Photo Credit: Adrian Ehrat

Can cargo tarps be upcycled into chic reptillian-scaled bags? Why, YES!

At Freitag’s newly opened NYC shop you will find over 1,000 of the Zurich-based brand’s one-of-a-kind bags cut from used truck tarpaulins, but you will also find a surprising twist on their main material. Showing a softer side of Markus and Daniel Freitag, the brotherly duo’s Fake Snake limited edition handbags reveal a more malleable take on tarp.

Each bag is comprised of 648 pieces, all assembled by hand and laced together over a six-hour process. Producing just ten bags for each colorway, each limited run is housed at one of Freitag’s five flagship stores around the world. Part of their Spring/Summer 2011 Reference collection. For a closer look at the making of the bags check out Adrian Ehrat’s downloadable photos on their webpage (click the link below).



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  1. Jess

    The blue and grey one would be perfect for my everyday bag!


  2. Very pretty, great inspiration!

  3. Don

    the recycling vibe is a real hit with DIY.

  4. Cool! I have some old tarps fluttering around the farm, wonder what I could make with them?

  5. Amazing! Pinned your tutorials to pinterest! Great site you have!

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