Yea or Nay: Tory Burch ‘Crafty’ Accessories

Posted on April 02, 2013

The Tory Burch Spring 2013 accessories are raw and au naturale, with a kick of punchy pattern and vibrant color. Raffia, pom-poms, shells, beads, fringe, and tassel embellishments.

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  • Blair Sylvester

    nay to all the bags and shoes, and meh to the necklaces some are kind of cool and some are ugly. i think that averages out to a nay

  • Michele

    Hideous. All of them, in my humble opinion.

  • Nay. Sweet Jesus, nay.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      Exactly what you said!

  • OrigamiRose

    Major NAY, especially on the bags. Just too much.

  • gabbilevy

    NAY. nay nay nay. NAY.

  • Nay! Hiddy!

  • Most of the bags and necklaces are a “no” from me, though I sort of like the last pair of shoes. I just wonder why anyone would want to pay Tory Burch money for items that look a little bit “crafty” and cheap. I think it’s the raffia and the pom-poms that do it in for me.

  • sugarkane105

    Are those SHELLS? Nope. I’m not a fan of any of it, really.

    • formerlyAnon

      I can’t tell if they’re shells painted with enamel or plastic shells. And I can’t decide which of the two options would be more horrifying.

  • Lolo Andre


  • Rand Ortega

    Nay. Like Fingerhut went native w/ their Christmas garland & ornaments.

  • homofascist

    The second to last bag *maybe* but the rest for the love of Jeebus NO NO NAY

  • BendinIntheWind

    Haaaaaaaaaaate. It’s like they’re daring you to buy it.

  • Yuval Dinoor

    Nay to most of the necklaces, the tasseled bags, and THOSE AWFUL SHOES, but I’m kind of loving the other bags. The last two looked pretty unique chic to me.

  • RuthGo

    Out. And also, blech.

  • I WANT to like them, because I love the idea…but I gotta say nay. They look kitchy (not in a good way) and I think the bags are fugly.

  • The 1st necklace looks like it’s available at the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory gift shop.

  • Oh how awful. No.

  • looks cheap

  • It’s Regretsy, with more funding.

  • Alyssa

    Nay…don’t see anything that would work in real life.

  • Stansie

    Dolce & Gabbana spin-off.

  • stagmania


  • Jessica RoweRock

    That would be a big ole pile of “NAY”. Thank you for playing, Tory.

  • l_c_ann

    Knowing when to say, “NO, that’s too much.” is a lost art form with Tory Burch.

    Several of them could only approach real world with a string of no’s. If strangers snicker, it’s a bad thing.

  • barbarienne

    When you stick cheap tacky shit to an expensive bag or necklace, it does not look ironic, hip, or Etsy-chic. It looks cheap and tacky.

    If I’m shelling out big bucks for designer something it better fucking well look like high-priced designer stuff, not “the best of Etsy.”

    • EXACTLY.

    • PrunellaV

      Etsy looks better than this. Their front page, anyway.

  • They look like the gods eyes we used to make with popsicle sticks and yarn at church camp.

  • aeb1986

    No thanks.

  • Trisha26

    Did they hire Patricia from PR after Fashion Week?

  • Indigo54



  • Nay, but I’m happy for the rush of childhood memories. In 1970s New Mexico, everyone’s pickup was decorated like this.

  • clevRcat

    Looks like the stuff I used to make for my mom for Mother’s Day. (Sorry, Mom!)

  • decormaven

    A case of DDUI – Doo Dads Under the Influence.

  • Ah 1972, my old nemesis, we meet again…

    • Sara__B

      70s stuff just won’t leave us alone. The Saturday Market in Eugene, Oregon, was full of handicrafts like this (minus the crystals), made with love by happy people in various stages of drug-enhanced creativity. I don’t think we ever glued stuff on our shoes, though.

      • formerlyAnon

        Nah, but it showed up on shoes sold in department stores to be worn for outdoor cocktail parties.

      • LuxuryLime

        Maybe it’s because I’m an Oregonian (including Eugene for 16 years), but I kind of love most of this. A few of the things are a bit…beyond, but the rest I think is pretty cute! I love all the bright colors.

  • Christiane Truelove

    The beaded tassled stuff with the mirrors and shells annoys the hell out of me, because it’s just a ripoff of Rajasthani/Indian findings. It’s all of the tacky without any of the charm of the original textiles.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      And in a disturbing meta-moment, I can imagine women workers in China or India being under-paid in some factory fabricating faux African and West Indian trimmings for over-decorated accessories for the American-based luxury brand. It’s a global village!

  • hellkell

    NAY. This is heinous–like someone got baked, busted out the hot glue gun, and started gluing shit to other shit.

    Wake me when it’s over.

  • dya2637

    Good lord its an exhibition of the crafts on the last day at camp firewood.

  • formerlyAnon

    None of them strike me as desirable, so that would be a NAY.

    On the other hand, I am betting that the demographic that can afford to buy kitsch from Tory Burch adopts this stuff wholesale as a new!, fun!, trend that will filter down-market easily. We haven’t had one of those for a while, unless I missed it, and it’s due. Accessories for drinks on the deck, cocktails on the patio, barbecues by the pool and vacation sight-seeing/shopping will turn into the latest technicolor Target ad accessories for Every Girl.

  • mellbell

    I like the rattan bag, but that’s about it.

  • Jesus christ. No. I’m going to hate spring and summer, aren’t I?

  • Vanja

    I would’t even want them even if they were priced as cheap as they look.

  • tereliz

    Lord have mercy. Everything is fugly except that one ikat tophandle bag. Actually, that one bag is about ten times chicer than everything else combined. I kind of want it…

  • NOOOOO! This, we can do better in our own little studios!

  • MsOlympia

    Oh my god, it’s like the worst mistakes from Anthropologie.

  • silaria

    Wow, I have never seen the comments here quite so united. That’s the only encomium I can think to offer Tory Burch for this collection.

  • The word “crafty” makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

  • Kathy_Marlow

    It looks like stuff I made at 4-H camp…

  • schadenfreudelicious

    if Michaels and Etsy had a baby….

  • Cultural fetishism with no sign of timeless class. A big no.

  • marilyn

    Nay. Too hippie. How does this look go with the current retro conservative Trisha Nixon 60’s look? That is the look for the clothes currently being made. I don’t see this hippie treasure chest fitting in.

  • No. Big fat NO. This isn’t raw and natural, it’s a plastic rip off of multiple indigenous cultures’ art forms filtered through a Real Housewives type aesthetic. I can drive two blocks and buy significantly better crafted and more beautiful artwork handmade by women in Nigeria and Guatemala. I’ll look good in it and they’ll get money from their craft. Or I could buy this stuff.

    • rajf

      I kept thinking the same thing…cultural rip-off.

    • Judih1

      totally agree with you! well said

    • fursa_saida

      YUP. Plus, I feel like there’s something condescending about the name. (“Crafty”? None of this shit is crafty. It feels like a “we’re so relatable! Mixing high and low!” wink type thing and it annoys me.)

    • korilian

      Isn’t it adorable how they expect us to pay them hundreds of dollars from designs they literally ripped off from other people who’ve been preserving and perfecting them for centuries? Holy appropriation Batman!

  • MK03

    Tory Burch is supposed to be better than this.

  • crash1212

    Man, my kids at summer camp circa 1978 were WAY ahead of their times! Coulda made a fortune! Me no likey. BTW, that would be a big old NAY!

  • Chickadeep

    WTF, Tory Burch? Seriously. W. T. F. ???

  • rh33

    Do they come with a complimentary bottle of patchouli oil?

  • another_laura

    NAY nae neigh and what the heck, nein for my Germanic roots even if it isn’t a homonym.

  • Pennymac

    And a macaroni necklace, anyone?

    • Vlasta Bubinka

      South Parks fan, perhaps she was inspired by Moses? He desires macaroni pictures, pompoms, plaid, and ball fringe? Oh, and bean shakers decorated with glitter.

  • Nay. And please let the ’70s rest in peace from now on.

  • Sara Brams-Miller

    Love the necklaces. Hate the bags. Feeling like the shoes were embellished with pom-poms from my arts and crafts class in kindergarten.

  • mechanical_orange

    Give me gaudy ecclesiastic accessories over these shameless Native American ripoffs that remind me of a “hippie chic” store I frequented in high school before I knew better.

    What I’m saying is I hate them.

  • GorgeousThings

    NAY. They look like things you would buy on the dock when the cruise ship pulls in.

  • Yay for the necklaces and Nay for the purses and shoes….

  • Folk Devil

    Crafty indeed. Yikes!

  • Jesus, no.

  • Really? I like these. Perfect jeans and t-shirt accessories.

  • Wow, old macrame projects from summer camp, c. 1970. I can’t believe there was some marketing person who thought these would capture the popular fashion imagination. They were bad back then, and continue to be bad now. N to the A-Y.

  • Qitkat

    I like the raffia bag and the next two down.

    I confess I’m a little astounded by the high negativity. Reminds me of someone at a modern art exhibit saying *my three year old can do better*. I don’t mind at all that she is inspired by handmade crafts and textiles of indigenous peoples. I don’t think it’s an insult to them. While items that look hand-crafted or that are hand-crafted are clearly not everyone’s cup of tea, I’m quite happy to consider myself among those who get great personal pleasure from making all kinds of things by hand, and I wonder if Tory Burch is one of those designers who likes to honor that. And of course I recognize that these items are high end mass market, not individually made by crafts(wo)men.

    I truly don’t mean this to sound like I’m picking on anyone. Different opinion. Different strokes.

    • korilian

      It’s not so much that she’s been ‘inspired’ as much as flat out copying it. And wants to be paid big bucks, while the people who have been trying to preserve their culture are struggling.

      • Qitkat

        I agree that there are indigenous peoples around the world who have a continuing struggle to preserve their cultural heritage and traditions.

        I also do not believe that people who are buying items from Tory Burch are directly taking away any income from those people. There will always be folks who want to support the originals, and I include myself among them. I am just not offended that that this is where she has chosen to find some inspiration. Artists and craftspersons for centuries have been inspired by global culture of all sorts, ancient and modern. It is a legitimate place to find creative inspiration.

        No one who seeks out sources for their own inspiration will believe that Tory Burch is ripping off someone else’s culture. Doing that would require that she be passing these expensive items off as authentic native work. That is not what is going on here. These are not fakes, trying to fool people.

        Are there are unscrupulous folks who are making knock-offs of native cultural objects? Certainly, and it is a serious problem in some places. That is a whole different topic, which is often quite difficult to regulate, which requires continuing vigilance by authorities, and which sad to say, often goes unpunished. Again, not what Tory Burch is doing here.

  • I thought these were cute until they started looking really awkwardly culturally appropriative. I like a good statement necklace, especially with cultural flavor, but these are sort of all over the place.

    • Mistie Holler

      That’s exactly how I felt. “Oh, they’re pretty nice… wait… should I be worried that this is racist or something?” Not a scrolldown fug but a scrolldown awkward grimace.

      • Yes I liked the first couple with what looks like miniature glass fishing floats – reminds me of my grandparents’ house since they have one hanging near a spiral staircase, but the use of cowrie shells put me into “Erm, no” territory.

  • it looks good – well, some of it does – but i would neva eva pay the kind of money it costs, even if i had it.

  • Nay. Why the hell would I spend $300 and upwards to wear something that looks like a craft project from summer camp in 1974? God’s Eye, anyone?

  • Nay. Its just…too much. Just no.

  • oatmealpie

    Cultural misappropriation! Fugly yet offensive. No thank you.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    Tell them I hate them.

  • Most of them look cheap. NOT TASSELS!!!!

  • Rand Ortega

    Now I think I get it: Tory made the 1st bag, smoked it, then made the rest of the collection.

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    I have a glue gun of my very own. I could make these myself if I wanted (but I don’t).

  • a few of the bags in the middle are kinda cute, but this is mostly a big fat FAIL. Why pay these prices when I can DIY or shop etsy?

  • Io Vee

    Sometimes I look at a collection like this, and all I can think is: “Damn it, am I going to have to see a shit-ton of these everywhere in about six months?”

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  • j_anson

    These look like the things they sell you in hotel gift shops at tropical resort hotels. Pretty much the same as what you can buy for $5 from street vendors, but slightly up-scaled and 20 times the price.

  • Emphatic NO to every single one.

  • PastryGoddess

    Da Fuq?

    Oh Hell NO

  • librarygrrl64


  • bellafigura1

    Blech. I loathe Tory Burch anyway; this just fuels my fire.

  • See, this is more Tory Burch style than the dragonflys. And I HATE IT! The accessories in this brand are just never fully designed; all the extras just seem tacked on.

  • lalahartma

    Too fussy for me.

  • Nay. They were making this crap and hawking it to tourists in Thailand years ago.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    So ugly. Really and truly just ugly. Who let this out in public?

  • Insidiously


  • unbornfawn


  • Contralto


  • samlouvert

    I’m not sure how I feel about a mass produced company using sea shells in their products. Are these farmed from a reputable source?

  • NAY! Seriously ugly!

  • PrunellaV

    Oh, see, now, this is the bad part of the Seventies that shouldn’t come back.

  • ankali

    Nay. Oh my God, this stuff is hideous. I can smell the glue gun from here.

  • Yea, I like it. Colorful. Not for me though, I’m a minimalist.

  • I have a tassle/pompom/fringe addiction so despite knowing that I being judged poorly for it, I would definitely buy some of these.

  • Nay to most but for some reason the beads that look like glass bulbs Japanese fisherman use in their nets.

  • i would say yes, but they are missing macaroni so it’s a very large NAY!

  • H2olovngrl

    Here in SoCal, we could get away with this stuff all day long. Although, I am not wild about the rest, I lovelovelove the shoes and would wear them tomorrow if I could.

  • Gross.

  • So I cam just cover last seasons strappy sandals with crap and I’ll be in season? alrighty then…

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Most of these look like they were made at Girl Scout Camp during arts & crafts. For some weird reason, I wouldn’t want to spend money on them. Odd.

  • Nay!

  • Tiki Tacky! – has anyone already written that? because i can’t be bothered to scroll through all these repetitive unfunny comments

  • ThatBoy

    Rip off!! You could get any of these from authentic Banjara tribesmen for about £5 in India.

  • A. Valera

    Anyone else getting too distracted by that American Apparel/booty dance guy to pay attention to the macaroni necklaces? I mean, he’s SO not my type but I keep looking…

  • Melizmatic

    Holy unhappy fuck.


  • save_the_hobbit

    …odd. Although I can’t help but feel like some of the clutches/purses somehow cross over into the batshit crazy but I would totally rock it category.

  • ccm800

    I hate every single item. Wow.