Aside from the environmental benefits, upcycling has a lot going for it, though according to bikers, not nearly as much as steroid-cycling. Upcycling old materials without a trace of HGH in his system, the dude behind Rogue Empire.
Just going bricks & mortar in Seattle, this collection of wallets and other man-cessories is made mostly out of cast-off dude-wear by a Chicago-based maker who's actually from Portland, where he honed his ability to get the most out of seemingly useless stuff -- are you listening Blazers? How're Greg Oden's knees? RE's latest/most refined drop is a nine-pocket leather-lined wallet called the Napoleon made from polyester ties/old kilts in a huge range of bold colors/patterns (navy polka dots, psychedelic purple w/ lace-like embroidery, tartan plaid, etc.), and inspired by his father's "lucky tie" and the skirts his mother used to wear, which is just kinda sick, dude. There're also industrial-strength canvas bill-folds arted with imagery appropriated from vintage advertising, plus a series made from old t-shirts, like a red number that boasts a yellow Montessori School logo, and the blue/yellow Girls, which if you went to the former is probably the closest you're going to get to the latter.
Because not everything can be a wallet, RE also makes black corduroy-lined cowls (in gray houndstooth, black & red tartan, etc.), and -- getting still more use out of vintage ties -- triangular key fobs, perfect for the biker who's moved past cycling, and found the ultimate shortcut: cars.