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Chic Tweak: Handbag Helper


Sure, it houses your Kleenex and Halls, but that doesn't mean you can't get sick of your handbag. Wrapping microfiber-suede tape around the handles is an easy way to perk up your pocketbook. Its not permanent, so you can go with offbeat colors. Choose a single one or a mix -- like we did here.

Resources: Microsuede-fiber tape, Shindo, 212-868-9311. Andrea Brueckner Market tote, for stores.


  • Four 1-yard strips of microfiber-suede tape


  1. Step 1

    Buy four 1-yard strips of microfiber-suede tape, more for long handles.

  2. Step 2

    Double-knot two strips together and position the knot at the base of one handle (the tape is slightly tacky, so it'll stay in place).

  3. Step 3

    Crisscross the strands tightly and closely so the handle doesn't show through.

  4. Step 4

    Repeat with other handle.

Blueprint, January/February 2008