Animals utilize accessories in the wild to gain attention—peacocks' plumage helps them attract mates, and gorillas keep pet kittens to appear sensitive to the ladies. Follow Mother Nature's example with this Groupon: for $30, you get $60 toward custom handbag design in-store or online at Viv Pickle in Philadelphia.
At Viv Pickle, customers build their own handbags, drawing from an extensive menu of design options that has earned the attention of the New York Times. Stretching their creative wings, patrons first choose from an array of more than 25 bag shapes, such as the Oblong Tote with snap closure ($40), the Ringo, a bag with double handles and silver ring accents ($70), and the diaper bag ($80), great for storing a baby's spare bowling shoes. Next, customers hunt through cloth swatches or the online fabric gallery for their preferred color and pattern. Once customers nail down the details of their purse handles, including material and length, visitors select a color and material for their bag interior, from solids to waterproof nylon to fun prints. Finally, customers can request extra zippers or pockets necessary to hold their candy, gold, or oil reserves.
Purchasers of today's deal who also book a Pickle Party will receive an additional free custom handbag valued at $70 or less.
Susan Botwick Murphy, the self-taught crafter behind Viv Pickle, wasn't always in the handbag business. She was once the VP of marketing for a communications firm with a knack for sewing her own accessories. It took a seemingly unfortunate turn of events––a layoff from her corporate job—to transform her into the enterprising purse maven she is today. With her eye for design and her background in business, she's been able to run a successful custom handbag studio that churns out wares for customers across the globe.
She and her seamstresses put together baguettes, buckets, clutches, and totes using a palette of more than 150 fabrics, and a variety of handle and lining materials. A rainbow of patterned prints catches the eye, and waterproof nylons repel leaky lunches and spilled vials of plutonium.