Why Shop Indie Bags
Yes, Kate Spade, Guess, and Michael Kors all have some amazing bags, but if you can buy a one of a kind bag for half the price and crafted from all leather would you? When you shop Indie Brands you are contributing to a bigger cause and so much more than just rocking a fabulous bag. I started this venture because I loved unique bags, fashion, and accessories, but either could not afford it or could just not justify the spending of that much money. So what does one do when in that predicament, they build their own indie bag shop, creating one of a kind and handcrafted goods aka The Odd Portrait. What types of bags do we do well, there are many occasions in life some of which all require a different style bag so we have a plethora of styles from the clutch to the oversized boho chic bag and everything in between. To start we will go with a favorite and our most popular bag or also known as the hip pouch. Dripping with fringe and a clasp on the front to which you can put your favorite charm on. Click on the picture to shop this fab bag.
Being a music lover having a Festival Style bag was important, so we created leather and suede Rock Chic Style bags that were perfect for music festivals or hell even Disneyland. When going to a music festival after all your travel arrangements are made the next big questions is What to wear to a music festival which we have blogged about in The Festival Fashion Style Guide to help you all out. We wanted a stylish hand's free bag, well because no matter how I tried the fanny pack was just not working out for me at least. I felt no matter how fashionable my outfit was that I looked like the tourist guy in the Hawaiin shirt, khaki above the knee shorts, fisherman hat, and white socks. No, it is not a pretty picture, but a little leather fringe hip pouch bag that attaches to your belt loops allows you not to worry about all of that and have some drinking and dancing carefree fun.
How did this handheld little bag of fashion goodness get its start in style, it apparently had entered in the England during the Industrial Revolution period which was from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. At this time in history, we were going from hand made production to machines, new chemical manufacturing, the increased use of steam power and so on was in the works and growing. The increase of travel by railways was in effect. In the red carpet days of Hollywoods 1920's-1930's it became the preferred style of handbag to rock the event. "Nobody wanted anything off of their shoulder or arm because it took away from the silhouette of the clothing," explains Ellen Goldstein-Lynch, professor, and founder the Accessories Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Now personally it took me a while to grasp the whole clutch concept, I was always afraid I would forget it, become annoyed at not having my hands free, but being the opened minded individual I am I gave it a go and well kinda loved it, for some odd reason it made me feel more edgy and sophisticated when I had it, which in turn gave me a boost in confidence which felt rather good. Plus being a bag shop it was imperative to have this classic staple in our store, but with our odd creative fashion styling. We have done wild to mild & rocker to chic for our Clutch Bags. Here are a few of our designs.
Leather Fringe Bag
Fringe never says die, it is like the band tee it will never go out of style if done right. Fringe has been around since the native American tribes first started using it as a type of gutter that repelled water from the one wearing it. It the 1920's it gave women the leeway to get away with shrinking their hemlines by adding some fringe to the bottom, those hussies daring to show some ankle for the first time. In the 1960's the hippie movement used it as a way to show their support of civil rights for all minorities and a way of expressing a rejection of mainstream values and ways. Fringe is much more than some dangle ends cascading down it has always been used for a purpose and a statement. So of course, this had to be part of our staple collection of a style bag we will always carry even if fashion deems it not in style. Why we love it, it whirls when you twirl, it blows in the wind with a carry free, free spirit attitude. It embodies our brand's motto of freeness and becoming free. Nothing holds back fringe...Here are some of our top leather fringe bags.
Bold Unique Bags
For the wild inside all of us we went to crazy funky town with some of our bags from spikes to rainbow and zebra print we have done it and will do it again and again. Nothing says I am ready to have fun like an edgy unique purse. You can get away with your crazy fashion in a handbag when paired with the right outfit. Let the bag do all of the talking and work so to speak and just let your clothes be the supporting actor in the movie. Here are some of our most unique funky bags. The hair on zebra print that looks as if a unicorn either tossed up its rainbow goodness or exploded in all it's unicorn beauty. It is truly a Star Fashion bag. This one is out of stock right now, but not for long as we are getting in more of this special edition leather and it is even coming in black with rainbow unicorn splatter woot-woot, stay tuned.
The Rainbow Unicorn Zebra Bag
For the pack rat in all of us, that wants to carry everything including their Mary Poppins lamp. It helps everything go down perfectly when you can not find the bottom of your bag. We went big, we went boho in our all leather oversized bags. From spiked out rocker straps to boho chic we got it we make you rock it. Simple crafted without the use of any machinery, rivets and glue hold these purses together in. Top quality leathers are hand picked and chosen for their unique little quirks, imperfections, rips, and tears. These bags wrap around your hips in a loving way and are the perfect accessories for your rockstar style.
The Specialty Leather Bag
This is where I let my imagination and creativity run wild as a feral child raised by wolves in the woods. Spikes, skulls, specialty leathers of all prints, and colors, with odd fun names to match.
From the zebra zombie slayer bag which is a hair on leather zebra print with a silver leather spiked flap with a spiked strap that doubles as a belt to attach the purse to, to the punk rock cave man, another one of our hair on leather bags with a fun red brick print leather. It is artsy and wild just the way we like it at The Odd Portrait. We are one funky indie fashion bag shop. It is affordable star fashion. Check these bad boy leather bags out.
Well, there you have it ladies and maybe some gents our fabulous unique leather bags crafted by love and passion with a splash of ODD. We love doing custom orders so let your imagination run wild with us and let us know what your heart longs for so we can be your fairy bag mother and make all your purse dreams come true. We have an amazing source for some truly fabulous unique and one of a kind leathers so if you dream it we can build it. Thank you for any and all of your support for our handcrafted leather bag shop we truly love and appreciate every single one of our customers and clients, you all rock...