Few days ago I wrote a post about how hard is to find nice, quality handbags especially in certain colors. As I was wandering on Oxford street the other day, I was curious what kind of new things has Mango and Zara, and my eyes were caught by some of their bags. But I ended up buying nothing (again). Why? Because (almost) all of them was made from cheap plastic material.
There’s no denying that these brands can make really covetable and classic, long lasting things too. Especially in the clothes section. And in the shoe department too, but somehow these bag thingy doesn’t work at least for me as it should.
Mango has a lot of new bags and they’re quite impressive at first glance. At second glance? Not so much. Although, the woven bags were made on higher quality level than the Zara’s one (which I was talking about here) and they have inner pocket also, the material is ugly. Sorry, there’s no better word for that. They don’t even seem real leather, you know the ones which you have to touch (and sniff) a few times to be sure. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind the faux leather either if they looked and feel like real leather.
And this is even more sad given these bags otherwise look yummy. I really like the simple looks and all of the handles (but why that tan woven shopper got black strap I’ll never know, the black one has black). Also I like the colors and color combination and I appreciate they have more options and an inner pocket too but I wouldn’t pay a penny for these.
The situation in Zara is more or less the same. Maybe they have more leather options but I have more problems with details like closures, inner and external pockets.
Most of these are “faux leather”, except the orange suede one which is real. I could start the same with the material problem what I wrote above but I’m gonna spare you. 🙂 Maybe these are bit better material wise though.
What I really could appreciate here, that that orange (real) suede (and the black – bottom left hand side) bag can be worn 3 different ways. Like on the picture, like folded as a clutch and on the shoulder (as it has long strap inside). Even though the idea is great it’s a bit circumstantial to transform the bag but this is the smallest problem. It has nor inner neither external pocket and that strap looks kind of an overthought idea and it looks bit weird on shoulder. Plus I don’t like the idea of clutches, so 1 option left from 3 without, plus there is no pocket at all.The bigger bags have linen bags with drawstring inside which is nice again but it’s bit difficult to get into the bags and they don’t have inner pockets either (how can somebody find anything in there is beyond me). The small silver one is cute but again you can put there some cards, your keys and maybe your phone that’s it. For party faces however, could worth the buy.
So the question remains. Why is it so hard to make some usable, stylish and better quality bags? Just a few pieces every now and then. I’m afraid I know the answer but it won’t be nice as I haven’t mention the prices so far. Lets just say they well represent the choice of materials. Could it be that fast fashion retailers are doing what fast fashion retailers do best? Namely taking advantage of fast but well payed off consumption? Like you have to buy it because hey, YOLO? It’s stylish and not pricey so who cares if I’ll throw it away in few months? Because after this I can pick a new, stylish and cheap bag what I can throw away again?
I’m afraid so. Maybe if they sold a few/have more quality bag (with higher prices of course) I’d believe this is only the interest of costumers. But hey, until then we can buy nice bags elsewhere, can’t we? With a bit of luck the answer from me is a definite maybe.
What do you think? Do you like to buy bags in fast fashion retailers?
Photos via mango.com and zara.com.