The other day, as I rode my bike home from work I stopped to speak with a fellow cyclist at an intersection. She admired by gorgeous (if I may say so myself) new bag from Astrosatchel that was perched in my bike basket (pictured here), while I commented on an awesome skirt she was wearing. Both items of admiration were made by local designers, and as I rode away I realized that that day I was almost entirely much adored items by local designers (save my shoes). Vancouver is lucky to be brimming with talented local clothing, jewelry and accessories designers and I am particularly fortunate to know a few of my favorites (no bias there at all) designers and shop keepers personally. When Lauren and I ran Soapboxgirls.com,
we had a page of links called The Buyer's Guide on which we catalogued some of our personal favourite women owned small businesses. We have plans to do the same thing for Bosslady.ca soon, but the scope of that will surely extend beyond the Vancouver border. There is a special place in my heart (and my closet) for our local talent, and so I've been mulling over profiling some of those local treasures here. I figure if nothing else it might help give some of those small business folks some exposure to people from afar who visit our fair town.
On that note, if you too think this bag is just swell, check out the Astrosatchel website, she doesn't have this style available in her store yet but you can see another example at that link there, and I'm sure she'd be open to email inquiries. I'm thrilled to bits with this bag, as I've been on the hunt for a new bag since we went to Copenhagen last year. You see, while we were there I bought a patterned rain coat, that I simply adore, but which was far too busy to pair with my favourite Orla Kiely purse. In looking for something new, I kept turning up other patterned purses -- as that sort of thing is pretty popular these days, and admittedly I gravitate toward them. The thing I love about this purse is that it answers to my soft spot for patterns with the sash, but you can take the sash off for a less decorative look. You can also make your own sashes, if you're so inclined, providing one with even more outlets for coveted fabric samples.