A Modern Take on Retro featuring Taxidermy

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modern retro style, taxidermy handbag

Every time Mad Men is in season, I find myself longing for A-line skirts, boat necks and exaggerated eyeliner. So when I saw this green polka dot skirt, I knew it was my chance to pay homage to one of my favorite TV shows by creating a look inspired by the 60s.

Obviously I paired the skirt with a crop top. The crop top & high waisted A-line skirt is everything this season and I’d be silly not to give it a try myself! I amped up the retro vibe by drawing on some black liquid liner and teasing my hair to create a pouffy ponytail.

modern retro style, taxidermy handbag

modern retro style, taxidermy handbag

modern retro style, taxidermy handbag
{ top: Charlotte Russe // skirt: โ„… Deborah & Co. // bag: borrowed from Taxidermy // shoes: โ„… Sole Society // necklace: โ„… Accessory Concierge }

Finally, for a pop of color and a touch of sophistication, I added my favorite part: the Taxidermy tote. Taxidermy is a new luxury brand that uses hand dyed Python skin and suede to create their unique bags. The brand’s creator, Amy Driggers, has always had a love for exotic leathers and decided to put her passion to work when she discovered the void for classic, but fresh and modern handbags made from exotic leather. She says:

“I started Taxidermy because I wanted to redefine the exotic handbag. I have always loved exotic leathers, the colors and texture just feel special to me. But, I always wanted something that was a little edgier and more current than the typical bags that you see. I wanted to start a brand that makes an exotic leather bag that is ‘not you grandmother’s exotic handbag.'”

Amy is also proud of the fact that each and every Taxidermy bag is unique and special. “Python is a beautiful skin that only gets softer and more beautiful with age. Each piece is unique. No two are alike. So, when you order a Taxidermy bag, you are really getting a one of a kind piece,” she shares.

modern retro style, taxidermy handbag

In addition to the high quality materials and hand made care, Amy also sends off each bag with a hand written thank you note. “I want to tell my clients that I appreciate each order and each wonderful email I get. It’s like Christmas morning whenever someone calls, emails or orders a bag. Because I’ve put my heart and soul into this, I honestly love each bag and want everyone who buys one to love it as much as I do,” Amy says.

After seeing the bag in person, I can attest to the incredible quality and unique beauty of Taxidermy bags. I love the classic design because these bags will last a lifetime, so it’s really a great wardrobe staple to have. I love those pieces that will last years to come, and Taxidermy bags definitely fall into that category!

Do you invest in high quality timeless pieces? What are your thoughts on 60s inspired style?

Photos by Johnny Cheng.