As soon as I went to ShopBop today in search of bags about which to write, I saw the one in the photo over there and thought, “What a great coup for ShopBop, they’re carrying Maison Martin Margiela now!”
Except they’re not, which is too bad. They are, however, carrying the Alice + Olivia Suede Hobo, which appears to be a more or less complete ripoff of the Maison Martin Margiela X-Shaped Hobo. I’m not one to call anyone out for merely a glancing resemblance, so check the proof after the jump.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I submit Exhibit A and Exhibit B. The bags are photographed differently – the Alice + Olivia one looks like it’s being suspended by a hook that has been removed from the photo while the MMG version is resting partially on a flat surface, but it looks like their structures are nearly identical, down to the wrapped handle at the top. I know that designers borrow inspiration from each other all the time, and I don’t think most people (or most brands) have much of a problem with that, but these two bags are too close for comfort to me. Buy through ShopBop for $596.
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