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Jerry Terrence says they toted his carpetbags stiff, sturdy satchels fashioned from canada goose outlet leftover carpet remnants. He says he and crews labored in an industrial machine shop, turning out more than 1 million bags during the late ’60s.

He’s not the first canada goose uk outlet entrepreneur to use canada goose clearance sale carpet for bagging something. In the 1840s when people began to travel official canada goose outlet extensively on railroads and needed to carry extra clothes, saddle makers buy canada goose jacket cheap turned still good carpet into luggage.

Only this time, there are significant differences. The carpet is new and the prices are upscale, with handbags priced $200 $400 versus the $12.95 cost four decades ago. Instead of making do with whatever equipment cheap canada goose he could find, Terrence works canada goose outlet store with professional designers, trendsetters, pattern makers canada goose outlet store uk and seamstresses to create classy collections.

“I’m so flattered this is all happening again,” he says.

The new bags also feature modern silver hardware and leather handles and trim, says company spokeswoman Jennifer Humphrey.

Demand for them in stores and by celebrities is also picking up nationwide.

“The line just got picked up by Nordstrom one Nordstrom canada goose coats store sold half canada goose outlet parka their stock in a matter of hours and they are sold uk canada goose outlet at boutiques nationwide,” she says. “Celebrities like Jessica Alba, Jaime Pressley and Lauren Holly Canada Goose Online are just a few fans.”

Terrence’s rejuvenated business offers handbags in four collections with 26 styles and 20 color choices.

There’s “California Dreaming” with hippie inspired “flower power” designs in bright colors such as hot pinks and beautiful blues. “Twist and Shout” bags feature horizontal lines in black and neon canada goose outlet toronto factory pinks and greens. “Shop Around” bags come canada goose outlet online uk in solid colors great for mixing and matching with outfits, while “Cherish” gives you two tone colors in subtle hues. Styles include clutches and totes; every bag canada goose outlet comes with an ID card, verifying its origin. Each bag is also named for a celebrity, including notables such as Natalie Wood, Grace Kelly, Tuesday Weld and Audrey Hepburn.

A new canada goose outlet sale collection is due out soon, but Canada Goose online Terrence declined to give any details, even though excitement bubbled in his voice when he talked by phone.

“It will be wild” is all he would say.

Terrence says his initial inspiration for carpetbags came from seeing the “The Carpetbaggers,” canada goose outlet jackets a 1964 movie about a hard driven industrialist. In truth, his motivation was driven more by all those carpet remnants left around the floor covering canada goose outlet reviews business that his family started in Los Angeles in 1918.

But, even handbags can’t keep Terrence away from his family’s carpet business. He’s still helping families floor their homes and apartments.

“It’s like deja vu,” he says.

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