For Portlanders, Sea Bags are a fashion staple. It’s not unusual to walk down exchange street on a hot August day and see multiple people carrying totes embellished with anchors, lobster claws, or stars. So when we learned that Sea Bags was our neighbor, located just around the corner on the next wharf over, our creative wheels started turning. We’ve always been fans of Sea Bags and wanted to think of a way that we could put a k colette spin on a Maine favorite. Sea Bags operates with a philosophy that is close to our hearts – keeping their business in Maine, employing local people, and making a sustainable product. Each of their bags are created from recycled sails, each one having traveled to locations all over the world. Being made out of truly recycled materials means that each bag is one-of-a-kind.
Lucky for us, collaborations are not new to Sea Bags. Their roster of past collaborations include companies like J. Crew., Tommy Bahama and Sperry Top-Sider. “We love to work with other designers and companies because we always feel that we learn something from the collaboration. New graphics outside of our standard offerings are more of a challenge at times but they allow us to see our processes in a different light. It’s nice to work with brands such as k colette that share our values in sustainability and supporting the local community.” explains Jess DiBiase, who’s in marketing and design at Sea Bags.
Our in-house designer, Abby Maker, first worked with Sea Bags to design a line of custom bags featuring our floret logo in June of this year. The bags were a hit over the summer, so when the holidays rolled around, we knew that we wanted to create something special that would be perfect for the winter season. “We wanted to create a design that would not only lend itself to the holidays, but could last year-round. These two designs came from the idea of snowfall, but after spending some time with them, I realized each design could look like snow, or fireworks, or even stars and constellations” explains Abby. The result is a line of coasters and placemats that are perfect for the holiday season as gifts or decor. Evoking thoughts of snowfall and starry nights, the colors are a carefully selected midnight blue or deep red.
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