Can you form a meaningful relationship with your purse? Meet the Howdys — a collection of small vinyl bags to hold your iPod and cell phone, along with essential cash, cards and ID. Like Ugly Dolls and other vinyl-toy collectibles, each Howdy has its own personality and back story. There’s Captain Shivers, with a silver metallic vinyl body and black eye patch; his first mate, Mr. Two Sloops, with a hand-embroidered anchor tattoo on his red vinyl chest; Howdi-Culture, a horticulturist made out of vintage floral vinyl (they all have vintage buttons for eyes); Howd-Oui, who dreams of finding love in Paris and is dressed head to toe in bohemian black with a bright-red heart on his chest; and Roadie Howdy, with a Kermit-green vinyl body and a pocket specially designed to hold a guitar pick.
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Captain Shivers zips it. (Photos by Jeff Watson)