Breeality Bites

The lunchbox purse: hardly functional, subjectively beautiful, totally '90s

From 1993 to 1996, I carried a lunchbox as a purse. Now as an adult who carries what I call a Mary-Kate bag -- a black hole/abyss that holds keys, a liter of water, a wallet, various snacks, a change of clothes, a collection of Nora Ephron essays, a reporter's notebook, 700 pens and a ho-on-the-go kit complete with toothbrush and a full face of make-up -- I can't imagine carrying around a small metal box that holds everything I could possibly need. But in honor of Paileontology: Vintage Lunch Box Exhibit happening at Blue Dot Studio this weekend, here are some scattered thoughts on the vintage lunchbox purse craze of the early '90s.

See also: - Night & Day: Paileontology - Vintage Lunch Box Exhibit - A bad romance: If I give up coffee, cigarettes and booze, am I still a writer? - Smoking at Paramount Cafe and 86'd from Coyote Ugly: Happy birthday, 16th Street Mall