I always need to have a bag to carry my stuff, which at various times has consisted of diapers, wipes, snacks, cell phone, wallet, datebook, old toys, markers, sticks, and more. I am out of the diaper stage, so the size of the bag I need has shrunk, but my desire for a functional bag that also expresses my personal style has not.
I am looking forward to choosing a new bag handmade by Linda C. Demers from Ã la mode stuff. Her bags are full of style, color, pattern, and functionality.
Choose from big bags to little bags, made from durable upholstery and home decor fabrics, steel hardware, a magnetic closure, and funky seat belt or webbing straps (retail from $50 – $90). New this fall are the fun “Mom/Me” bags. Girls can carry their own version of the “mini saddle bag” and each bag comes with a matching headband. The reversible Metro Bag is made from neoprene and also makes a great diaper bag.
Linda launched Ã la mode stuff in 2005, shortly after she moved to Rhode Island from Chicago. Her original line of handmade fun and funky switch plates, handbags and one-of-a-kind or limited-edition hair and home accessories and jewelry are now carried in over 22 retail shops, and they are also for sale online on the company’s website. Check www.alamodestuff.com for a list of Linda’s upcoming craft shows, where you can shop and meet the artist in person.
More color and pattern adorn her switch plates — durable and great for all ages can be customized with different images (retail for $10.00 and up). The new jewelry line, featuring old magazines, photos and other ephemera encased in resin, is a fun way to speak your mind (for both kids and adults). The necklaces hang from a sterling silver chain – there is even one that says, “Baby on Board.” The sibling symbol pendants represent kids in the family. (Earring and necklaces retail for $16-$32).
Linda is influenced by everything around her, particularly pop culture, architecture, minimalism, and many of the everyday items we tend to overlook. She says she has “always dabbled in a variety of art forms following in the creative footstep of my mom,” and now she blends her love of art with her background of architecture/interior design and not-for-profit fund-raising (including pr and marketing).
Linda works from home and designs and makes everything herself. She is passionate about what she does, not only because it is very fulfilling artistically and professionally, but also because it allows her to work around the busy schedules of her two boys and husband.
Where to find Ã la mode stuff:
– Website: www.alamodestuff.com
– Holiday Artisan Show
November 17 from 10 am – 5 pm
TOT’s Cooperative Nursery School (at the White Church)
461 County Road, Barrington, RI
– local shops that carry her work
Madre Bella – Barrington, RI
Hollies on the Avenue (www.holliesontheavenue.com) – Barrington, RI
Homestyle – Providence, RI
The Curatorium (www.thecuratorium.com) – Providence, RI
Mod Mama (www.modmama.com) – Providence, RI
Studio Six (www.studiosixgifts.com)- Bristol, RI
Primavera (www.primaveranewport.com) – Newport, RI
Made by Hand is an ongoing series where I highlight different artists and their work from Rhode Island and beyond. I will introduce you to a world of handcrafted works for both kids and adults – from toys, books, jewelry, art, food and more.