Saturday, February 4, 2012

Spotlight: I'm in Handbag-Love with Retrofied

I occasionally lose myself in Etsy, looking up random search terms to find new and exciting sellers--I love the creativity of small business/individuals! I recently came across Retrofied, an amazing handmade handbag shop on Etsy that is beyond unique. For starters, the designs are original--love that. And as if that wasn't amazing enough, a great deal of the fabric designs are Retrofied originals!!!

I love, love, love handbags of all sorts--big, small, cute, chic, etc. Retrofied, whose slogan is "Retro bags for a modern world", has caught my eye and left me pouring through their pictures for far longer than I'd like to admit! ;) The bags vary from small to large and come in a variety of designs such as hobos, weekender bags, messenger bags, and more. I contacted Retrofied to see if I could snag a few pictures to share with you all so you can see what I'm talking about. I want to point out that even though these are handmade, they are far from crafty-looking! They have beautiful lines, are absolutely finished in appearance, and have professional looking hardware. Obviously I grabbed a few shots of some of my favorites, but I highly suggest heading over there to see what else Retrofied offers!

Road Trip Bag - This is one of the first bags that made me pause and stare. Something about the cool gray tones and slouchy, yet polished design did it for me! This bag is reversible to boot. It's large in size, which is perfect if you like to bring everything you own plus a back up with you like I do! Then again, you can also use this for a day or overnight trip, too.

Gathered Messenger Bag - I think this is a very cute, feminine take on a messenger bag. I know my sister would die over this bag and even though I'm not really a messenger bag type, this bag caught my eye. This has 3 pockets and a key fob--yay for organization. That robin's egg blue fabric is so gorgeous!

Dragonfly Clutch - I am in love with this clutch! There's something about it that's so feminine and casual, but pretty at the same time. I love that it has a detachable wristlet, too. Don't you love this?!

From what I can see, prices range from $30 for laptop sleeves to just over $100 for the Weekend Duffle. Keep in mind, these are unique from start to finish--original designs, handmade, with unique-to-the-shop fabrics.

Where to Buy
For those of us that don't live in the Savannah, Georgia area, you can purchase these bags on Retrofied's Etsy shop HERE  

Final Thoughts
I am in handbag-love with Retrofied! Years ago, I worked as a copywriter for a company that sought out and sold super unique handbags that weren't really mass produced or even widely known. The majority of these bags came from Europe, South America, etc. While I've always had a serious love for handbags, this job opened my world up to a whole new breed of handbags--the kind that never touch an assembly line of any kind and that are born from start to finish in the mind of one person, never inspired by marketing or trends, but simply sheer love of the craft. Retrofied embodies this same type of originality to me. Plus, who doesn't love to support small businesses, which are more eco-friendly to begin with! I think these bags would be fabulous additions to any wardrobe this Spring/Summer and can't wait to see what else Retrofied puts out in the future. I believe Retrofied does custom orders as well, so if you see a design and a fabric you like separately, you may be able to request a custom bag!

What do you think? Would you purchase one of these bags? 

These pictures are the property of Retrofied and were posted with permission on my blog. All opinions are my own. 


  1. I think those are all really cute!! I really like the first bag, and handy that it is reversible!

  2. okay that is it I'm going to have break up with your blog. First the nail polishes (300 bottles and counting) my new love of Cult Nails but now handbags. I may not have the shoe and makeup girly gene but I have the polish and handbag gene! Combine that with a love of Etsy and I'm in trouble especially if I keep reading your blog lol Tina

    1. Hahahaha, Tina ;) Better watch out, I have a serious love of makeup, polish, shoes, and handbags!!!! Aren't these fabulous though? Love!


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