It’s not yet old enough to drive, if it could, but Harvey’s Seatbeltbags is celebrating its 15th birthday.
The first seat belt bag was created while Dana and Melanie Harvey were restoring a 1950 Buick. While installing the seatbelts into the car, Dana decided to make a matching handbag – a basket weave bucket handbag made of seatbelt straps — for Melanie. Afterwards, the couple started making them for friends and family. When more people started demanding the bags, they turned their garage into their first production site. The Harveys eventually sold the Buick was sold and used as capital to fund the growing business. Soon, order for bags were being placed by retails such as Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s,
The classic bucket style is still popular, but over the years, Harvey’s has created hundreds of styles of purses – bucket totes, backpacks, hobo bags, clutches, wallets and more – in dozens of colors. Harvey’s also makes limited edition handbags for Mercedes Benz, Disney and Barbie. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, Harvey’s Seatbeltbags has renamed its original red Dana bucket handbag Detroit.
Locally, City Style in Berkley is an official Harvey’s Seatbeltbag retailer. City Style owner Carrie Vestrand is a rabid collector and holds Harvey’s Seatbeltbag swap meets and trunk shows. Her favorite Harvey’s seatbelt bag is a black hobo bag with a skull and crossbones graphic print – at least last time I heard. Sometimes, I have a feeling all of them are her favorites.