Always wanted an Hermes Kelly bag, but spent all your dough on transatlantic flights, Moet and golden gobstoppers?
Here's your chance! Hermes is giving them away for free!
And by free, I mean they're offering a free PDF download of a flat Kelly bag that you can assemble yourself for a perfectly 3-dimensional Hermes original!
Functional? We'll see. I'm having my Lambs print one up at work, where the printer can print on anything up to an inch thick. Glamorous photos to come.
And now, the deep thoughts pour in.
Is this a statement about disposable fashion? What's one, two, three Kelly bags to a Manhattan socialite? What's it to me or you? Are they worth more or less when perfect, "branded" versions proliferate the web for free?
I'm reminded of how when I lived in Brooklyn, I noticed that its less well-to-do ladies would carry store bags from Victoria's Secret or Bebe as purses, unable to afford actual purses -- or at least purses with a modicum of status attached to them. Is this a "shout-out" to that practice? Or a "let them eat cake" sort of thing? Sorry, got that crazy Marie Antoinette on the brain.
What do they expect people to do with these?
I'm going to actually construct one, and then maybe get one framed, to archive "This Moment in Kitsch". But to draw on it, or no?