The Reincarnation of a Couch

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By Christina Pippin

Local Shopping & Fashion Blogger

I often joke that purses are the bane of my existence. Each morning I add yet another item to my travelling-home-on-a-strap – things I may need “just in case”.

I’m like Steve Martin’s character, Navin Johnson, in the movie “The Jerk,” picking up random items to take along as I leave my home. This is all I need, I think to myself as I pluck vagrant articles on my way out the door.

Someone might need this band aid, somebody might get hungry and need an apple or granola bar, I might actually have a break in my day and so I’ll bring this book in case there’s time to read, extra pens in case someone else runs out of ink, and so on.

On an outing with my young nephews, one said, “I’m hungry!”

“Me too,” I replied.

“Why don’t you just pull some food out of your Mary Poppins bag? You can find anything in there,” he said peeking into my giant handbag.

He found two bananas there, and gulp, a paddle ball.

I’ve heard the tales of woe: women losing their eyeglasses, keys, or a phone at the bottom of the canyons that are our handbags.

Just last week I found a perfect and sleek solution to our purse predicaments.

Chameleon of Oak Park (130 N. Oak Park Avenue) offers earth-friendly pouches and pocketbooks that are clean and simple in design and constructed of vintage leather sofas. Unemployed leather couches have been refashioned into very cool pouches, pocketbooks, and wallets. This is fashion sans the guilt. Pack all small or important items inside, and voila!

The unfussy designs are available in earthen hues and are the perfect way to bring order to your purse or workspace. (And since I can’t fit a paddle game inside it, perhaps I’ll be less inclined to bring it!)

For prices or store hours, visit or call 708.445.1175.

Stop back next Monday for another green fashion find or eco-friendly indie shop. I'll see you around town and in the shops!

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