I’ve been obsessed with this owl purse by Kate Spade since it came out about 5 years ago. I think it was around 400-500 dollars back then. I searched for it on eBay and it came up every now again but at the same price range. There is just no way that I’ll pay that much for a purse even if I save up my money. I just can’t see myself on the Parisian metro with a bag that costs that much, pretending  I’m someone who can afford these kinds of things. I hate it when people pretend to be posh, don’t you?



So I found a leather purse with a similar shape at the fleamarket in Stuttgart. I paid 15 euro. Then I went about sketching some possible designs.


Here is a photo of the tracing paper I used to transfer the design to the purse.


I found some good leather paint on etsy.



Some color sketches before I decided which way I was going to follow.


Et voilà! the result is so chic! I love my owl bag. I hope this inspires you to reclaim and recycle when you see fashion you like but is out of your price range.