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Who would have thought that a quilted cotton handbag in ostentatious colors and patterns would have had such a long shelf life in the changing world of fashion?
Yet it seems that women of all ages can't seem to live without the Vera Bradley-label shoulder bag in paisley print or plaid print, a look typically associated with an older generation.
The interest in quirky accessories has grown among college-age women and teenagers, said Kirsten Schmidt, manager of Persnickity Cat & Co. in Sarasota.
"The variety of patterns started to appeal to younger kids," Schmidt said about the designer bags that she's sold in her store for more than 15 …