A Find: Vlieger & VanDam Guardian Angel bags

April 1, 2005 by
shefinds | Style

If you think like Carolien Vlieger and Hein van Dam of Rotterdam, Netherlands, then you’ve probably noticed the array of crime going down in any urban area. Their solution? It’s their Guardian Angel bags, designed with a 3-D felt mold of either a handgun, cross, or heavy butcher’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 left sarcastic and concerned posts about the bags. One shopper claims it’s “better to simply get a real gun, be well trained in its use, and carry it properly, than to try to “fool” an attacker.” Yet, another details that “the 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!).” The bags appear to be made in jest of growing crime rates, but if it’s an eccentric conversation piece you are looking for, you might just chat up the Guardian Angel bag with your favorite mugger.

Available at:


32-36 Little West 12th street, New York City

Subject Matter, 1781C newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, California

Raye 2608, Dunlavy, Houston, Texas




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