Steel Standing

Police and thieves in the streets … Scaring the nation with their guns and ammunition.

Clash songs are the last things you want running through your head on a bleak urban evening.

For such times, carry protection: Handbag designer Wendy Stevens of Alloy Design makes stainless steel and leather purses in her rural Philly sheet metal shop, and they’re as cute as they are tough. (Remind you of anyone?)

Built to last, the bags can withstand a wild night out better than you and are great conversation starters. (We particularly like the Jackie O.-meets-Guns & Ammo Penne bag, made with red leather and embossed metal.) And should that pleasant exchange take a turn down “gimme all your money” alley, a quick whack to the head should do the trick. And they clean up easy with Windex.

The best part? These bags are actually pretty — so they’ll look right at home next to even your smartest evening outfit.

Leaving with you with one less clash to worry about.

Available at Joan Shepp, 1616 Walnut Street (215-735-2666); online at wendystevens.com.

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1616 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103