“The savage bows down to idols of wood and stone, the civilized man to idols of flesh and blood” - George Bernard Shaw

When I first saw a picture of the grey jersey bow clutch that Alexis Mabille designed as part of the collaboration between the Gap and Parisian lifestyle store Colette I was intrigued...I've been lusting over Mabille's designs for a while now and this seemed an ideal time to pick something up but (why is there always a "but" in these stories) according to Colette's website the bag retails for $296 (okay $296.16 to be precise but what's 16 cents between friends?).Photobucket

Love, as they say, is officially dead...it's a cute bag...just not three hundred dollars cute. Not wanting to sound like a curmudgeonly old grandma but this seems to be pricing gone mad. And it raises the question of how highly we, as consumers, rate design versus materials when it comes to justifying a purchase...in this instance the cost of the fabric is negligible...the remainder has to be regarded as paying the artist for his work (plus the necessary store mark-up)...is it worth it?

 
 
 
 

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  • WendyB said...
    7:28 AM
    It's very cute but definitely not worth $300 to me. Less than $100 and I'd go for it. It has the "chic bargain" look.
  • enc said...
    9:24 AM
    It's not a $300 bag to me. I think it's ironically clever in grey jersey, but only $30 worth of clever. Wait until the price comes down and it's in the sale?
  • editor said...
    7:12 PM
    i wouldn't pay $30 for that.
    sick.

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