Hunting souvenirs in a local arts & crafts shop in the Bernese Oberland, I came across stacks of Swiss Karlen bags made from recycled Swiss army blankets.
Their ethno chic, sturdy design and quality work make these bags and rucksacks a trendy accessory for the eco-fashion conscious urban dweller.
Hand-made in Toerbel, a sleep village in the Matterhorn famous Valais, Karlen's creations however will leave a hefty dent in your pocket with their bags putting you back several hundred Swiss Francs.
There I thought, I could fetch some bargain schoolbags for my kids.
Maybe a bit too cool for school ...just.