Here's a company that offers gorgeous handbags for women, while giving back to women as well. Change Handbags, creates unique but practical products that provide a way to celebrate style, while at the same time, generates funds to benefit important women's causes. They operate on the premise that their primary customers are women, so the proceeds of the products should give something back to women.
The handbags are available in solid or metallic leathers, and are fully reversible. An optional clutch insert is also available.
Ten percent of the company's profits go to organizations working to better the lives of women in need. Their list includes: REACH (beyond domestic violence), Horizons for Homeless Children, and Dress for Success. Their plans are to eventually expand this list as the company grows.
You can check out the entire collection of handbags that this company offers by clicking here.
If a woman's handbag is a reflection of her soul, there are a few females with some explaining to do. Lavender-colored ostrich feathers, cigarette packages and bottle caps were used to design some of the purses on display at the Lake County Discovery Museum in an exhibit called the "Pocketbook Anthropology: A Treasury of Handbags. "
From the conservative to the whimsical, the purses represent a historical era, an artistic creation or a sentimental bond, such as a handbag made out of neckties owned by Dorothy Crawford.
I personally enjoy exhibits like this one because it gives you the opportunity to look at the evolution of handbags since the 1800's. Even though the alligator bag shown above doesn't meet the description of the alligator "it bag" that most women look for today, it can't be said that whoever designed this bag didn't have artistic flair!
It appears that the Mulberry Bayswater bag is a success story that its maker wasn't quite prepared for.
This beautiful, purple patent leather beauty is considered a must-have bag for the season. Sales have increased by 36% in the nine weeks prior to December 1st. Mulberry is trying to meet this demand by increasing its manufacturing space, changing production methods, and investing in new machinery.
Hopefully, Mulberry will be able to meet the demands of this bag soon-- I feel a knock-off version may be on its way...
Entertainer Fergie held a handbag signing event at the Macy's store in Costa Mesa, California, promoting her new collection, Fergie For Kipling. It seems like everyone's getting into the handbag biz these days!
I personally love the styles that Fergie's collection offers. The bags are very trendy, sporty, and totally functional. Her handbag styles completely personify the image she puts out. She is definitely on the right track.
You can check out her entire collection by clicking here.
Beautiful Supermodel Iman will be launching her new line of fashion accessories called the Global Chic Collection-- which includes handbags, jewelry, and will also provide fashion tips in style and beauty. The collection will launch on HSN and HSN.com, beginning Saturday, December 15th at 8:00 pm EST and Sunday, December 16th at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm EST.
With Iman's impeccable style and beauty, I have no doubt that this collection will be exceptional.
Iman's premier handbags are vintage-inspired, with three styles available: the Signature Handbag, an oversized tote, and the leopard printed Evening Bag.
I know this is a topic we would prefer to not have to deal with-- facing the reality that we could be potential targets of a robbery, especially during the holidays.
It is very easy to get caught up in the mystical, magical representation of the holiday season while shopping, and become less aware that there is someone out there who is looking for the perfect opportunity to snatch your handbag. So you're carrying pepperspray, huh? Guess what-- you've been caught off guard, it's in the bag along with all of your other valuables, so it can't be used on the perpetrator anyhow!
Here are some tips to avoid becoming a victim of a purse snatching, courtesy of RGJ.com:
The best deterrent to purse- snatch crimes is to walk with a friend or in a group, be aware of your surroundings and know who is nearby, according to the department. Maintaining a confident look also can be a deterrent.
Crossing the street, returning to a business, or asking someone for help, based on those using instincts to spot a potential purse snatching situation might help prevent confrontation. The following also is suggested to avoid injury and minimize loss:
Never carry large amounts of cash.
Place keys, small amounts of cash, credit cards and identification in a secure coat or pants pocket instead of a handbag. Carrying house keys in your handbag increases the chances of unwelcome intruders gaining access to your home, especially if your identification is also in the purse.
Handbags should be closed, carried in front of the body with an arm held loosely across them. A handbag dangling by the side is much easier for a thief to grab on the run.
If you wear a handbag with a strap over the head, choose one with a thin strap, and wear it under your coat, which makes it harder for criminals to suddenly grab the strap which might cause you to fall and be injured.
Resist the impulse to play tug-of-war if a criminal grabs your bag. Chances are you will be knocked down and possibly injured, and the criminal will probably get the bag anyway.
Reduce personal items or those of sentimental value carried in a purse. The loss of these items can sometimes be more traumatic than the financial loss.
When traveling in your vehicle, be sure to place your purse under the seat or secure it in the trunk. Park in a well-lit, attended area if possible, completely closing all windows and locking your vehicle when you leave.
When shopping at a store or market with shopping carts, use the child restraint straps to help secure your purse if you decide to place it in the shopping cart, and never leave your purse unattended in a shopping cart.
And, if confronted by someone who displays a weapon, or implies they have a weapon, remember your property can be replaced, but you only have one life.