ReboundDesigns

Recycled Book Purses, Journals, Bracelets and more!

Washington, D.C. · 837 Sales

ReboundDesigns

Recycled Book Purses, Journals, Bracelets and more!

Washington, D.C. 837 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(190)

Announcement   Rebound Designs is a second chance for well-loved books! Here you can find the original Book Purses, and many other gifts and accessories made from recycled books.

Sign up here http://eepurl.com/gLDqT for my mailing list to get news about shows, new products, and more!

If you don't see the book you want, I love taking custom orders! Email me at cphillips [!at] rebound-designs.com, or use the Etsy Conversation tool.
Come see me in person. I now have an open studio at the Monroe Street Market in DC. Bookland Workshop, Studio 19, 716 Monroe St. NE, Washington DC 20017. Bookland is open from 1-7 Wed, Thurs and Fridays. http://www.monroestreetmarket.com/arts/


Thanks to NPR and All Things Considered for interviewing me! You can read the article and listen to the interview/watch a slideshow right here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103327927

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 21, 2016

Rebound Designs is a second chance for well-loved books! Here you can find the original Book Purses, and many other gifts and accessories made from recycled books.

Sign up here http://eepurl.com/gLDqT for my mailing list to get news about shows, new products, and more!

If you don't see the book you want, I love taking custom orders! Email me at cphillips [!at] rebound-designs.com, or use the Etsy Conversation tool.
Come see me in person. I now have an open studio at the Monroe Street Market in DC. Bookland Workshop, Studio 19, 716 Monroe St. NE, Washington DC 20017. Bookland is open from 1-7 Wed, Thurs and Fridays. http://www.monroestreetmarket.com/arts/


Thanks to NPR and All Things Considered for interviewing me! You can read the article and listen to the interview/watch a slideshow right here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103327927

Caitlin Phillips

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(190)
jen sher

jen sher on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love it. Cute, functional, perfectly sized, good-quality beige paper, fun to use. Arrived on time and packaged well.

jen sher

jen sher on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love it. Cute, functional, perfectly sized, good-quality beige paper, fun to use. Arrived on time and packaged well.

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About

A second chance for well-loved books.

Caitlin Phillips is the brains and hands behind Rebound Designs. Best known for her instantly recognizable Book Purses, handcrafted purses made from old hardback books, Caitlin has dedicated herself to the rescue and transformation of all unwanted literature. Each purse begins with a hardback book, which can be anything from a well-loved children’s classic to an out-of-date scientific textbook, and after a careful selection of unique fabric and handles, the book is reborn as a beautiful one of a kind handbag, combining fashion with an appreciation for the literary.

With the recent surge in digital books and devices like the Kindle and iPad, Caitlin has expanded the Rebound Designs collection to include Book Covers. Like the purses, these gadget covers are made from old books, providing both protection for the device, and the reassuring feel of an actual book in your hands.

Bibliophiles, don’t fret! No first editions were harmed. Most of the books that come her way are otherwise unwanted, gleaned from library sales, thrift stores and trash bins, but Caitlin is also happy to create custom pieces from clients’ personal selections.

Caitlin grew up an avid reader, taking her first job after High School in a used bookstore, and majoring in Theatre and English at Tufts University. Her artistic and crafting education comes primarily from growing up with a crafty quilter Mom, while her love of books was fostered by her Dad who read to her every night.

Rebound Designs has become a familiar staple of the historic Eastern Market on DC’s Capitol Hill, and Caitlin's work is sold through a combination of craft shows, retail stores and online. Caitlin has just opened a new studio/retail shop called Bookland, at the Monroe Street Market in DC, where you can visit her while she works, and shop for all your bookish needs. 716 Monroe St, NE Studio 19, Washington DC 20017.

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  • Caitlin Phillips

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a lover of all things bookish. The smell, the feel, the texture of books, and most especially being surrounded by them. I want to save as many unwanted books from the trash as possible, and share my love of beautiful books with the world.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 27, 2016

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I only accept paypal/credit cards. Payment should be made immediately after purchase, if not completed within 3 days, barring extenuating circumstances, the sale will be canceled.
Shipping
Book Purses are shipped domestically using USPS Priority unless an upgraded, faster shipping is indicated. Journals are shipped with USPS Media Mail, unless a faster upgraded shipping is purchased. Journals purchased with other items cannot be shipped all together in Media Mail, they will either be sent separately, or combined into a upgraded shipping.

If you are an international buyer and your country is not listed, please convo me for a revised listing to your country.

Insurance is included for all delivery methods except USPS International First Class.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do not accept returns on custom orders. Purchased items may be returned unused and in the original condition within 30 days. Orders may be exchanged within 60 days, pending my approval All damage or loss during shipping is covered by insurance, except for international orders being shipped First Class.
Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
       
Q: Are the Book Purses made from actual books?

A: Yes, these purses are all made from real old hardback books, the pages are removed and the cover is left intact.  The spine becomes the bottom of the purse, so the longer the book, the wider the purse.

Q: Don't you feel bad cutting up all those books?
       
A: Not really.  Most of these books were damaged or being thrown away to begin with, I don't cut up valuable books or books in fantastic condition.  I take great care to find books that are already falling apart or are unwanted, like out of date textbooks. So many books are thrown away by libraries, schools, and used bookstores that there's no shortage of unwanted books out there, and by turning them into wearable art, I am keeping them out of landfills, so I look at it as a rescue mission. I do on occasion use new books that are just too pretty to pass up, but those are all mass produced classics, and not rare or valuable.
       
Q: What do you do with all the pages?
       
A: I try to recycle them all as best I can. I love giving them away to other artists, including many you can find on etsy, like Overdue Industries (http://www.etsy.com/shop/overdueindustries) and Peg and Awl (http://www.etsy.com/shop/PegandAwl) so they can use the images and text in their work. If you would like pages, please email me! (caitlin@rebound-designs.com) I read lots of them, give them away to friends to read, use them as wrapping paper, shred them for packing material, etc. Many do end up in the recycling bin, but since they were mostly headed for the trash when I got them, I think it's a step up.
       
Q: Do you make these all yourself?
       
A: I sure do!  Each purse is handcrafted from start to finish by yours truly.  It takes anywhere from 10-12 hours to make each purse, not including the time spending finding the books and fabric.  I select each fabric for each individual book, so in many cases, I only ever use the same fabric once. I do on occasion have an assistant who helps me with putting together the handles, but the lion's share of the work is all with my own two hands.
       
Q: How did you come up with this idea?
       
A: I've always made things out of recycled stuff. I was a Girl Scout growing up, and my mom is a quilter and crafter extraordinaire, and we did all sorts of crazy recycled crafts. It taught me to never throw anything away if I could make something from it. When I graduated High School, I worked in a used bookstore, and I was shocked at how many books were unwanted and thrown out. I would take books home, with no intention of reading them, but knowing I had to find some way to reuse them. I don't remember the exact moment of inspiration, I was probably in the shower, but I knew the minute I thought of it that I was born to do this. I grew up in either bookstores, or fabric stores, and the Book Purse it the perfect combination of my greatest loves.

Q: Aren't you clever?
       
A: Yes, yes I am.

Q: Can I bring you a book?
       
A: Absolutely!  If you have a favorite book from your childhood, or just a neat book you have lying around, I'd be happy to turn it into a one of a kind book purse for you.  Keep in mind, if you are looking through your library, the wider the spine the better, and the spine needs to be in good shape.  Send me an email at caitlin [!at] rebound-designs.com to discuss custom information.

Q: I want a particular title that I don't see in your list.  Can I request a book?
       
A:  Of course.  I can't guarantee that I'll be able to find the book for you immediately, but if you tell me what it is, I will put it on my search list and let you know as soon as I find it.  Email me at caitlin [!at] rebound-designs.com for more custom order information.
       
Q: How do I care for my purse?

A: You want to care for your purse like you would care for any valuable book.  Don't leave it in the sun for extended periods of time, and don't get it wet.  A little sprinkle of water won't ruin it, but washing it is a big no no. The handles fold down inside when you are not using it, so you can store it on your bookshelf to keep it safe.

Q: There's a funny spot on my purse, is this a defect?

A: All of my purses are made from actual used books, so water spots, torn and bent cover edges, and stray markings are all par for the course.  I do my best to remove any really unsightly marks, but mostly I leave them on, it adds character.  These books were all well loved before being turned into a purse you'll love even more, so think of them as love marks instead of scars.

Q: How durable are these purses?

A: I won't use a book that's in such bad shape that it will fall apart upon use.  I also do extra reinforcements on the spine, since that's the new bottom of your purse.  These aren't designed for super heavy duty use, but they are all more durable now than the original books they came from.

Q: I'm a guy, and I wish it were socially acceptable to carry a purse.  Do you have anything for me?

A: I can't count how many men have said "I wish I could carry a purse!" to me. So, I came out with the Paperback Wallets in the 2008. The wallets are unisex, so great for men or women, but I have designed them with men in mind, who will usually carry them in their back pocket. All of the wallets are slim bifolds, so they won't be too bulky, and are protected against wear by a double layer of water resistant vinyl.
               
Q: Where are you located?

A: My studio is Bookland Workshop, Studio 19, 716 Monroe Street NE, Washington DC 20017. You can see my purses on the weekends at the historic Eastern Market. Go to http://www.easternmarket-dc.org/ for directions and times.