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Welcome to (Undercover) POPULAR... the place for UPcycled vintage and modern handbags.

Upcycled Vintage Handbags with Back Stories

(Undercover)POPULAR brings to life the back stories of vintage handbags with unique “found” items and decoration, to create one- of- a- kind, fashion forward useable works of art. Elements from each purse are locally sourced from area estate sales and hand crafted in my Southport loft studio.

When I was a child, I would spend hours and hours traipsing through antique stores and garage sales. I loved all the old things, especially the beautiful handbags, and I longed to touch them. The smells, the hidden stories and mysteries that each object held were fascinating to me. Chic or practical, long straps or beautiful chains, intricate clasps, the soft, silky…

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  • Joined March 6, 2011

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leather, vinyl, coasters, paper ephermera, unique found items, ribbons, jewelry, game pieces

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About

Welcome to (Undercover) POPULAR... the place for UPcycled vintage and modern handbags.

Upcycled Vintage Handbags with Back Stories

(Undercover)POPULAR brings to life the back stories of vintage handbags with unique “found” items and decoration, to create one- of- a- kind, fashion forward useable works of art. Elements from each purse are locally sourced from area estate sales and hand crafted in my Southport loft studio.

When I was a child, I would spend hours and hours traipsing through antique stores and garage sales. I loved all the old things, especially the beautiful handbags, and I longed to touch them. The smells, the hidden stories and mysteries that each object held were fascinating to me. Chic or practical, long straps or beautiful chains, intricate clasps, the soft, silky linings; it begged the questions -- “Who owned this? Where did she wear it? What did she keep inside it?” It was like a beautiful time travel.

Of course, estate sales are like walking into the past; a perfectly idealized time capsule. When I hold some of the handbags that women treasured all their lives, it almost seems like they have souls. There’s a soul to old things.

There’s that shock of recognition when you pick up something that’s not widely available in today’s market. There’s another little tinge of excitement when you realize the quality of workmanship that went into creating it. Doesn’t it deserve to be loved a little more? How can I leave it behind? With a little bit of love and creativity, I realized I could give handbags a whole new life, so a new owner could enjoy it as much as I would.

The next thing I knew, I had a workroom full of vintage purses, one-of-a-kind accent pieces, crazy vintage knick knacks, feathers, ribbon, and enough acrylic craft paint to cover a highway. And just like that – (Undercover)POPULAR was born.

So now it’s time to bring my love of vintage handbags and combine it with a modern, funky, fun edge and share it with you.

Especially for those of us without a personal Hollywood stylist, there’s nothing more personal than accessorization -- having the courage to express oneself fearlessly is what divides the fashion icons from the wannabe fashionistas.

(Undercover)POPULAR purses are designed for individual taste. Some are little snarky, some are edgy, some are provocative, some are quite girly girly.

My hope is that each purse will find the owner it was meant for, because the unique elements speak to that one person. Each purse has a back story – if that past reaches out into the future and grabs you, then you owe it to yourself to buy that piece and cherish it.

These purses are great right-now accessories that provide that pop of color or WOW element. Whether it’s a clubbing or work outfit you’re accessorizing, these handbags are guaranteed to elicit comments and admiration from girlfriends AND the random stranger in the elevator (who, by the way, is totally cute, and you should get his phone number. Now.)

In addition to a vintage bag and wonderful accents, each piece is guaranteed to elicit emotion. Some will make you laugh, some return you wistfully to Catholic school, some make you want to read about history, some make you feel just a little bit skinnier.

If …
• You were born in both the exactly right - and wrong - century
• You see the little black dress only as a blank canvas

• You believe our generation has an obligation to cherish the past

• You like to express your individuality

• You don’t take life too seriously all the time

• You are known for your fabulous creative expression

...then browse my creations like you would a dating site. The right one is out there for you.

And if it’s not there yet, check back later … or order a custom made (Undercover)POPULAR handbag. I’d love another excuse to hit those estate sales, just for you!

You'll find these beauties under "UPcycled Vintage". Bags that have been hand altered/ embellished, but are less than 20 years old are listed under "UPcycled Modern". Each UPcycled bag is a one of a kind piece of art, made in Chicago.

We also have a fine collection of unaltered vintage handbags as well. Those I don't mess with! They are beautiful works of art, just as they are. You'll find those listed under "Pure Vintage".

(Undercover) POPULAR has been featured in the following blogs:

http://vimeo.com/44536336

http://blog.krrb.com/2011/09/19/5-easy-pieces-the-vintage-edition

http://www.healthybeautyproject.com/beauty-space/cute-makeup-bags-for-spring/

and

http://thetotetrove.blogspot.com/2011/11/etsy-favorites-spotlight-on-undercover.html

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