BCBGMAXAZRIA Poem Print Canvas Tote

Sigh. I have a few conflicting thoughts on the BCBGMAXAZRIA Poem Print Canvas Tote, so bear with me here.

First, I think it’s great that, at $88, its appropriately priced for a canvas bag. Canvas bags should not cost as much as leather bags. Period. This is the first tenet of savvy handbag-buying.

Second, I want to know if the words on it are actually from poetry, or if they’re just random fun-sounding words. As a writer, I think it would be kinda awesome if it was a real poem. But it’s probably not, I’m guessing, since handbag designers aren’t writers and probably don’t think about these things. I’ve zoomed in as much as Saks would let me (and briefly considered opening the image in Photoshop to zoom in further, but that would make my office-mates REALLY wonder about me), and as far as I can tell, no real poetry. A few lines that sounded like they’d be better for cheesy R&B song lyrics, and then a bunch of the brand name. My dreams are basically thwarted on this front.

Third…did anyone else look at this and think “Tory Burch tote bag?” Because I certainly did. The setup, materials, and center applique are all VERY similar to totes we’ve seen from Ms. Burch’s line, and I find it a bit disconcerting. Amanda no likie design stealers.

So, my opinion of BCBG’s effort here is decidedly blah. Not their finest work. But at least the price is right, I guess? Buy through Saks for $88.

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  • Kate

    I actually just bought this last week and have received a surprising number of compliments on it. My thinking was similar to yours: I was needing a “transitional” tote–something I could take to work and running errands that wasn’t still summery and not too fall/winter since the weather here is still quite warm, and that would world with a variety of outfits. I was really eying a Tory Burch but couldn’t decide on a pattern, when I saw this for $88 on the Saks site and thought, “eh, can’t lose.” So far I’m pretty happy with it. The only downside is the handles, which look like they’re wrapped in electrical tape. The writing is not real poetry from what I can make out. Seems to random phrases about fashion, with several “bcbg’s” and “max azria’s” thrown in.

  • Anilu Magloire

    Absolutely NOT for me. It’s all over the place. Too much going on everywhere.

  • Dacs

    Before I read this I immediately thought the same thing about the Tory Burch bag. Unfortunately this bag also reminds me of one of those hideous all over print baby phat bags.

  • kq

    yes! my first thought was tory burch. i like it but it’s too much of a copy

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