Fashion Friday: Permanent Solutions

By Stephanie Saviola

It seems like every store you shop at from groceries to retail, you’re supplied with those canvas totes that have each store’s logo plastered all over them. I’m all about helping the environment, especially if it means avoiding hordes of plastic bags that are shoved under the kitchen sink, but these shopping totes get to be a bit much. I have a dozen that I will never even use. The other day, I saw a woman on the train here in Chicago trying to juggle a purse, a lunch bag and two other shopping bags. It made me cringe a little to see all the clutter being dragged around by commuters, bags hitting people as they walk by the crowds. There’s a way to be practical and carry all of your belongings without looking like a balancing act.

Inspired by their love for flea markets, fashion designer Shira Entis and lawyer Alex Bell are the creative duo behind The Original Fleabag.

These versatile bags, which are made in the USA—limited editions are handmade—are available in an array of designs that can be paired with a dressed-up or dressed-down look. The bags are a bit steep, ($100-$700 range) but well worth it as an investment piece that can be used for many purposes. Below are my three favorite looks in The Original Flea:

“Normandy” is a perfect look for the fall/ winter season.

The “Nantucket” compliments spring and summer looks and makes a great beach bag as well.

And the original in “Coffee Bean” is my favorite for everyday, year-round use.

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2 Responses to Fashion Friday: Permanent Solutions

  1. Robert says:

    Thanks for the info but I had to do a double take seeing the The Thinker at the DIA and a blog post underneath with the “I saw a woman on the train”. “train” “Detroit” ??? Huh?

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