Thursday, June 11, 2009

Thinking Vintage Bags

I checked out one of the antique malls just outside of town last night after work and wow, what an amazing resource. I was, I admit, entirely distracted by the feed and grain bags (apparently there is a lot of hybrid corn around here!) and the secret mission I was there completing, but I also started thinking about vintage purses because I saw the prettiest beaded one.

I have a wedding to go to soon and I haven't decided what bag to carry, which is sort of surprising to me because I have meticulously determined every other element of my ensemble from earrings to shoes and hair pins. I'm not sure which direction I want to go in with the bag—my dress is bright berry pink—but I have decided that I am really going to give it some thought over the next few days so that it's considered, rather than rushed. I remembered that I had bookmarked these bags from Karuski, which are made with recycled fabric and trimmings wherever possible.

Minna, the designer who makes them, lives in Finland but spent time in Japan. These bags definitely have a touch of that culture and they are similar in shape to the ones I adore from Oktak.
But it's the combination of the Scandinavian-feeling textiles she uses (like linen) and the shape of the bags that is very Japanese that I particularly enjoy.

It also makes me happy that I have lace that it's very similar to the one shown here. I have more research to do (have I ever told you that I'm seriously indecisive? I'm a Gemini, through and through!) but this feels like an excellent start!


  1. Wow, those are fantastic! And I am also in need of a bag of some sort for the wedding. I think those don't quite go with my ensemble, but I have found one I adore (and as a fellow Gemini have become quickly obsessed with) and may have to treat myself to an early birthday gift. Or at least continue to pour over handmade options!

  2. I think these are luvley!
    If there were bigger ones I would definetley use one as a school bag!
    Im 13 and Love all vintage things like this. Am a big fan of the website. Love Hugs Peace, Moo xxxx