spotlighted Sword & Plough
and its bags made of upcycled military surplus. Many of its employees wrok from Denver.
Betsy Nuñez, 25, says she and her 23-year-old sister, Emily, have always been fashion enthusiasts -- it actually runs in the family; their mom and grandmother are clothing designers. So when Emily attended a symposium on Social Entrepreneurship, which encouraged her to think of reusing what she sees everyday for a good purpose, she came up with the idea for Sword & Plough
The sisters raised $312,000 from 1,553 backers in a month-long Kickstarter campaign and launched a business: they repurpose military surplus and make high-end bags, which are made by veterans.
The Sword & Plough signature line
includes messenger bags, totes, rucksacks, key fobs, T-shirts, iPhone sleeves and iPad covers, which are made out of repurposed sleeping bags, parachutes and tents -- accented with leather and brass.
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