I live in the Boston area, home to lots of real preppies, not just wannabes. So I knew about Vera Bradley long before the company's printed fabric bags became a must-have for young women. I've even owned a few myself. But the love affair is over.
This fall, Vera Bradley is introducing a Disney-inspired line of bags and accessories. As you can see, Mini and Mickey have been worked into the fabric pattern.
Disney branded clothes and bags for grown women are a major pet peeve of mine. Until the Vera Bradley people regain their senses, my Cupcakes Pink umbrella stays in the trunk of the car.
It's not what you think. I AM NOT A VIRGIN creates jeans and T-shirts from mostly recycled materials, including beer bottles.
I love the brand name. It references the non-virgin materials from which the clothing is made, while giving the brand some very appropriate edge. Unfortunately, the name has also caught the attention of Virgin Atlantic's lawyers who want the clothing brand to abandon its current name — or else.