Fair Trade Fashion
By LynAnne Wiest
Once you turn 30, it is time to be a grown-up woman and buy a real purse. At least, that is what I have been told. I crossed the 30-year milestone this summer, and the universe was telling me it was time to retire that freebie tote bag I had been using to haul my stuff for the past few years. My friends told me it was looking shabby, but I said it was simply “well loved.” In spite of my resistance, I knew they were right.
It seems to me that every woman is constantly on the search for the “perfect handbag.” We all have our criteria, right? My perfect bag had to be:
- Made from quality materials that will wear well
- Sturdy enough to handle the abuse I put all my things through
- A cross-body design for easy bicycling around town
- Dressy enough that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to take it to a wedding, but casual enough that I could use it every day.
- Constructed with the right amount of pockets.
- Big enough to carry my essentials, but small enough to keep me from filling it with more and more stuff.
- Ethically produced
Well guys, I found it. When this bag arrived at HumanKind, I knew I had to have it. It had all the criteria: right size, right pockets, leather, lightweight, made by fair trade artisan in India, removable cross-body strap to be come a kind of clutch. Plus, that round shape was reminiscent of a vintage canteen. You cant get more adorable than that.
I have been using this bag for about a month now, and I seriously love it. Personally, I am not a big shopper, so when I find that “one thing” that is going to fit perfectly into my life, I hold onto it. I plan to have this bag for years and I know I am going to keep loving it.