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!
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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The above purses are variations of Jane Shilton’s Extended Gusset Tassle Bag. This is probably the most daring of all what Jane Shilton has made, which is not saying much in general (but it is if you see her entire collection). As I was looking through what I wanted to review from her’s, of course this bag stood out. First of all, it had TASSELS. I don’t really look for tassels on anything, but none of her other bags have them. A lot of them have buckles for sure, and they look very professional.
This bag was like made for the Polo-wearing prep going on vacation. I at first thought about that imagery, because I had misread the name of the bag to say “Extended GUEST Tassel Bag.” It also has two of the primary colors. I was thinking about whether the position and size of those tassels were awkward, but now I do think they should be exactly how they are. The tassels make this bag have a certain personality, and I do like them. What do you think?
Ah, I love this combination, don’t you? Pastel leather and gold is such a classy mix. You could easily make a neutral-colored outfit ready for spring by accessorizing with some sweet pastels. Feryal just released their 2013 Spring/Summer high end handbag collection, and the Venice leather crossbody bags in cobalt and blush are my favorites.
I love that the gold chain is long enough to be a crossbody. That is definitely a plus for me. I keep wishing some shoulder bag straps were just a tad longer. For some reason, having the strap lay across your body makes it look more casual. Perhaps it’s because when you’re on the go, not in a cocktail dress, you just can’t keep being bothered by the bag slipping off your shoulder. I had that dilemma today shopping with a shoulder bag with a shorter strap.
I’m sure as avid online shoppers, you are always looking for a deal online, but it’s very hard to find prices that match prices as low as flea markets’. I stumbled upon “wholesale” fashion sites awhile back, and I was always skeptical about them. First of all, a lot of them sell replica designer stuff. I wouldn’t recommend them for that reason. However, some sell “designer-inspired” or just trendy fashion items (mostly from China handbags) for rock bottom prices. These bags are distributed in places like Walmart or eBay and are completely legal. Still with that in mind, I was hesitant. I was until I saw one of my favorite people online buy most of her clothes from wholesale Japanese or Korean online shops. That sure did get me curious, but I have yet to try buying from a trusted source.
Slotanna is one of my sponsors who sells cheap handbags wholesale. I posted some of my favorites on here. You don’t have to buy more than one to get a good deal. The wholesale price still applies for one purchase. Of course, the more you buy, the bigger the discount. This is how these wholesale websites usually go. Perhaps you’d like to try buying from one, and let me know about your experience!