(At left: Messenger Bag? “Murse”? Either way, if it’s leather, it is apparently not “vegan.” Even if it was vegan-approved, I would not eat it either way.)
Merchants of vintage and brand-spanking newly manufactured ladies handbags and men’s valises have used the term “vegan” to describe a satchel for some time now. Actually, if I could be so bold as to say that it started with small online sellers and was adopted by the big guns later, but I have no documented proof. It is just a foggy recollection. So…what IS this “vegan purse” thing now that some of you are scrambling around for that perfect gift for the gal in your life? Okay, I guess there are some guys who carry messenger bags that some would refer to as a “Murse,” or “Manbag,” but for those of you who do, you probably won’t get one for Christmas because you already have one and its really hard to pin a murse-less male down if he really wants to clean out his pockets and do so. If you peg wrong, it could be anywhere form offensive to pulled out only on airline travels to collecting dust. I digress.
Apparently, a “Vegan” bag contains no animal byproducts, such as leather, fur, bone or whale baleen. In fact, it goes as far as to not contain any animal products that don’t harm the animal to take, such as wool, angora (which is sort of like wool), shedded peacock feathers and any chemical made with eggs as an ingredient. Before we get into a debate about unborn baby chickens, if the eggs are not fertilized, there is no baby chicken in there. Chickens lay eggs regardless of a rooster being present. It takes two to put a chicken in the oven…I mean…a bun in the oven. So, in other words, it could be a PVC purse, otherwise affectionately known as “pleather.” Somehow “leatherette” doesn’t seem to have surfaced since 1983. It could also consist of cotton, bamboo fiber, hard plastic, rubber or the like. Now, even though many link “vegan” to “environmentalist,” many vegan bags contain highly manufactured materials to avoid wool and leather.
The term that is new to me in personal accessories that carry stuff is “vegetarian.” How can there be a vegetarian handbag or suitcase? They don’t eat. Unless they really do, when they go bump in the night. Or maybe they get filled with bed bugs and they walk across the floor themselves just like ants may carry a branch together. Eww. That’s unpleasant like the amount of spackle that went into Jack Lord’s hair. “Vegetarian” bags do not contain leather, but they can contain any form of wool. If any bag-making material had dairy products in it, which I challenge you to find, they could have that too.
So, if the gal (we would suppose it was a gal) on your list is vegan or vegetarian, do some investigation and see if it extends to her accessory choices. Some folks are vegetarian of vegan due to health or food sensitivities and wear leather shoes, etcetera, but some may not. Hopefully, your recipient will be gracious. And doesn’t eat it.fashion tips, gift ideas, ladieswear, modern fashion | Comment (0)
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(At left: You don't need THESE kinds of modifications to feel the freedom of the road.) Today, I am helping a friend prepare his retro wheels for the winter. It's time for the Corvette to be tarped in the garage. The big 60s utility truck is retired from lumber hauling. Road salt terrifies it. Don't worry. The work truck isn't original. It was found in a sad state of affairs and then modified and combined to be the family work mobile. If you like modified, souped up vehicles, you would probably want to be where I am at today. Speaking up souped up, modified vehicles, I was really surprised to see some of the tricked out modifications to vans and trucks that assists the folks who might not be able to slide into the window a la Bo and Luke Duke or actually might not be able to drive at all, not because they aren't sharp as a tack, but because perhaps they lost a limb in service to their country. NMEDA
The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association makes sure there is no flim flam. No crazy necker knobs, no accidental ejector seats. Dealers who sell and modify sweet rides with electronic controls and hand brakes are regulated for safety. Someone who can't climb into a truck could potentially have a lift to pull their wheel chair in, and could operate the whole think without the use of legs. I like that idea.
For now, dealers mostly modify vans and trucks for either a caregiver driver or someone who can take matters into their own hands and operate one themselves. As NMEDA says, transportation is the key to freedom. While not everyone has to have a 50s or 60s convertible to feel freedom, being able to accomplish tasks such as grocery shopping, or removing oneself from danger is worth more than cash.By the way, you can go to the NMEDA website and find the closest dealer to you. I think you will be surprised at how many there actually are.
When you see a vehicle equipped in a different way, don't turn up your nose. I bet the driver, in some cases, would be more than happy to show a car buff the mods on their sweet ride.