I met Meghan, of Jack & Marjorie, at the One of A Kind Show in December. I fell head over heels in love with her line of bags that are made from military surplus materials such as wool blankets, tents, rifle straps and duffle bags. Looking at the bags made me think of a well-cropped photograph: each piece seemed to have captured perfectly the precise corner of blanket or length of waxed canvas that was used for the piece.
When I asked her about the history of her company, Meghan shared that it was named for her grandparents. Her grandfather had been a soldier, so the military surplus materials was in honour of him. She remembered the range of her grandmother’s handbags, so the femininity of the line honours her. The perfect marriage of feminine and masculine, form and function.
I think what I most liked was seeing military surplus materials given a second life as not only an accessory but the end result of art and craft. A beautiful beating of swords into ploughshares. Check out her Etsy store here.