Matt & Nat | Designer Handbags At No Cost (To The Animals)

mattandnat vegan purse 03 Matt & Nat | Designer Handbags At No Cost (To The Animals)

On the whole, embracing a more “G” lifestyle has been a rewarding experience. Switching to organic cotton jeans? A no brainer. Shunning animal products in my diet? Enjoyable – well, for 30 days at least (see nutrition). Buying a cruelty-free handbag? Totally depressing.

Philosophically, I’m there. But aesthetically, I am far, far away. Show me a cool alternative to Bottega Venetta and I’m in. But a crappy felt handbag? Forget it.

But there’s good news, animal lovers. I’ve discovered a drool worthy alternative. Matt & Nat is the brainchild of Montreal-based designer Inder Bedi, who founded the company back in 1997 after exploring the intersection between high fashion and animal rights consideration at University. Matt & Nat bags are made using only synthetic materials. Says Bedi: “Our bags are popular because they’re stylish, and the fact that we use PVC instead of leather is just the cherry on top”.

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SECCO | Not For the Humorless

secco shoulder bag 03 SECCO | Not For the Humorless

Finns have a unique sense of humor. Anyone’s who’s seen Aki Kaurismäki’s masterpiece “Drifting Clouds” knows what I’m talking about.

The concept of transforming used materials into funky new products is not a new one. However, Helsinki-based SECCO’s tongue-in-cheek take on post modern design had me at their homepage, which reads like a Dr Seuss story: “SECCO was born in the Electronic Waste Age in Wasteland, in a small village in a valley between the Rubber Hills. On the horizon, you can just make out the giant Computer Mountains where the river of Qwerty springs. At the edge of the forest that surrounds the village, you can find the LP-Towers reaching towards the white clouds. From the top of the towers you have a breathtaking view across Wasteland…”

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AUM Line From Red Flag Design | Shop Don’t Sail

redflagbag 04 AUM Line From Red Flag Design | Shop Don’t Sail

Personally, I can’t stand sailing. Sperry top-siders, sun damaged skin, Rod Stewart’s 1975 hit — it’s all hideous. And I’m not just being glib… I’ve had my fair share of bad boating experiences to back it up: a ferry cancellation resulting in a four hour trip between Greek islands with some crusty German seafaring types< (think “Dead Calm”); a snorkeling trip gone awry in Sri Lanka with our banana boat capsizing over a shallow reef; and a yachting-obsessed ex- who would take me on “fun” yacht rides on Sydney Harbour (from which there was no escape).

redflagbag 01 AUM Line From Red Flag Design | Shop Don’t Sail

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