"When you think about the hottest handbags of 2009, the PS1 satchel, Alexander Wang’s Coco or Lanvin’s ladylike shoulder bags are the first things to spring to mind. Or are they? Because, if you think about it, which piece of arm candy have you seen more than anything? Which kind of tote has someone’s personality written or stamped (literally) all over it? Yes! It’s twigged now, hasn’t it? It’s the canvas tote. The kind you pick up at random boutiques you stumble across on the weekend, or the type that you snap up in a fashion whirl before the whole world (and eBay) gets their hands on them (remember the YSL Manifesto bags or the trompe l’oeil prints of designer bags onto canvas?) - they are the fabric wonders that have been in and out of your wardrobe more times than you can say ‘eco-chic’. And so, onto the next ironic canvas creation just in time for Christmas shopping – Pattern People’s tribute sketches of the likes of Prince, Michael Jackson and Marc Jacobs are now available to tote at your pleasure. And at around £40, I think they make for a cool Christmas pressie. I’d like to buy one for a friend who appreciates the funny things in life, but I really wouldn’t mind receiving one either. Especially the Karl Lagerfeld one, pleeease."
Pattern People Tribute Totes, Hint Shop www2.hintmag.com/department/hint-shop
- Hannah Almassi, Fashion News and Features Assistant