Somewhere, there’s a line between “pleasantly distressed” and “dirty-looking.” The Kettle Black Distressed Bag is so far on the wrong side of this line that its designer doesn’t appear to have any idea that that line exists, let alone where it might reside. The pre-used appearance of this bag is entirely beyond the pale; it’s one thing to want a bag to look a bit broken in, but this looks like a car ran over it.
In general, the hippie trend loses me when things start looking dirty, as this bag does – did someone dip it in a mud vat at the local spa? I had a pair of suede moccasins several years ago that my parents’ bulldog got ahold of and chewed up during a visit home, and the end result, after all the dog saliva had dried, was sort of similar-looking. And I guess that if that’s your look, then more power to you, but why in the world would anyone spend so much for something that looks so completely and totally wrecked? This bag looks like it was rode hard and put away wet. Buy through ShopBop for $528.