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An eco-chic tote that makes a sturdy style statement

Fleabags "Original Flea"

Not only do plastic bags ruin even the most winning ensembles, they scream carelessness towards the environment.  Thankfully, the totes from Fleabags designers (and flea-market addicts) Shira Entis and Alex Bell are sturdier than flimsy disposable bags and green-minded to boot.  Like all bags in the collection, the dapper Original Flea style is handmade in New York with locally sourced materials.  Using re-purposed vintage details and vegetable-tanned leathers, all the bags are silk-screened using water-based ink, then sewn into large, lightweight carryalls.  The heritage-appeal of leather-trimmed canvas in throwback hues like saddle and pebble make Fleabags a stylish choice.  Each bag is printed with a limited-edition number, ensuring they won’t become ubiquitous like other Not-A-Plastic-Bag options. 

LOOK 1
Preloved reclaimed vintage “Osana” coat, $259. www.preloved.ca.
H&M Garden Collection organic cotton crochet tunic, $30. At H&M stores.
Salvor modal scarf, $240. www.upcboutique.com.
Ashley Watson recycled leather and hemp bag, $385. www.ashleywatson.net.
Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Shoes “Ultragirl IV” recyclable PVC ballet flats, $145. www.melissaplasticdreams.com.

LOOK 2
Thomas tencel shredded cob-web tunic, $400. www.upcboutique.com.
Zoe Tee’s organic cotton-blend “Terry” t-shirt, $225. info@wilshire.ca.
Levi’s recycled denim skinny boot jeans in Sunkissed (Destructed), $98. At Levi’s stores.
Speech English pewter and coral necklace, $220. www.upcboutique.com.
Christian Louboutin “Bianca Sling” cork peep-toe platform heels, $855. At Holt Renfrew.

FLARE BEAUTY:
Tarte “Flower Child” natural cheek stain in Deep Golden Rose, $30. At Sephora.com.