Ready, set, tie-dye

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Sage Erickson’s talents lie firmly on the water. She’s a world-class, team surfer and has been on the global stage since she was a grom, but our latest collaboration with her has proven that she is as creative off the board as she is on it. The Db x Sage Erickson tote is a tie-dye version of The Æra 25L Tote, bleach-dyed by Sage herself  in her backyard garden. It doesn't get any cooler than that.

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The Æra 25L Tote

Whether you’re commuting to work or school or cruising the city, The Æra 25L Tote is the new best friend you didn’t know you needed. It has a stable bottom panel so it rests standing up, a secure compartment for your reusable water bottle, and a laptop pocket that seals with a magnet strip. Side pockets keep your trusty small items like keys, chargers and chapstick organized and easily accessible. Oh, and a zip-closing main compartment and coated recycled polyester exterior means The Æra 25L Tote is also water resistant.

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About our Artist

The Ventura-dwelling California girl who has two Vans US Open wins to her name uses her downtime at home to sharpen her boards, body and mind for competition, and when the world’s doors are fully opened up once more - she’ll have her limited edition tote at her side, ready to tour the globe, one wave at a time.

The Process

Like surfing, tie-dyeing is an art form - the lines you draw are unique, completely yours, and once you make them, there’s no going back. Bleach dying is about finding your own style and not being afraid to experiment with different tools.

Sage has been creating bleach art for almost 10 years, picking up the hobby as and when her rigorous travel schedule allowed. When the lockdowns came in 2020 and Sage was able to spend a concentrated amount of time at home, she started honing her bleaching skills and suggested creating a bag. The rest is history.

“In this process I tested six different fabrics with the intention of just seeing what happened. To me, that’s art."

Last year, Sage tested out different fabrics and approaches to designing her tote until she found the one that stuck; there wasn’t an awful lot of method to her madness - just a little bit of this and a little bit of that until we all settled on the design that was perfect for Db and perfect for you guys.

Ultimately, the Db x Sage Erickson Tote is a piece of self expression. Self expression for Sage to lay her creativity bare for the world to see, and self expression for you to go against the grain and have your go-to shoulder bag look a little different from the rest.

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