Sea Bags, a company specializing in handcrafted tote bags and accessories made from recycled sails, is scheduled to open Friday, March 8, in Rehoboth Beach.
Based in the Old Port district of Portland, Maine, Sea Bags was founded in 1999. The company has 18 stores on the East Coast - mostly in New England, but as far south as Vero Beach, Fla. The 40 Baltimore Ave. store, in Shops at the Rehoboth Mews, will be the first on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Kristan Vermeulen, Sea Bags public relations manager, said the company is excited to open a store in Rehoboth. She said the oceanfront town, and the surrounding Cape Region, fit the nautical lifestyle the company encompasses. In addition to the bags, according to its website, the company sponsors an all-women sailing team.
Vermeulen said the nautically themed bags and accessories come in standard styles, but because each is made with recycled sails, which differ from one to the next, no two bags are the same.
“Every bag is different,” she said.
In a prepared statement, Don Oakes, CEO of Sea Bags, said the company is excited to be opening its first store in Delaware.
“We’ve enjoyed warm welcomes in all the communities where we’ve opened stores and look forward to bringing our products closer to customers who already know us, and to those who will discover us for the first time in Rehoboth Beach,” he said.
In addition to making high-quality, made-in-the-U.S.A. merchandise, Vermeulen said the company enjoys environmentally conscious aspects of reusing material that would otherwise be thrown away. She said the company has recycled 600 tons of sails since it opened.
Vermeulen said recently the company has been expanding by a few stores every year, and they’re coming to Rehoboth because they can tell from online sales there’s a marketplace and brand recognition, she said.
Similar to the other stores and the areas they’re in, the Rehoboth store will feature bags and accessories that are specific to the Cape Region, Vermeulen said.
For more information on shop hours and on how to contact Sea Bags, go to seabags.com.