Take a look at the Alexander Wang Gym Sack XL Backpack and tell me what you see. Did you say trash bag? Congratulations! You were thinking the exact same thing as I was when I saw this bag. Oddly enough, this isn’t the first time a trash bag-like piece has graced the handbag world with its presence. I don’t know if anyone remembers, but Louis Vuitton introduced the Raindrop Besace Bag a few years back. Marc Jacobs was quoted questioning the sanity of his customers. He said, “There’s this huge cult following of almost crazy people at Vuitton who just want whatever they buy to be exclusive”. So I guess you could say that the Louis Vuitton Raindrop Besace Bag, which resembled a trash bag, was his way of seeing just how crazy some people really are.
I will admit though, the Alexander Wang Gym Sack XL Backpack is quite a bit different. After all, we are talking about a backpack here. The style is similar to those inexpensive drawstring bags you can pick up just about anywhere (heck, they are even given away as promotional items). The difference though is that this backpack is made of soft supply lambskin black leather, not cheap fabric. And really, it is the red straps that act as a drawstring that really make this piece resemble a trash bag. If they were black like the rest of the bag, I don’t think my first thought when I saw this piece would have been what it was.
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