Eco-Chic: Kara B. Bags
April 10, 2006
Dilemma: You want to be fashionable, but you’re against leather and other animal skins. It can be hard to find attractive, durable purses, briefcases, and other bags that donâ€™t involve hurting some animal along the way.
Solution: Kara B Bags. Founded by Kara Buttimer in 2003, she was tired of boring old nylon bags with no style and no sense of fun. So she set out to create a line that was both fashionable and useful. Plus, all of the materials are synthetic, so even the most vegan-conscious fashionista can shop without guilt.
I especially love the bike messenger bags because it’s hard to find good carry-alls for laptops over 15.4″. The fact that it comes in a fabulous mock croc style doesn’t hurt. The backpacks are wonderful, too; they include shoulder strap pads – something I rarely see – since even the smaller laptops can get heavy. Any of the larger bags can do double duty as a stylish diaper bag. And, of course, Kara B makes diaper bag kits you can buy separately. No diapers to carry? They make a great weekend get-a-away carry-on.
On the smaller side, Kara B. offers the Cosmo purse and the Traveler tote. The latter comes in a series of fun spring colors. The Cosmo is perfect for day or night, coming in faux leather or lizard skin that feels and looks real.
Kara B bags are socially-conscious chic. Find them at Zappos.com to get free shipping and returns.