From moth rag to fabulous handbag

Cringila local Henk Haasjes isn’t letting a few extra kg’s ruin his Anzac day, by recycling his old military uniform to create a gift for his wife!

After serving in the Dutch compulsory military service program for 2 years, he folded up his uniform and packed it away, only to be pulled out and worn each year on Anzac Day.

But over recent years, and perhaps a few too many Anzac day biccies, Mr Haasjes has outgrown them saying the ‘last couple of years it didn’t fit me any more. I was standing there trying to do up the buttons’.

He hated the idea of leaving these unused and hanging in his closet for the moths to eat but thanks to some friends of his still living in Holland, the uniform has found a second life.

Mr Haasjes’ friends run an online business where they turn old clothing into bags and used the pants, shirt and beret to create a handbag for his wife Mary.

The duo love the idea that the bag comes with a story and is something the family will never throw away, handing it on from generation to generation.



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