I add this section in periodically when the
mood strikes me, when I get something new that brings me so much joy
that I feel I need to share it. Something that I just love that makes me
feel like a kid with a new toy I can't wait to use and play with. LOL
I've had one of those recently and so here we are again.
All this was the result of two friends, both of whom I am grateful to
for the roles they played in this. A big thank you to you both!
The first who made me see and
understand that buying something of quality does not actually cost more
than buying cheaper versions of it. And taught me to love beautiful
purses and that we are after all worth it. Until recently, I used to
buy the least expensive ones I could find. The linings would last a
couple of months and in less than a year the purse was done. That
friend taught me that if you pay 5 times as much for something of
quality that lasts 10 times longer, you're ahead in the long run and
have something better to use and love and enjoy. Since I got a tax
refund just about the time we were discussing it, I went out and took
her advice right away. :-)
In the end I bought 2 purses, a beautiful gentle soft leather one that I
adore but which may not be as good for winter. And a tougher one to
make it through our Canadian weather. This story is about the latter.
I got the second thanks to the advice of a second friend who told me about the company that makes them.
I bought this one:
(front...It does come with an adjustable strap and one handle. It only looks like two as I photographed it in front of a mirror)
(back, I just LOVE the colour, which they call Paprika)
I have to say that I have been very very favourably impressed here both by the product and
by the company itself. It's a company that I truly admire for their
philosophy, ethics and what they are doing out in the world. I was
very touched by that. And that is another reason I wanted to
mention them here.
The company is called Matt & Nat. MATT & NAT stands for
MAT(T)ERIAL + NATURE. It's a very eco-friendly, conscientious company,
which impressed me right from the start. They do not use real leather or
anything animal based, but still manage to make beautiful and very
durable products. Although mine is still brand new, I have spoken to a
few friends who have owned a Matt & Nat and everyone seems to be
saying they are very well made and very durable. That is in fact one of
the company's goals, to create classic, timeless styles, that are
durable and long-lasting. And of course, what lasts a long time is
better for the environment. As it doesn't need to be replaced as often.
Another thing I truly do admire is that all the linings in their
products are made entirely from recycled plastic bottles. Their site
says that approximately 21 recycled bottles go into the lining of one
of their purses (depending of course on the size of the purse). That comes out to about 120, 000 recycled bottles a year that go into their products. It does
actually feel quite nice and silky to the touch. My lining looks like
One more thing I love is the company's motto to: "Live Beautifully".
According to their web site: "Living beautifully means appreciating the
humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us." As I am sure
you know, that is a very good description of how I want to live my life.
And this motto is there on the front of each purse. It makes me smile
whenever I see it. Definitely part of the "new toy" appeal. It's a daily
reminder or who and what I want to be, as our purses are so often with
us. There it is on my purse:
The particular one I got comes from the
Vintage collection. It's a bit like distressed leather. (but of course
not leather). It even touches me how it says on their site about the
Vintage line how "The surface is always a little imperfect, but it’s an
acknowledgement of the journey, of learning, and of change." Again very
much values that are important to me.
When I got my purse, the tag on it said "designed with love"... And I just love it back.
So in my view a great purse and a great company. I don't have room to go
into all that they do and embody as a socially responsible company, but
you can see more about that (and more of their styles) on their web
site which is: