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 Post subject: Let's talk bags and purses
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:39 pm 
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I have a little obsession with bags and purses. :)

Right now I'm drooling over these two lines on Etsy (shipping is so expensive though!):

BayanHippo
http://www.etsy.com/shop/bayanhippo?ga_ ... _usernames

TippyThai
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(I especially love the hemp textured fabric she uses for some of the bags...)

Oh, and of course I love Mat & Nat but can't afford any of their stuff.

What are your favorites?


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:42 pm 
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Omg I love the Bayan bags. Tippy's are so beautiful too. I am a total bag ho. It's a sickness, I tell ya.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2010 7:48 pm 
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I ordered a TippyThai bag to use as my diaper bag! I can't remember where I first saw them, but she has a lot that I really like.

The Veggywood blog veganized the Lucky magazine fall bag guide (link). Somebody posted an awesome bag guide on the old boards and I thought that one was from Veggywood too, but I can't find it.


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I think I want one of the above from Baggu to use as a laptop/handbag combination for uni. They're recycled canvas, and the backpack looks quite a bit better in photos on people. Want to convince a friend to order and split shipping with me though!


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I have this TippyThai bag and love it:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/60396696/bl ... pose-bag-3

I liked the design of some of her other bags better, but this one has lots of pockets, perfect for phone, ipod, camera, etc.


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I mostly have vintage bags from Etsy or stuff from UO/F21/H&M/etc. No links to post! I've been eyeing a bayan bag for a while now, though.

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http://www.etsy.com/listing/58160395/ne ... nger-style
I have this bag! I use it for school and I love it SO MUCH. It fits all of my stuff nicely, there's a little clip for my keys, a zippered part where I put my phone and lip balm, a pocket on the front, and two pockets on the inside. It's great!

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I think I want one of the above from Baggu to use as a laptop/handbag combination for uni. They're recycled canvas, and the backpack looks quite a bit better in photos on people. Want to convince a friend to order and split shipping with me though!


I bought that exact Baggu backpack to use to carry my laptop to/from work, and it is very cute but a total nightmare. I emphatically do not recommend it for laptops or anything with much heft to it. The opening of the bag is drawstring, and it's a really simple set up where the back straps form the drawstrings. They always get tangled, stuck, and it's hard to get the bag open enough to get the laptop in and out. I'm starting my quest over again for the perfect backpack for work. It's still a very cute bag, but hideously unpractical.

I do love those Banyan bags, might have to get some for holiday presents....

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The Veggywood blog veganized the Lucky magazine fall bag guide (link). Somebody posted an awesome bag guide on the old boards and I thought that one was from Veggywood too, but I can't find it.


Ooh, thanks for posting this link.

Right now I'm drooling over these two from TippyThai:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/59123632/da ... y-all-tote

http://www.etsy.com/listing/58556330/gr ... andles-and


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 Post subject: Re: Let's talk bags and purses
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A while back Sarah Kramer posted a link to http://susannichole.com/ on her blog, this purse is gorgeous!!!
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I also really like this one http://susannichole.com/store/sophia-in ... p-522.html

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 Post subject: Re: Let's talk bags and purses
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WHOA, so many cute / cheap purses. Thanks for nothin' homies!

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molasses jane wrote:
I bought that exact Baggu backpack to use to carry my laptop to/from work, and it is very cute but a total nightmare. I emphatically do not recommend it for laptops or anything with much heft to it. The opening of the bag is drawstring, and it's a really simple set up where the back straps form the drawstrings. They always get tangled, stuck, and it's hard to get the bag open enough to get the laptop in and out. I'm starting my quest over again for the perfect backpack for work. It's still a very cute bag, but hideously unpractical.

Ah ha, what a pain. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Let's talk bags and purses
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I saw this one last night in the new issue of Lucky:

http://www.aldoshoes.com/us/handbags/ha ... cyphert/29

I like it a lot, but in the magazine it looked red and here it seems that it's actually rust. I might go for it anyway.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's talk bags and purses
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Finally someone is singing my song!

(As a person who has had chronically unstable ankles all of my life and more foot and ankle injuries than I have fingers - finding shoes that fit right, don't aggravate my old injuries and aren't atrocious looking has always been a huge time-consuming and frustrating chore. Add to the mix that most vegan shoes tend to be- well ugly – has only made this harder).

But bags (and sunglasses) now we are talking.

I love this line at www.meliebianco.com as well as this one www.englishretreads.com which makes bags and wallets out of recylced tires although they tend to be kind of pricey.

I never thought to look on etsy for something like handbags though- but I see I am going to have to spend more times there so thanks for the tip.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's talk bags and purses
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So, I need a new bag. I've got Matt and Nat's Madonna (this one)
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but at 9.5"h x 7.5"l x 1"w, it's really too small for every day. So I'm looking for a new bag: a big bag that can tote my camera and snacks and sunglasses and vitamins and paperback and divacup :)

It needs to zipper and it needs a shoulder strap. Right now, I'm leaning toward the Matt and Nat Nico. What do you guys think of that one? And how do I pick a color? I always prefer brown over black, but for some reason, I'm liking it in black. Though grey is also really pretty and actually red too... What color do you vote for? My coat is black and I'm the sort of person who basically chooses one bag and uses it year round until it falls apart.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's talk bags and purses
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I have a little issue with buying Harvey's seatbelt bags. I'm a little disappointed that they've started using leather, but most of them are still fabric.

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I really like the Matt & Nat Nico. My only issue with it (which is why I haven't bought it) is that the shorter straps look super short (like they are meant for hand-carrying only) and I'm not sure how sturdy the long strap is for shoulder/cross-body carrying. I tend to carry a lot of heavy crepe in my bag and I've had those long/thin straps start to either tear from the bag or cut into my shoulder a bit with other bags. I think Matt & Nat bags are really well-made though, so that might not be an issue with this one. (Or, if you're a more reasonable person and you don't carry what amounts to an entire earthquake emergency kit in your bag with you at all times!) As for color, I wish the cognac were a bit darker. I'd probably go with gray or black, so that it would go with everything (I do wear a lot of brown stuff though... so I'd probably go with gray).

I really love this Matt & Nat bag, and want to buy it for myself: http://www.mattandnat.com/product/adore-khaki-1757/
They call it khaki but it looks more green to me. I tend to think of olive green as a "basic" color though, so I think it would go with everything (black, brown, gray, denim, etc.). It also comes in black, which for some reason I like less than the khaki.

A friend recently pointed out this super cheap vegan bag at Old Navy: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.d ... =797688012
It's very much my style but probably wouldn't last very long... (and it probably has cheap/crappy zippers, which I hate).


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I really love the peace4you bags: http://www.etsy.com/shop/peace4you?ref=pr_faveshops

They use recycled leather and wool though, so I guess it all depends on your feelings on that.

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I really love the peace4you bags: http://www.etsy.com/shop/peace4you?ref=pr_faveshops

They use recycled leather and wool though, so I guess it all depends on your feelings on that.


Those are really lovely.


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I love Moop (http://www.moopshop.com/). They are pricey, but stunning in terms of quality, they look great, are sturdy, wash well, do well in wet weather, and the woman who makes them seems awesome--they have astonishing and lovely customer service.

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Moop is having a sale on some of their messenger bags right now! I'm tempted.

http://www.moopshop.com/collection/152


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Reviving this thread to ask an important question- has Mat & Nat improved their manufacturing quality at all? I have a gift certificate for Herbivore and I'm eyeing up their doctor's bags, which are super cute. But hell if I'm wasting my gift certificate on something that's going to fall apart in a few months. I haven't bought one of their products in easily ten years and I remember they used to fall apart if you looked at them sideways.

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Erika Soyf*cker wrote:
Reviving this thread to ask an important question- has Mat & Nat improved their manufacturing quality at all? I have a gift certificate for Herbivore and I'm eyeing up their doctor's bags, which are super cute. But hell if I'm wasting my gift certificate on something that's going to fall apart in a few months. I haven't bought one of their products in easily ten years and I remember they used to fall apart if you looked at them sideways.


I’ve had no problems with my Matt and Nat goods - Connolly wallet (c. 2014) and a Paxx backpack (c. 2012). Both products have endured a lot of travel, moves, even camel spit and still look like new. The distribution network for Matt and Nat products has expanded considerably over the last few years and many of the online products are frequently sold out.

How does the bag look at Herbivore ? Tight and secure seams ? Any feedback from Herbivore about issues with returns due to quality ? Frontline staff see it all.


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I bought a Matt and Nat bag about three years ago and the zipper fell out within a few months and it also seems to have a manufacturing defect. I wouldn't get another one even though they are super cute.

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How does the bag look at Herbivore ? Tight and secure seams ? Any feedback from Herbivore about issues with returns due to quality ? Frontline staff see it all.


Well, I'm several hundreds of miles away in California, so I'm only looking online. I have no problem determining the quality of something that's right in front of me; I have a degree in fashion design and can be pretty overcritical about how well something is constructed or designed because I know how it should be properly done. But I will ask the dudes up at Herbivore if they've had issues with returns or complaints about quality! That's a good idea.

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I bought a Matt and Nat bag about three years ago and the zipper fell out within a few months and it also seems to have a manufacturing defect. I wouldn't get another one even though they are super cute.


Bummmerrrrr. The last bag I had from them had a busted zipper within a couple months, too. It was just a really poor quality zipper; it had metal teeth but the fabric tape part of the zipper was shoddy enough that just a few months of wear was enough to fray holes into it and make the zipper nonfunctional. If they're using poor quality materials to begin with then good construction/sewing will only go so far.

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