THIS HANDBAG CARRIES THE LEGACIES OF SO MANY MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE SERVED IN OUR MILITARY AND SUPPORTED THEM.
While the “Rosies” were throwing on coveralls, tying up their hair and getting to work in the factories
This U.S. Navy Undress Blue Service Uniform was hard at work somewhere getting another job done.
The blue wool “cracker jack” style
The vintage blue wool "cracker jack" style Naval Jumper and trousers was a hard-working utility uniform. Holding this bag, the stories of war, victory, heartbreak, hard times and a new world come flooding in. Both the jumper and trousers of this mid-century style are similar to the Civil War era uniform.
The wool trousers – with the distinct 13-button flap closure - also sported a wide-legged bell bottom that could be rolled by the sailor when needed.
Crafted by the Riveter Nation
This bag was handcrafted by our Riveter Nation; each Riveter doing their part to get the job done. We start with the Trousers. The distinct texture, color and details of this vintage uniform are unmatched. With design in mind Tom, RR150, carefully begins to deconstruct the pant. Working vigilantly, he cuts around details – saving all the original anchor buttons that remain with the uniform.
Once he has the pieces cut, he starts to put them back together. Pressing, pinning and clipping with great precision to bring to life a bag that is as clean-cut and detailed as the sailor who wore them. The full grain leather trim comes next. Handles, base and logo tab get affixed to the work in progress.
Next, he grabs the black and natural striped liner, a signature R.Riveter detail. This piece tells a story all its own. RR287 - Heather R., currently based out of Boston, MA, is a designer, a pattern maker and Navy spouse.
Once the liner is sewn completely in, the bag is almost done. It gets picked up by Rachel, who goes over every stitch, rivet, and placement. Checking the details and the function as she passes it though quality control, she too stamps her Riveter ID – RR148, making her part of the great history of this bag.
The final steps
Before she’s finished, she adds the Support Tag and iconic brass dog tag. This leather tag has traveled many miles to be in North Carolina – over 1200 miles from Oklahoma where RR131, Jenn, hand-cut, hand-stamped, and hand-dyed it. It’s yellow as an ode to the yellow ribbon that was tied around the oak tree to signify the hope that a loved one participating in a distant conflict or posted abroad will return safe and sound.
A few more tags, some stuffing and a matching leather strap come together to finish this one-of-a-kind Vintage Navy bag.
All the parts and pieces coming together from OK, MA, FL and finally NC. Where will this bag go next? Who will pick up this community of men and women and carry the history, tradition, and pride into the next era?
100% of those proceeds will go to the American Legion Auxiliary.
The Otto is arguably R.Riveter’s most popular and iconic handbag. With an adjustable crossbody strap and functional handles, the Otto is an incredible bag for any occasion. Wear it on your shoulder with a shortened strap, carry it by the handles, or sling it across your body as a hands-free crossbody bag!
- Height 12" x Opening Width 13" x Depth 4"
- Handle Drop 5"
- Weight 1.48 lbs
- Exterior is made from up-cycled USAF greatcoat
- Genuine, full grain Riveter Brown Leather
- Leather Bottom with Brass Feet
- Zipper Closure
- Adjustable leather cross body strap, from 40.5-50 inches
- Width of strap is 1 inch
- 2 Leather market handles
- Two exterior open slip pockets
- Cotton stripe Lining
- Two interior open slip pockets, One zipper pocket
INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NAME - "The Otto"
The Otto was named after one of the original Rosie the Riveter’s, Mrs. Elinor Otto. When WWII began and men were pulled away from their jobs to serve their country, Mrs. Otto was one of the nearly 6 million women who went to work to keep the country moving forward. She worked until 2014 when she was laid off when the BOEING Plant shut down operations. She was responsible for working on every single C-17 plane that went through that plant.
The Otto is a special handbag. Not only does it pay homage to an incredible woman who helped pave the way for 21st century working women, it also empowers military spouses today. Each part and piece of the Otto is handcrafted by military spouses across the country, allowing them to earn flexible, mobile income in a transient life with their soldier.
All bids are reflected in USD and the final checkout will be processed in USD.
Opening Bid = $150 USD
Minimum bid increment = $20 USD
Bidding closes AUG 17th, at 9:00PM EST and will rollover till the last bid stands for 5 minutes (no sniping rule in effect).
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Winning bid total is inclusive of shipping to the Continental US and APO. International winners will pay a flat rate of $40 USD for shipping. The winner will have 24 hours upon issuance of an invoice to remit full payment. Failure to send full payment results in the bag going to the next highest bidder.