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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spotlight On.....Samsāra Handbags


Earth Day is behind us but that doesn't mean we can't continue our journey toward awareness. Handbag lovers are especially blessed to have more and more environmentally and socially responsible options available to them. Last week I wrote about Matt & Nat. This established and respected designer label produces some of the chicest handbags around. Now the creative mind behind Matt & Nat, Inder Bedi, is launching his latest accessories endeavor - Samsāra.

Samsāra, which means rebirth in Sanskrit, is a collection of vegan accessories created with the goal of affecting change on a local as well as global level. One dollar will be donated to a non-profit organization of your choice for every bag sold. This year, Samsāra has selected four causes - International Aid, Animal Welfare, Women's Issues and the Environment - that shoppers can choose from to send their donated dollar to.

Not only are Samsāra accessories Eco-friendly and socially responsible, they're also well-made and relatively inexpensive. The Winkler Pebble Clutch and Vaughan Pebble Hobo (pictured) are simple, utilitarian and stylish bags. No bells or whistles on these designs, ladies. Instead you get thoughtful designs that'll put a smile on your face as you think about the part you've played in helping our planet and those who live in it.

Winkler Pebble Clutch: $70 - vegan leather exterior, antique brass hardware, fold-over top with zippered closure with strap and snap, two front open patch pockets under fold-over flap, rear zippered pocket and lined interior with additional zippered pocket. Available in black, cognac, plum and white. Measurements: 12 x 6.75

Vaughan Pebble Hobo: $155 - vegan leather exterior, antique brass hardware, single shoulder strap, large front exterior open pocket and lined interior with zippered and pouch pockets for additional storage. Measurements: 16.5 x 14.5 x 3.75.

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