Recently, we’ve talked about and praised handmade artists on Etsy for their creativity and lack of much deserved attention. Today, I’ve got something special to introduce to you—Kuma, the book clutch! Made by artisan Mari Ojasaar, Kuma is a handmade leather clutch made to look like a vintage book. A famous quotation or a phrase of your choice is engraved on the outside of the book clutch. It is however still a project in the works. It needs to come alive with your help!
Kuma is on Kickstarter and is in need of a lot of serious “backers” (investors with sweet rewards) by Sunday, February 9 to make Kuma a living creation. As you may know, the deal with Kickstarter is that the artist or project doesn’t get any of the donations if the goal amount isn’t met by the deadline. With every donation, you automatically get something from the artist.
For example: For a mere $15 donation, you get the satisfaction of helping Mari’s project Kuma happen AND get a butterfly brooch from below:
For higher donation amounts, you get bigger rewards—and as you may have guessed, including your very own personalized clutch like that piece of lemon cake above. Head on over to Kickstarter right now to give to a unique project and get back a reward. Watch the video below to learn more and fall in love!
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!