Clothing made from recycled materials sounds like an environmentally and financially responsible alternative to buying new. California-based Platinum Dirt is taking the concept in a whole new direction by creating clothing and accessories sourced from the leather seat covers of decommissioned automobiles. For example, the company’s line of VIN Jackets (so called because the Vehicle Identification plate from the donated car is attached to the product) is made from the stuff. As you can imagine, no two items are exactly alike, but all are painstakingly tailored and many come with stitched-in brocade (silk) linings. Prices range from $37 for a small tote bag, to $1,000 for a jacket that was once a Lincoln seat cover. Check out Platinum Dirt'[s inventory at


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