Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on December 23, 2007
Eco totes are de rigueur these days. Aside from the obvious benefits — ridding the world of the peril of plastic — they are fast becoming status symbols in the world of style. Speaking of which, style.com’s item of the week is the limited-edition Kate Spade Material Luxuries tote designed by Stefan Sagmeister.
Before you balk at the $145 price tag, consider the bag’s lineage: behind it are acclaimed New York handbag and accessories designer Kate Spade and preeminent graphic designer and author Stefan Sagmeister. (In case you’re not in know, he’s the brain behind the World Changing book, The Talking Heads box set, Rolling Stones Babylon CD cover and body in the AIGA Detroit campaign – ouch.) Guests at his recent book launch, Things I Have Learnt in My Life So Far, received a “Material Luxuries Are Best Enjoyed in Small Doses” bag upon departure. The rest of us will have clamber for the remaining 100, which will be divided up equally between the Wolfsonian Museum and Kate Spade.
Those already holding an Anya Hindmarsh “I Am Not a Plastic Bag” bag, need not apply. Two designer eco-totes is just plain greedy. And greed is not “G”.