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January 21, 2013

Blanket Bag

As Army wives, Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse understand how difficult it is to pursue a career or find work, given the transient nature and uncertainly of military life.

At Camp Merrill, outside of Dahlonega, where their husbands had relocated, the women came up with a hands-on idea to help them – and other military spouses.

In 2011, they started R. Riveter, which makes modern bags for men and women.

With their classic simplicity and rugged designs, the bags are handmade from recycled military materials, including duffle bags, wool blankets, uniforms and shelter halves (pup tents).

In the company’s classic line, the bags are named from famous military wives. Made of canvas and leather in various colors, the Mrs. Bradley messenger bag is named from the wife of five-star general Omar Bradley.

But there are other sturdy and stylish bags, including the Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Lee that work for weekends or every day. Every bag is stamped and dated on the inside by the military spouse who handcrafted it in Dahlonega.

Prices for these statement bags range from $195 to $457. The company also offers cosmetic bags ($60), Dopp kits ($60, pictured below) and dog collars ($30 to $42).

Order bags from and save 30 percent with the coupon code (RRLoyal2013).

Also find the bags at Three Sisters Vineyards in Dahlonega, GA, (



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