Repurposed Saddle Bag
Has your well-loved saddle found itself no longer serving a purpose besides being a token of fond memories? With Calyse, you can have your old saddle transformed into one of these signature handbags for the most special keepsake - and the perfect way to use your saddle again on the daily, just in a whole different way!
HOW TO START: Start your order by placing the $50 deposit linked here. After placing the deposit you will receive a follow up email from me.
STYLES: Browse style options for Repurposed Saddle Bags on this page below. I can typically make 2 bags from one saddle plus a wallet or two. I am happy to assist with choosing a style if you are unsure, based on what will work best with your saddle and personal preferences when I have it at my shop. Each repurposed saddle bag will have its own unique character based on it’s coloring, how it has worn and any patch-working.
TURNAROUND TIME: You can expect your project to be completed 6-8 weeks from when I receive your saddle.
PACKING & SHIPPING: The most efficient way to ship your saddle is by using the smallest box as possible. You can fit your saddle inside snug by “hugging” the flaps inward on themselves. Pack in any additional tack you are sending. Include a note with your contact info and preferred style choices. Cleaning & conditioning your tack is not required, but appreciated if you happen to do so! Seal up your box well with shipping tape and bring to your preferred shipping provider. I recommend using UPS or USPS. Please keep your tracking info handy. Local? We can arrange for drop off at my studio!
The address you will ship to is:
146, High Street
Candia NH 03034
PERSONALIZATION: Make your bag even more personal by incorporating pieces like bridle parts, halters and reins. Name plates and saddle brand plates can be added as well if you wish.
PRICING: Some folks have asked if the prices below are the same if you are sending in your saddle. The answer - yes they are, and here's why! All of my pricing for repurposed saddle bags (supplied or not) are made up of only my labor and shop supplies. You are not paying anything towards any leather cost. You also receive the benefit of adding any personalization (like stated above) free of charge! This is an incredibly personal service in terms of having a handbag made and I am here to dedicate extended amounts of time to ensure you receive the very best product and service.
REMNANTS: In the event that there are any leather remnants, you have a few choices:
- Have them made into an additional piece for yourself.
- Allow me to further recycle them into future bags.
- Have them returned to you.
- Ask me to hold them for you until you are ready to have another piece made at a later date.
Unless you wish to have it returned to you, I will donate your saddle’s tree to saddle fitters for research and educational purposes.
PRIOR TO DECONSTRUCTION: I will reach out to you about a week prior to your project coming up on my list. This will be to confirm all style options, details and any changes.
FINISHED PROJECT: When your bag is complete I will reach out to notify you and make you aware of any possibility of a second if you are interested.
FINAL PAYMENT: After your entire project is complete, you will receive an email with a link to checkout through my website. Please note, return shipping is not included in the bag prices and will be added to your final balance. I fully insure all personal saddle bags and require a signature upon delivery for security of the precious goods!
HEADED BACK HOME: Your order will be packed with plastic free and recyclable materials including a Care Guide. You will receive an email with shipping confirmation and tracking details when your order has shipped. Please let me know if you do not received this email.
I'm so excited for you to receive your reincarnated saddle, as I'm sure you are too! I understand how precious and sentimental your saddle is and the stories it must hold with you (which I love to hear about!). I take pride in treating your repurposing project with the utmost respect, care and attention to detail. I have spent years honing in my skills with this special craft and service. It’s my way of putting a brush to a canvas, creating something that has a positive impact on our planet and ultimately turning your beloved pieces into something you can use again & love more. Thank you so much for your trust and allowing me to do what I love. Cheers to many more years! ~ Cassandra
Comes with one interior and one exterior pocket. Top handle and detachable crossbody strap. Magnetic closure. ($465)
Measures 8.5"w x 7.5"h x 3.5"d
Short strap and removable crossbody strap. Tuck-lock closure. ($295)
Measures 8”w x 5.5”h x 1.75”d
Choice of shoulder or crossbody strap, magnetic closure, interior pocket. ($385)
Measures 5.5”h x 8”w x 2”d
Large carry-all tote with zippered top, pockets and adjustable straps. Unique patchwork and features based on your saddle. ($1,020)
Zip top, structured handbag. Interior pocket, small grab handles and your choice of detachable shoulder strap or crossbody strap. ($550)
Measures 10.5”w x 6.5”h x 3”d
Small crossbody with card slot under flap, magnetic closure and key ring on backside. ($285)
Measures 7"h x 5.75"w x 1.75"d
Small tote style handbag with detachable crossbody strap, outside pocket, inside zip pocket and key ring. ($495)
Measures 10'h x 10.5"w x 3.5"d
Classic messenger style with outside phone pocket and inside pocket. Top handle, crossbody strap and magnetic closure. ($475)
Measures 8.5"h x 8.5"w x 3.5"d
Zip top backpack with exterior phone pocket, interior pocket, adjustable straps and structured back. ($650)
Measures 9.5”w x 11”h x 3.75”d
OLDENBURG X GRAND
Larger version of the Oldenburg. Comes with one interior and one exterior pocket. Top handle and detachable crossbody strap. Magnetic closure. ($495)
Measures 10”w x 8”h x 3.5”d
Representative of its original form. A saddle shaped magnetic flap closure with stirrup. Phone pocket on backside. Interior pocket. Your choice of shoulder or crossbody strap. ($485)
Measures 9.5”x x 8”h x 3”d
Multi-functional hip pouch, shoulder bag, sling or clutch. Magnetic snap closure. Adjustable strap. ($300)
Measures 8.5"h x 2'd x 6.5"
OLD ENGLISH TOTE
Large classic tote made with saddle leather center, outer pocket and corners paired with heavy duty waxed canvas. Repurposed tack straps, lined in natural canvas with two interior pockets. ($580)
Measures 14”w x 11”h x 4”d
Studio: 146 High Street, Candia NH 03034