If you’re like me, you have only one thought when you hear the word “Alaïa” – Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, trying to explain to a mugger why she can’t lay down on the ground in the greatest movie of all time, Clueless.

“You don’t understand, this is an Alaïa.”
“An A-what-a?”
“It’s, like, a totally important designer!

If you grew up in the 90s, movie quotes scarcely get more classic than that.

And that’s why, when I look at the Alaïa Perforated Leather Bag, all I can think is that it’s totally the opposite of a full-on Monet.

From far away, I couldn’t help but think, “So what? It’s just another perforated leather tote.” That opinion would be way harsh, Tai, because it’s so much more than just a hole-y leather bag when you get up close. The pattern that the perforations make is beautiful and fun to look at, plus the creamy leather interior is totally unexpected – I wouldn’t have guessed that there would be a color change at all. Maybe that Polonius guy made it happen.

Be careful, however – if you’re surfing the crimson wave or carrying other, uh, “personal items” in your purse, a bag that’s this obviously perforated likely isn’t for you. I’m not totally butt crazy in love with it, but you’ve got to appreciate this tote for what it is – and if you don’t, I’ve got a .45 and a shovel. I doubt anyone will miss you. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2200.

  • Merve

    I totally remember that line from Clueless ‘This is an Alaaaaaiiiia’. Loved it!! Also when her dad asks cher ‘what are you wearing?’ Cher goes “Its a dress daddy” and he goes “says who” and she says “Calvin Klein daddy”…. Classic!

  • txy

    That’s a REALLY hefty price tag for a bag like that. I figure my dollar could be stretched further on something with more value.

  • Valentina

    Haaaa, well played, Amanda!

  • 19yearslater

    Hilarious review. I think of Clueless when I hear Alia, too. I do like the way the perforation was executed, but I don’t love it either.

  • alicap22

    Great article! LOVE the movie…always will ;o)

  • Jane

    My friends and I used to quote Clueless everyday and pretty much watch the movie everyday sometimes two to three times a day. We were obsessed with the movie. I still love to watch it, Paul Rudd was so cute and I wanted to be Cher with all her clothes especially her closet and then to date Paul Rudd sounds perfect to me. I love your post because it brought me back to the movie. The bag is incredible I am glad you posted this bag.

  • Purse Pixie

    Thank you for the wonderful post! Now I have to go watch Clueless and listen to Billie Holiday. I love him.

  • sofia nolan

    they`re in this summer, but i`m not such a huge fan.

  • annabelle

    hahaha i truly do love your blogging.

    clueless <3

    too pricey and it's not for me but maybe someone else? (fb)

  • Crystal

    makes me want to watch the movie with a glass of wine and some burning cookie dough…lol

  • Tiffany

    That is an exquisite pattern! Thanks for covering it.

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    The bag is expensive,
    but your story is priceless!

  • Chris

    I quite like the handbag. In particular with the little leather pouch that comes with it.
    And sorry, I do not know the movie…. but now I am intrigued.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      It’s a mid-90s teen movie, pretty hilarious. I’ve probably seen it two dozen times in my life. I even used to have it on VHS before DVD players got popular!

  • Kimberly

    Omg, Clueless is the first thing I thought of when I saw the title for this post! It’s a classic.

  • Jessica

    That is sooo funny b/c as soon as I read the designer, b4 I read the rest of the post, my immediate thought was Cher from Clueless!!! “An A-whatta?!” LMAO

  • Lisa

    Yes! Clueless! I looove that movie!

  • I Tso

    My favorite quote from the movie was, “as if”. That never gets old.
    I’m not to crazy about this bag.

  • Vicky

    OMG!!!!! I’m sooooooo love Clueless!!!!!!! Alicia’s my dream girl and Paul Rudd’s one of the cutest guy in this world. :) Thanks for your post. :) It really bring back my memory. :) (And I have to admit I still watch this movie now and then. :) )

  • sofia nolan

    perforated leather bags are super in this summer, and this one is a pretty neat selection :)

  • pinkybear

    good job Amanda!!! LOL! clueless IS a classic!!!!