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Jelly Jam Vintage Bag Review
There are many out there who swoon over handbags from Radley to Louis Vuitton, not me. I've never got the handbag thing, and until a couple of years ago and avoided carrying one at all.
However all this changed when I got into vintage and I saw the wonderful bags made by Ellie of Jelly Jam Vintage. Ellie makes bags from genuine vintage fabrics such as 1950s, 60s and 70s Barkcloth and Towelling and it's fair to say for someone who is not into bags I am completely hooked!
This is my collection so far, and it is yet to grow....
The top bags in the photo are ones I've chosen for each season, and they give me a lift every time I see them as they are so cheery and bright. I absolutely love flower power designs from the 60s and these bags are just a sheer joy for me to carry about! Many of you may not consider these to be 'handbags' more a shopping bag? But for me they work brilliantly. Soft and strong, I can chuck anything and everything in and be comfortable and stylish.
I often get people stopping me to admire my bag and collectively we go into rapture about the wonderful mid century fabrics used to make them. Most people are amazed that fabrics like this can still be found in such wonderful condition. I always point them in the direction of Jelly Jam's Facebook and Etsy page. My most recent Jelly Jam Vintage acquisition is the 50s towelling bag at the bottom covered in crazy fish all nipping at eachother's tails. This is a large bag which I intend to use as a shopper, meaning I now go out with two fab vintage bags at once! It would also be perfect when I go on holiday as a beach carry all bag.
The smaller yellow and orange flowery barkcloth bag on the left is ideal when I want to go out with my my phone, sunglasses and a bit of cash. I tend to use this in the summer on hot days. I can sling it across my chest as it has a long strap. The teeny towelling purse under was a wonderful surprise gift from Ellie in my parcel this week. It's so perfect as yet I am just looking at it and wondering whether to use it as a purse or makeup bag. All the bags are lined with contemporary cotton, often polka dot to co-ordinate with the exterior vintage fabric and each has a little Jelly Jam Vintage label. Simply fabulous, you must get one!!