Feeling Nauti?

You dribbled coffee all over your shirt this morning, your dog threw up on the rug, and when you arrived at work a half-hour late, your boss wasn't exactly thrilled.

Days like these are enough to take the wind out of your sails. But we have just the thing to put it back: Sea Bags. These durable yet gorgeous totes are handmade from recycled sails in Portland, Maine. Adorned with colorful, graphic designs, they're at home in the office or on the beach.

Hannah Kubiak, a southern Maine girl who grew up sailing, started the company in 1999. Her dad is both a sailor and a bagmaker, and he taught her the tricks of both trades — including the rope-splicing technique that sets Sea Bags apart from other similar totes. In 2005, Beth Shissler, a business wiz with ties to Isle Au Haut, joined the team. Over the years, the totes have gained a steady following among nauti girls and landlubbers alike. And their bold, stylish lines have landed the bags in such publications as Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair and O: The Oprah Magazine.

Though their sales have increased significantly since 1999, the bags are still made by hand in a shop on Custom House Wharf. Kubiak and Shissler use a combination of donated, bartered and purchased sails, so each bag has its own unique story. They're also deeply committed to socially responsible business practices. To learn more about that, click here.

Sea Bags will have a sample sale – or is that sample sail? — on Saturday, March 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 24 Custom House Wharf in Portland. Discontinued bags will be sold for up to 50 percent off. For more information about Sea Bags, click here or call 888.210.4244.


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