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Fashionable, funky and animal-free -- or so we thought

Karen Pirozzi

Fashionable, funky and animal-free -- or so we thought
Just because a bag isn't made of leather, doesn't mean it's vegan.

From Venice For You. You're welcome.

Karen Pirozzi

From Venice For You. You're welcome.

In Venice two summers ago, stunning views greeted us around every turn. I tried not to fixate on the shop windows filled with shoes and bags of the most eye-catching color and design -- but made of animal skin. Sure, I took some wistful glances, but not because I wanted the items, but because I wanted cruelty-free options that were as striking. So I did a cartoon-worthy double take when I passed a window full of bags, jewelry, and other items that appeared to be made of marbled paper. The colors jumped out and pulled me into the store, grinning....


Let the crocodile out of the bag

Karen Pirozzi

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Let the crocodile out of the bag

Thank goodness for bag designers who use cork, natural grasses, vinyl, fabric and faux leather! I'm so saddened to think that the 399 baby Siamese crocodiles seized by Chinese police earlier this month (reported by Rachel Bale for National Geographic) would have grown up to become handbags. Which isn't illegal in and of itself, but because these crocodiles are endangered, they warranted rescued.  Several comments on the NatGeo website defended the killing of these animals to make bags and clothing for humans by comparing it to killing other animals for food. I don't support either practice, but I know many leather-likers...


No hemp bags here

Karen Pirozzi

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No hemp bags here

I have long had an attraction to bags, such as others might have for shoes or scarves. The fact that I don't buy leather just made the hunt more interesting and challenging. I eschew leather for purely ethical reasons, but that didn't mean I wanted any kind of an earthy-crunchy look. In fact, as a mostly vegan, I felt it my obligation to help demonstrate that no leather did not mean no style. Sure, there are plenty of fabric bags (and many very nice ones), but that route was generally a little boring. And it's easy to pick up a...


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