Karlen Authentic Swiss Army Tote

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Swiss vintage woolen army blankets (made between 1900 and 1980), leather. With original initials and year of production. With leather straps. Inner pocket with zipper.

In the tiny village of Törbel in canton Valais, a booming cottage industry is churning out fashionable accessories against a backdrop of snowy peaks. Törbel is home to the unique and trendy Swiss Army Recycling Collection; an ensemble of bags, key rings and rucksacks made from old Swiss Army blankets. In a tucked-away workshop six local women buzz away at sewing machines, producing the distinctive brown-grey designs with a red stripe and a white Swiss cross. The collection is the brainchild of the freelance designer, Walter Maurer, who has spent more than 30 years as an ethnic designer.

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