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Fashion Meets Function: Designer Handbags Made For Concealed Carry

Offbeat  April 22 2011
 — By Nora Holloway
Fashion Meets Function: Designer Handbags Made For Concealed Carry

The market is riddled with gun holsters … but where can a girl find a swanky concealed carry handbag? While there are a few well-known companies that manufacture high-quality leather purses, they tend to favor the bland side of things.

This pretty purple Glacier number will charm the younger concealed carriers.

Concealed Carry by Woolstenhulme Designer Bags produces handbags ladies will proudly drape across their shoulders. The line is founded on four traits: safety, security, style and sensibility.

Safety: For added stability, each bag has a purse pocket with locking zipper and structured holster that provides trigger protection. An elastic strap with Velcro tab secures a variety of sizes, shapes and types of weapons.

Security: The external side entry compartment allows the gun owner to quickly access her weapon.

Style: Purses are offered in a number of exterior materials, textures and colors. The interior is lined with twill textile.

Sensibility: Organizer pockets, elastic loops and ID, business or credit card slots help round out the day-to-day functionality of the handbags.

“Because our company mission is offering women the style and color selections they are used to having available in the non-CC bags, we are very busy working on new designs and colors to replace those which have sold out,” said Kate Woolstenhume, company founder.

Green, metallic, red, purple … the fashion-conscious female gun enthusiast will not have to compromise style for safety anymore.

“We first introduced our product line with 14 colors and types of leather in each of our four styles,” said Woolstenhume. “In addition to developing some new styles to keep up with the fashion trends, we are making modifications to the straps on our current styles so they are fully adjustable to work better for a wider range of body types.”

Woolstenhulme Designer Bags has a wide customer base. “We’ve sold our bags to police departments and judges, attorneys, as well as other professional women who are out there in the public,” said Woolstenhulme. Many of their customers shared horror stories of past experiences with concealed carry handbags. They were either poorly crafted, looked too mannish or lacked interior organization and functionality.

After a few scary incidents, one customer Lacy S. said, “it was a wake up call that I needed to be able to protect myself if I do get in a bad situation.” Then she attended a concealed carry class and received a small handgun, Lacy was on the lookout for a concealed carry purse. A self-proclaimed purse snob, Lacy had quite the time finding a safe, quality and fashionable bag. Then she found Woolstenhume’s website. “The quality of the leather is primo and the workmanship is excellent. [They] absolutely exceeded my expectations.”

Have you ever been in a sticky situation because you left your handgun at home?

(4) Readers Comments

  1. I am an NRA and CHL Certified instructor, as well as a competitive shooter. I have seen many purses at gun shows and while you have a patent pending, I have seen many purses with the same soft holster with velcro straps to secure the handgun. They also have a locking zipper. I’m just wondering what makes your purses different from the Galco and other purses in the market.

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  3. I’m sure they can accommodate you over at Designer Concealed Carry. You can send them an email at Info@DesignerConcealedCarry.com. Also, they have a full list of their merchandise on their website – http://www.designerconcealedcarry.com/.
    I’m partial to their Biscayne line. :-D

  4. My sister-in-law is getting a purple cobra. 380 for Christmas and I wanted to get her a purple holster like my wife’s pink holster that I got fir her Taurus pink. 380. Do you have one that has the extra magazine pouch in purple or white?

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