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Olsen Twins' $39,000 Backpack: Rad or Ridiculous?

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Forget what you heard about the slow economic recovery and fears of a double dip recession. The Olsen twins' $39,000 backpack is a hot seller. Huh? "It was the first thing that sold off the shelf," Ashley Olsen tells Women's Wear Daily of the alligator-skin bag, which is part of a new accessories line for their label, The Row.



The backpack, which features gold hardware, is the most expensive piece in their accessories range, which starts at $4,700 for one of the smallest designs, according to The Daily Mail. Sound ridiculous? It is. But Olsen correctly explains that high-end brands have been known to thrive during an economic crisis. "During our last economic crisis in the U.S., the only thing that went up was Hermès," she says.

Back in July, we told you that high-end department store Barneys New York was stocking the bag. "I think if you were every going to spend $39,000 on a bag, that’s the bag you should buy because I think you’d wear it for a really long time," Amanda Brooks, fashion director of Barneys New York, told Fashionista.

As we pointed out then, you'd wear it for a long time because you just spent $39,000 on a backpack! In fact, if you wore it every day for a year, you'd be paying about $107 a day just for the privilege of wearing a bag designed by the former stars of "Full House."

But high-end backpacks do seem to be the thing right now. Kanye West debuted a fur one at Paris Fashion Week -- and of course, Ashley wore her own $39,000 one to the show.
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  • mm61675 2012/01/27 05:30:52
    Ridiculous
    mm61675
    Poor alligators...

    :(
  • birdie1224 2011/11/17 02:23:33
    Ridiculous
    birdie1224
    +1
    Poor alligator. Do you know what I could do with $39,000. Pay for college. People scawnder money on stupid stuff. There are better ways to use that kind of money.
  • Sionann 2011/11/16 19:19:17
    Ridiculous
    Sionann
    Not to worry though...the celebs will probably get them for free in their "gift bags" at the Oscar's this year.
  • Devil Kisses 2011/11/16 17:05:32
    Ridiculous
    Devil Kisses
    It's ugly.
  • AnaGPereira 2011/11/16 16:56:40 (edited)
    Ridiculous
    AnaGPereira
    Ridiculous and freaking ugly. Dead alligators to make ugly bags. :S But I wouldn't buy anything from them even if I had money to burn, or cost $1.
  • Great Man 2011/10/20 13:40:26
  • Dheadly Lhust 2011/10/18 02:38:14
    Ridiculous
    Dheadly Lhust
    If I did buy it, I'd be afraid to put anything in it in case it damages it.
  • MirandaPhillips 2011/10/16 11:09:54
  • kcandi 2011/10/12 18:34:26
    Ridiculous
    kcandi
    You'd need a body guard any time you took it outside......
  • Mrz Winchester-Salvatore 2011/10/12 03:32:21
    Ridiculous
    Mrz Winchester-Salvatore
  • Niecey 2011/10/10 23:11:59
    Ridiculous
    Niecey
    +2
    For real? That's somebody's yearly salary. Even if I had that much money I would use it to help out a good cause after putting some of it toward the bills I have.
  • Terry 2011/10/09 00:01:49
    Ridiculous
    Terry
    +1
    Ostentatious! I would think (some) of that money could go to a better cause than a backpack. There are some "Rad" backpacks out there that don't cost $39,000. That equals completely out of touch thinking.
  • Gina 2011/10/08 18:08:27
    Ridiculous
    Gina
    +2
    $39,000 backpack!!! Really?!?! There's so much hunger in this world I think the starving homeless and the poor would love to see that kind of money to HELP them. The majority of celebs out there make me ill! Thinking of themselves and not the ones that need their help. That $39,000 will probably end up Mary-Kates nose anyway.
  • ☠Błéêd įt øút☠ 2011/10/08 13:24:30
    Ridiculous
    ☠Błéêd įt øút☠
    maybe i would say "rad" if it was beautiful but it's UGLY and it doesn't worth it!
  • lady_c5_loadmaster 2011/10/08 03:36:14
    Ridiculous
    lady_c5_loadmaster
    +1
    That kind of money would make my house and utility payments for 10 months.
  • ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪ 2011/10/08 02:24:39
    Ridiculous
    ♫♪‼Chloey Arddun‼♫♪
    +1
    what ever happened to the cute little girls in the crappy TV movies?
    I miss those Olsen twins. now they just look.....scary..
  • Leo 2011/10/08 02:05:59
    Ridiculous
    Leo
    +1
    What are they famous for? Being cute babies?
  • Fresno State Fan CB-05 2011/10/07 22:09:54
    Ridiculous
    Fresno State Fan CB-05
    +10
    The little freaks should spend 6 months in the real world.

    poor children
  • sunnierocker 2011/10/07 22:01:50
    Ridiculous
    sunnierocker
    WTHECK
  • Chase Martin 2011/10/07 22:01:49
    Rad
    Chase Martin
    If they have the money for it, I say why not? They earned that money with hard work, if they want to spend it on extravagant things, it is up to them.
  • anisha.... Chase M... 2011/10/17 09:14:39
    anisha.garib
    I know of 10 years old that work much harder, in much worse conditions for much less. working hard doesn't guarantee money, and having money doesn't mean you worked hard.
  • LarryStylinson 2011/10/07 20:34:22
    Ridiculous
    LarryStylinson
    ITS SO UGLY
  • none 2011/10/07 19:41:39
    Ridiculous
    none
    Too expensive and ugly too.
  • Relay 2011/10/07 19:33:04
    Ridiculous
    Relay
    that is so ugly
  • themadhare ~IJM 2011/10/07 18:51:11
    Ridiculous
    themadhare ~IJM
    it looked better on the alligator
  • Absynthe, Lady of Snakes 2011/10/07 18:42:39
    Ridiculous
    Absynthe, Lady of Snakes
    +1
    I'll stick with my $50 Legend of Zelda backpack. It looks much better then that thing.
  • Vision of Verve 2011/10/07 18:21:51
  • pjwinkler65 2011/10/07 18:14:31
    Ridiculous
    pjwinkler65
    +2
    There are children starving and people pay thousands for a bag? That makes them bags alright, douche bags.
  • Ridiculous
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    That is waaaay too expensive
  • kPOW™ 2011/10/07 17:41:57
    Ridiculous
    kPOW™
    ... but then again, they are ridiculous.
  • Ben Brink 2011/10/07 13:30:04
    Ridiculous
    Ben Brink
    +1
    A superb accessory for people with more money than sense.
  • Kigan 2011/10/07 13:26:10
    Ridiculous
    Kigan
    +2
    Totally absurd. My family and I never even paid $50 for a backpack.
  • Happy PJ 2011/10/07 13:08:44
    Ridiculous
    Happy PJ
    +1
    How awful to spend money like that when so many people are going without!!! I guess this is why they are rich....God forbid they would think of someone else or how many animals are put to sleep every year!!! I guess that is why they are rich, lol
  • seasmoke70 2011/10/07 13:04:18
    Ridiculous
    seasmoke70
    +1
    Stupid would be a more appropriate word.
  • KATniss 2011/10/07 12:22:50
    Ridiculous
    KATniss
    +2
    seriously? -.-
  • Valia-chan 2011/10/07 11:58:31
    Ridiculous
    Valia-chan
    +5
    Wtf?Who would pay so much money for a backpack?-.- wtf
  • pewpew ... Valia-chan 2011/10/07 12:56:29
    pewpew zappy gun
    +1
    Dumbasses
  • Ami Kate 2011/10/07 09:34:28
    Ridiculous
    Ami Kate
    +1
    Yikes.
  • brittneylalaa 2011/10/07 08:24:10
    Ridiculous
    brittneylalaa
    +3
    I think I would rather buy a Mercedes or Lexus with 39,000. Not THAT!
  • Níl mé leat 2011/10/07 07:04:26
    Ridiculous
    Níl mé leat
    +2
    $39,000 for alligator skin? WTF?
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