Handmade for Everyday – Bags by
O. Mandalade

Guys, I may very well have found The Perfect Everyday bag. This lightweight cotton wonder by O. Mandalade is small yet loaded with pockets for all the essentials, can be worn as a shoulder bag or purse thanks to an adjustable strap, is absolutely gorgeous and at $68 won’t break your bank. Told you!

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O. Mandalade was launched in 2010 by Amanda Williams Schwab, a photographer and designer based in Bed Stuy. Amanda’s designs are equal parts practical and beautiful. The lovely bright prints will keep you in a good mood. Cotton, leather and brass are the main components of her bags – from hefty totes to smaller cross-body satchels or zipper pouches.

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The story of how the name came to be starts back at Amanda’s old job at a brunch café in Philadelphia. “Each day we had to spoon strawberry jam and orange marmalade in to small ramekins. As a child my grandmother loved having orange marmalade on her toast and that little task at work fondly reminded me of her. However, when I was a kid I thought orange marmalade was ground up goldfish!!!! Obviously, I refused to eat it then and didn’t try it until I was at that job and happened to love it (duh!). Somehow, the name Orange Mandalade came to me. It in part used my name and this funny tidbit that still makes me smile when I think about it. Eventually, I decided to shorten the name to o.mandalade as I don’t have a fondness of the color orange, just the fruit and marmalade forms“.

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You can also online at the O. Mandalade Etsy shop.

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