A few months ago, I put myself on the waitlist to get an Ebury Printed Tote by Anya Hindmarch (see below). This week, my spot opened up and I was “allowed” to purchase the bag. Normally, I am pretty much a sociopath when it comes to purchases and the hiding of said purchases. And normally I am also fine with spending a ridiculous amount of money on handbags. But this bag has stickers on it… Slightly harder to go unnoticed!
Stickers are clearly becoming quite the thing. Louis Vuitton (below) also just released a selection of sticker bags (most $3k+) that are clearly just a rip-off of the Anya Hindmarch bags. And that got me thinking… If Louis Vuitton is okay ripping off the look of another designer, I think I can be too.
I dug through all of my old handbags looking for a tote to give a makeover and found the perfect one. The bag needed to have little to no detail and flat, smooth surface to adhere the stickers to. This tan Coach bag did the trick and, because I would rather die than wear a Coach bag, had no risk associated with potentially screwing this whole thing up. (Note: I am not uppity about handbags – I have plenty of super cheap bags of my own that I love – but I hate how Coach is a pedestrian brand that thinks it is luxury. Michael Kors is a runner-up in this department. UGH.) I have no idea why I held onto this one (other than the fact that there was no way to recognize it from the exterior as Coach), but it was about to get a whole new life as something not so… basic. (I also love this tote from Target – it comes in 8 colors and is a perfect style for the sticker look.)
I ordered a set of leather travel stickers from Etsy that I thought would be really fun and also compliment the tan leather nicely.
The stickers themselves would not hold on the bag by themselves, but I used the marginally adhesive backs to position the stickers where I wanted to before making it permanent with an acid-free adhesive glue.
This glue was fantastic! Not only did it dry completely clear, but it flexes with the bag so there will be no stickers popping off left and right. And, as far as I can tell by experimentation, the glue does nothing to destroy the bag underneath.
At the end of the day, I had not only resurrected a bag destined for Goodwill but I saved $3,480 too!
Not so basic anymore, bitches!