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Holiday 2013 Finds: Seatbelts, not just for cars anymore, meet Harvey

By Karen V. Stevens Dec 3, 2013, 0:15 GMT

Holiday 2013 Finds: Seatbelts, not just for cars anymore, meet Harvey

Holiday 2013 Finds: Seatbelts, not just for cars anymore, meet Harvey

My father’s name was Harvey.  He was funny, creative, and a “playah” before anyone knew what that was.

He had his own style and panache.  He was also a royal pain in the ass and regardless of the sometimes strained times between us, I loved him… and I loved his name.    It was so Brooklyn retro even in his day.  

To me, his name invokes good times, travel to foreign lands, coming across interesting people and lots and lots of laughing.  I mean holding your sides, tears streaming down your face kind of laughter.  So, when I saw that there was a line of wonderfully creative and fun handbags named, “Harvey”… well, I just had to try them out.  Yes I was partial going into this review, but this product totally backed up my supposition.

Harvey’s are sleek handbags made from durable seatbelt material.   That’s right ladies and gentlemen, seatbelts… how strangely cool is that?


The concept of the seatbelt bag came from husband and wife team, Dana and Melanie Harvey:  “We came up with the idea for The Original Seatbelt bag while installing safety belts into our 1950 Buick Roadmaster. Now, almost 20 years later, we're still having fun making each and every Seatbelt bag with love and precision, right here in sunny Southern California.”

Their wide selection includes totes, cross body satchels, hobos, clutches, tech cases, diaper bags, keychains, accessories and so much more.  They come in a myriad of colors and patterns that will make any fashion forward maven salivate.  Who knew seatbelts could be so very fashionable.

For the female fashionista, there are multiple colors each season that are sure to complement any outfit and every first Friday of the month, Harvey’s roll out a brand new design. (They’ve even partnered with Disney to bring you adorable designs of Minnie, Mickey, Disney Princess for the kid in you).  This couple is definitely working overtime so the we have cool accessories for our daily lives, special events and gift giving occasions.

“We are inspired by vibrant colors, pop-art, happy people, mid-century modern anything, flea markets, Mickey Mouse, classic Americana, being animal friendly, timeless design, coastal living, quality craftsmanship, old cars and everything get the idea.”

I picked up the convertible tote bag in a leopard print.  It hangs at the right angle, hits at the right length and is the perfect size for all my necessary crap.  An added boon that I love about this bag is that it doesn’t have that annoying separator in the middle that makes finding anything impossible.   It is just one big space with convenient side pockets for lipsticks and cell phones.  Since the bag is made from seatbelt material it obviously isn’t light weight.  If you want something light and feathery, this might not be your bag… but it can also double as a weapon, so there is that!

For those of you who want to be on the cutting edge of the cutting edge, Harvey’s releases a new bag the First Friday of every month as a special limited edition. There are only 250 of each style of Limited Edition bags and these bags are only available while supplies last.

Also, let’s not forget the manly men in our lives.  Harvey’s selects ‘dude approved’ colors/styles in messenger bags, ipad cases, grooming bags and wallets.

In addition, their Tree Cycle collection is an eco must-have, made from seatbelt remnants and organic materials.  Harvey’s bags are all made in the USA and they have a lifetime warranty.  So, if you give it a mud bath or drop it from moving vehicle or just the general wear and tear that comes with everyday life,  you can send your bag into their spa for a good cleaning .

Harvey’s bags are made to last with their durable materials including automotive grade seat belt material that is fade resistant and strong zippers for smooth gliding that resist fraying or jamming. The inside of each bag includes seamless pockets, high-grade thread and back tack for extra reinforcements. Harvey’s warranty is simple and guaranteed for the life of your purse.

I love them, you will love them and I know that my dad, Harvey would have loved them.



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