So I mentioned previously that I am a vegetarian on the journey of evolution into a full-fledged vegan. One of the steps I have taken towards veganism is to take inventory on my closet and give special attention to my accessories. Whoa. I had a ton of leather in the form of footwear and handbags. I’m actually slightly sickened and disturbed with myself. Ugh.
After tearing through my closet, I managed to sort and give away quite a bit of swag. I still have some non-cruelty-free items on hand, but hope to be free of them soon. It was that, or go barefoot – not really trying to do that with a foot of snow on the ground.
So with purging my closet, came the need to get a new purse! I stumbled across this AMAZING shop on etsy: Infusion Fibers. I instantly became obsessed with the beautiful bags this chica had to offer. The only hang-up: the one I REALLY swooned over contained…leather. Whomp, whomp. So I decided to reach out to the shop owner and inquire if she would be willing and able to make this bag vegan-friendly.
The owner and artist, Abby, was more than happy to accommodate my request. She even responded that she completely understands my preference and that the well-being of animals is really important to her as well. In fact, any leather that she uses is surplus or recycled. She should probably be my new bff!
Well, I received my new bag yesterday…The verdict? Holy smokes! This thing is beautiful! The craftmanship is beyond what I could have ever imagined, and photos do it no justice. I can not wait to have a reason to leave the apartment with my new side-kick!
In addition to her fabulous store, Abby also has a blog, which immediately entered my rotation. Not only can the girl envision stylish goods, and bring them to fruition with her thread and needle, she has a knack for the written word, and an eye for beautiful photo ops. And not gonna lie, her own personal style is to die for, the type of casual chic that I radiate towards. Seriously, you MUST check out both her store and blog.
Oh! I almost forgot! She has a giveaway that ends today, January 25th! So get over to her site and enter to win the non-vegan version of the tote I just snagged!