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Patricia Smith’s Moon Bags

October 3rd, 2013

patriciasmith_moonbag patriciasmith_moonbag I used to be the proud owner of these two Patricia Smith Moon Bags pictured above until I decided to sadly part with them last year. I do still have an original Patricia Smith belt buckle (pictured below), made from the same material the bag flaps were made of (acrylic). It is one of a kind and very rare. If you think the bags are scarce, the belt buckles are nowhere to be found! Fortunately, I am also giving this away to anyone who wishes to purchase it from me. Please send me an offer!

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Who is Patricia Smith? Patricia Smith is an artist from Milwaukee, WI most well known, at least from my perspective, for her Moon Bags back in the 80s. I wish I could say that the material used to paint her artwork on was literally out of this world but alas I cannot. As much as I’d like to purchase a moon rock (an actual piece of the moon), I don’t think I’ve got the money for it! The lacquer that you’ll find as handles, flaps, or emblems on each Moon Bag is made of earthbound acrylic (that’s just acrylic).

Patricia hand painted each lacquer that you’ll find on her creations. She or her company also sold needlepoint kits to customers, and they in turn sent back their original work to be paired with Patricia’s lacquers and made as bags! What makes these bags extra special is that every piece is unique and no design was replicated. The clutch I had picture above is an example of one of those needlepoint bags. Not only would I love to get in touch with Patricia, I wouldn’t mind meeting the person who stitched the flowers as well. ;-)

In the late 90s, Moon Bags stopped being on the spotlight. Though that happened, Patricia still pursued the sheer love of art, with or without commercial success, through painting.

Below you’ll find a video of a fellow fashionista raving about her Moon Bags collection:

There are all sorts of handbag styles to choose from—clutches, shoulder bags, handbags, etc. Below you’ll find some Moon Bags being sold by previous owners (like myself) of Patricia Smith’s creations:


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5 Responses to “Patricia Smith’s Moon Bags”

  1. The Fashion Panda

    Great post and love the clutch :)

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  2. Rachel Dahl

    Fashion Panda: Thank you, sweetie! ;-)

  3. Gail

    very cute bags!

  4. Pam

    Do you know how to contact Patricia? I know someone who has a Moon Bag needlepoint kit and wants a handle painted for it. Do you know if she still does this?
    Thank you.

  5. Rachel Dahl

    Hi Pam,

    Thanks for stopping by! I’ve seen Patricia reply on Chelsea Girl’s blog, so you may want to contact the blog/store owner to ask her if she can get a hold of her. The blog post where Patricia left a comment on is here: http://www.chelsea-girl.com/2010/03/the-moon-bags-story/
    I think Patricia stopped doing work for that kind of thing though, but it really doesn’t hurt to ask!

    Rachel

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