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Dead Ringer Purses from Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, brings you handcrafted, re-claimed accessories made out of re-claimed leather. Arie Bonsor – artist, and designer of Dead Ringer purses – is committed to reducing waste and using up every last bit of material. “The point is to take that thrift store find no one wants and make one of a kind accessories out of it, be it a new purse, jewelry, or dice bag, the less waste the better!” Many designs also feature screenprinted images which are drawn and hand printed by Bonsor, adding a unique artistic flair to her hand wrought accessories.
ALL THE LEATHER USED IS RECLAIMED. She gets donations of old jackets, purses, pants, & accessories, she combs thrift stores, and she gets abandoned leather samples from furniture stores. Arie uses all sorts of found objects and treasures in her work and accessories, she loves to rip things apart and puzzle them back together into something new. To add to the curiousness of her bags, she has been known to hand print spooky images on pockets, sides, and purse danglers. All her work has a bit of the macabre sprinkled throughout. The process is spontaneous without the use of patterns, making all of Dead Ringer’s designs truly one of a kind.
These reclaimed leather purses and accessories are all handcrafted on Vancouver Island in Nanaimo, B.C.
Meet the Maker
“Hi I’m Arie Bonsor, the Artist and Designer of Nanaimo’s Dead Ringer purses! I want to tell you a little bit about what I do and what makes my purses uniquely curious. My passion is to use my art to help our Mother Earth. I have always been a maker, ever since I was a wee one making crafts at the kitchen table. When I was growing up in the early 90’s the concept of recycling had become a major idea taught and put into daily practice at school. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This mantra is now ingrained in my daily life. It is extremely important to me to have the smallest amount of waste as possible in my process. The whole point of using forgotten fashion is to diminish our footprint on the Earth. We have been given this beautiful planet to live on and we need to take care of her as she does us. My process is spontaneous, all my designs are one of a kind, and I don’t use a pattern. “