The Times Questions Bag Hags, Then Becomes One

We were riveted by Deborah Solomon's weekend movie on The New York Times. Called "The Power of the Purse," it features the prominent writer outside o
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We were riveted by Deborah Solomon's weekend movie on The New York Times. Called "The Power of the Purse," it features the prominent writer outside o
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We were riveted by Deborah Solomon's weekend movie on The New York Times. Called "The Power of the Purse," it features the prominent writer outside of Prada and Armani. She questions the value of a designer bag, and wonders how an accessory "can cost more than a car" - beneath the Chanel window, she muses, "Will a Chanel bag get you into heaven?" The brief film interviews consumers about their bags, and puts forth an intriguing hypothesis: "Why are handbags so large?... Because it makes it that much easier for us to see them... [unlike a car or a house on the Hamptons], a bag, you can take it and show it off at all times." The movie is cool, and so is Deborah Solomon, but there's one part we didn't love: She spends an awful lot of time huffing about the ridiculous price of a handbag, even asking women if they feel guilty about their arm candy. But then she shows us her own - an Orla Kiely tote. It doesn't cost the same as a Birkin, but the last time we checked, Orla Kiely's overhyped, overwaxed prints cost almost $600 - and just like an Indy bag, you can spot them from the top floor of a Park Avenue high rise. Since we got our Stam on sale for $500, which is less than the average Orla price, we have to ask Ms. Solomon: Aren't you just as guilty of bag indulgence? And why couldn't you discuss that in your video?