This blog has become a confessional of sorts for me. First, I told you about my travel bug, then my obsession with bunnies. Did I mention my penchant for fabric? How ’bout handbags?
Oh the handbags…I can’t stop myself. Even after I started my own small handbag business
(did I mention I love fabric?) a couple years ago, it has been impossible for me to not buy a few gorgeous leather handbags that have crossed my path. I just hear them calling my name.
“They” say that you should be your brand when you own a small company. My brand is modern fabric handbags. Yes, I carry bags that I made quite often and love it when someone comments on them – I even give them a business card! But you can imagine my guilt when the urge hits to carry the new Kate Spade
light blue leather handbag that I just purchased during the online sample sale (60% off – love it) or the pink leather Cole Haan
beauty I got at Nordstrom for a steal.
I just can’t “be my brand” all the time – alright?! I love leather, and I’m not afraid to say it.
So why this confession now? Because I went to the great handbag store today in Northwest Portland called Ellington
, and I just need to share. It’s local and fabulous! They design very stylish leather and nylon twill bags which are very well made. I had Ava (who is almost 3) with me today at their Sample Sale and all she kept saying was, “Mommy, I want a bag!” Yes, dear, I do too!
There’s an awful lot out these days about shopping/buying local. I’m all for it (don’t forget to check out my shop
!), and I’ll be sure to shop at Ellington
Sometimes I have these moments where I realize that I am really lucky. Maybe lucky isn’t the correct word. Sheltered. No. Modernized. Yes. Boring. Kind of. Where am I going with this?
Today, I caught the “Ethiopia: The Omo Valley” episode. He traveled to some of the most remote country in the entire world. The lives of the villagers that he visited are so completely non-Westernized that it was said that the people in one tribe did not even know that they lived in a country called Ethiopia. It was truly amazing to see cultures so unlike mine. So primitive. So pure. So uncluttered. Where it warrants an elaborate celebration for a successful harvest season. Where men from different villages still battle each other for the hearts of the women.
said that he was not there to document the cultures like many photographers or anthropologists do but rather to document the artful body painting, body adornments and ceremonies. He made mention that these tribes have no museums or galleries or even living rooms to hang art, but it is on their persons that they derive art and culture. I don’t know why this struck me as so powerful, but it did.
The cultures are truly beautiful in my eyes. It’s that they know nothing different. And, it seems, if they do know different, they choose to live the way their ancestors have for thousands of years. Incredible. Interesting. Beautiful.
If you haven’t seen Art Wolfe’s show, you should.