Kettle Black Distressed BagSomewhere, 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.

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  • Loquita

    You are so right, Shannon….this horrid little bag is beyond the pale. I wouldn’t gift it to anyone, much less someone I liked! Yech. It looks smelly, even.

  • Amanda Mull

    It wasn’t Shannon, it was meeee. :-P

  • bagolicious

    Yes, the bag does look like it was ridden hard and put away wet, but I like it although it’s way overpriced. It depends on what one wants to use it for. For me, it would be perfect for several of the really rugged countries that I travel to and would fit right in with all of the hardcore khakis. I wouldn’t have to worry about it getting beat up looking since it started out beat up. LOL!