Evon Cassier used to travel up and down the East Coast analysing chemicals for big pharma. Not the career path you’d think a young seamstress would follow. She was just trying to be practical.
Practical pays, yes, but it often doesn’t please.
Evon now conquers thrift store loneliness in New England by turning cast-off men’s clothing–suits, jeans, silk scarves and ties–into one-of-a-kind handbags. She uses a 4-step process: scour, wash, deconstruct and reconstruct. Or, as she likes to say it, “Rescue, imagine, liberate and create.”
If you get the sense that Evon believes an early 80s herringbone jacket really wants to be a messenger bag, you’d be right. But you can hardly blame her. It’s hard not to look at an old executive suit slung over her shoulder and not think its living a happy second life as a sexy tote.
That second life concept can jerk a tear when it comes to her VALOR, complete with original buckles, cargo pockets and reflective stripes, an overnight bag made from a retired fireman’s jacket. [The name is obviously a hat tip to the men in red.]
So what’s not to love? And I’m not the only one who digs her work. Country Living, NBC and fashion authority Lauren Bush are just a few of her fans.
[Disclaimer: Evon was a client of mine.]