The spirit of Rosie the Riveter is alive and well in the South but instead of working in factories and shipyards she’s making one-of-a-kind R. Riveter handbags!
Military spouses in the U.S. are constantly faced with the difficulty of finding employment, particularly when they are relocated on average every 2.9 years. This challenge inspired two military spouses, Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, to build a company in 2011 that provided mobile and flexible income to military spouses through creating chic handbags out of recycled military supplies such as duffle bags, blankets, tents and more.
Bradley and Cruse employ military wives to assist with everything from the dying of the leather and canvas to assembling the bag – every piece of every handbag is made in the U.S. This allows the wives to continue to manage their households and be strong mothers while still providing them a source of income and a creative outlet.
On the interior of the bag an edition tab displays the name and number of the individual bag, where it was made and when.
I received the Patton Crossbody in charcoal canvas and brown leather and I absolutely love it. It retails for $120 and is made out of reclaimed US Army tent canvas and genuine leather. I also love their Finch which is a really unique sized bag and the Alexander which you could even use for a diaper bag (I’m always on the lookout for alternative diaper bags).
I went for a casual, chic look with my Patton crossbody. I styled it with a pair of simple black shorts and a chambray button-up which is always on trend. For a bit more flair I tied on a white bandanna and some comfy leopard sneakers.
This is a brand that I am so proud to support. Not only are their bags gorgeously stylish, but they have a mission that goes beyond themselves. Please take a moment to read more about this amazing company by clicking here.
Disclaimer: I received the bag featured in this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.