|Clockwise, from top left: Steve Madden (Macy's), Aldo, Zara, H&M|
I was always a "no frills" kinda girl and didn't own a purse until college (unless you count the ones my mom bought to match my Easter outfits as a baby). I've started caring a bit more, but at the same time, a "bag" is not at all on the top of my priority list. Plus, I know if I bought a nice one I would worry about setting it on the ground, or spilling on it, or whatever one worries about with nice things. I'm too practical for a nice purse. Yah, that's the adjective I choose. Practical.
But that bag is orange, and it's winter now (is it ever!), so I dragged down a more muted grey Steve Madden purse (that I'd gotten on super sale for $40!) from the top of the closet. I threw my stuff into it, and a few days later, noticed that some of the pleather coating was peeling off. Ugh. Then, days later, it had gotten so bad that it's just embarrassing to carry the thing around. It's even too bad to donate.
To the closet I went to see what else I had stashed up there. I was saddened to find that every "bargain" purse I'd bought was no longer usable. All they'd been doing was sitting on the top shelf of our closet. Whether it's the weird fake leather coating coming off, or fraying handles, they're all embarrassing to be seen carrying.
So what's a girl to do?
My answer so far is to seek out eco-friendly or charitable purse types. I've only been able to find two: Purse & Clutch, and Suspiro (mentioned above). I'm pretty bummed about this. Even just a small, hand-made (but not $800 leather bags) company would be awesome.
I just can't stand to throw away $50 on something that I'll only use for a few months -- and was most likely made by people in a building that later collapsed. I need to shop responsibly (and on a budget), but it's difficult! If you've got any favs, send them along!