Randi Obenauer scours thrift shops for leather treasures that will find their way to her home studio in Victoria on Vancouver Island. There, the leather cast-offs will be repurposed into trendy recycled leather bags and sold in Vancouver and Toronto boutiques.

Obenauer is a fine arts graduate from Thompson Rivers University. The artisan loves envisioning and creating bags from her thrift shop finds. She holds a certificate in automotive upholstery which combined with her design and industrial sewing skills, are the perfect fit for her chosen profession of turning recycled leather into luxury purses.