We really didn't think The Backpack, that impossibly luxe accessory created by Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen for The Row, could get any more outrageous. Ringing in at around $35,000 (or $39,000, depending where you check), the crocodile knapsack garnered plenty of snark... then proceeded to sell out of stores. Is there anything the Olsen sisters can't do??
But the powerful design duo have now outdone themselves. The Row has teamed with Damien Hirst for a backpack collection, announced by e-retailer Just One Eye. The collab is a "fascinating study in contrasts" whereby The Row's Nile crocodile leather bag is covered in gold polka dots, rainbow polka dots and prescription pills. The various embellishments are signature Hirst, referencing the artist's famous Spot paintings and his pill-covered piece, "The Void."
With just 12 bags created, a portion of the sale of each bag will benefit UNICEF. How much these babies cost, on the other hand, is up for debate: considering the basic, non-Hirst versions were in the $35,000 range and the Hirst editions are each labeled "call for price"... eek.
So, um, yeah. We really don't have much more to say except show you photos of the backpacks themselves. Hate 'em, love 'em, think they represent everything bad about fashion and humanity -- we'll let you be the judge. Sound off in the comments.
UPDATE, 12/4/12: A rep from Just One Eye informed The Cut that four of the backpacks have already been sold. So there you go.
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