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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

A Vintage Touch

I saw an alligator purse today in a little vintage shop; the head and feet of the gator were still attached. It was so special and odd-looking I almost bought it, but the handle had been torn off.theclotheshorse, personal, style, fashion, vintage, thrifted, accessoriesvintage, houndstooth, hat, snakeskin, clutch, personal, style, fashion

23 comments:

jayne said...

the hat is fantastic!

Gloria said...

about your previous post...I like leggings, so I'm curious to Lindsey's designs...but at the same time, since I like them so much, I want her to leave them alone!

about this post...I'm glad you left the gator to itself. of course, I'm biased though...

Allure said...

I like the way you transformed a total black outfit into something fresh, just with the help of accessories.

Tru said...

lovely look!!

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Jill said...

Love the clutch, simple outfit. Simply beautiful.

Wendy said...

Head to toe in black is so sexy! You look great!

Maho said...

You didn't buy the gator purse just because the handle had been torn off? What about the fact that the poor thing was killed just to be turned into a purse?! Really, I've been reading your blog and I thought, with your artistic sensibility and all, you wouldn't be the kind of person that would buy a gator purse. Would you wear fur as well? I mean, ok, they're all personal choices and I'm in no position to judge, but the idea of a gator purse with head and feet makes me sick.
Err... I don't mean to offend you with this comment, sorry if it sounds agressive, I was just trying to make you (and everyone else who has read the post) think about it.
On a completely different topic, keep up the nice outfits, I love your style!

Barcelagos said...

oh please.. there are too many gators in Florida alone to care. Save the activism for the animals that really need it like white tigers or something. If I could make a chicken skin clutch, I would; goodness knows there are billions of them in this world.

Secretista said...

HAHAHA!! ^^ Barcelagos you are too funny.

Yeaa, lets start treating humans right before we start caring for animals. I don't advocate animal cruelty, but let's get our priorities in check.

Girrll you look awesome as always! Gator clutch or no Gator clutch.

riz said...

I love clutches and oversized bags, but not necessarily everything in between! ;)

The Clothes Horse said...

Maho, I completely understand your point. I was actually intrigued by the purse because it meant they had used every part of the animal--rather than killing something and throwing pieces away. It's sort of returning to an older form of life when people weren't so wasteful.
I don't own fur (well one very faux fur leopard coat), but I'm not sure I am against owning fur, at least vintage pieces. I am against cruelty to animals, but I suppose as a meat-eater I just feel it would be ideal that we utilize every piece of the animal.
Honestly, part of the appeal of the bag I mentioned is also shock value. (Not in an intentionally offensive way.) A sort of conversation piece and certainly a reminder to everyone that their alligator skin purses do come from real animals--if they can't deal with the face, maybe they shouldn't carry the skin, no?
And your comment wasn't aggressive at all, I think you got your point across in a very respectful (and passionate) manner. I think people should consider where their items come from whether furs, skins or diamonds...

Pratishtha Durga said...

Okay, you have officially established yourself as a communication genius in my opinion. I love the way you handled that comment. As usual, I love your look, and congrats on that invite to write a section in the magazine. Hope you follow up. your work should be seen in more places.

Nadine said...

I love the dress... you look so elegant!

jeunedemoiselle said...

It's lovely! Your outfits are always pieces of perfection!

the freelancer's fashionblog said...

I love the look!

And I also really like the yellow dress and the brown-and-white checked dress from a few posts back.

susie_bubble said...

The hat and the bag surprisingly works with each other...

Caro said...

love your clutch! :)

enc said...

I'm surprised it was for sale. Maybe as a clutch?

Camilla said...

Wow, I absolutely adore your latest outfits. They all look so chic. You look great with the vest and all your shoes are so cute. The gold sequined ballerina flats... love<3

Jen (MahaloFashion) said...

Interesting patterns, I love that you combined it with all black, keeping it simple.

Gloria said...

on a whim I just decided to check back on this thread, and I just have to point out two things:

I don't understand, (I've mentioned this a lot on my own blog), why people feel the need to choice between animal and human rights. of course humans are given priority! but does that mean animals should be treated any less? Why can't someone support both animal and human rights? I sure do, and I know many anti-fur vegetarians who are staunch human rights supporters and who've gone to Tanzania and other African countries to do work in this area.

I've said before, Just because I care about animals doesn't mean I don't care about the situation of sweatshop workers, child soldiers, and genocide. Why do people need to pick only one thing to care about? What's the basis?

My heart can go out to many causes.

Second, the assumption that every piece of the animal used is unfortunately, not true, seeing as the demand for furs and skins are so big that they primarily fuel the cruel industry. This is because the hide is the most valuable asset. (I've also talked about this on my blog...I don't want to take up too much space here) It's a popular misconception at best.

[I'm so sorry I took up so much space, clothes horse! I just didn't think it would be thorough to condense it into a soundbite]

Gloria said...

Hey :) [I'm so glad I'm on break from school so that I can somewhat reply!]

When you wrote back, "I have a friend who's father works as a taxidermist (sp?) and this is what their family do--they hunt for food and then use every piece of the animal."

I completely agree! I have no qualms with that at all. I wish this sort of more humane hunting was a more mainstream case, although it is unfortunately not. in that case I would suppose we do not have much disagreement between us.

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