The versatile Black Leather Crossbody Bag handbag offers a truly unique blend of functionality and minimalist beauty and is made from soft, rich U.S. sourced leather and lined with military surplus woodland camouflage fabric.
This bag is hand crafted by a veteran-owned manufacturer in Florida, furthering the brand's commitment to support veteran employment and the Made in America manufacturing movement!
- Crossbody is hand crafted in FL by U.S. Army Veteran
- Leather and chain strap handmade in CO by military spouses
- Soft, genuine leather sourced from the S.B. Foot tannery in Minnesota
- Woodland camo twill liner sourced from U.S. Army surplus
- Luxury gold zipper from California based UCAN Zippers
Base Dimensions (Height x Width x Length): 7" x 10" x 2.5"
Exterior Zippered Pocket Dimensions(Width x Height): 8" x 5.5"
Strap Length: 44"
**After receiving requests from service members looking for a bag that can be worn in uniform, this designer is thrilled to offer this bag in a U.S. military regulation compliant version that features the Sword & Plough logo inside the bag. This all black crossbody can be worn in uniform.
Meet the Maker:
This bag was produced in collaboration with our veteran leather craftsman, Tim Kennedy. Tim is a U.S. Army Vietnam vet who started making leather goods over forty-five years ago, honing his creativity and skills while living in the back room of a leather repair shop. He and his wife Esther now run a small leather workshop in Florida.
About Sword & Plough:
Sword & Plough has been in the making since our founders, sisters Emily and Betsy, were born into a military family. Living at West Point, sharing Thanksgiving dinners with hundreds of soldiers in mess halls, hearing about her dad’s deployments and research, and watching her uncle, a Marine NASA Astronaut pilot, launch his space shuttle, are just a few of the experiences that inspired Emily to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army.
As a student at Middlebury College, Emily was the only ROTC cadet on a campus of 2,450 — most of her friends had never met someone in the military. After her sophomore year, Emily attended the U.S. Army Airborne School where she met soldiers who spoke of the struggles some of their veteran friends faced while attempting to gain employment after military service.
All of these experiences culminated in Sword & Plough's creation during Emily's senior year at college. After listening to an inspiring speech by Jacqueline Novagratz during Middlebury’s first social entrepreneurship symposium, a light bulb clicked on – Emily began to think 'What in my life is often discarded and could be turned into something beautiful with a purposeful mission?" How incredible would it be to repurpose military surplus material into durable and fashionable bags that people could use every day? By incorporating veterans into every stage of the business (from design, to sewing, management, fulfillment, sales, even modeling), we could empower veteran employment. Through its branding and outreach, Sword & Plough could help bridge the civil-military divide. The repurposed bags could be used as conversation pieces and the company could become a platform to strengthen understanding between civilians and the veteran community. Inspired to give back to the veteran community through sustainable fashion, Sword & Plough was born!