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14-12-2005
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^^ thanks for the tip.

Roxy wannabe, I know. I figured since it was vegan that being a knockoff wasnt such a bad thing. However, am totally lusting after the real deal so might get both. I just love the teal trim.

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For me I found a good bag at a fabric store-not a sewing bag but an actual boucle purse-and I love it.

I have to say that the market for vegan bags is pitifully small.

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I have two matt and nat bags - love them and they are very reasonably priced. Vancouver people can buy them at Brier's on 4th ave

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I've been trying to quit buying leather bags (which I absolutely love), but all the leather-like bags seem to be made of PVC, which I've just now learned is pretty much toxic/poisonous to the environment. I don't want to hurt animals, but I also don't want to trash the earth; It's like being stuck between a rock and a hard place!

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Kate spade does tons of non-leather bags. I know she's sort of passe, but some of her bags are still a bit cute.

There are tons of PVC bags out there that cater to the vegetarian bag lovers out there.

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I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS FOR QUITE A WHILE...and while leather bags are dead animals....synthetic bags and the process that they go through to manufacture those synthetics are way more harmful to the environment as a whole than killing animals for their skins....but i do agree with spiralsnowman...between a rock and a hardplace....or a ball of melted plastic VS a carcass....

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Yes, that Matt & Nat bag is very nice!
Shame its a total knock off of a Mulberry 'Roxanne' bag though!

That makes it a tacky pleather counterfeit bag to me rather than a cool 'vegetarian' bag . . .

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^ I have the same impression.

I'm going to buy this bag by Matt & Nat. (The brown one)


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^ I have the same impression.

I'm going to buy this bag by Matt & Nat. (The brown one)

Oh dear. Sorry to tell you that this is a knock off of a Mulberry bag too. Its the 'Eastwood' bag. Check the original out on-line at www.mulberry.com

Its the bag Will Young has been carrying recently. Its quite big, like a weekend bag.

Sadly the original is only in leather I think?

Matt & Natt are obviously Mulberry fans!

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Will Young??! OH NO!

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Not sure if anyone has posted about btcelements but I think some of the products are cool (found the link via grechenscloset):

A few examples:

http://btcelements.com/product_info....products_id=80
Model T tote
Constructed out of discarded truck and tractor innertubes


http://btcelements.com/product_info....products_id=97
Billboard messenger bag
Created out of discarded New York City billboards

http://btcelements.com/product_info....products_id=81
The Mini
Constructed out of discarded truck and tractor innertubes

etc etc

What about Helen E Riegle bags which can be found on her own website and sites like shoptrunkt and thegreenloop?

A few examples:


http://www.thegreenloop.com/product_p/hr-lotusbag.htm



Pics off btcelements, shoptrunkt and thegreenloop

Any thoughts, ladies?

As for non-leather bags (ie canvas, nylon, cotton etc) I think there are so many talented independent designers in the US and Canada (for starters) who make good-looking bags There are many great sites featuring indie designers - I've been absolutely captivated by them over the past few weeks.

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Thanks for te heads up on that site! AWESOME recyled stuff!!

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I'm new to this, but it seems to me that all the TOP bags are all made of leather. Pleather or other materials are frowned upon and only used as a cost-saving measure for those of us on a budget.

Personally, I do wear leather but I usually can forget what it "is", except when I see croc-skin. I know this is quite a valuable leather, but it's also a leather that really reminds me that it was once someone's skin.

Anyways, I figure, there must be fashionistas out there who aren't comfortable sporting leather. What alternatives do they have that are still haute couture?
I have this dilemma as well.
I've been a veg since the age of 13, now 32, and have gone through phases of not wearing any leather as well as having a few pairs of leather shoes and leather bags. Obviously, I would really be happiest with myself if I could get over my shoe and bag obsession so that I wouldn't ever be tempted to buy leather again, but at my age I have come to the realization that it just ain't gonna happen....so somehow I rationalize it.

Until Christian Loboutin starts making 5" high vegan shoes, I probably will always have a pair of leathers somewhere

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I agree with you, libby_bee about the awesome stuff there So may I ask what other bag lines you have ordered?

Here are bags by indie designers that IMHO are cool (and vegan-friendly):

Pics off buyolympia, whodinihandmade, artghost, bookhou, veganmart, a susi, goodmorning morning, Iona Loyola, sew pretty.

http://www.buyolympia.com/queenbee/I..._ginkgotrucker

http://www.buyolympia.com/queenbee/I...kyototruckette
Queen Bee has some really cute messengers and totes.

http://www.whodinihandmade.com/album...191/984793.htm

http://www.artghost.com/Handbags/Blue_record_purse.htm

http://www.veganmart.com/shop/Bags//item1070/
Astrosatchel - love the designs on this Canadian lady's bags!

http://www.astrosatchel.com/main-1.html

http://www.bookhou.com/


http://www.asusi.com/shop/calendar.html

http://www.goodmorning-morning.com/i...products_id=89

http://www.ionaloyola.com/Purses.html

http://www.sewsweetbags.com/shoulderbags.html


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well those are pretty cool.
thanks for the links!

as far as vegan bags, I always run into some cool non-leather bag somewhere, like at Urban Outfitters or something. I've never ordered a recycled bag, although maybe I should get one for my husband. He's kind of a backpack nerd, though....I'm going to look for a cool recycled backpack..

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