When I first laid eyes on the Charlotte Olympia Ted Silk Satin Bear Shoulder Bag, I thought designer Charlotte Dellal was kidding. Dellal never kids, though. Or maybe she always kids, depending on how much credit you’re willing to ascribe to her for the humor in her work. One has to admit: a $700 shoulder bag made out of what is essentially a stuffed animal’s head is pretty funny.
As the seasons have progressed, Dellal’s brand has only gotten more aggressively quirky, and now she’s treading on the territory of smaller designers like Mandy Coon and Giles Deacon, who also make stuffed animal-shaped bags. Sometimes Charlotte Olympia’s eccentricities swing in a more high-end direction, but these bags seem to purposefully resemble inexpensive children’s toys.
Suffice it to say, I’m not plunking down the MSRP (or any amount of money) for one of these bags anytime soon, but Olympia has an ardent fan base that’s into her particular brand of oddness. If that’s you, the bags are available for $706 apiece at Luisa Via Roma.
Would you ever consider buying one of these bags? Would you wear it, if it were given to you for free?
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