how it all began
Feeling inspired, I partnered up with my good friend and brilliant crafter Viviana. The two of us set out to reinterpret the old fabrics into something new and usable, starting by grouping the fabrics by texture, color, and composition. The next step was to take note of how each textile behaved when draped, folded, tucked, and held.
After thorough experimentation, we began to interpret the fabrics into usable designs such as duffels, backpacks, briefcases, purses, and pouches. At the time, nobody else was making modern bags out of upholstery textiles, which both excited and worried us. By making these unconventional bags, we took a daring leap into the unknown- but the challenge was invigorating. Viv and I loved the thought of operating on an untouched frontier. There was no length we wouldn't go to if it meant we could give these amazing wonderful materials a second life.
The success of our partnership with Anthony showed us opportunities for conservation design were everywhere.
Victory Project is always looking for other ways where we can make discarded materials take on a new and exciting life. Our mission is to show the world that unwanted material can produce something beautiful and valuable.
Now, more than ever, our society needs creative thinkers on the forefront of conservation, and our team is proud to be a part of the effort.
Hello, my name is Victor and I founded Victory Project USA to make bags out of discarded textiles and leather. My core belief is that we should all strive to reduce waste and be conscious about how we source materials.
In 2014 I found myself wandering around a BoConcept showroom in Cambridge Massachusetts, the clean aesthetic of the furniture in the window and unique upholsteries drew me in. While looking at the beautiful fabric selections on the studio wall, a man approached me: his name was Anthony. Anthony, who turned out to be the owner, exclaimed that he liked my backpack. Upon finding out I designed and sewed it myself, his face glowed with excitement... the gears were turning. “Let me show you something!” he said, and lead me to the storage shelves at the back of the showroom. There were dozens of different fabrics in every pattern and color, stacked high up onto the walls.
Anthony explained that since BoConcept cycles through new fabrics every season, they had to take them these old samples off the floor. The storage room was overflowing, and soon would need to be emptied. Rather than throwing away the mass of stockpiled upholstery samples, Anthony asked me if I could instead make them into bags to sell in the store. Neither of us could bear to see such beautiful textiles end up just adding to a landfill, and I was in need of some new fabric to work with.
After months of troubleshooting with a group of dedicated and passionate designers, we developed a line of bags that made use of the BoConcept textiles. With each design we tried to envision a bag that was not simply comprised of the fabric, but fully embodied it. Rather than building the same shape bag out of every fabric, we matched the design to the material. The travel backpacks needed to be a sturdier, more business-like item, so we used the linens. Purses, clutches and folios should feel bold and elegant, so we built them using the rug samples. Every bag had to both functionally and stylistically showcase the fabric in order for the project to feel unique.
The project launched in December 2015, and BoConcept Cambridge has since repurposed 100% of their floor samples.
Challenging convention by improving a wasteful system is our test. Working to spread environmental consciousness and inspiring other innovators is our mission.
This is what defines Victory Project. Our team is committed to bringing people together to solve the problem of waste in modern society. We dream of helping shape a world that we all flourish in. After each and every day of collecting materials, designing, cutting, sewing, and prototyping and producing, we look at our work-worn hands with pride knowing that our efforts to conserve and help our world have paid off.