For more than five years now I’ve been really conscious about what I buy. I rarely go shopping, and when I do, I try to shop secondhand as much as possible. I no longer buy something just because it’s cute or on sale, I have to love it and how it was made.
The end result of this campaign of austerity is that I don’t own much, but what I do own, I love.
It also means that until I find that thing I love, I often do without. This explains why until yesterday I was still using Olive’s diaper bag as a purse. I mean, it’s a very sexy diaper bag, but still. I’ve written about this before.
Olive is three and a half years old. She was potty trained just before her second birthday. Guys, this means it’s taken me roughly a year and a half to find a purse. Wut.
This is totally ridiculous but nevermind, by God I’ve finally done it. Behold!
One of the reasons I struggled so much with this purchase is because I’m a vegetarian. In previous years I’ve always bought Matt & Nat purses, they’re a Canadian company that makes vegan bags and I’ve always loved their ethos and their look. But a few years ago I had this weird moment where I realized that “vegan leather” was just…plastic. Not particularly Eco-Friendly, not biodegradable, not sustainable, and prone to cracking and wear after a few years. It really turned me off of the whole thing.
Isn’t it incredible how I can turn a simple purchase into a years-long ethical quagmire? It’s a special talent of mine.
Anyway, I finally got around this issue by deciding on secondhand leather. I’d been looking at secondhand stores for a year and a half without much success when I found LouLou’s Emporium on Etsy. This fabulous woman, Louise, creates gorgeous handmade bags from old leather. I messaged her and told her what I was looking for we chatted back and forth for a bit and then a few weeks later she sent me this beauty.
It’s made from an old Gap leather coat, has two interior pouches and a zippered pocket, and can be worn over the shoulders or as a cross body bag.
I’m totally in love.
I think her prices are incredibly reasonable for a handmade leather purse and this one even came with a little mini purse to use as a clutch, an additional inside pocket, or, more likely, a purse for my mini-me to tote around and fill with hedgehogs and chalk.
Anyway, this is most decidedly not a sponsored post – you’ll always see those clearly labelled as such in the post category at the top of the page – but I was just so pleased with this (and so glad this ridiculous purse saga is over) that I thought I would share the news and shine the spotlight on Loulou’s Emporium. I love what she’s doing and I totally envy her talent.
Thank you, Louise, for putting me out of my misery. Etsy saves the day again!