Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Cylinder Belt Bag and Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Square Belt Bag, $785 via ShopBop
Predictably, my initial reaction when I heard that Rodarte x Opening Ceremony’s accessory collection would include belt bags was somewhere along the lines of, “OH GOD NOT ANOTHER FANNY PACK.” Fanny packs should be banished forever to the furthest reaches of hell. You hear me, fashion industry? No more fanny packs. Do we understand each other?
Obviously, though, the Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Cylinder Belt Bag and Rodarte x Opening Ceremony Square Belt Bag aren’t fanny packs – they’re literally bags made of belts. Vintage belts, to be exact, and they come in all textures and shades of brown, no two exactly alike. And, well, they’re…interesting. But at least they’re not fanny packs.
I’m a fan of both Rodarte’s Californian quirk and Opening Ceremony’s New York edginess, but somehow, they came together and made a bag that I must have seen in vintage stores a hundred times over in my life. And if I couldn’t be bothered to buy it for $20 (and the all-important right to say, “It’s vintage,” when asked about it), then I’m certainly not going to buy it for nearly $800. If neo-vintage quirk is your thing, it can be found at far lower price and in far chicer forms. Which is a pity, because I usually expect great things from both companies involved in this collaboration. Buy the Cylinder Belt Bag or Square Belt Bag via ShopBop for $785.