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Sea Bags seaside strategy, growth leads to five store openings

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Portland Press Herald


Sea Bags of Portland to open 5 new stores The planned openings include 3 Maine locations: Bar Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, and Ogunquit.

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Cape Gazette


Sea Bags opening Rehoboth location March 8

Don Oakes, CEO of Sea Bags, said the company is excited to be opening its first store in Delaware. “We’ve enjoyed warm welcomes in all the communities where we’ve opened stores and look forward to bringing our products closer to customers who already know us, and to those who will discover us for the first time in Rehoboth Beach,” he said.

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Exhale Lifestyle


Geek-Chic Accessories for the Techies Among Us

Channel those breezy Nantucket summer sails year-round with Sea Bags’ laptop covers. Handmade in Maine with slick-surfaced recycled racing sails (peep their bold black), they fit 13-inch computers and boast chunky zippers and extra protective padding.

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Women's Wear Daily


"Down by the wharf in Portland, Me., a little handbag company is setting sail for new territory. It includes more than 20 retail locations along the East Coast and 140,000 handmade bags sold each year."

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Southern Living


"What a fun way to celebrate a Southern beach gal, and we love that this is made from recycled sail cloth."

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"Feeling more nautically inclined? Sea Bags makes their duffels out of recycled Dacron sails and marine-grade zippers, all handmade in Portland, Maine."

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"Is your main squeeze a salty sea dog? Or a wine lover? Check out gifts from Sea Bags, a Maine-based operation that keeps old sail cloths out of landfills by reincarnating them in the forms of totes and accessories. We recommend the neatly nautical Valentine XO Wine Bag ($40), a sturdy gift that comes with a white rope handle, and conveys a message of love and stability." 

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Five Maine companies receive 2018 Governor's Award for Business Excellence

"Incorporated in 2006, Sea Bags started by making totes and accessories from recycled sails in Portland. Today, the company designs and manufactures a diverse line of totes, bags, and home goods, all made in Maine from recycled sails. CEO Don Oakes, President and COO Beth Shissler and CFO Bill McGonagle have all worked together to grow Sea Bags from just three employees to now more than 140 with 18 retail locations up and down the East Coast, saving over 600 tons of recycled sail cloth from landfills."

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"Nautical but nice Seabags are handmade in Maine from used sails."

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