Durable designs from discarded awnings & tents.
Ethically made. Locally made. Minimal waste. Sustainable. Transparent.
Use Daily make durable designs from reclaimed canvas awnings and tents.
Use Daily is located in Fitzroy North, Melbourne.
Who makes your bags?
Can you share a little more about your values?
Our bags are made from discarded materials that are sourced from local demolition sites / side of the road / occasionally second hand stores. They are cut, washed and sewn between our homes and our studio in Fitzroy North by the two of us with occasional help from local designer Vanessa Flynn.
We try to avoid waste by using as much of the awning as we can. Our trimmings are purchased online from a local business and our tags are also printed in Australia. We are transparent about how everything is made as it is important to us.
Which particular fabrics do you use?
Canvas awnings & old canvas tents. Because they are durable and attractive materials which make us feel nostalgia.
Any extra efforts you make at Use Daily that you can share?
We are Cleo Coppinger and Josh Anderson, two recent Interior design graduates from RMIT. We live and work in Melbourne’s inner north (and our studio is in Fitzroy North). The idea for Use Daily started with a discarded awning that Josh found. We thought it was great material, sturdy & durable but so fun and nostalgic at the same time. We spend a lot of time walking around the suburbs between our homes in Northcote and Brunswick East, noticing the beautiful old homes that are being pulled down and replaced by cheap and poorly designed boxes.
All our awnings come from demolition sites or have been discarded on the side of the road or otherwise, and our preservation of them represents not only a desire to preserve the suburbs we grew up in, that were dotted with awnings and well built houses, but to help stop the cycle of mass waste and production. It really is amazing stuff and for it to be disposed of is such a waste.
I come from a background of sewing so to turn it into a wearable item was the natural first step and it really grew legs from there. We wanted to make something that was accessible and practical and good for every day use, which works perfectly with this durable material intended to be outdoors. The bags are made by Josh and I inside our Fitzroy North Studio.
Can you share some labels you admire?
Freitag , Krystal Deans, Cush Coma
Price guide: $50 – 100 up to $100 – 200
Size guide: One size fits all
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