally loved it (so did my dad - bizarrely). I wear / use it a lot and always get a comment.
Thank you
Jan G x (red leather a line bag)Xx
Creswell
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Thank you so much Aly for our bags we love them! Aly has made a beautiful bag for my daughter made out of my late mothers leather jacket and lined with her Cath Kidston dress! Which I would never of parted with and would probably just been packed away ! Aly has kept all the detail of the dress including the buttons. . The bag is beautiful and also my bag which also was my mothers leather jacket and had lined with her skirt is georgeous! I love it thank you so much you have done an amazing job and we are both very pleased and will keep these forever! Xxx
Sam and Molly
Stafford
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Absolutely love the bag thank you very ingenious , a bag for life for sure.
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Oooh, Aly! It is beautiful! I love this bag - and the sweet wee purse inside! You are one clever lady. The colour is perfect! The details are amazing! (And having the photo of the coat that donated the leather and lining is such a cool piece of providence!). Thank you so much for putting up with all my questions about the bag, but a woman's new red bag is an extremely important purchase, and this tote is FANTASTIC. I" m thrilled - not only because no one else in the entire world has one (even remotely) the same. I am changing my entire outfit today so that I can really work this bag! Can't thank you enough, Aly! To prospective customers; Aly is a superstar bag maker! You will not be disappointed with your purchase from AlyBond!
Thanks again! Elizabeth
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Its really a perfect size! Its just a great bag, looks good, feels really well constructed, and it is already feeling like an extension of me - if you know what I mean! ;-)
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Strolling past a popup shop some months ago I was attracted inside by a display of beautiful, one-off leather bags. One in particular caught my eye. It wasn't for sale! In fact the entire display was a showcase of Aly Bond's work. How strangely refreshing this was. I could look, touch, talk about the bags to their designer but I couldn't buy. It made me want to know more. I coveted one bag in particular. Displayed alongside it was a letter from its owner. This bag was so much more than a leather bag: it represented a very personal relationship between its owner and her late father. The letter explained what the bag meant to its proud owner so eloquently that I was moved to tears. I had just lost my mother; a year and a day after my father had died. When my mother had asked me to take my father's clothes to a charity shop, I'd asked to keep his Crombie coat. I knew it would just sit at the back of the wardrobe but I just couldn't bear to part with it. My mother had let me keep it of course but now here was an opportunity to make something useful from his coat that I could 'wear' whenever I wanted to. I could carry a piece of my darling dad with me every day. Aly made me a brown leather satchel bag lined with some of the material and finished off with some of the buttons from that coat. My mobile even sits in one of the coat's sleeves. The bag was made even more unique by combining my son's old shirts with my father's coat fabric to make the lining and to link grandfather and his only grandson in a practical yet oh so special way. I love it, friends and family love it and I will cherish it always. Thanks Aly!

Tracy S
Colton

Announcement

Last updated on Mar 10, 2018

www.alybond.co.uk

I go live on Facebook each weekday at 10.30 London uk
Come and find me
https://www.facebook.com/aly.bond.5
https://www.facebook.com/alybondbespoke/

Simply process to have the bag of your dreams made.
1, Choose your desired style of bag either from mine previously made or your own design
2, Choose your leather jacket ( yours or mine )
3. Choose your fabric for lining ( a favourite shirt ) or favourite fabric
4, I will make your desired bag.

If you've been dreaming about that special bag, you've looked everywhere but never found the exact bag you would like , tell me about it, let's get our heads together and create your absolutely perfect bag. You may have the bag you love already but would like it in another colour, or perhaps you've seen one online and would like to take inspiration from it for your design. Whatever your requirement I want to hear from you.

I make all my bags myself and I’m completely addicted in working with leather. Every bag is unique and has a story of its own. Each jacket has a previous life ready to be transformed into a new life. I always try to keep the original jacket features of pockets and stitching and reuse into the bag. I use a heavy duty industrial machine designed for sewing leather, with heavy duty thread. I only use quality hardware that can stand up to constant use.

The most beautiful objects we own are those that have embedded personal stories and sentimental value. Repurposing your own jacket into a bag or accessory gives it a second life and has an emotional tie far greater than any shop bought item. Many people have leather jackets hidden in the back of their wardrobes, out of fashion, yet too emotionally valuable to give away, if you have one said item and would like to give it a second life, please get in touch.

Nice things people have said, both on my website and here on etsy.

My dad's name was Brian and I was always his little girl. He was the strongest, kindest man I have ever known. He helped me through the loss of my mum 12 years ago and we had a bond only a dad and his daughter would understand. He passed away in June 2012 and I miss him every day. I heard about Aly Bond and how she was recycling old leather jackets into handbags and lining them with men's shirts. I had kept one of my dad's favourite shirts and asked Aly if the bag I ordered could be lined with it. Aly is a very talented and compassionate person and she made me a beautiful bag perfectly lined with my dad's favourite shirt. It makes me smile when I open the bag and see his shirt there and I love the fact that my mobile phone sits perfectly in his shirt top pocket, but most of all I love it because it reminds me of my best friend, my hero, my dad. Thanks a million Aly.
Jane F
Stafford
-----------------------------------------------------------
Hiya Aly ! Thank u sooooo much !! It's perfecto ! U r so clever - such a very unique & special idea & talent. Absolutely LOVE it & will leave feedback ASAP. Defo fate re Harrods coat - couldn't have asked for something better. Thank u once again & keep in touch
Oh it's sooooo fabulous - honestly over the moon with it. Just in the car now swapping me stuff over cause want to use it ASAP. Thank u once again for the offer of the Harrods Coat. Will defo sort out feedback & have already mentioned u & yr idea cause sooooo excited at work so u never know. They will all see it on Monday morning ! Wish u all the very best re business. Enjoy
Love Tracie
S-O-T x
---------------------------------------------------------
Hi Ally
I hope that you don't mind my texting you. I just wanted to tell you that I showed my mum the memory bag - made from her red leather coat - she totally loved it (so did my dad - bizarrely). I wear / use it a lot and always get a comment.
Thank you
Jan G x (red leather a line bag)Xx
Creswell
----------------------------------------------------------
Thank you so much Aly for our bags we love them! Aly has made a beautiful bag for my daughter made out of my late mothers leather jacket and lined with her Cath Kidston dress! Which I would never of parted with and would probably just been packed away ! Aly has kept all the detail of the dress including the buttons. . The bag is beautiful and also my bag which also was my mothers leather jacket and had lined with her skirt is georgeous! I love it thank you so much you have done an amazing job and we are both very pleased and will keep these forever! Xxx
Sam and Molly
Stafford
----------------------------------------------------------
Absolutely love the bag thank you very ingenious , a bag for life for sure.
---------------------------------------------------------
Oooh, Aly! It is beautiful! I love this bag - and the sweet wee purse inside! You are one clever lady. The colour is perfect! The details are amazing! (And having the photo of the coat that donated the leather and lining is such a cool piece of providence!). Thank you so much for putting up with all my questions about the bag, but a woman's new red bag is an extremely important purchase, and this tote is FANTASTIC. I" m thrilled - not only because no one else in the entire world has one (even remotely) the same. I am changing my entire outfit today so that I can really work this bag! Can't thank you enough, Aly! To prospective customers; Aly is a superstar bag maker! You will not be disappointed with your purchase from AlyBond!
Thanks again! Elizabeth
-----------------------------------------------------------
Its really a perfect size! Its just a great bag, looks good, feels really well constructed, and it is already feeling like an extension of me - if you know what I mean! ;-)
-----------------------------------------------------------
Strolling past a popup shop some months ago I was attracted inside by a display of beautiful, one-off leather bags. One in particular caught my eye. It wasn't for sale! In fact the entire display was a showcase of Aly Bond's work. How strangely refreshing this was. I could look, touch, talk about the bags to their designer but I couldn't buy. It made me want to know more. I coveted one bag in particular. Displayed alongside it was a letter from its owner. This bag was so much more than a leather bag: it represented a very personal relationship between its owner and her late father. The letter explained what the bag meant to its proud owner so eloquently that I was moved to tears. I had just lost my mother; a year and a day after my father had died. When my mother had asked me to take my father's clothes to a charity shop, I'd asked to keep his Crombie coat. I knew it would just sit at the back of the wardrobe but I just couldn't bear to part with it. My mother had let me keep it of course but now here was an opportunity to make something useful from his coat that I could 'wear' whenever I wanted to. I could carry a piece of my darling dad with me every day. Aly made me a brown leather satchel bag lined with some of the material and finished off with some of the buttons from that coat. My mobile even sits in one of the coat's sleeves. The bag was made even more unique by combining my son's old shirts with my father's coat fabric to make the lining and to link grandfather and his only grandson in a practical yet oh so special way. I love it, friends and family love it and I will cherish it always. Thanks Aly!

Tracy S
Colton

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(84)
lsscott03

lsscott03 on Apr 26, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Aly did an awesome job scouting a jacket on EBay and designing the bag of my dreams based off of some admittedly vague guidance from me. It's like she read my mind and was incredibly patient and gracious in the process. I could not more highly recommend her services! Thanks again Aly!

jeanhayes80

jeanhayes80 on Apr 14, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Aly took four of my most beloved leather accessories and an old pair of jeans from college and made them new again. She combined them in a way that highlighted each piece while still bringing them together cohesively. I could not be more happy with her craftship and artistic talent. She gave these pieces new life and I will enjoy this bag forever. Thanks Aly!

Helen Ward

Helen Ward on Jan 31, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is my 3rd bag. Sent more leather jackets, Dad's t-shirts and belts. I was having a one off unique messenger bag made.And my Dad with me all the time. If you have a jacket that you don't want to part with have a bag made, get in touch talk to her, tell Aly what you would like and if possible before you know it you are using it. I am one very happy customer. Thank you so much.

Helen Ward

Helen Ward on Jan 31, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I sent a leather jacket to Aly and t-shirts that belonged to my Dad. The leather was detailed, when the bag arrived back to me, it was as if the jacket had been returned. Aly had used the pockets with both zips and studs, to make me the owner of a very unique one off bag. To make it extra special, I lost my Dad nearly 5 years ago and I still had some of this t-shirts, well one of the t-shirts is now the lining of the bag, it's like holding his hand when I go into the bag. This is one talented lady.

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About

AlyBond is a custom service that repurposes individual vintage leather jackets into new one-of-a-kind handbags, through redesign and reconstruction.

I made my first leather bag by hand out of my own leather coat which I had worn all through my late teens, 20's and indeed early 30's, it was second hand before coming into my hands so was already vintage, my wearing it for another 15-20 years made it all the more loved, but eventually it became pretty threadbare in the lining and the pockets were very worn, i couldn't part with it and decided on making it into something useful, a cross body is what it became and I was able to continue to love my coat but as a bag. From that day on I have loved leather coats and the character each and every one has, I source all my leather coats and jackets from charity shops and a few from ebay but mostly people give me their coats and jackets to repurpose into their own choice of bag/holdall. My first bag was made both by hand but also a struggle with my old domestic sewing machine, what a challenge I had with a normal foot on my machine, the leather was sticking to the plate and the thread kept breaking, it was a long job and I look back on that first creation with both fondness but a cringe at just how amateur the finished bag looked !! Things are different now with my industrial machine built for the job.

Nothing is more satisfying for me when I wake up in the morning and someone hands to me their beloved husbands leather coat and favourite shirt and asks me to transform it all into a big useable handbag for them to cherish for the rest of time. Even more exciting is watching their face when I hand it over to them finished. I am blessed each and every day to be doing the work I am completely passionate about. Please feel free to contact me for chat and tell me your story.

Shop members

  • Aly

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Allow me to transform your unwanted leather jacket into a bag you can treasure forever. You can have it lined with something sentimental or just a pretty fabric you have your eye on. I have many styles or you can design it yourself and i'll make.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 8, 2017
www.alybond.co.uk

1, CHOOSE YOUR DESIRED STYLE OF BAG
2, CHOOSE YOUR LEATHER JACKET ( YOURS OR MINE )
3. CHOOSE YOUR LINING FABRIC ( A FAVOURITE SHIRT ) OR FAVOURITE FABRIC
4, I MAKE YOUR BAG AND DELIVER WITHIN 2 WEEKS


I would be most grateful if you would leave feedback for your item, many thanks indeed. Aly x

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I am happy to refund or exchange 'in stock' items.
I am confident that with good communication when planning your bespoke Jacket-to-Bag transformation you will be overjoyed with the finished product.

I will keep you updated at each stage and send detailed photos of the finished item for your inspection before delivery.
Payment
All bags are paid in advance of completion
Shipping
All my bags are delivered by registered post, in stock items 1-3 days, made to order bespoke up to 2 weeks.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am confident that with good communcation when planning your bespoke Jacket-to-Bag transformation you will be overjoyed with the finished product. I will keep you updated at each stage and send detailed photos of the finished item for your inspection before final payment.