TsuruBride’s lamé lovelies.

September 2, 2009


I think Ohio based, TsuruBride is my new favorite designer. Not just because of the name, and story behind it, {read about it here…I’m a huge *Decemberists fan too} but because you just can’t go wrong with a gold lamé dog purse!! Seriously. All her items are adorable. TsuruBride will be at Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago on the 12th and 13th, so I look forward to seeing her goods in all their fabulousness in person!

*If you don’t know the Decemberists, you should give them a listen…the older their music, the better it is, in my humble opinion…

chicago. indie. stylish.

May 8, 2009


I’ve never been much of a designer handbag girl. Though, I do have a Hayden Harnett that I’ve carried for over a year now…and I occasionally lust over Chloe bags. Other than that, I tend to go for whatever happens to catch my eye.

Our booth at last week’s show was across from Brynn, handbag designer extroradinaire. Brynn offers handbags made in Chicago, and designed by herself. Brynn bags are really well made, the leather is buttery, and her style is simple and stylish. I especially love the bag on the top left.

I didn’t realize until I read her “about me” section that she’s a California girl too…I’ll have to have a little chat with her about that!

sweetgum handbags.

March 17, 2009


All of the cute bags and things from  Sweetgum Handbags are crafted by Kim in North Carolina. She’s an ecology grad student by day, seamstress by night. I couldn’t choose a favorite from the bags {and ipod holder} above. I love them all. She uses some nice fabrics too…even repurposed upholstery fabrics!

emma gordon.

December 15, 2008

The handbags from Emma Gordon London are described by the owner/creator as “ladylike with a twist”. The perfect description, I think! I love the one with the little flower {above}. Plenty of color combinations are available on Emma’s site! Very sweet.

solar style.

December 2, 2008

Chicago based Noon Solar designs stylish bags with solar panels built into one side. The panel charges a little battery which can charge your phone or ipod! It’s a great idea! Not only are they functional, but the material is hand dyed with natural dyes, and are crafted from biodegradable material. I adore the cream bag {above right}. Beautiful!

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i'm a california girl living in the midwest. my hubby and i lived a slightly nomadic life after college, and wound up in a chicago suburb.... read more

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