NAME: Rachel Dye
NAME: Rachel Dye
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Angela Victoria Hathaway (@angiepantsgalore)
Name: Thomas Ando-Hart
Bikes: 1972 Peugeot PX-10
'70s Peugeot UO-8
'The kinda broken bike assembled out of broken bikes' bike.
CHROME ACTIVATES CUSTOM MILITARY SALVAGE PROGRAM FOR VETERANS DAY
Since 1995, Chrome has made bags from reclaimed or salvage materials. When we started making our iconic messenger bag with salvage military duffels and tents the response was amazing, particularly from US Military Personnel who wanted us to make bags using their personal duffels and fatigues. These items carry significant meaning, but can’t be used frequently in civilian life.
Last year US Army Vehicle Commander Jared Morford of Watertown, South Dakota reached out to Chrome to make a Chrome Customs Salvage bag with the duffel he carried to Iraq. Chrome’s Customs Military Salvage Citizen was born.
The Chrome Customs Military Salvage Program invites Veterans and military families to bring their military duffels or fatigues to one of Chrome’s four HUB locations in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Portland. Chrome bag makers will use this material to create a Chrome Custom Citizen Messenger bag.
This program is extremely successful. People have shared their stories with us and we are moved. It reminds us how fortunate we are and how bags carry memories and meaning. One story affected us so much we made a short film:
The Salvage Series was inspired by our obsession with finding resourceful solutions to real problems. Our iconic seat belt buckle is a great example of that – a re-purposed use for quick release. The Salvage series is an extension of that thinking.
People are increasingly looking for unique products. It’s a reaction to mass production and the sea of sameness being pumped out. In our Salvage Series every bag is unique. They are numbered by hand in our factory in Chico so people know they are getting a one-of-a-kind bag.
Our design team is constantly searching the internet to find materials that have a great back story. The first run was retired US Army tents. The process is part art, part science and a lot of patience but its worth it.