Ashley Olsen, Bag Lady

Posted on July 29, 2011

Call us lazy whores if you want, you won’t be the first ones, but we took a good long look at these pictures and realized that it doesn’t really matter what we say here because the conversation’s only going to go in one direction.

Ashley Olsen out and about with her new backpack. The bag is from her new handbag line in collaboration with amnio-mate Mary-Kate, called The Row. The crocodile backpack is priced at …

$39,000.

Discuss.

The Row Crocodile Backpack

 

Source: Ashley Olsen Steps Out with $39,000 Croc Backpack [Dailymail]

 

[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews, marieclaire.com]

    • http://thememorexe.com memorexe

      …and it can be won via lottery?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

        You can win it if you’d like. It probably depreciates worse than a Ford Pinto.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Exqueeeese Me?  TLo, my darlings, please tell me you put the comma in the wrong place.  Please.

    • Anonymous

      What in the sam hill???  I was preparing myself for that number, less one zero.

      The mind is boggled.

      Plus, those are some butt ugly Birkenstocks (or whatever they are).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      That is ridonk but I kind of like her look? Birkenstocks and all.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY WhiteMage

        perhaps because she is dressed like a 20 year old for once!

      • MilaXX

        Honestly I think it shows how media savvy they are. She knows a back pack doesn’t go with the usual 80 year old socialite look they typically sport. Outrageous price tag aside jeans and birkenstocks are the perfect look for a back pack.

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

        You’re not alone – I find myself oddly liking the casual tone, even the Birkenstocks, even though it’s something I’d never wear. It’s easy and fresh. I like it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513945580 Megan Patterson

      That is ridonk but I kind of like her look? Birkenstocks and all.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQAEI5VIBLXN6YAONCDMUQVRBI Sydney Rose

      Obscene.

      And it’s not a particularly attractive bag either.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQAEI5VIBLXN6YAONCDMUQVRBI Sydney Rose

      Obscene.

      And it’s not a particularly attractive bag either.

    • Anonymous

      barfff, hopefully they learn a lesson at the end of the episode

    • Anonymous

      barfff, hopefully they learn a lesson at the end of the episode

    • Anonymous

      Hmm… a crocodile backpack, or a decent house in Detroit. So hard to decide!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583342965 Melody Sellers

        Make that 3 houses.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=748016091 Aline Prantl

           make that a few hundred people not dying of hunger in Somalia

    • Emma Wallace

      I don’t think there’s much overlap between the group of people who would spend 39,000 on a bag and those who would buy something because the Olsen sisters made it. Or between the group that would spend that much and the group that would use a backpack.

      • Anonymous

        I wouldn’t bet on it. Those two girls are billionaires. They didn’t get that way by not knowing their market.

        • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

          Um, I think that was just Emma Wallace’s point.

          • http://twitter.com/pointlesswords jaymeglynn

            Um, no it wasn’t. Read it again. She’s saying that Olsen twins-purchasee afficianados most probably do NOT have $39,000 to spend on a backpack, and those who DO have that much to spend on a bag, most probably wouldn’t buy a backpack, and wouldn’t buy something just because it was Olsen-related. I strongly agree.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Actually The Row gets good press quite a bit.  (Smart move on their part not to try to brand the line with their name.)  And this isn’t a business-maker.  It’s for young, absurdly rich women who like to flash how much they’re worth, and the press that comes with them.  That price tag makes it a symbol, and the style is deliberate — “I spent that much on a CASUAL bag”.  By making a status item like that, it elevates the brand itself to a status item as well.

        • http://twitter.com/rachelruthlee Rachel Lee

          Agreed. 

    • Joyce VG

      I’m speechless.  I know she didn’t pay for it but whoever does buy one should be reminded there are charities that could use that money.

      • Anonymous

        Amen to that!  Just think of what $39,000 could mean for a homeless shelter or a soup kitchen or a women/children’s shelter.  When you think about the fact that there are entire families in this country that have lost their jobs and their homes and are living in tent cities or in their cars or directly on the street, this is just obscene.  And it’s ugly on top of it all.  How dare they?

        And if you’re going to go out in public with such an obscenely priced object slung casually over your shoulder, then iron your damned shirt!

        • Anonymous

          39000 is the salary of a mental health worker for mentally ill folks.  39000 is a nice chunk to spend on drug prevention efforts in the schools.  i really hate this bag and what it costs and what it stands for.

    • Anonymous

      Great!  Let’s celebrate the unnecessary killing of animals to flaunt our wealth and (non) status,

      • http://twitter.com/ryenerman rynerman

        My thought exactly (after my initial thought of Oh my F%$#ing god)

      • Anonymous

        Thankyou! I’m so glad someone else objects to croc skin. It doesn’t matter how expensive the item is – if it’s made from the skin of a crocodile, it just looks disgusting.

        • http://profiles.google.com/singingraisin ali meowmeow

          Right, but at this price, they really only need to sell ONE.
          Doesn’t that make them MORE environmentally conscious than if they had actually made the bags affordable? Discuss.

        • Anonymous

          Do you wear leather shoes or own leather handbags?  So is wearing the skin of a cow less objectionable somehow?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027947445 Jennifer Von B

            I don’t do either. It’s not as hard as you’d think to buy synthetic.

            • http://twitter.com/pointlesswords jaymeglynn

              It is in Australia.

            • Anonymous

              not a fan of synthetic meat.  Since I am on a high protein low carb diet for my health (and hate soy – which an excess could cause health issues, anyway), MEAT!!!  Yea Meat!

            • Anonymous

              I despise polyvinyl bags.

          • Anonymous

            No I don’t buy leather anything because I don’t think it’s right given the way farm animals are treated these days, but even if I did, yes, wearing crocodile does seem more objectionable to me. Cows exist because there is an evolutionary pact between people and domesticated animals, formulated long ago – that is, they exist and have flourished because we have domesticated them, so that we can use them for meat, dairy and leather. We don’t have the same kind of symbiosis with crocodiles.

            While I don’t buy leather, it is a very common material. People don’t tend to give any thought to its origins. Its name, ‘leather’ gives no instant indication of its origins. In the case of furs and crocodile skin, however, to my mind there is something vulgar about the way people flaunt the dead-animal-ness of what they’re wearing – ‘it’s genuine crocodile skin!’ or ‘This is real chinchilla’, as if the skin of an animal is an expensive novelty. That doesn’t make it worse to wear croc than leather, of course, but it does seem rather distasteful to me. I understand that not everyone will agree with that, but it’s just my way of looking at things.

            • Anonymous

              Google crocodile farm. On top of that, there are parts of the world where there exists an overpopulation to crocodiles where they pose danger to humans.

      • Anonymous

        Thankyou! I’m so glad someone else objects to croc skin. It doesn’t matter how expensive the item is – if it’s made from the skin of a crocodile, it just looks disgusting.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Kresner/641177908 David Kresner

        This is the only comment that really matters.

      • Anonymous

        RIGHT on.  I am so sick of people wearing dead animals and calling it fashion.  

    • Anonymous

      One word – WTF???

    • Anonymous

      Is it lined with gold?  Is their whole line that expensive?  Are people really going to buy that or is it just something to get publicity? 

      • Anonymous

        The toggle is made of out gold.

    • aimee_parrott

       !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/londonpenguin Teresa MacDonald

      For $39,000, it had better come with the rest of the crocodile so I can make some shoes and a belt.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

        lmao, I was thinking it better come with a whole zoo.

      • Anonymous

        And a couple of crocodile steaks.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MNMVM2GPVUEIOJXBOSLCXKAW4U judy brown

          Actually, you eat the tail.

          Or at least, that’s what I was served in Florida.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

            That was actually alligator that you were served in Florida. :-)

      • Anonymous

        Yep.

      • Anonymous

        Or a studio apartment.  Hell, at least a Murphy bed.

    • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

      I would rather talk about her walk of shame outfit.

    • Anonymous

      That makes me want to no longer be a part of the human race. And I realize just how horribly that sentence was constructed.

      • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

        no, dont worry, the sentence construction’s fine. & i take yr point, quite well, actually. tho for me it just expands upon it.

    • Robert Sanchez

      Before I scrolled down, I guessed it might be $9,000. Didn’t think I’d be so off on the price! Where exactly are these mega-rich people who can afford this, and how do I become their friend?

    • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

      oh for heavens sake.
      hermès can do it, & they probably shouldnt.
      balenciaga can do it, they probably shouldnt, but theyre really good at it.
      these two shouldnt do it & really, they cant even do it.
      i have no idea if they design their own stuff or just approve it but in this case neither should have been done.
      i usually like them, their public personae look soooo miserable, but this was an idiot move, in my tired & rarely humble opinion.
      not just the price tag, not just the iffy-hinky unimpressive design, not just the idea of endangered species {whether it is or not} & animal cruelty biz going to ones head, not just any of that, but all of it.

      • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

        “these two shouldnt do it & really, they cant even do it. especially now, especially ever.”
        but sadly that seems to be the case, where the richer are getting (sinfully) richer while the poor(middle-class) are getting poorer. This is just one of may cases in point.

      • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

        Ashley does more of the design side, Mary Kate handles more of the business side.  They overlap a lot, though, with both twins giving input into all decisions.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=683312424 Anonymous

      Did she kill the crocs herself???  That’s ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      I’d rather have a Lexus, thank you very much.

    • Anonymous

      I’d rather have a Lexus, thank you very much.

    • Anonymous

      With a lead-up like that, I was expecting a high price-tag, but that literally made my jaw drop.  Who exactly are they expecting to drop that much on a bag?

    • Anonymous

      With a lead-up like that, I was expecting a high price-tag, but that literally made my jaw drop.  Who exactly are they expecting to drop that much on a bag?

      • Anonymous

        Seriously, my jaw literally dropped too.  I don’t think that’s ever happened before.

    • Anonymous

      I guess she didn’t have any money left oiver for the rest of her outfit, so she just stole it from a sleeping hobo?

    • Anonymous

      I guess she didn’t have any money left oiver for the rest of her outfit, so she just stole it from a sleeping hobo?

    • Anonymous

      WHAT?!?!  That is just crazy!  I realize that there certainly are people out there wealthy enough (and stupid enough) to fork out that cash for a bag but in this economic reality, this is just insulting.

    • Anonymous

      WHAT?!?!  That is just crazy!  I realize that there certainly are people out there wealthy enough (and stupid enough) to fork out that cash for a bag but in this economic reality, this is just insulting.

    • Anonymous

      Are you freaking kidding me???  That is sickening.  Imagine all the good that could be done for a charity with the money it would take to buy that purse.  I “get” the fashion of it all…but come on people.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002387800312 Jessica Smith

        I hate this argument. This bag clearly isn’t marketed at regular people. For someone who has millions and millions of dollars, $40 000 is chump change. If rich people want to spend $40 000 of their own money, why shouldn’t they? And most people rich enough to afford those bags do give to charity. Whether it’s for appearances, tax breaks, whatever reasoning they may have, they usually give thousands and thousands of dollars to charities. So if they want to spend $40 000 on a bag, then give a million dollars to charity, why are they being judged for that? That’s why I hate that argument..oh think of all the poor African children they could feed with that money! Well to those poor African children and other people who need charity, your ipod, laptop, your $30 shoes, your cable television, your clothes, your toothpaste, your deodorant, your daily meals, your clean water…all those things are luxury. Why don’t you give up all your luxuries and give most of the money you make to those less fortunate than you? The fact that you have the luxury to be reading a blog on the internet is more than some people will have in their entire lives. You don’t give majority of your income to charity, so why should someone give most of their money just because they have more than you? People really need to think twice before complaining about people who have more than they have because you forget that there are millions of people who have less than you.

        • Greg Wellman

           Eh, for every multi-millionaire who is highly charitable, there’s another who isn’t.  So how about this – we let the tax rates for the wealthy go back to what they were during the booming 90s, and use the increased government revenue to maintain our current infrastructure, invest in de-carbonizing our economy, educate the next generation and decrease the deficit.  Anyone in the market for this bag or similar products can’t cry poverty to the tax man.

          • Anonymous

            Greg “So how about this – we let the tax rates for the wealthy”

            how about this…. One group does not get to tell another group WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO  – when it does not apply to THEM?  (like Congress?)  EQUAL protection.  (Plus just about everyone who pushes for higher taxes is always pushing for groups that do not include THE M – and they still work those deductions and their tax atty)

        • Anonymous

          Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. 

          • Lies L.

            Exactly. I could have billions of dollars and I’d still be really, really ashamed to be spending this much money on a purse. Why does anyone need a bag this expensive?!

        • Anonymous

          Number 1….you don’t know me so how dare you lecture me.  You have no idea what I do for a living – what amounts I give to charity and what my expenses are.  I can appreciate your argumen,t however until you know more about me I would refrain from the lecture.  I understand that it is “chump change” to these people, but it doesn’t mean I agree with with it.  And, like you, I have the right to MY opinion.  Are you going to chastize all the people on this blog that agree with me?

    • Anonymous

      Are you freaking kidding me???  That is sickening.  Imagine all the good that could be done for a charity with the money it would take to buy that purse.  I “get” the fashion of it all…but come on people.

    • Anonymous

      It’s heart warming to know that a fugly backpack costs just a little less than I make in a year.

      $39,000 could feed a lot of people!

      • Anonymous

        it’s probably at least several thousand dollars more than the starting salary of your basic public-school teacher. *gag*

        • Toto Maya

          I can attest to this, it’s what I can expect to make when I get my first public school job in the next year. But I don’t care, because I wasn’t planning on buying that bag anyway.

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

            $39,000 is also the downpayment and closing costs on my very modest, but comfortable house in Asheville, NC.  Let’s see: cute house, fugly backpack (make weighing motions with hands) – gosh, can’t decide.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4GT53WD5U7A5Z7VJM57PCYHGKA Alex

        It’s one and a half times what I make. :-/

    • Anonymous

      It’s heart warming to know that a fugly backpack costs just a little less than I make in a year.

      $39,000 could feed a lot of people!

    • Anonymous

      Is that really any worse than a $600 pair of shoes?  At what price point does it matter, I wonder?   

      • http://random.world-building.net Melanie S.

        well, it’s like…buying a $600 pair of shoes. every day. for two months. and then taking all that money and buying a single purse.  I don’t know where the line is, but this purse is literally orders of magnitude more expensive than such a pair of shoes (which are themselves an order of magnitude more expensive than the ones I usually buy!).

      • Anonymous

        You raise a good point.  Personally with the decent salary I make today I still can’t justify purchasing a $150 pair shoes, let alone a $600 pair.  I tell myself that if I were obscenely wealthy I would feel the same way, however, I think my reality would be very different if money was no object. 

        • http://isara.livejournal.com/ Synnamin

          I HAVE spent $300 on a pair of shoes – stylish, well-made, and good for my feet. I can’t often justify spending less than $100, simply because I know that my fallen arches can’t take cheap shoes.

          But 39,000 on a purse that isn’t even particularly stylish?? WTF?

          • MilaXX

            I’ve paid that as well, but I can also rock Payless under the right circumstances. For me it depends on what the shoe is doing. A work or dress shoe I want to be well made. I ballet flat to wear to the gym with a maxi dress when I’m just in and out the car I don’t car about.

            • Anonymous

              I guess I was just wondering where the line was, and my hunch is that it has to do with annual salary. I’m sure she thinks no more of spending that much money on a bag then I think of grabbing breakfast at McDs, but on my salary, a pair of Manolo’s is an idiotic expense.  Everything is relative, I suppose

    • Anonymous

      Is that really any worse than a $600 pair of shoes?  At what price point does it matter, I wonder?   

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1264609232 Samantha Ritchie

      I’m sure they are all made from famous crocodiles…ones that met Steve Erwin at some point, or swallowed an alarm clock…that’s the only rationale.

      • Sarah Dickerson

        And if a solid gold alarm clock came inside the backpack, at least it would be funny!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1264609232 Samantha Ritchie

      I’m sure they are all made from famous crocodiles…ones that met Steve Erwin at some point, or swallowed an alarm clock…that’s the only rationale.

    • http://twitter.com/mrscaptkerk Shelly

      Anyone stupid enough to pay that much for a bag deserves to be stuck with that ugly thing.

    • Anonymous

      My face: 0_0. My thought: NOOOOOOO! Not in this economy, not when it’s being worn like THAT. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laurie-S-Neilsen/775114982 Laurie S. Neilsen

      $39,000 and it doesn’t even have any pockets? What a gyp. For $39,000 it had better have four tires, seating for five, cup holders, a sunroof, a CD player, and air conditioning.

      • Anonymous

        You know it!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

        Here’s a Burberry alligator skin purse for comparison on quality and price:

        http://us.burberry.com/store/womens-accessories/aw11-runway-accessories/prod-10000018125-alligator-clutch-bag-with-tassels/sku-37888961/

        My husband and I got to hold that beautiful purse in the NYC showroom, and my word is it Divine. The crafting of the all-alligator tassels is insane, and all made in Italy. It’s a little piece of art. To think that the backpack is 4x more expensive than a true piece of craftsmanship really gives ya an idea as to how much the Olsen twins are over-pricing their product.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

          I know – would be curious to know what the craftsmanship is like on this thing – hard to tell from the photos. If it was made in China I’ll flip out. Just checked http://www.therow.com and this doesn’t appear on (it’s also a badly designed and difficult to use site – like someone made it in 2001).

          • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

            I’d heard that The Row manufactures all its clothes in the US, but I’m not sure about their accessories.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

         I could have bought 2 of my car for that much (and I don’t drive a piece of crap).

    • Anonymous

      ….they’re kidding right?

    • Anonymous

      Hahahahahahahahahahahaha! Snort!

      Yeahno.

      • Anonymous

        Gorgeous things, thanks, I’ve missed your laugh/snort comments! 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_543JWZNT6UC5FCKPTKDBC2XKTQ cheryl

      This is unrelated, but did you guys see this? I think Ri-Ri reads your blog. http://dlisted.com/2011/07/29/ragged-rihann-no-more

    • Anonymous

      I’m speechless, which I suppose means I shouldn’t be writing, but I can’t stop myself.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_543JWZNT6UC5FCKPTKDBC2XKTQ cheryl

      Also, a $39,000 bag is just dumb. Full stop.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Elaine-Lang/100000366510311 Elaine Lang

      I have a lesbian-adjacent purse phobia, but as I understand it, the fashion world abounds with 5-figure handbags.  So, let little baby Michelle have her turn in the silliness.   At least the thing isn’t covered with logos and buckles and chains like half the other monstrosities out there.

      Poor gator, though.

    • Anonymous

      But..but…why?  

      Also, is that a giant bottle of purell in her hand? 

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

        LOL, I was pondering that too… either hand sanitizer or vodka?

      • MilaXX

        Looks like a water bottle with the label removes. It could be fiji or volvic or some boutique brand I’ve never heard of.

        • Anonymous

          I had the horribly snarky thought “Gee, she brought dinner” but decided it was just too mean spirited.

        • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

          Not Fiji – that has a blue cap and is more square. Yes, I was a brat who went through a phase of wasting money on Fiji. I grew up, I swear!

          • MilaXX

            I don’t think it’s a waste My naturapath would prefer I drink fiji water since you can authenticate their water source. {shrug} Anyway, it’s not volvic either, I googled.

            • Anonymous

              Give me a break.

            • MilaXX

              consider yourself broken

            • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

              I bought a serious water filter and some durable glass bottles I could reuse. When I did the math for how much I was spending on bottled water, it seemed like throwing money down the drain.

            • MilaXX

              I don’t like the taste of filtered water. People pick and choose what’s worth the money to them. Kinda like this back pack. I don’t jump in anybody’s wallet that I am not supporting.

    • dickinson-julie

      $39,000.00.   Seriously?  For something to be used to haul around broken pens, parking ramp stubs and unwrapped tampons? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1303837450 Lauren Dorsee Dillon

      For that kind of dough, it should provide orgasms on demand.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H6FPGG4IMVA2AUSY6XXUZ3AMKY Miriam S

      Is that real croc skin? How horrible. And it’s not bad enough an innocent reptile died, but it died to make a really hideous bag.

      • Toto Maya

        Yeah, that’s what ticks me off. The price doesn’t because let’s face it, it’s an arbitrary number that some idiot is willing to pay. But the fact that a crocodile had to die for it ticks me off.

    • Aly Light

      If she’s promoting her line, why does she look so schlubby, and like she’s flinching away from the cameras?

    • Anonymous

      Well how much would you charge to wrangle a crocodile and skin it? I mean, of course the twins do they’re own wranglin’ n’ skinnin’… right?

    • Anonymous

      Wow, those Swamp Wars guys are selling to the WRONG buyers!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500972147 Chelsey Lauer

      Why would an already short woman wear cuffed pants that make her look like a legal midget?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

        and those shoes are so doing her no favors
         

    • Anonymous

      Point is – some will drop the bills to buy this bag. And they have every right to do so – welcome to a capitalist society. Do I agree with said purchase? Would I buy said bag if I had the cash? Nuh uh. But I’m also someone who spends time ogling fashion and reading blogs when I could be volunteering to tutor children or picking up trash along the highway.

    • Anonymous

      Are you flipping kidding me?!  I’ll take a new car, instead, thank you very much.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583342965 Melody Sellers

      Surely you jest!  I mean, it’s alright and us bitches with scissors could probably whip one of those up for, um $99, not including the italian hardware which is maybe another $50 with shipping and all.  WTF? God, I’m so glad I’m not stupid enough to buy a $40K bag (even if I had 40K to burn)

    • Anonymous

      I think its a beautiful bag,
      Also for people who are concerned about the animal, i think this is an interesting clip; http://www.history.com/shows/swamp-people/videos/designer-greenhorn#designer-greenhorn

      an italian designer going out to catch a crocodile on swamp people.
      You might not like that an animal was killed, but there are peoples lives who depend on this industry. Who would rather catch a croc then do paperwork all day. Interesting stuff.

      • Anonymous

        There are people who’s livelihood depend on the blood diamond industry as well. Does that make it okay?

        • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

          Well, gators’ll eat babies given half the chance.  There was a girl at my alma mater who died because of a gator attack.  (It ripped off her hand and she bled out.) You’ll never find me crying over a few less alligators in the world!

          • http://profiles.google.com/mmara00 M M

            Funny, I don’t think Bethany Hamilton feels the same way about sharks. Your mentality is what sickens me when people misunderstand Nature, especially predatory animals. They’re intent is not out of intent to harm, but rather instinct to survive (either defense or hunger). Or maybe that gator’s intent was to use your friend to make into a handbag and hock it for $40 grand… just sayin’.

            • Anonymous

              Oh crap. 

              I thought of the most stupid story I’d read in (I think it was ) Readers Digest.. 

              Something along the line of Bethany (shortly after the shark attack) appeared before a group of very young children – encouraging them that THERE IS NOTHING TO BE AFRAID OF (I think she was about sharks)  ) I had a visual of the young children – wide-eyed and scared, like are you kidding me. . you have no arm?  (and could have died)

        • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

          Well, gators’ll eat babies given half the chance.  There was a girl at my alma mater who died because of a gator attack.  (It ripped off her hand and she bled out.) You’ll never find me crying over a few less alligators in the world!

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

        I’ve got no problem with croc skin – if the people carrying it would eat it, too. Like cows.

        Plus, crocodile is delicious. If you’re okay with eating meat or wearing leather, there really shouldn’t be a difference with croc.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=27432316 Ally Monge

      I think the bag is hideous… and I mean whether it is 3,900 or 39,000 I can’t afford it either way, so power to her for trying to make some bigger bucks, but if I was going to charge that much I would put it in such a better color, oh and not have it be a backpack.

    • Anonymous

      Gross. Do either of them do anything charitable? Particularly without it involving publicity?

    • Vaniljekjeks

      I am just trying to think about the things other than this ugly bag I could buy with $39,000.  Even in Norway, that’s a nice lump of money. 

    • http://twitter.com/BryanInsurance Bryan Insurance

      I’m now officially disgusted…and intrigued that one can venture outdoors in a severly wrinkled shirt toting a $39,000 bag.  Perhaps she was going for contrast?  How about we take that $40k and donate it to a worthy cause?  Dear GAWD!  I’m speechless.

    • jeff michalski

      Mother Teresa is crying in Heaven.

      • http://twitter.com/pointlesswords jaymeglynn

        ha ha ha, no she’s not. mother teresa was far more hypocritical than this young girl.

        • Anonymous

          the fu-k?!!

    • http://twitter.com/taijuuuh Taija HU!

      Okay, that would be pricey for a well-known designer. Honey, that’s more expensive than a Birkin bag, and it’s designed by a fucking Olsen. Yeah, what on earth where they thinking. 

      • Anonymous

        My thoughts exactly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1294512334 Terri Griffith

      So much for raising the debt ceiling…..

    • http://profiles.google.com/richixcore Richi Robilotto

      There’s nothing to really make it stand out. It’s just a boring ol back pack that just happens to be made of crocodile skin. If it had interesting details, or was just hella gorgeous then I would understand the price, but it is so plain. 

    • Anonymous

      Excessive and Gauche! How about some Sumatran Tiger leggings and a Polar Bear coin purse. Sickening!

    • evahansman

      but it looks like plastic.  At $39 I’d think it was overpriced for the way it looks.

    • Anonymous

      How many miles to the gallon does it get?

      I was actually thinking it was for a discount chain because it looks more like imitation croc than the real thing. And the reality is, when you are a billionaire by the age of 12 and surrounded by syncophants, you don’t live in the kind of reality where a 39K handbag is absurd – because your whole life is.

      Besides, it makes the $700 Coach croc hobo seem like a bargain.

      –GothamTomato

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VJMQEBSJRUNQHEEWTXI5BCS6HI D J

        I could see a billionaire spa gathering where girls talk about how expensive their purses are (Instead of us who do the exact opposite and say how we got something on sale) and someone would buy this monstrosity just so they can have top honors of the most expensive purse. The Olsen twins are freaking geniuses.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=566983224 Erin Leahy

      …. da FUCK?

    • Gail Lannum

      WTF???  Maybe the two of them can help pay down the national debt.

      • Margaret Schultz

        Well, they COULD, but thanks to the Bush era tax cuts, they don’t have to!

    • http://twitter.com/AnnieGannon Annie Gannon

      I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but really?? The fact that the price of this bag, if it were an annual household income for a family of four, would still be above the poverty line, makes me sick to my stomach. And angry. Very, very angry.

      • Anonymous

        Yup. 
        To me, this is what sin (beyond any religion) really is about. 

        I cannot decide though whether it’s worse to sell it or to buy it.

    • Anonymous

      geesh…and  was going to comment on how for once she looked like an everyday casual person her age out and about…but that bag puts her into a whole ‘nother place.  That’s a beautiful bag…but crazy money!

    • Anonymous

      whenever I’m reading about a particular animal or species that is being hunted to endangerment/extinction for some non-food use (or, in the case of bushmeat, food use), I always wonder: “Who ARE these assholes who think this is a good idea?”  And to think, I never needed to look any further than the Olsen twins. Should’ve known to look first for general assholes, then start whittling down my list of suspects.  Gross and ugly, and the handbag’s hideous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=502834383 Jennifer Marie Wegmann-Gabb

      I think my mom had something similar in 94…and even then I hated it.  My awesome Hybrid Escape was cheaper than that horrid sack.

    • MilaXX

      So a new car or a back pack. Mmmmmm I’ll buy a car.

      I’m not surprise, I looked up their bags back when they showed up at some Gala carry these huge clutches and found out how pricey they were. Apparently their high end line sells really well so I’m not mad at em.  They also have a lower price line that sold at JCPenney (I think). They clothes are fairly simple and seem to be nice, so…whatev.

      I think I’m happier to see her not looking like and 80 year old socialite.

    • marcella peek

      It seems like if you’re going to spend that much on a bag it ought to be able to hold your phone and a bottle of water.

    • Anonymous

      It’s immoral and I do not use that word often or lightly.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1380079551 Marie Dees

      It reminds me of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack a coworker brings to work. And you can be a cool Nerd for under $50.
      http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/PopCulture/EverythingElse/ComicsAnimeCartoons/Teenage-Mutant-Ninja-Turtles-Michelangelo-Shell-Backpack-922646.jsp

    • Anonymous

      WTH?

    • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

      Everyone needs to chill. Obviously, TLo neglected to inform us that the backpack comes with $38,970 in cash inside. Duh.

    • W A

      Once potentate of all the Nile,
      I am the cheerless crocodile
      Sold to traders for my skin
      Then toted by some Olsen twin.

      • Anonymous

        Love!  Truly inspired poem.  

      • Anonymous

        Brava! Somehow I missed this–I have a similar effort somewhere in the comments. 

    • Anonymous

      Hahahahahahahaha!  Thanks for the laugh, T Lo.  

      Oh?  You’re not joking?  Then it’s just stupid and I’m not even fond of crocodiles.

    • Sharon Emery

      Bwahhahahaaahahaha!!!!

    • http://www.madamovarypart2.blogspot.com madam ovary

      Forgive me is someone said this already, but for that price, I think I’d rather have the whole crocodile.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with evahansman.  They actually look like plastic, not leather, let alone crocodile.  

    • http://twitter.com/sarahbeth115 Sarah Gorden

      that could pay for my entire college education..

    • Anonymous

      I hope that croc had a good life insurance policy.

    • Anonymous

      AHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Just laughable.

      “Bitch, please” is pretty much my response

    • http://twitter.com/LianaBrooks Liana Brooks

      Tell you what T and Lo. I live down by the swamps. We’ll drive out, find ourselves a friendly Cajun with rippling pectorals, shoot our own gator, and have the local bag shop stitch it up for $50. If they can handle leather, they can handle alligator hide. Not to mention we’ll have a hot Cajun to eat dinner with (alligator steaks obviously).

    • Carly Dingman

      I don’t even make that in a YEAR.

      I’m sorry, I don’t have anything against expensive fashion, but there’s a line!

    • Anonymous

      But wait! The Row website offers free shipping. So, y’know.

      • Anonymous

        Now I feel much better.

      • Anonymous

        Now I feel much better.

      • Anonymous

        BAhahah……hahahah!  Lemme’ whip out my plastic and jump right on that.

      • Anonymous

        Great. At that price, they ought to be able to ship it to Narnia. Or the moon.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          At that price an Olsen twin should walk to your home and deliver it personally!

    • Anonymous

      *chokes*  WHAT?

    • http://profiles.google.com/bratling2 Laura Davies

      Don’t know why she bothered, considering the rest of her outfit screams, “$25 at the thrift store”

    • Anonymous

      ! There are starving children in …. Oh forget it. Some of the most philanthropic people are America’s rich. When you’re worth a billion+ bucks…go for it. This will be on Gwennie’s website for the average mom in no time. It can hold a dozen diapers!

    • Anne Robotti

      Are you FUCKING kidding me? That’s obscene. In an economic climate where people are losing their *houses* for far less than $39,000, I can’t even put into words how disgusting I think it is to walk around with a bag like that. Or, for that matter, to spend that kind of money on a bag. I know they’re billionaires, and more power to them, but … Jesus. They’re not kids anymore. They have to know that it’s just wrong to flaunt your money like that. It’s wrong to USE your money like that. I wonder how many of the people she walks past with that $39,00 bag are living on the streets because they can’t pay their rent.

      • Anonymous

         A house in the neighborhood I grew up in was foreclosed (very low priced).    But it was not their neighbors fault, it was not “society’s fault” it was not Barack or even George W’s fault  and it certainly was not the Olsen’s fault. 

        The family had owned the house for about 55 years (far past the time it would have been paid off – although property taxes are relatively high there so maybe the local politicians / voters are partially at fault) 
        They had financial issues- rumor has it, it was from mostly frivolous spending – but apparently took equity.  Then their child who was supposed to be using family money to repay -stopped making the payments and stopped paying the taxes – then skipped town when the house was foreclosed and sold at sheriff’s auction.    Since my mortgage is at the same bank and my family lives in the same community –   This loss was not just their loss but impact their neighbors and those of us who are left holding the bag – (in addition to their loss.  However, WE (the community) we not the ones who stole, or shirked OUR Responsibility. 

        In DC for years we saw people who made $100k or less living in house that were appreciating at outrageous levels -or buying crappy small houses at $600K to $1M (with practically nothing down)….  No one in their right mind would think they really could afford this – but ANNE, these are the kinds of actions that led to many people (not all) to lose their house – some just walked away.

        Now in places like Detroit, Cleveland, Youngstown, etc, the lack of jobs and the fact that these areas never had the big increases are likely more impactful  

        The greed & those who steal and walk away are far more disgusting – and relevant to your issue than the fact that two young women are selling a ridiculously expensive (but not unheard of) price for a bag

    • Lauren Bradshaw

      For that price, it better be like Mary Poppin’s carpet bag.

    • Anonymous

      I have a feeling I’d be aghast at the price of the entire ensemble, right down to the panty elastic.

    • aussiegal77

      I can’t.  I can’t even….it’s……what?  I just….yeah.  I’m done.  

      No, um, not done.  What in the buggery hell is WRONG with them?!  Charging $39,000 for a bloody back pack!  Really?!  That’s a car!  Actually, probably TWO cars!!  In this economy?!  Does it come with housing and a bloody full time job?  Honestly!!  Plus – the bag itself is ass ugly.

      • Anonymous

        don’t buy it. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMIFZ6A7BHP66M546AO77BWVQ4 Bonnie

      I think I”ll pass.  My sympathy to the crocodile who died to make this ugly, overpriced POS.
      bitchybitchybitchy

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002387800312 Jessica Smith

      Should your boss not come to work so his or her presence doesn’t offend you because they make more than you do a year? Do you live under a roof? If so, how dare you flaunt your wealth and luxury in front of people who have less than you? Did you take out all your money out of your wallet, all the food out of your house, did you give up your home so a homeless person can live in it so they don’t feel bad because you have more than they have? I bet you didn’t, or you wouldn’t be sitting in the luxury of your home instead of on the street, using a computer and internet which some people will never see in their lives. It’s their money. They’ve worked their entire lives for it, literally. They have every right to spend it however they like. They run in circles that they’re socially compatible with. No one is bothered by their money that they know. You’re right, they’re not kids anymore. They’re adults who have worked hard and long for their wealth and now they’re enjoying it. Good for them. If you can’t afford the bag, don’t buy it. It’s that simple. What do you expect them to do, travel across America rescuing every family in debt? Do you do that for someone who has less money than you? I highly doubt it. 

      These comments get more and more ridiculous. My examples may be extreme but that’s exactly what you and everyone else in here is arguing. Face it people, they may be richer than us, but we’re wealthier than millions of people in the world. Stop complaining. 

      • Greg Wellman

        Right … I’m sure all that acting was much harder than nursing, teaching, fire fighting …
        To be more serious, we know that in a mass media / mass consumption society, anyone who manages to  sell a product (or be a product) that becomes popular will acquire great wealth.  The question is whether that person realizes the degree to which their wealth depends on (a) luck and (b) the smooth functioning of a large-scale society.  The ones that do try to make society better.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002387800312 Jessica Smith

          I never said nursing, teaching or fire fighting weren’t hard work. why does there even have to be a comparison between those jobs? There can be more than one hard job. I may not enjoy their acting or wear their clothes, but to me, working for 24 out of 25 years of your life is hard. Those nurses and teachers had a childhood. The Olsen twins didn’t. Acting may seem easy, but for a toddler to be on set, learning lines, doing shoots, then making movies, venturing off into fashion lines and whatever else it is they’ve done, to me it’s hard work. When I was playing and watching tv, they had jobs. And I’m not even arguing economics here or how society functions. I’m simply pointing out how ridiculous it is to expect someone who is extremely wealthy to not have nice things because some of us can’t afford those things too. It’s not their job to fix our financial situations. That’s the life they have, so they have every right to enjoy it. And really, the only thing I was pointing out is that people need to stop complaining about their lives when they’re so much better off than millions of others. And you can’t argue against that fact. 

          • Anonymous

            I think it’s really arrogant and a bit self-righteous to reprimand people for their opinions simply because they don’t line up with yours.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002387800312 Jessica Smith

              You sort of missed the entire point of my arguments. Did you miss the part where I basically said my examples were ridiculous and extreme? That’s because everyone who’s here arguing that rich people should give all their money to charity rather than buying expensive things for themselves that they can more than afford is being arrogant. Arguing that wealthy people give away most of their money simply because they’re richer than most is as ridiculous as asking an average person to give most of their money to charity simply because they’re wealthier than your neighbourhood bum or most of Africa’s population. I’m not doing anything that everyone else here isn’t doing too. 

            • Anonymous

              It’s interesting how different people’s perspectives can be when it comes to the subject of money. I do see a certain hypocrisy in criticising these girls for their spending choices just because they happen to be super rich, but I also would wish that wealthy people could appreciate just how fortunate they are. Like you, I also don’t see any relevance in bringing teachers and doctors etc into the debate. Some jobs are basically worthless but lucrative, like being a Kardashian. That’s just how the world functions, sadly.

            • Alisa Rivera

              Try reading about the effects of income inequality and then you’ll know why people are reacting the way they are. 

              It’s generally understood that we live in a time of growing income inequality, but “the ordinary person is not really aware of how big it is,” Krugman told me. During the late 1980s and the late 1990s, the United States experienced two unprecedentedly long periods of sustained economic growth—the “seven fat years” and the ” long boom.” Yet from 1980 to 2005, more than 80 percent of total increase in Americans’ income went to the top 1 percent. Economic growth was more sluggish in the aughts, but the decade saw productivity increase by about 20 percent. Yet virtually none of the increase translated into wage growth at middle and lower incomes, an outcome that left many economists scratching their heads.

            • Anonymous

              And I think you missed the point of what I was saying.

              You’re entitled to express your opposing opinion, of course.  What irks me is when doing so goes beyond just expressing an opinion and suddenly becomes judgmental lectures towards those who opinions differ.  Which is exactly what your diatribe is doing.

              You’ve called people’s opinions ridiculous, that we should appreciate what we have, and to basically stop complaining. I still think that’s a bit arrogant.

              If the wealthy have the right to flaunt a $39,000 endangered species backpack then the less fortunate have the right to critcize them.

            • Lies L.

              My point is simply that to me, no purse or backpack can be worth that much money. The way my finances are, I could potentially drop $10,000 on a purse and be okay. … But I won’t, because that’d literally pain me. I’d never fork out more than $1,000 on something like that, and that’s a stretch. What can it do that a cheaper purse cannot? Can it drive you to work? Can it make dinner? Can it fly to the moon? WTF.

          • Anonymous

            RE: their lives. You bring up an important point. Those girls never had a chance at a normal life. I’ve always felt a little bad that they never had regular childhood. It’s no wonder they cling to each other the way they appear to do. I could imagine it’s damn near impossible for them to trust anyone but each other.

            As for the price of the  backpack, it’s a perfect case of what the market will bear. It will sell or it won’t. At that price, they don’t need to sell a lot. They seem to be quite business savvy; they’ve no doubt done their homework. I think it’s ridiculous to pay even a tenth of the going price for that, or any, bag, but someone will buy it.

            I agree that we should remember that we have so much more than millions of others. I’m grateful for my little house and my ten year old car, and the fact that we can still feed ourselves and our cats. I think it’s important to keep ourselves in check. But it’s all relative, and when people have worked hard all their lives, and had a decent lifestyle, it’s traumatic to lose everything – jobs, houses, savings – because of the actions of some very, very rich, very, very soulless individuals. (That’s not what happened to me. This recession has had little impact on us. I became an accidental housewife because I’m disabled and can’t work anymore.) I think there’s a point at which it’s OK to not always feel like you have to minimize your own problems because someone else has it worse; e.g., I see a lot of people in wheelchairs when I go to the doctor. I can still walk around, and for that, I’m grateful. That doesn’t make me any less pissed off that I sometimes can’t get out of bed in the morning, or make dinner, or stand for more than 15 minutes without severe pain (not just sometimes. ever.), or travel 400 miles to see my family, or a list of other things that sound trivial, but aren’t to me.

            I think a $39,000 backpack is just the kind of thing that can send regular, hardworking people over the edge, even if they haven’t been affected by the recession. I’m really not incensed by it; I’m more incredulous at this point. It’s just so ridiculous. But there’s something gauche and excessive about paying that much money for a handbag. And it brings to mind something Robin Williams said back in the 80s: “Cocaine is God’s way of telling you you have too much money.”

        • Anonymous

          but, but, OMG!  Acting is like, so hard! Like OMG! Like totally! And Fire Fighting?  Oh, like whatEVER, like, they run into a burning building and save people?  But isn’t that kind of an icky job?  Like really dirty?  ewww!

          **sarcasm**  sigh.  

        • Anonymous

           Risk-reward.    harder than nursing, teaching, fire fighting …  all VOLUNTARY choices. 

          As a small business person who has risked a lot to work on growing my company, suffering through periods with no income at all (when I could have been at a desk working for someone else)  in the hope that the risk and hard work will pay off – it is sickening to listen to the Henny Penny comments.

    • Anne Robotti

      Alright, I can’t shut up. I’m so upset I feel like writing her MOM a letter.

    • Anonymous

      sorry – all I can say is…. fuck!

    • Anonymous

      I can DEF take one dem little bitches. Im yanking me a bag! 

      • Anne Robotti

        I wish I could like this more than once – like 100 times!!

    • http://twitter.com/laylagalise laylagalise

      I’d rather have a couple of new cars or pay off some student loans than blow money on this ug bag. 

    • Anonymous

      I clicked on the link TLo provided, and apparently two of the bags have already been pre-ordered.  Despite the fact it’s not even available yet.  

    • yuju ti

      It would be a reasonable price if 39,000 was marked in Japanese Yen.

    • http://twitter.com/lightningvsbug Kallie Markle

      I wonder what the crocodile, wandering nude around croc-heaven, is thinking right about now. “$39,000?!?!?! IF I’D KNOWN I’D BE WORTH THAT I WOULD’VE GOTTEN A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY AND THEN SHOT ME MYSELF!!!”

    • Anonymous

      I’m certainly not in an income bracket to buy a bag like this. But it doesn’t make me angry. If The Row (MK and Ashley) are employing skilled craftsmen to work the skins and hand stich the bags , then good for them.
      I like rich people that are willing pay artisans for original high quality custom work. I hate rich people who order expensive custom work and then turn into evil skin flints when it’s time to pay the bill.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        Amen sistah. I’ve been there too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Shields/1200782178 Michelle Shields

      I think I’ll pay for my daughter’s college education thank you very much

    • Anonymous

      She’s gotta be seen schlepping around with it in public because no one is buying the fugly thing.  And I wouldn’t buy it if it cost $39.00.

    • http://twitter.com/BHSushi Beverly Hills Sushi

      The discussion is that she got it for free.  All the paparazzi pics just paid for it 10X over.

      • Anonymous

        The Row is her (and her sister’s) luxury fashion design label, so she wouldn’t have had to pay for it. She is most certainly carrying it fot the *publicity*. It’s kind of fasinating that with all that bag she still has to hand carry her cell phone and water bottle.

        • Anonymous

          I was thinking the same thing!  Is she afraid of spilling water in the bag? 

          • Anne Robotti

            Crocodile isn’t waterproof?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6PUVFQ7YCZZFZRIER6BEJ4HVYE Amye

      That’s gotta be a misprint!  Please tell me it’s a misprint?!  If it’s real crocodile, I’m ashamed that they are promoting the hunting down & murder of these reptiles.  If it’s not real, WTF is it made out of?  Platinum?

      • Anne Robotti

        Well, it’s lined with mountain gorilla fur (the black is lined with snow leopard.)

    • Anonymous

      holy fuck

    • Judy_J

      That’s just $3,000 shy of what I paid for my house back in 1983!  People are starving, homeless, without healthcare, and she’s carrying a bag that costs $39,000.  Shades of Marie Antoinette.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

        Shades of Marie Antoinette indeed. Do you think they (the twins) will be shocked when the whole world goes off on them for this? They are so out of touch with the real world it’s unbelievable.

      • Anonymous
        • Anonymous

          Interesting. And absurd. I can’t even imagine having so much money that I could afford to pay that much for a backpack. Of course, I’m of the opinion that there’s not a bag in the world that’s worth more than a few hundred dollars. Certainly, once you hit $1000, it’s just diminishing returns.

          And, to me, that’s where it gets weird. When you pay that much for a handbag, you’re paying for the prestige, for the ability to say “I can afford to pay 5 or 6 digits for this and not even blink.” It’s conspicuous consumption, pure and simple. It just feels as though rich people are throwing this in the faces of the poor and middle-class, even if that’s not the intent. And I would say it’s not, because the rich aren’t thinking about us when they spend their money.

          I’m not actually offended by the price of the backpack, but I get why almost everyone here is. It’s just so excessive and unnecessary.

    • Nora Mulllin

      That back pack costs more than my entire college edcucation. Which, coincidentally, is the last time I actually carried a backpack.

    • Anonymous

      You’re kidding, right? 

    • Anonymous

      Fact.  The folks that buy these bags will be the same ones who peddle “We Are The World,” type fundraisers in which they put on a little show a suggest working people part with their earnings.  

      Not to get all political, but garish weddings, $40,000 casual bags, and 21 million dollar birthday presents test my conservative at heart patience.

      • Anonymous

        At least with the expensive weddings there are many people and businesses that benefit.  Waiters, caterers, dress makers, etc

    • Anonymous

      The Olsen bag. IT USES ONE ALLIGATOR PER GIANT PURSE. Get them while they’re still swimming ladies (and gents.) http://www.alligatorfur.com/skinning.jpg

    • Anonymous

      Who exactly is their demographic these days?  I don’t know many girls who TRY to look like spinster bag ladies. 

    • elzatelzabelz

      Wait…What?? $39,000 as in as much as a car? 

    • Anonymous

      She should give the proceeds to the US government.  I call bullshit on anyone dumb enough to pay that much for it.

    • Margaret Schultz

      “It’s not their job to fix our financial situations.”
      Actually, it IS. 

      I’m so sick of the ‘they worked hard for it’ ‘they should be able to spend it like they want’ arguments. c’mon. The Olson twins have NEVER WORKED A DAY IN THEIR LIVES.

      It’s HIGH time the rich paid their share in this country. It could repair our economy, repair our debt, and lift ALL boats trying to sail here. But god forbid we actually acknowledge the fact that we have a lower middle class. GOD forbid we acknowledge that the lower middle class are the ones paying the majority of taxes here, GOD forbid we acknowledge that the people making the LEAST amount of money are the ones who pay the MOST. 

      Ohh, But the rich are the ‘job creators’  ~ the hell they’re are. They are the ones who are creating $40k handbags for their friends. And ALL their money is overseas. 

      • Anonymous

        Margaret I agree with you that the wealthy in the country should pay  much more in taxes than they currently do.But I am confused  at what it has to do with the price of this bag.
        ~~~~~
        It might intrest you to know that the majority of  (if not all of) The Row’s luxury clothing line is manufacuted in the USA. I am not certan of the country of maunfacture of this

        It

      • Anonymous

        While it may sound good to tax the rich so many of the rich don’t “earn” a paycheck for us to tax.  They live on investments which are taxed as capitol gains.  So when you hear “tax the rich” it only works if we can tax their wealth.

      • Anonymous

        You have ediited your original comment beyond recognition.

      • Anonymous

         Most of the rich – pay their share and your share

    • Anonymous

      How doth the little crocodileImprove his shining tail,And pour the waters of the NileOn every golden scale!

      How cheerfully he seems to grin,How neatly spreads his claws,And welcomes little fishes inWith gently smiling jaws!
       
      ~~Lewis Carroll

      And then he gets caught and turned into an expensive accessory.

    • Kristen Williamson

      Dear lord, it’s more expensive than a year of my college tuition.

      • Anonymous

        Cripes a year of your college tuition sounds like it is 39 TIMES the cost of my college tuition for a year

        • Anne Robotti

          Where do you go to college? My daughter wants to go to Princeton, which I’m very afraid is going to end up costing me a bag + a wallet a year! Luckily NJ also has several good state schools, which will cost one bag a year if she lives there.

    • S. Jenna Lutz

      $39,000.

      Seriously?

      I mean… hell.

      All my brain can manage is, my nice 1400 sq foot, built in 1917, yeah it needs some work but is charming and comfortable for my husband/myself/4 cats/and who knows maybe at least one baby house was. Well. After taxes, closing costs, and getting the plumbing fixed cost pretty much 2 bags. And that was BEFORE the housing crash. (Similar homes in our nice quiet little part of the city neighborhood are now hitting the market for under $60,000. So… what’s that. A purse and a wallet?)

      Normally, I just shrug and think “Eh. Rich folks. Whole different set of neurons firing, whatever”. But… $39,000 for an ugly ass backpack. How many drugs do you have to do, how out of touch with the rest of the freaking PLANET do you have to be to think that’s a good idea??

    • http://summerborn.livejournal.com/ Summer Born

      Disbelief. You can’t possibly have that right.

      (Right?)

    • Christine Campbell

      Honestly? I wouldn’t want to live in a world where fabulous things didn’t exist.  That bag, however?  I’m not sure is one of them.  (Particularly because it’s made of crocodile.)  However, I don’t begrudge those who have the money and the lifestyle the right to indulge and I will to continue to come to TLo to drool over the pretty things and to daydream about being one of those people. 

    • bookish

      God, I’m about to start an out-of-state graduate school program, and that purse would pay for my tuition and books for the next two years PLUS at least a years worth of mortgage payments. That’s just plain sad. It reminds me of the summer I worked in a small casino town. I used to watch people lose $600 a hand and wish they would just give it to me instead. I would have found a better use for it.

      Oh yeah, and the backpack isn’t even attractive. :(

    • Anonymous

      39K would pay my rent for four years.

      • http://twitter.com/katielmck Katie McKinney

        It would pay my rent for almost 6 years! 

    • Anonymous

      I have swallowed my tongue.

      • Anonymous

        I wish I’d said that!

    • Mindy K

      If I were to spend 39,000 on a bag, it better damn well come with a free wallet inside containing…..oh about 38,500 in cash.  I prefer small bills, thank you.

    • Anonymous

      hahahahahaha. 

    • Anonymous

      Okay, I’d never buy real croc and I agree with everyone re: price, but I have to say I think it’s a gorgeous bag. Any chance of them (or someone else) making a knockoff? I’d buy that.

      • Anonymous

         Not to pick on this comment – but doesn’t the idea of a Knock off offend the same people who attacked Irina ( or even Kenley)

    • Anonymous

      I must say this is the FIRST time I’ve ever seen her or her sister actually look cute and age appropriate (cost inappropriate backpack notwithstanding).

    • ke_andr

      Do the Olsens actually wrestle the croc for you? Lord have mercy.

      • Anonymous

        I doubt either of them has the strength to wrestle a new born kitten.

    • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

      Ignoring the whole cost issue – I like the look of the bag. I’d prefer it a bit on the smaller size and a different color (cordovan, maybe?), but I like the shape and the concept of combining a “luxe” material with a backpack. I think it works for a more casual look, and it’s a fresh take on the unstructured bag. I was getting a bit tired of hobos, but I don’t always want a super-structured bag that’s popular now.

      I bet that after this gets a ton of press for being to expensive, they will come out with their own lower-priced version of the design.

      • Anonymous

        While I agree with all you’ve said about the bag itself, but…doesn’t the mere fact that it’s “casual” make the price tag seem just that much more insane?  Much as I like it, I couldn’t justify that kind of money for a casual backpack EVEN IF I HAD IT. 

        • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

          Oh, I agree. If money were no object for me, I’d be more likely to shell out for Hermes or some other classic bag, rather than a trendy, more casual bag. It’s no different than what I do now, only in a lower price bracket. Trendy stuff from H&M, and dropping more money on quality, classic pieces.

    • Toto Maya

      I like her shoes, though.

      • Anonymous

        Yep. Love her shoes. I also really love the shape of the bag, but not $39,000 worth. I’ve never spent more than $40 on a bag, so this is unfathomable to me.

    • Helen C

      Ha. Ha. Hahahahahaha.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Blais/682440192 Jennifer Blais

      What really disgusts me is that the a**holes who are going to buy that bag are married to the same people who scream that taxes are too high and that socialized medicare is going to ruin America. 

      • Christine Campbell

        Ah, see…I’d have to respectfully disagree.  I think at $39K we’ve leapfrogged over a couple social classes from Coach/gun rights/no taxes back into Birkin/Yes We Can (or Yes We Could)/socialized medicine.   Not saying there’s no overlap at all, but $39K for a handbag is pretty rarefied air.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Blais/682440192 Jennifer Blais

          And you think this rarefied group is exclusively populated by Democrats?? Tsk tsk. That was not the point of my post at all. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Blais/682440192 Jennifer Blais

          And you think this rarefied group is exclusively populated by Democrats?? Tsk tsk. That was not the point of my post at all. 

          • Christine Campbell

            No.  Hence my statement about there being some overlap.  And before you “tsk tsk” me about implying that a certain income level is mostly populated by one political party, let me remind you that your original post certainly implied that those who can afford this handbag belong to one political party by including what is well-known as their battle cry.

            That being said, I think we can both agree this is not the forum to debate politics.  If we want to do that, God knows there are PLENTY of places for that, especially right now.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Blais/682440192 Jennifer Blais

              Indeed there are many places to debate politics and I would certainly rather keep it relaxed and fun around here. The point of my original post was to poke fun at a certain group of people who would purchase something like a $39’000 bag and to suggest that such individuals are by nature inconsistent in their “politics” and wanting very much to appear as if they are the elite (since the truly elite don’t need such obvious displays of wealth). As a Canadian I had forgotten how sensitive and partisan politics have become in the U.S.A. It truly was not meant as a jab to the Republican party or the citizens who vote in its favor (for whom I have nothing but respect).

      • Anonymous

        Have to agree with Christine. . . The people who would buy this bag (or Birkin or Hermes, or heck most of the designers) at the fans of Al Gore who scream about Global Warming the hop onto their private jets after riding their Hummers to the airstrip (or FOR socialized medicine to  which they would NEVER under ANY circumstances have to partake in it)

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Blais/682440192 Jennifer Blais

          I won’t insult you by starting off with some empty phrase such as “no offense, but…” I know this will offend you but I am posting this reply anyways because I think it’s important.
          You need to become better informed about the politics in your own country, starting with the difference between (the political) left and right and how that relates to the Democratic and Republican parties. I am not saying this because I favor one side over the other. I’m saying this because you seem to be under the impression that people who think environmental issues or affordable medical care are important are elitist billionaires, and that somehow all of that has something to do with my original comment. 

          • Anonymous

            Jennifer yes your comment does OFFEND because it comes off as arrogant and ignorant:
            “You need to become better informed about the politics in your own country” 

            Obviously you’d have no idea to whom you are posting. 

            But I had been one the most informed and frequent attendee at local govt events/hearings/meeting (as a citizen not an “employee”).  National extremely informed and probably one of the only people you will come across that has actually been beaten and jailed . . . for VOTING.      when you go through garbage like that and study the issues  you’ve earned the right to have opinions (and not to have people who know NOTHING about you decide because they don’t agree with your opinion – that THEY need to become better informed.

            ** again I was trying to stay on topic of the $39,000 bag  (far from the most expensive one available) – and just support another poster who found your original post lacking in logic (and fact)

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Blais/682440192 Jennifer Blais

              I understand what you were trying to do and in no way was I suggesting that your opinions were wrong simply because I disagreed with them. It also wasn’t meant as a judgement of the validity of your amazing and harrowing personal experience. It is true that I know nothing about you and so I responded to your comment alone. I appreciate how that response must have made you feel and I appreciate that it sounded arrogant. I stand by it though. I didn’t particularly like saying it, but I said it because I believed it was important.

    • Anonymous

      Do they personally hand sew it or deliver it to your house? Do they fit inside, jump out and yell “Surprise!!” when it arrives?

      • Anonymous

        If they did all that, it might be worth $390. Might. They’d have to deliver it to your house in a new car and give you the car to justify that obscene pricetag.

    • Anonymous

      That’s insane.  1/10th of that price, and it would still be ridiculous.  I wouldn’t even pay one-hundredth of that price.  On top of being absurdly expensive, it’s just plain ugly.

    • Susan Crawford

      A $39,000 bag would have been horribly shocking before the days when people started saying, “Eight bucks for a big cuppa joe? Well, OK. That seems about right.”

      • Anonymous

        I guess I shouldn’t be shocked, considering I pay around $5 for a pack of cigarettes, but eight bucks for a big coffee? That’s one of several reasons you’ll almost never find me in a coffee shop. Another being I can’t get out the door without my coffee. It seems silly to have coffee before going out for coffee.

    • Rand Ortega

      Ridiculous. A pointless symbol of excess in a world of increasing imbalance between the haves & have nots.

    • Anonymous

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAA.

      ::::wipes tears away:::::

      What? You meant that? Bitch, please.

    • Anonymous

      Sometimes a thing is SO fabulous that you can understand why it costs as much as a year of private college or a very good car or a down payment on a house. But this isn’t one of those things. 

      • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

        I agree – a custom Chanel suit, for example? I’d be jealous, but I’d also be in awe of its fabulousness. Although I like the look of the bag, it’s nowhere near looking like its cost.

    • http://twitter.com/JaneAber Jane Aber

      Swoooooon.
      I love this bag, I think this price is reasonable. It’s crocodile! The bag is exquisite and rare and she looks wonderful. 

    • Anonymous

      ROTFL! OK, now that I’ve stopped laughing,  I can type.  I could buy 2 cars with that. Three, if I bargain. Did I mention that $39,000 is close to the 20% down that I put on my condo? Puh-leeze. Give me a break…

    • Anonymous

      The bag may be worth $39,000 but the rest of the clothes she’s wearing look like they cost 39 cents.  Ugh.

      P.S.  Joan Rivers & the Fashion Police are ripping her a new one over this posh bag, heh heh..

    • Anonymous

      I have no words for how grotesque the concept of a 35000 dollar bag is. Heinous in every meaning of the word.  And its not even a great looking bag after all that money gets spent.

    • Patricia Biswanger

      A bag with a price that could support an entire family of four for a year?  That’s just offensive.

      Plus she has more money than God, and she looks like a mess.

      I sound like my mother, but I have to say it:  that girl has no class.

    • Anonymous

      I love me an upscale backpack, but no. Ridonkadonk.

    • Anonymous

      no lizard lion is worth 39,000. I mean, in the end, its a BACKPACK. 

      no. 

    • Emily Johnson

      there is absolutely no way on Gods’ green earth that a bag could be worth $39,000.  Ridiculous.

    • Anonymous

      I could make such a dent in my student loans for the cost of that bag…I wish I could hate people into nonexistence.

    • Anonymous

      Well, this is the best argument I’ve seen for why there ought to be no issue on raising the tax rates for the wealthy.

      • Anonymous

        Most of the wealthy don’t earn a paycheck like you and I–so raising the income tax doesn’t affect them at all.  They live on investment income and it is taxed as capitol gains.  That rate could be raised and it would tax the wealthy.  But income tax, not so much.

        • Anonymous

          I know you’re right. There would have to be major changes to the tax code. And we all know how that’s playing out…

      • Anonymous

         Well this makes me angry – That people think that they at get to act like Robin Hood (with none of their skin in the game).  Most celebs and politicians are wasteful and few work as hard or as long hours as “regular” people.  BO/congress’s plans start at $200k or less for singles).  I have not been there yet – but have been working my  ass off to try to get there (A few years ago I got king of close – but even that was accomplished by putting in 13, 15 and even 17 hour days for weeks to months.) 

        With no accounting for a difference for a lawyer or celeb who make $250k for a few hours of work – versus someone who get there by busting their asses giving up sleep and social lives, etc ( or taking gambles and passing up on current wages to develop their companies and ideas)  (income averaging? used to exist)… the whole premise is not right. 

        Outrageous clothes, jewelry, auto, travel, dining purchases are nothing new.   But jealous people punishing people who EARN money  — didn’t they also pass “Luxury taxes”  that would go after these types of purchases?

        • Anonymous

          There’s probably no point in replying 2 days later, but I just saw in my email that you posted, and I wished to respond. First of all, I’m a bit confused, are you angry at my comment, or at the Olsen’s, or at the financial state of hard-working folks in this country? Assuming that you don’t like what I said, as I interpret it with your comments about *jealous people punishing people who earn money*, I suggest that you are misinterpreting my words. I don’t understand that statement at all. Jealousy doesn’t enter into this one bit. Farthest thing from my mind. I didn’t even suggest where I draw the line on who is wealthy and who is not, whether they come by their money through earnings or investments.

          Mine is really just a very simple comment that someone who could easily afford to purchase one of these bags ought to be paying a higher tax rate, whether it is on luxury goods, capitol gains, or earned income, than is currently in place in our tax code. I have no economics training, but I believe that I’m saying something, although perhaps not as well as it could be said, with which many people in the United States would agree. And I have no desire to pursue this further.

    • http://twitter.com/ShelfAfterlife Shelf Afterlife

      I presume Miss Olsen had to go out, wrestle and skin the gator and then sew it up herself for it to cost that amount of money.  Then she thought “You know what goes great with an outrageously priced gator bag?  My dad’s wrinkled up shirt I found in under the bed.”  

    • http://www.hazelnutgirl.blogspot.com/ Hazelnuts

      I’m assuming for that price it comes with a small Eastern European country attached? All joking aside, I know that’s a drop in the bucket for many people, but it galls me that it’s all so blatant and crass – talk about obscene wealth!

    • Michelle Newell

      Why do young, female celebrities always feel the need to carry so much shit in their hands? And they always have to hold it up so the cameras can see. “Hey paparazzi,  I’m carrying water, keys, a cell phone, and a Starbucks cup. Check it out.” Why not just put it in the bag?

    • Anonymous

      It’s pretty luxe, but I’m not sure they have built the cache to charge more than a car for a single accessory.

    • Ashley Arceneaux

      Um, I could buy a live crocodile for less that than, skin it and make it a bag myself, shit.

    • Zi Jie Tan

      that’s one expensive croc. Must have been fed foie gras n champagne before it was skinned

    • http://twitter.com/Wintour91 manionista wintour

      No wonder she’s dressed down.

    • http://twitter.com/TheEmpressIsIn Michael Marceline

      is it just me or does it look like the bust of a lady who has more than a few decades above her belt?

    • http://twitter.com/RosamundYoung Rosamund Young

      So crocodile’s ok now? Call me naive but i’m more shocked by it actually being croc…i thought those girls were vegan or something?!

      • Anne Robotti

        That just means they won’t EAT the bag.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T53WBEPGJZ7MMMZC4O563YU5HA Observer

      Oh, the many things I could do with 39,000 bucks!  I could buy the knockoff of this bag at the Chinese Bargin Store for 9.99 in vinyl.

      • Anne Robotti

        And have a little bit left over to get yourself some nice chicken fingers or a slice!

      • Anne Robotti

        And have a little bit left over to get yourself some nice chicken fingers or a slice!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GSM7XP6GWHB2AGXLDKIEIHJEQU audreyg

      To quote Peter Weiss, “Those fat monkeys, covered in bank notes, have champagne and whiskey on tap.  They’re up to their elbows in franc notes.  We’re up to our noses in crap”  Nothing signals the end of civilization more than a skinny white broad carrying an empty dead animal that costs more than most people earn in a year.  Disgusting.

      • Anonymous

        Wow. No way could I have said it better than you just did.  Brilliant!

        And so true. The price tag is not only ridiculous–it’s disgusting.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

        Well said, audreyg. Thanks for the post. BTW: who is Peter Weiss?

    • Anonymous

      Ridiculous price point and I have to laugh over it being a backpack.  I mean I just can’t see the people who could afford such a bag rocking a backpack purse.  Maybe they are in again?  I still laugh at people who carry them around here.  

       

    • margaret meyers

      Do you suppose that M-K and A are going to share that bag?

      • Anonymous

        As big as the bag is, and as tiny as M-K and A are, they could *live* in that bag.  Would that make them officially Bag Ladies?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OSYAJATXUH3QX7ZDDF52GXG4PU Janie R

          It would make more sense if they lived in it. It costs TWICE as much as the first house my husband and I bought in 1979. Geez.

        • Anne Robotti

          Before I saw the price and got distracted, I thought, “I bet she finally got tired of sharing the spotlight and Mary-Kate’s in there.”

    • Anonymous

      I think she actually wrestled the alligator herself. When the alligator swallowed
      her it became ill from the taste of Starbucks, water, cigarettes and soulessness,
      spit the bitch up and died a painful and malnourished death.
      Hence the $39,000 price tag.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=583505025 Kelley Comfort

      Not. In. This. Lifetime. If I had that much money to burn on a bag, I’d buy a red crocodile Hermes Kelly bag. With gold hardware.

      • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

        If I had that much money, I’d pay off my house.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

      If I had a 39,000 purse in my possession I’d also be carrying a knife to threaten passerby’s who got to close not casually carrying it.
      Like that one thing is worth more than everything I own combined.
      And the worst part? It’s not even that pretty.

    • Anonymous

      I just don’t find it particularly attractive.  I think the people in the demographic they’re marketing to would spend $39,000 like the rest of us would spend $3,900 or $390.   For them, it’s one drop in a very big bucket.   I won’t criticize the people who would spend this much because frankly, they are free to spend their money as they choose.  And if I had that kind of money, I’d have a Birkin.. 

      • Anne Robotti

        Another site listed the most expensive bags in the world, and this one wasn’t even in the top 5. Maybe it’s not really “for sale” like the Victoria’s Secret diamond bra, but it’s just a promotional item or something, to draw attention to the line?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T24URKJGBLJQPBWCRPU37IIHLU Krab Louse

      That’s got to be a joke and poor journalism as well.  The source is “The Daily Mail.”  Boys, NEVER use “the Mail” as a source of actual, valid information/reporting.  They are a tabloid and will skirt the line between out and out lies and simply “lazy journalism.”  They are a laughing stock in Britain.  Now you know.  I’d check that $39,000 price tag as well.

      • Anonymous

        Looks like it might be true, though: http://bit.ly/qk0NfC

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCDEX4FOTCFHZP6WLKSOOKUVM Danielle

      I am in disbelief.

      A seller can price an item for whatever they want, but who are the people who would pay that much?  I would not be impressed by someone who paid that much for a bag, I would think they were crazy.

      Things $39,000 would pay for:
      2+ years rent, or
      2 of my car brand new, or
      My college tuition, or
      My wedding (in 2009) more than twice, or
      My honeymoon 15 times, or
      16 one-week vacation stays in Disney World at a moderate resort for a family of 4, or
      $3k shy of what my parents paid in 1975 for the house I grew up in

    • Anonymous

      Number 1….you don’t know me so how dare you lecture me.  You have no idea what I do for a living – what amounts I give to charity and what my expenses are.  I can appreciate your argumen,t however until you know more about me I would refrain from the lecture.  I understand that it is “chump change” to these people, but it doesn’t mean I agree with with it.  And, like you, I have the right to MY opinion.  Are you going to chastize all the people on this blog that agree with me?
       

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2CNDPMVO4W23R5TVC2QMTJ5BZE Heather

      The saddest part to me is that a crocodile died to make that thing.

    • Anonymous

      $39,000 for a backpack, yet she can’t afford an iron? (Or hire someone to iron her oh-so-stylishly-wrinkled-shirt?)

    • Anonymous

      There are reasons we peasants are getting resentful – and this exemplifies the reasons. Disgraceful. Shameful. Absurd.

    • Beth Drennan

      Based on the condition of her shirt, looks like the croc almost won that fight. Now for a picture of a crocodile with an Ashley Olson bag priced at what it would be worth to most of us: $39 dollars. 

      • Anonymous

        Ha Ha Ha, I had to finish laughing before I hit “reply”!!!  This is wonderful, Beth!  What a great comeback!

    • bookish

      I’m curious what that bag actually feels like to the touch, because it looks like cheap vinyl.

    • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

      No way.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1326120071 Gaby Ripoll

      :( I could sell that and pay most of my tuition with it. 

      • Anne Robotti

        That way lies madness Gaby, just don’t think about it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_7NGUZXK7KI3C3FX2YWBWDK3XCU Trixie

      You’ve got to be kidding.
       

    • Anonymous

      Anyone who buys this bag should have their credit cards confiscated by the fashion police.

    • http://twitter.com/omg_dora Dora K.

      In principle, nobody should have that much money to spend on frivolous stuff while other people are starving. In practice… I would be less disgusted if I could somehow parse this as a masterpiece, like a couture dress that is worth a lot of money to a fashion collector because they appreciate the art or craftsmanship of it.

      I don’t think anybody thinks this is a masterpiece. It’s an okay-looking backpack sold by celebrities. If anybody buys this, it’s just to show they can, which is tasteless in addition to being wrong.

    • Anonymous

      ………

      BWAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHAH!

      Sorry, I expect freaking gold and diamonds on a bag for that much.  This … thing… is rather ugly in my opinion.  The shape isn’t bad, but the crocodile is just ick.

    • Anonymous

      Honestly, that’s the best I’ve ever seen her look, wrinkled shirt, birks, and all, and that’s just due to her not looking like some weird 90 year old bag lady that had a 20something’s face transplanted on her. 

      The bag is what it is.  Rich people looking for more ways to throw their money around.

    • http://twitter.com/jennsaysmeow Fifi LaRoux

      Are you kidding me? Are the crocodiles blind virgins or something?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

      This is the best argument I’ve ever seen for raising the top income tax rate from 35 percent to 90 percent.

      • Anonymous

        Check my similar post about 40 posts ago, and the response someone else made.

        • Anonymous

          I am the one who replied to you earlier Q.  And like I posted then…the Olsen’s and those who are really wealthy don’t earn a paycheck like most of us do.  They live off investment income which is taxed as capital gains.  So raising the income tax rate won’t affect the twins.  Raise capital gains rate perhaps but raising income tax rates not so much.

          It is easy to capture income tax from payroll (productivity) but way more difficult to tax wealth.

    • Lies L.

      I can honestly say that even if I was a billionaire, I would never spend that much money on a backpack. It’s obscene. I mean… it’s truly obscene.

    • http://twitter.com/literaticat jennifer laughran

      Ahhhahahahahahaha Ahhhahhahaaaaaahahahaha  that is FUCKING HILARIOUS.

    • Anonymous

      Disgusting on so many levels…

    • Anonymous

      Poor crocodile.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCJEZMOV4VYMXC5WJALLZNYEB4 Mari Rose

      My Honda Accord was cheaper, holds more, and quite frankly, is better looking. 

    • Anonymous

      On “Fashion Police” last night, George Kotsiopoulos tried to explain what it takes to get that much crocodile (has to come from the under-side of the croc, etc.). Melissa Rivers, filling in for Kelly Osbourne, commented that it would be cheaper to train a crocodile to walk alongside you and carry your wallet in its mouth! ; ) What’s crazy is that those two (the Olsens) are so ridiculously wealthy that they have no idea how much money that actually is.

    • Anonymous

      On “Fashion Police” last night, George Kotsiopoulos tried to explain what it takes to get that much crocodile (has to come from the under-side of the croc, etc.). Melissa Rivers, filling in for Kelly Osbourne, commented that it would be cheaper to train a crocodile to walk alongside you and carry your wallet in its mouth! ; ) What’s crazy is that those two (the Olsens) are so ridiculously wealthy that they have no idea how much money that actually is.

      • Anonymous

        I am not defending the backpack at all or the price–but how about how much they paid for their apartment in Manhattan?  Or what they spend on vacations?  I am just glad they are spending!

    • Impish DIY

      That’s hilarious.

    • Anonymous

      … And it’s made of ?
      What ? Gold, platin, Diamond ?
      Oh, Crocodile skin… OH, OK, I get it : it’s the NAME on it.
      Silly me.
      I’ll keep my 20$ on sale flower bag, thank you very much…

    • Anonymous

      Someone has to pay for their expensive houses and lifestyle….

    • Anonymous

      Someone has to pay for their expensive houses and lifestyle….

    • Anonymous

      But Hey!  Let’s vilify some teachers in the Midwest who want to retain their right to collective bargaining.  I mean, they are making waaaayyy too much money.  After all, all they do is teach, right?  Completely unimportant job.  

      • Anonymous

        And this has to do with the backpack in what way??  

      • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

        I hear ya.

    • Anonymous

      lols forever, whoever purchases that thing seriously deserves to be ripped off

    • http://equinejointsupplements.blogspot.com Mauricio

      My wife loves it. I would have bought it for her.

    • Anonymous

      I just snorted coffee out my nose. Ouch. 

    • http://toodles.yelp.com AWStevens

      I remember when the Olsen twins looked like albino baby chmps.

    • http://phantomminuet.blogspot.com/ MinAgain

      At that price, it ought to come with GPS and airbags.

      • Anonymous

        And it should be hand-delivered by a cute boy.

        • Lisa

          A naked cute boy.

          • Anonymous

            That goes without saying. :)

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com Julie

      My problem with it is not the price tag, it’s the fact that Cole Haan did something similar (probably embossed and not real croc) for about $500 a couple of seasons ago.  Chloe did large croc clutches for $1600.  It’s just a status symbol “I paid as much for this bag as my assistant makes in a year.”  Cringe-worthy.

      Otherwise, her look is cute.

    • http://www.facebook.com/premal.laxman Premal Laxman

      Wow.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

      SHUT UP!!

    • Muffy St. John

      My pre-tax salary. In hideous crocodile form. How quaint. 

      If this is not a perfect illustration of the frightening wealth disparity in this country, I don’t know what is. 

    • jean horton

      On aesthetics alone, I find it rather ugly. It looks cheap! That’s my opinion.

    • Lisa

      $39,000.  The amount I’ve been trying to save up to make a down payment to purchase my own apartment.  You know, so I can one day own my own home. The same price. For a bag.  A BAG…

    • Anonymous

      It is the color of poo. That’s it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lauren-Jean-St-Martin/504251897 Lauren Jean St. Martin

      ????????????????????????? How?

    • Anonymous

      It’s more refreshing than another purse or lil handbag that’s for sure.

      Sure the price is a bit grotesque, but it’s probably made out of the best quality material they could get and they do have a high-end line (which isn’t some badly designed over-priced fashion line where they do nothing but have their name on it), so I’m not shocked by the price.

    • http://twitter.com/danielleRwest Danielle West

      Does it come with an actual crocodile? 

    • mcarlson

      Honestly, this looks like it’s made of pleather.

    • http://twitter.com/Strunkette Ann Strunk

      Two of those would be me more than I paid for my house.  Absolutely insane!

    • http://twitter.com/Strunkette Ann Strunk

      Two of those would be me more than I paid for my house.  Absolutely insane!

    • http://twitter.com/Strunkette Ann Strunk

      Two of those would be me more than I paid for my house.  Absolutely insane!

    • Anonymous

      It’s a nice-ish bag, but not “you can buy a car and take it on vacation with this money” nice.

      I think I’d rather buy a car.  You can carry more stuff. 

    • Anonymous

      I suppose this means it’s made of real crocodile, which is just as weird and disturbing as the price tag. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Jordhamo/1004276640 Emily Jordhamo

      I think I just had an outrage stroke.

    • Anonymous

      Beyond paying for the name–does everyone know “The Row” is TheOlsonTwins??–is it real crocodile (who wants real crocodile except another croc?)?, does it have lots of pockets (apparently not enough since she needs to carry her plastic water bottle and cell in her other hand)? Is it lined in gold? All very important questions I need answered before I spend my Lotto $.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1179147626 Jeanne Mulcahey Bryant

      Bwahhhaaahhhaaaahhhaaa!!!!!  That’s only reaction I can have to the thought of spending a really nice car on a backpack.

    • Anonymous

      Why do we still need to be killing real animals these days?  Moral issues aside, I think the fake stuff looks better.

    • Anonymous

      And in some Australian cemetery, Steve Irwin is rolling in his grave.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LH4JV5JUZYVRB2N6WP5QKBMMWA Sunwe Fashion
    • Anonymous

      Does it also come with an Olsen twin?

    • Anonymous

      For $39k it needs to come with 2br 1 1/2 baths and a 1 car garage

    • http://twitter.com/Coloradowomyn Kimberly S-W

      gross.

    • Scott Hester-Johnson

      $39K?!? Does the bag come pre-stuffed with an eightball of coke?

    • Anonymous

      Hey, just think how much food they can buy for that amount. WON’T SOMEONE THINK OF THE ANOREXICS?

    • Cheri Lee

      That is more than my damn car.  Such a waste.

    • http://www.manoneileen.com Manon Eileen

      Please.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!  Yeah.  Right.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F73LIJ3SJGI5AJQMXMWXCKILHI Pamela

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!  Yeah.  Right.

    • Anonymous

      say what?

    • Hilary Sain

      omg

    • Anonymous

      That is one fugly bag. And the fact that she, as one of the 2  collaborators for the Row, would approve a design that so outside the realm of  eco or economically efficient is pretty damn ugly too, and irresponsible. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/arelisvictor Arelis Victor

      Oh por Diossss!!
      that’s more expensive than my car!
      :-S
      I feel coarse and ordinary

    • akprincess72

      I just got a truck for around that amount & at least it has heated seats!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=743517109 Cathy Brown MacMillan

      Are the proceeds from the backpack being used to help the U.S. Government regain their AAA Credit Rating???

    • Anonymous

      Flat out ugly. For those with more money than sense and taste.

    • http://twitter.com/TheJessaZG Jessa ZG

      Screw that. I’ll just high tail to Louisiana and go to a croc farm and try and acquire some skin on my own. I can sew. 

    • Anonymous

      for 39000 I expect it to be made of a real crocodile who was raised on mars, fed on rabbit milk, and who would both tell the future and sing an aria.  39000.  jesus.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYDHOCVHCIEUGF2ONHIBIGSEZA Alison G

      Does it come with a man?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYDHOCVHCIEUGF2ONHIBIGSEZA Alison G

      Does it come with a man?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OYDHOCVHCIEUGF2ONHIBIGSEZA Alison G

      Does it come with a man?