Recycled sail cloth bag company now open in Wilmington

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Now a national brand, North Carolina-based Ella Vickers sells handmade bags made from recycled sail cloth. Courtesy photo.
Now a national brand, North Carolina-based Ella Vickers sells handmade bags made from recycled sail cloth. Courtesy photo.

A national brand of handcrafted bags is opening up shop in Wilmington.

Ella Vickers Sailcloth Collection, 2035-B Eastwood Road near Coastal Urge, celebrates its grand opening Saturday. Shop exclusive discounts between 5 and 7 p.m., then from 7 to 10 p.m., there will be live music, along with complimentary food and drinks.

The brand of nautical-themed high-quality totes, duffels and other accessories–all made from recycled sails–launched in 1998 by designer and founder Ella Vickers.

Her idea came to her while aboard the sailing yacht Columbia, the first 12-meter vessel to win the America’s Cup, according to the company’s website.

“While holding down the first mate position on the yacht, she was inspired by the incredible power in the multiple sets of sails that have taken the Columbia to many victories. One off-season, when Columbia had her sails replaced, Vickers recycled the old ones into bags.

Everyone wanted one, two or three. Ella Vickers, Inc. and the Ella Vickers Sailcloth Collection were born,” a release states.

Vickers’ experience with racing sailboats and sewing yacht fabric helped her create her fashionable, yet also marine-grade and ocean-durable, bags.

Since 1998, the company has converted over 10,000 sails into over 100,000 bags and products. Ella Vickers is now sold in 176 retail locations across the country.