I GOT A DOG!
Let’s just get that out of the way right now. His name is Winston (Winnie), and he is a ten-month-old labradoodle. He’s a therapy dog in training, which means that in a few months he can work with students, hospitals, and, well, me to help alleviate anxiety. I love him.
You know what I love just as much? Azaria’s vegan bag. The trendy, millennial pink backpack is actually a diaper bag, believe it or not. Although, I have to admit, I was carrying it around as a purse, even when I didn’t have a dog to tote around. Yes, I carried a diaper bag around for myself, and you’re going to want to, too.
The vegan bag is everything that you could possibly want in a backpack. It’s light, has front pockets, side pockets, inside pockets (oh, my!), and looks nothing like a diaper bag. Think of it as the bag that’s ready to be a mom when you are.
Don’t believe me? Allow me to explain. I have used Azaria’s vegan bag as a camera bag, lunchbox, and purse before I even got Winston. The clip inside for your keys makes them easy to be found. The side pockets are the perfect size for my phone. Plus the inside is slightly insulated, so you don’t have to worry about water bottles going warm or technology overheating on warmer days.
Oh, and it’s completely vegan. I know what you’re thinking — pleather *eyeroll*. But it’s so much more than that. The company learned that PVC, a synthetic plastic, was harmful for moms and kids. (I’m also guessing that it’s harmful to dogs too.) The brand decided to take matters into its own hands and create a safer option for vegan leather.
“We use PVC-free vegan leather to keep the kiddos safe from cheaper vegan leather found on the market that has harmful chemicals,” says founders of Azaria Mckenna and Spencer Peterson. “We searched for the best vegan leather we could find for months and came up empty-handed. That’s why we decided to custom-make our own exclusive Azaria leather that is not only elegant but durable and scratch-resistant, lasting longer than other leathers on the market.”
It’s SO easy to get caught up in buying things for a pet. But, just like I do for myself, I want to make sure that items are good for him and the environment. There’s a good chance that he will come into contact with the bag that carries his treats, water, and toys, so it is important to me that the bag isn’t just functional, but also safe.
But while were talking about function, it’s got that too. I love that I can wipe down this bag whenever it gets dirty. I’ve taken this bag to the park, dog training, and even the river. It still looks brand new too. This little bag might be trendy, but it’s also durable. That’s important to me.
Know what’s also important to me? That people get paid and treated fairly while making my clothes and accessories. Azaria does that, too.
“Each of our products are handmade by skilled seamsters. Our factory hires skilled laborers and pay handsomely for talent. They are paid by the day, as opposed to by the item they produce, so they are not incentivized to work quickly and sacrifice on quality. They work more slowly and take great care in each product they produce,” the founders say. “Employees are fairly treated and taken care of.”
Let’s just go through the checklist one more time. Azaria’s bag is vegan, safe for you, is made by workers who get paid for their work, and functional. Heck, it even has an extra strap so you can carry it over your shoulder if you’d like. The bag truly has it al, if you ask me. Not to mention that it also gets a whole lot of compliments. Whether you’re rocking this at the park, as a purse, or at the dog park, someone will notice how cute it is. I can attest to that.
That’s especially true with the millennial pink color. The bag also comes in black, gray, brown, and will soon be available in blue and chestnut. It’s also available in mini and regular size. The price ranges from $129 to $149. Yes, it’s an investment piece, but you will not regret this purchase — whether you’re a mom yet or not.
If you can’t already tell, I am in love with this bag. Any accessory that you can dress up, dress down, and is safe for you and the planet is my kind of accessory. To be completely honest, there’s a good chance that I will buying the mini version in a different color as soon as they come out. Then I can have one for the dog and myself. Genius or madness? You decide. Either way, this bag is incredible and you will love it.