Allison McGowan (nee Teich) is one of the original leaders in the modern eco accessories design movement. I first became familiar with her work over four years ago when she started AgainNYC, an upcycled handbag collection. She got tons of press for her great designs, but as her own style evolved, so did her bags, which became sleeker, simpler, and more grown-up. Allison then changed the name of her company to her maiden name, Teich (which means “pond” in German) and a whole new era was born.
Now Allison sells her bags at boutiques across the country at in her very own shop, also called Teich, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Needing a great Does-It-All bag for my upcoming travels, I stopped by her store with a demanding list of must-haves. My bags need to be big enough for a laptop, a book, my makeup bag, a notebook, pens, and an extra layer. This one fit the bill, with room enough for a small umbrella. And I loved the neutral/simple yet still funky wide stripes.
The bag is made from charcoal grey hemp and deer skin which would otherwise have been sent to the dump from Upstate New York (a local resource). Allison also uses organic cotton and canvas, and other eco friendly materials in her designs. Check out Allison’s other bags incuding clutches, hoboes and totes.