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Kate Spade Book Bags

   August 17th, 2010

Kate Spade Book-of-the-Month-Club ClutchI am not what someone might call fashionable, so thanks to Liz for pointing out the next fashion accessory - Kate Spade "Book of the Month" clutches.

Kate Spade? A clutch? These parts of the phrase were mysteries, but the book element interested me. Once a month, they'll release little purse things designed to look like books. So, for just $325, people can look like they're carrying a book with them, but actually are not (as opposed to making your own book safe for free out of an actual book).

But this does puzzle me: if the point is to look fashionable, wouldn't it make more sense to make a clutch that looks like an iPad or Kindle? Or maybe retrointellectuaistas just have far better fashion taste than I. Well, yes, of course they do. It is creative and well-done, but I still need to cue Flight of the Conchords:

I might sound critical, but you know if they designed a man-purse based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, I would want it.

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4 Responses to “Kate Spade Book Bags”

  1. Krista Says:

    I must admit – I want one 🙂

  2. Liz Says:

    Heehee – I am anxiously awaiting the release of the Great Expectations tote (the totes are under $200 for those who are interested but want more function / less cost).

    To your point, Brian, about having an iPad/Kindle bag, these bags are more in the “retro chic” category. Kate Spade is a longtime New Yorker who loves all things classic – her women’s RTW line is very 60’s with modern updates – and the ironic or bohemian New Yorker might thumb her nose at new technology but eagerly embrace a clutch disguised as an Oscar Wilde classic. After all, was there ever a greater dinner party guest?

    Besides, those iPad/eReader gadgets are more boy toys – while we ladies might own them, we don’t proudly display them the way men do. Rather, we hide them away in our $400 bags while claiming to eschew techno gadgets in favor of old-fashioned paper and print. 😉

  3. alex Says:

    I prefer these book purses – made by a dc artists, and a good bit cheaper (and, I think, classier):

  4. Liz Says:

    Wow, she does a beautiful job on those! A little 1997 with the beaded handles, but since the late 80’s are coming back this year the late 90’s are surely just around the corner.