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Design For All? Target Misses The Mark (Again) With Botkier

July 21, 2008 by SheFindsShana
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Once upon a time, someone at Target hit on a brilliant idea: bring in mid-range accessories designers and have them design a bag (or bag and shoe) line for the people.

But this story doesn't have a happy ending.

It would be unrealistic to expect a $50 handbag or $30 shoes to be on par with their $600 and $300 counterparts from the designers' regular lines, but Target’s proven that cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean ugly. eBay buyers are still hunting down Devi Kroell’s oversized Target totes (famously carried by Anne Hathaway, above).

As the owner of the structurally perfect Trigger bag from the designer’s regular line – which, by the way, was bought after massive scrimping and saving – I had hopes that Monica Botkier’s collaboration would be more like Kroell’s and less like the sad-sack offerings from Loeffler Randall and Hollywould. Sadly, she goes where the latter designers have gone before.

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The gold and silver crackle bags look dull, and the crackle from the handle immediately came off on my shoulder. The PVC shells of the fuschia hobo and black satchel feel unbreathable, as if carrying one while wearing a cami will result in a blister.

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The python embossing looks like shiny, happy plastic (come on, Target, we know you can do better).  One accidental flick of my nail, and the embossing started to peel off.  And in real life, the goldtone clutch has clashing, plasticky gold accents.

Target should give its customers something affordable, revelant, and attractive – these bags fail on all three levels. And while I can’t speak to their durability, I can tell you that my Loeffler Randall for Target clutch lasted one outing before the attached rosette started to unravel.

Now we're all about finding a chic handbag for less –  but we think sites like Urban Outfitters and Nine West usually offer better quality goods than the latest crop from Target. 

Have you seen the new Botkier bags for Target? Have you bought one? Tell us what you think of them in the comments section below.  

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