By  on October 30, 2007

Mauro Bianucci never set out to be a "green" designer. The 35-year-old architect and founder of Carga, a line of wool felt bags, didn't have soil pollution or Al Gore on his mind when he made his first prototype about a year ago. "I was searching for a bag to carry my things around in, and I had some industrial felt left over from a project," he said.

Bianucci's androgynous, logo-free satchels ($175 to $375 at retail) are simply constructed, using gray industrial wool felt, aluminum rivets and vegetable-dyed leather straps. The aesthetic is urban, minimalist and functional.

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