I started shopping at Everlane about a year ago. In my quest to buy fewer objects, but objects of better quality that lasted longer, the Everlane ethos fit well with me. They work with a handful of factories, which are ethical, and show you the cost of each step of the process, from materials to shipping. The idea is that they produce high quality items for less-than-usual retail because they don’t have a large marketing mark-up.
I was drawn to the look of their Street Shoe. With its slightly pointed toe, it’s like a chic and sophisticated Vans. I love the ease of Vans slip-ons, but they last me only about a year before they start to fall apart. Vans are made with man-made faux leather. The Nubuck Street Shoe is made of soft nubuck leather with a leather lining (there is also a leather version). Apologies, I’ve lost the photos I took, so these photos from their website will have to do.
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I have a bit of an preoccupation with finding the right bag. Not only does it need to be good looking and practical, but as someone who spends a fair amount of time on public transit and on foot, it also needs to be lightweight. Have you heard of Every Day Carry? It’s all about thinking about what you carry on you trying to make it as efficient as possible. (It seems to be mostly men.) My problem is that I’m a bit like my mother — I carry a bunch of items on me just in case (band-aids, small tape measure, nail clipper, tissues). But I also try to lighten my load as much as possible. The last one is usually a deal breaker when it comes to bags. A bag can be beautiful but if it’s heavy, it’s a no go. I’ve been looking for a nice lightweight leather bag and haven’t found the perfect one yet. But in terms of a fabric option, behold: the Everlane Twill Zip Tote.
It has one inside open pocket, leather straps (which lend it an elegant look), and a zipper across the top. I got one in reverse denim. A few months into carrying the bag, the stitching around the zipper started to come undone! I wasn’t even carrying anything really heavy like a laptop in it. I let Everlane know and they sent me a new one. They took back the old one back to study it. I’ve had the replacement bag for about a year now, and here’s what it looks like now.
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