A Find: Vlieger & VanDam Guardian Angel bags
April 1, 2005
If you think like Carolien Vlieger and Hein van Dam of Rotterdam, Netherlands, then youâ€™ve probably noticed the array of crime going down in any urban area. Their solution? Itâ€™s their Guardian Angel bags, designed with a 3-D felt mold of either a handgun, cross, or heavy butcherâ€™s knife. What better way to deter theft of your belongings then to have your weapon of choice prominently displayed on your handbag? Vlieger & VanDam are selling a slick black version of the bags for a limited time at 30% off. And if you have more to carry then your wallet, they also market Notalaptop (love the name!)- a laptop bag designed to look like a grocery bag full of milk and fruits.
These fashion-shocking bags are humorous, but get an interesting reaction from the public. Readers of popgadget.net left sarcastic and concerned posts about the bags. One shopper claims itâ€™s â€œbetter to simply get a real gun, be well trained in its use, and carry it properly, than to try to “fool” an attacker.â€ Yet, another details that â€œthe gun outline is so obviously fake, and meant in fun, that I wouldn’t infer much from it in practical terms. It’s just an arty bag (and a clever use of felt, if I do say!).â€ The bags appear to be made in jest of growing crime rates, but if itâ€™s an eccentric conversation piece you are looking for, you might just chat up the Guardian Angel bag with your favorite mugger.
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