Designers, jewellers and artists are turning northern Australia’s noxious pests into handbags, high heels and even fetish masks
Lia Tabrah, who runs the fashion label Vermin with Perina Drummond, didn’t realise how strongly Australians feel about cane toads.
The designer started creating handbags made from the pest’s skin a few years ago, assuming “it would be a niche thing – maybe tourism, maybe [for the] European market”. Now she and Drummond have curated a toad-themed exhibition for Melbourne design week. Covid-19 precautions have now closed the show, but Tabrah says Vermin has a waiting list of orders for “handbags, man bags, wallets and stubby coolers”.
When it comes to luxurious handbags, top-quality leather is hard to top. Its durability, rich texture, and alluring outlook make for a winning package.
Of course, this is only true if you keep your leather bag maintained. No matter how sturdy leather is, it will lose some of its essential moisture over time. Once the surface is dry, the inner fibers will break and damage your handbag.
The good news: leather bags cleaning and maintenance is quite simple. Here are 5 tips that will help you take proper care of a leather handbag.
I started buying most of my clothing and accessories secondhand two years ago for several reasons: the environmental impacts, the savings and an admiration for old, quality items in lieu of poorly constructed fast fashion. Now, I was realizing the pitfalls of being a vintage hound and frequent thrifter.
With how “in” vintage items have become, expert authenticators say newly made knockoffs of old bags have surged. A new wave of counterfeits are so good they’ve been dubbed “superfakes.” If that’s not crazy enough, good dupes from 30 years ago are still floating around.
Private jets, fancy dinners and glamorous engagements - travelling a royal sounds like fun, right?
A large part of being a member of the royal family is travelling around the world, meeting world leaders, visiting countries in the Commonwealth and keeping the UK's relationships with other nations strong.
When The Queen travels, she always has a packed schedule of meetings and engagements - and a lot of work goes in to ensuring she is properly dressed.
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