Sometimes looking to the past is the best inspiration for new design ideas. Lately I have been working on some projects that involve vintage military inspired pieces. I have found military stores, etsy and junk stores to be the best place to do my research. The cool thing about etsy is that you can purchase the things you want if you like them. I prefer to buy stuff in person. Here are a few of my favorite pieces. I love the patina on old leather bags...you can feel the years of use in the handles and straps. If only the bags could talk to me and tell me the journeys they have been on. San Diego has such a rich military history..I am just beginning to find some of the old vintage stores..