31 July 2012

Fashion: Recycled Handbags

This post is written by contributing author Paige Ronchetti.

I tend to hear one complaint over and over from friends who haven't really embraced a green lifestyle. We'll be out shopping and I'll point to something and say, "Look at this! It's recycled!" And my friend will be all, "Yeah, I can tell." Meaning that a lot of repurposed items tend to have a patchworked quality to them, and she's not a fan.

Honestly, it's not always my taste either, but I challenge anyone (even my picky friends!) to call these handbags and totes anything other than gorgeous. Behold:




I came across Belrossa on Etsy last week, and I'm just tickled by her bags and purses. She uses several kinds of repurposed materials (feed sacks, quilts, wool coats), making for a nice variety in the shop. There's a good balance between the simpler style shown here, and the more commonly seen "recycled" look. Not that a pieced-together style is bad, it's just not everyone's cup of tea. Having variety will make more people inclined to go green, which is the whole point, right? I think Belrossa delivers on that perfectly.

So what do you think about recycled bags? Or repurposed items in general? Have you had people complain to you about the "style" of this movement? What do you say to them?

Paige Ronchetti lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband. They have no kids and no pets, which gives them a lot of time for eating spicy food and looking for bargains. Paige's blog is Little Nostalgia is a collection of projects and pretty things. There you can find DIY tutorials, home decor inspiration, and affordable fashion ideas. When she is not blogging, Paige is working on her vintage-inspired jewelry lines, Little White Chapel and Oh Nostalgia. Connect to Paige via twitter or pinterest.