Local is finalist in handbag design competition Atherton, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on May 25, 2012 at 10:25 am
Fame, if not fortune, could be just around the corner for Woodside native Mary Spenser Poletti, a 2009 graduate of Scared Heart Preparatory in Atherton, whose design for a lambskin and rabbit fur backpack is a finalist in the 2012 Independent Handbag Designers Award competition.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 24, 2012, 9:51 PM
Posted by WhoRUpeople, a resident of another community, on May 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm
For the first two posters, so, given every meat section in every grocery store in the US features lamb chops and rack of lamb, and the vast majority of them feature rabbit, you don't think its just being efficient and non-wasteful to make some use of the pelts?
Posted by Woodside, a member of the Woodside School community, on May 25, 2012 at 8:38 pm
This bag is beautiful and functional - I went online and voted for it.
Thank you to the Almanac for reporting on one of our local teens following her passion and making a success out of it!
The story was meant to inspire support for this young lady - the above posters (except WhoRUPeople) need to get a life and follow their own interests instead of expending energy on cutting down someone else.... you'll also have to boycott every grocery store and almost every restaurant on the Penninsula to avoid seeing meals made from animals. Oh, maybe you already do and I are within your own little world at home with nothing else to do but hate on people having lives.
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community, on May 25, 2012 at 8:48 pm
I felt some trepidation when I read the description of the bag - I'm not a big fan of fur even when the meat had been used for food & I'm too well acquainted w/traditional Atherton bling. I found the bag attractive, understated & even elegant in its simplicity. Some of the other bags shown are also great, so there's definitely some competition.
I, too, think it's marvelous that Ms. Poletti is following a passion for which she shows talent. I liked reading that she's learning under master craftsmen. I will admit to a mild handbag habit (my preference is for vintage bags), so I'm happy to follow Ms. Poletti's career. I even posted the link on my Facebook page to encourage more voters.
(As for the PETA post- PETA kills a lot of animals. I know the commenter was being tongue in cheek, but PETA is worth looking into as an organization NOT to support.)
Best of luck to Ms. Poletti, with this competition & her career!
Posted by member, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on May 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm
Congratulations to this fellow teen community member!
Do not be clouded by these silly PETA references. Anyone who is bringing up using leather in accessories, is just envious of your achievements. You did not invent leather - it is used in cars, accessories, jackets, etc. Your one handbag is not the only thing ever made by animal pelts.
To bring up animal rights in this article, clearly shows the lack of professionalism we bay area members have, and we should be ashamed of ourselves.
Your design is unbelievable and you will succeed in your career path! I hope to purchase your handbags soon.