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Jun 3, 2007
Hi! My name is Lisa Hazelwood and I am downright obsessed with vintage exotic skin handbags! My sickness (er, I mean passion) began about 10 years ago when I started personally collecting antique Victorian alligator bags (my favorites!).
I became fascinated with the prior lives they led…Who owned them? What were they like? What significant events had this beautiful bag been through? And, oh how someone must have loved them enough for me to be holding them in my hands 50 to 100 years later - powerful! I was then determined to make sure they lived on another 100 years in a new life that would cherish them just as much as their previous owner. One bag quickly turned into 300 – all varieties of skins (alligator, snake, lizard, zebra, etc.) from the mid 1800’s through the 1990’s!
I started sharing my passion with other soulful bagistas 4 years ago through my exclusive online boutique - Vintage Skins – which currently offers over 600 of the BEST vintage and antique exotic skin handbags and accessories. I’m now devoted full time to these ageless and primal examples of history’s earliest haute couture.
Prior to Vintage Skins, I worked in the corporate world for 12 years providing strategic marketing and distribution consulting to the financial services industry and owned my own consulting business for 3 of those years. So glad to be out of that rat race!
I grew up in Pittsburgh and have lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and now have planted myself in Florida’s beautiful Panhandle with my husband Jeff and our 3 rescued boxers – Fred, Ginger & Lily.
The picture of me above was during a (fabulous) summer buying trip to France last year in “Le Cite”, the ancient heart of the city of Paris (don’t you love the bra strap hanging out – hey, in France its Chic)!!