When I opened up Brooklyn + Rye, I knew I wanted to have some space within my store to help support and uplift the voices and brands of women-makers. Brooklyn + Rye is full of only women-founded brands and so it was only natural that I'd want to work with local makers to help showcase their products. After hosting a couple of Meet The Mill artisan markets, I found a trio of fabulous makers who wanted a space in Hudson to showcase their products.
At Sarah Bertochi - Handmade it begins with the philosophy that we can make a difference.
We start by incorporating better materials such as all natural cotton and linen, and hand printing our designs using Eco-friendly water based inks.
We strive to reduce our environmental impact by making thoughtful decisions as they relate to our materials and construction processes. Our small accessories and bag linings are made using fabric remnants - a great means of reducing our waste. These choices reflect our core values - that however small, we have a responsibility to "do our part”
We understand that by embracing a slow, more sustainable approach, our methods may not reflect the least expensive nor fastest route in which to bring product to market however we believe it results in a better quality product overall.
On the Road Again minimizes waste going into our landfills by upcycling durable materials into handcrafted goods. Our durable tote bags and home goods are fashionably upcycled in New England. Handmade Goods Re/Designed for Adventure™. On the Road Again®️ is a Registered Trademark.
Every purchase plants a tree with One Tree Planted.
Upcycled Deadstock Materials
We partner with other makers to turn their deadstock and remnant materials into handcrafted tote bags and home goods. Fashionably Upcycled!
What Is Deadstock? Materials that are left over from other companies who overestimated their needs or have blemishes. Traditionally, companies would hold on to their excess materials for a few seasons and then send them to the landfills. We rescue the deadstock materials before they are thrown away or burned in incinerators, and we turn them into Fashionably Upcycled goods.
Do you know textiles is one of the largest wastes? In Massachusetts alone there is 250,000 tons of textile waste each year. Image the impact this is having on our environment. One of the main reasons we use deadstock & remnant materials is because it's already been produced, then we reuse it to make our products.
Vintage & Remnant Materials
We shop our local vintage and fabric stores to find remnant pieces of material to use instead of purchasing new fabric. We partner with other makers of durable materials and utilize their deadstock or remnants to incorporate in our products.
No Plastic Packaging
We continue to look for ways to minimize our impact on the environment, and use compostable mailers and tissue paper when shipping our goods.
My story begins when I was a young girl learning to sew. My first memory of sewing is of my mom sitting down in the basement at her sewing machine, patiently teaching me to sew. I also remember sewing when I was a Girl Scout and in Home Economics class in High School. I think it was mostly clothing at that point.
As our family grew and we went from our first apartment to our first house to our current house, I always made pillows, curtains, cushions, place mats and tablecloths. Always mindful of current color trends and styles my house went from blues to reds to greens.
Fast forward – I recently retired from teaching and started working with a friend that started her own home décor business. I dusted off the old sewing machine and started making curtains, pillows and cushions for her clients. I also stared experimenting with canvas cloth and heat transfers. Now my machine is working every day making the fabulous pillows you see on this site.