WATERLOOPLEIN MESSENGER BAGS

Don’t shoot the messenger bag.

THE WATERLOOPLEIN MESSENGER BAG

The market on Waterlooplein (Waterloo square) has a turbulent history and a ditto clientele. It is one of the most eclectic markets, selling spray cans, furniture and vintage boots. It was named after Napoleon’s battle, but also, sometimes, makes us hum the Abba song.

ON THE ROAD WITH THE MESSENGER BAG

UNBEGUN bags belong to the street. Made from recycled market stall covers, the bags feel their best in the city’s buzz. For our #BAGTOTHESTREETS series we asked some of our Amsterdam friends to take us to their hotspots. Back to the streets, where the bags belong.

#bagtothestreets

CURIOUS HOW WE DO IT?

So the Waterlooplein messenger bag is handmade and locally produced. But how? You may be wondering. Well, after the market stall covers have been washed and scrubbed, they’re cut into shape using custom made patterns. They are then sown together by one of our (very gifted) seamstresses. Maartje, a former costume designer, is one of them. From her studio on the outskirts of the city, she’s been making UNBEGUN bags for several years now. Read her story in How it’s made.

How it's made