Will wonders never cease. First spotted on the runway of the Spring-Summer 2011 Womens Jil Sander show, the slightly controversial bag has made its debut on Net-A-Porter. Priced at GBP90 (around SGD185), it is basically a glorified plastic bag, and reminds me of those you get when shopping for fresh produce at the wet market.
Measuring 32 cm by 58 cm, the transparent acetate bag is as simple as it gets, with no inner pockets or side slots, though it comes with a stamped leather tag which carries the designer’s logo. And that’s it, really.
So what do I really think of the Jil Sander Acetate Market Bag? Call it what you want (pure genius, pure madness or even taking fashion a tad too far), but as far as I’m concerned, I’m loving it. Maybe it’s because I’m suffering from bag fatigue, not helped by the fact that bags are getting more complicated and expensive, or maybe I just want to go back to a time when bags were really just bags, simply to carry what you needed from point A to B.
And maybe, just maybe, I just want to see those puzzled expressions as I pass them walking down Orchard Road, carrying my huge orange bag. And if they ask why I’m carrying a plastic bag to town I’ll simply reply, ‘It ain’t just a plastic bag, baby, it’s Jil Sander.’