WHEN DECORATIVE ART MEETS PUNK

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IF you know Anthony then you know he’s a jeans kind of guy. The biggest question when getting dressed is: ripped or not ripped? But with his latest custom project, which was a personal project, the question now is: Needlepoint patches or not?

 Vintage needle point bags

Vintage needle point bags

Last month Anthony unearthed one of his vintage collections - Americana 18th century needlepoint bags which he acquired from various estate sales, antique shops and flea markets. Typically, Anthony uses his findings to be reinvented into bags for modern purposes. Yet, because of the nature of his business, custom projects are not limited to bags. Did you see the Longhorn creation?

With the never ending quest to find unique denim with choices of wash, hems, frayed hems, small rips and big rips, Anthony customized a pair of jeans with strips of vintage needle point bags. It’s where “Punk Patches” meet “Ladies boarding school decorative art” for a perfect juxtaposition of modern fashion.

"Lately I've been shopping my closet and trying to update my favorite pieces with leather, fur and vintage French linen. When I rediscovered these needle point bags, I knew I found my new project. I already added suede to my ripped jeans for winter and made them into chap like jeans, super cool and sexy as shit. For summer I thought I would add elements of the needle point bags inspired by my tuxedo pants." 
 Deconstructing the needlepoint bags

Deconstructing the needlepoint bags

The gussets of the bag were the perfect width to add a mini tuxedo stripe along the side seam of the jeans finished with leather binding and hand stitching. Details were also added to the back pockets. 

 Before (!) 

Before (!) 

 Bag gets unstitched and the gusset is pulled out to create a patch 

Bag gets unstitched and the gusset is pulled out to create a patch 

 Patch is placed along the seam of the jeans and stitched into place

Patch is placed along the seam of the jeans and stitched into place

 Patches complete ! 

Patches complete ! 

More plans for the needle point bags?

"For summer I'm going to work it into bags, mixing it with exotics just to up the sexy factor."

We like to say that at Anthony's you can get exactly what you want when you can't find it anywhere. It's a place where creativity abounds and where what's old is new again, which is something really lovely and timely.

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