“In town you can feel very vulnerable as a young woman, so we thought of her whole costume as some kind of armor,” Dana continued. “The coats were part of it, the boots were part of it – we always made a really thick, you know, intense combat boot. Even if we combined it with cute little mini skirts. “

Equally important was Mabel’s backpack, which Dana found made of Lotuff leather. “That was an iconic piece for her because we kind of said that a New York girl really needs to have her hands free so she can eat a hot dog while talking on her cell phone while riding her bike,” she explained before teasing that Mabel needs full mobility if she is to “potentially protect herself from an attacker”.