It’s National Handbag Day

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October 10th is National Handbag Day and at Clipa, that means celebrating our favorite accessory with a little TLC. Whether you have a large, roomy tote or a tiny crossbody, purses can be kept in tip top shape with these ideas:

If it’s been awhile since you’ve cleaned out the interior, take a towel, lay it on a dresser or bed, and remove the contents of your bag. If you have a mini vac for your keyboard or a handheld vacum and the bag’s interior is sturdy, vacum up tiny grains of sand or lint. Alternatively, a piece of packing tape can be used. If your bag has a soft, thin interior, such as satin, forgo the vacuuming and simply turn the bag over to remove any fine particles in the bag’s seams. Vinyl, cotton and canvas bags can be lightly sprayed with an unscented disinfectant, such as Lysol, to remove bacteria and viruses. The exterior of patent leather, pleather and nylon bags can be wiped down with a baby wipe or clean, soft cotton rag. If you have a suede or fine leather bag, a leather care expert at a shoe repair shop has products to clean and protect leather bags to extend the life of the bag.

Before placing items back in your bag, ask yourself if you really use everything you’re carrying around. As a general rule, any makeup older than 24 months (mascara and eyeliner, 3 months and nail color, 1 year) should be replaced. Some items may be better left in your car, gym bag, work, or home. Perhaps duplicates or travel sized versions can be purchased and left in these places instead of carried everywhere.

Finally, check your Clipa purse hanger. It has been tested to last for 10 years of daily use without tarnishing. It should be in great working condition, ready to keep your bag off the ground and away from germs, water, dirt and worse. If not, give us a call at 1-888-804-0661 or email service@clipa.us Because while today is National Handbag Day, for some of us, it’s every day of the year! To see how Clipa coordinates with your handbag’s hardware, click on the image above.

Space Shuttle’s Final Salute

According to today’s flight plan, the Space Shuttle Endeavor will be flying over Disney’s California Adventure between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. PST then heading south before flying up to Huntington Beach and over the Boeing Plant in Seal Beach. Since Topcor’s located near the flight path, there’s a good chance all of us here at Clipa will be able to see it fly over!

Back to School? Clipa’s Got Your Back

Backpacks and book bags love Clipa too. Why? Because a Clipa works where traditional purse hooks can’t, like these vertical and horizontal rails. With Clipa, your backpack can be in your line of sight–instead of on the ground–and away from thieves, germs, water and dirt. Works in seconds because Clipa goes on–not in–the bag. Useful for desks, lecture halls, auditoriums, student union common areas, dining hall tables, sporting events, movie theaters and so much more, a Clipa purse hanger is a back-to-school must. Click on the photo to see the entire collection now at www.clipa.us

Hanging Out At The Mall with Clipa

Sometimes there isn’t a chair in the dressing room (or, annovingly, enough hooks for the clothes you’re trying on). The Clipa purse hanger works in many places here:

On a ledge or shelf as shown
The door if no hook is available
From the wall
The back of a repositionable mirror
Fixtures, bars and rails

Keep your bag off the floor and in your line of sight when trying on new clothes from the fall 2012 collections with the instant handbag hanger.

Big Purses: The Hidden Cost of Larger Handbags

Today, we’re carrying more than ever before in our handbags. In this short Fox News segment, shoulder and back pain, posture problems and other issues may be a signal to lighten up. Can’t give up your roomy, stylish purse? The Clipa purse hanger holds 45 lbs with a safety factor 2 built in.

Have you weighed your handbag lately?

65% of High-End Shoppers Prefer to Buy American

According to a study released by American Express and The Harrison Group, 65% of high-end shoppers now prefer to buy American. That’s good news for companies who make their products in the U.S. Brands like Tiffany & Co., whose jewelry is made in the U.S., and Topcor, where each Clipa is made in house in Irvine, CA. Worldwide, American made products are coveted for their high quality. Last week, a study by J.D. Power & Associates showed American loyalty to U.S. car manufacturers is rising. As Time Magazine noted in this week’s article, Is Made in America Back in Style? a preference for American made products seems to be returning.

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