Friday, February 10, 2012
In The Market for an American-made Vera Bradleyesque Bag
I'm not a trend follower and I am happy with the large blue leather bag into which my graded papers, my pencils and pens, and my post-it notes go as I travel from one classroom to another. But lately, I've have been longing for something prettier to schlep my work down crowded hallways between classes. I'm watching other teachers walk by with their totebags patterned in Buttercup, Twirlie Birds Navy, and English Meadow.
I'm not the only one with affection for these patterns. Someone made a youtube homage to early Vera Bradley patterns.
Alas, I have discovered the Fort Wayne-based company has been outsourcing their manufacturing for the past few years to China. And I really want to support American-made goods, especially when my yen for Vera Bradley products is truly an impulse, not a necessity.
I am not enough of a seamstress yet to make my own bag, but maybe I can find someone on Etsy who makes these bags. Any ideas? Here is the what I have found so far.