Once upon a time, Artful Blasphemy had a little purse-making business called Purse Your Lips, and hawked said wares at the local craft market and other festival-type venues until such time as another crafter decided to devalue her labor and sell similar (less well-made, naturally) bags for half the price. Artful Blasphemy happily exited the standing-outside-being-friendly gigs forever, and if I never make another purse, it will be too soon.
Thus, this Shopping Saturday, we seek a summer bag.
This, (upper left corner) for evenings or even with jeans and vintage cowboy boots would do well–found at Heidi Abra which is where my fabulous, gigantic bag hails from–although rather than paying $895 for it, I picked it up second hand for $45. The Thrift Gods were on my side that day.
Also from Heidi Abra, third from the left, is this leather, Art Nouveau bag–smaller, but very high class bohemian. I want.
Second from the left is a beautifully printed messenger bag from Baba Studios, which used to be on Etsy but has left for a stand-alone platform (I was SO relieved to find them, I have one bag of theirs that is exquisite). Two more of their bags are shown on the upper right corner (do visit that one, it is a print of bats, I shit you not) and bottom left corner.
Let us not forget the beauty of vintage bags, either. Fourth from the left top row is a charming little red bag from Etsy seller EastBaseline. It’s a steal at that price. You can’t go wrong with a vintage-look doctor’s bag, either–this lovely offered by Etsy seller RayliHandmade (caution, it’s a Chinese based company, and I would do some research prior to ordering…)
Enid Collins bags are both highly collectible and just shout out “Summer!” to my sensibilities. Third from the left on the bottom is classic example of Collins’ work, offered by Etsy seller TheVintageKatCO. Dead center is a photo of my own Enid Collins bucket purse, signed by the maker and titled “The Strawberry Roan.” I have been sitting on this bag to see if it will increase in value or, if I dare paint a unicorn horn on it and make it my OOAK Collins bag….
For modern graphic impact, this Death’s Head Moth-themed red bag from Plastic Land is lovely. Or, go freakishly modern with the last bag on the lower right corner. Another Asian seller, shipping out of Hong Kong, I want to believe that KiliDesign is legit.