Duct Duct Goose wallets started as a hobby in 2010 after 10-year-old competitive swimmer Isabelle Seward suffered a concussion and need to find a quiet, meditative activity to do while recovering. "They were terrible at first, just big purses with a small credit card slot on the outside," she told The Fashion Informer. After several months of trial and error, the pint-sized designer perfected her technique. Soon after, friends and family were clamoring for her clever, one-of-a-kind duct tape wallets and—voila!—a DIY business was born. Made entirely by hand and featuring a wide range of designs (from bold racing stripes and sports insignia to various flora, fauna and animals), DDG wallets sell for $5-$9 online at Duct Duct Goose. During the summer, you can find the wallets—and their inspiring creator—on the Ditch Plains beach at Montauk, which is where I first discovered Isabelle, now 12, and her inventive wares. "I'm not one of those kids that buy a role of $4 tape and search online for how to make a wallet," she explained with pride. "I'm that kid that takes the time to get it right on my own. I was always against looking stuff up online because to me, it's equivalent to cheating. It's much more satisfying to say that you did it yourself then to say you used someone else's ideas." Out of the mouths of babes.
graphic by K Sarna