Ashley Olsen's $39,000 Backpack -- It Can Be Yours
Ashley Olsen Spotted Carrying the New $39,000 Backpack from Her Handbag Line, The Row
In her defense, Ashley Olsen didn't actually pay $39,000 for that fancy black crocodile backpack she was photographed carrying this week.
No, no. Olsen, via her The Row line of handbags, is carrying the bag she designed. So, phew!, she did not blow almost $40K on a purse … she just wants you to!
The much-discussed backpack -- which belongs in the "Museum Of Overpriced Accessories," according to The Huffington Post -- was officially revealed to the purse-hungry public earlier this month, when Full House twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen debuted The Row line at Barneys in New York.
Two of the pricy crocodile backpacks were pre-ordered at the trunk show, and while the identities of those bag lovers have yet to be revealed, Ashley Olsen herself carried one while leaving the Tribeca Hotel in NYC on Tuesday (while also holding what appears to be a bottle of antibacterial lotion … mustn't let "regular people" germs get on her hands, and thus -- horrors! -- touch The Bag!).
Meanwhile, as Olsen carries, and tries to get others to purchase, a bag that costs more than a lot of people make in a year in these particularly harsh economic times, Stylelist.com points out the Olsens' backpack's $39K pricetag is a mere drop in the bucket compared to some of the other overpriced purses you could purchase -- if you didn't have to buy, you know, groceries and things of that nature.
Like: a $1.9 million Hermes bag; a $261,000 diamond-studded Chanel purse; a $92,000 rose-shaped Judith Leiber bag (which, even if you're into Leiber bags, is pretty gaudy); and a ridiculous $150,000 Louis Vuitton "Urban Satchel" bag, which looks like a bag you'd find in the garbage with a bunch of actual garbage (empty water bottle, cigarette pack, gum wrapper, etc.) glued to the front.
It's one thing to ask people to pay obnoxious prices for a bag that is, admittedly, a nice-looking one, but it's taking excess (and bad taste) to a whole different level to ask someone to drop $150K on literal garbage.
Meanwhile, though we poke fun at the Olsens (and they deserve it for being either clueless or willfully not caring about current economic times), it's only fair to point out that they also recently made a trip to Honduras to distribute free pairs of walking shoes to children, as part of their collaboration with TOMS footwear.
OK, now we feel alright about resuming the original story … can you believe they want you to pay $39,000 for a backpack?!?!