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Would You Rock This Butt Handbag?

Body positivity: This butt bag is a perfect embodiment of how the natural woman looks as she ages. Does it look ugly to you? Would you rock it?

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As girls and women, we carry handbags for many reasons. Unlike men who do so mostly on per-need basis, we do it for fashion, to carry our items, to prove class or just to make the other women jealous.

But nobody ever carries a handbag just to be made fun of. That’s what it appears this handbag will make of you, or maybe not!

How Did I Come Across The Butt Bag?

I first saw it on Instagram and was immediately taken in by it. It looked funny to other people and even I almost laughed. Someone on IG commented, “when you’re the butt of the jokes”.
But I also felt a different kind of way that I couldn’t quite describe at the time, until now.

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I found it empowering. Empowerment is the word. Empowered to love myself.

Now, how do I describe this handbag? It’s created with leather with a single cream-colored zip on the exterior. The dual handles were created from a different kind of leather.

It’s clear what’s unique and hilarious about it though. It’s shape and look. Created like a bum. A Bum bum. And I don’t mean fake asses with silicone or modified BBLs.

I mean a real bum bum. The butt of a real woman, unfiltered.

Considering how slightly conservative minded I can be and how I can link things up in my little head, the first thing that came to mind is the contemporary, conventional woman and the pressure to always keep herself beautiful for men.

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Of course, I know the term “looking beautiful for men” would be considered offensive by many women. We all claim to go extra to look beautiful because we want to, and not for anybody else. But let’s ask ourselves, imagine a world where we, as women, had been accepted exactly how we were created, made to feel beautiful precisely as we are by everyone around us (especially by men) at any stage of our lives (whether during aging or with our stretch marks after birth). Would we ever have felt the need to invent, use make-up or fake wigs? Would we have bothered about painful fashion?

Anyways, back to the topic. Does this bag look beautiful? I asked myself when I first saw it and even I wasn’t sure. I knew I felt empowered in some way, seeing it. But I also knew I couldn’t quite admit it to be beautiful.

Can’t We Find Anything Beautiful about The Butt bag?

It was at that moment that I realized I had just manifested the subtle effect of social engineering and brainwashing. The idea that this bag may be considered ugly despite that it depicts the true essence of a natural woman’s body as it undergoes natural hormonal changes and aging.

I felt sad. And angry with myself. Have I joined the band wagon too? Was I subconsciously considering this bag to be ugly? I have a large belly and very visibly dark stretch marks (I don’t even have kids yet) and my husband takes every opportunity to remind me of how more beautiful I’d look with a flatter stomach. All I have to do is attempt watching movies featuring “sexy-looking” women with him before I’m reminded of how attractive they look just by having flawless skin and flatter tummies.

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At some point, I had to consciously remind myself that regardless of anyone’s opinion, I’m as beautiful as I should be. I’ll look in the mirror and highlight unique features on my body and say, “Oh Mariam, you truly are unique”. You are good enough. Make sure you truly believe it.

All of that, just in a effort to maintain body positivity.

But not a lot of women or girls do that. The society has strongly engineered our minds to have a rigid perception of beauty. Women are constantly shamed for their seeming imperfection. We have allowed men who know little about our physiology and psychology determine how we should look.

The terrible part is women bashing other women for looking imperfect. I once saw a very plus sized woman seriously bashed for daring to wear a bikini. It’s either our stretched marks or cellulite. The flat chest or absent behinds. The large bellies or slack vaginas. I’m sure I’ve not exhausted that list.

The questions are, will we ever stand up for ourselves? Will we start to remind ourselves that we’re cute regardless of anyone’s opinion? When will we look in the mirror and mentally highlight our positive features and forget what society tells us are negative? Shouldn’t we teach our daughters to encourage body positivity even when they grow large bellies and wrinkled asses? Are we going to start teaching our sons to appreciate the mind of a woman ahead of her physical attributes?

Do we ever plan to dump the “body goals syndrome”?

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However, apparently, according to @leatherbox, Fatiha Senaa created this piece to mock how people carry their overweight (bellies and bottoms) with themselves like a bag. That explains why people found it funny and nasty. What a shame, I thought! Just when I thought it was created for a stronger purpose. Like being intended to pass a message to a generation that’s become so filtered, it has forgotten it’s true roots.

I ask you, again, for whatever purpose it was created, would you ever rock this bag?

If you ask me, I’d say, pretty fucking yes!

Kindly let me know if you would, in the comments section below. Love.

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Luxury Merchandise Made in Italy Opinion

Dear Millennial, Your “Made in Italy” Handbag may be Made in China.

Well, probably except for the handles. Here’s Why You Should Care.

Luxury is great. Makes us girls happy sometimes, going Designer Discreet. Ariana Grande once said, “think retail therapy, my new addiction”. But if you love top luxury brands without cruelty, this is for you.

In The Beginning, of luxury goods creation…

The first major wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in the industrial sector around Prato, Italy in the 1990s. Nearly all of them came from Wenzhou, a port city south of Shanghai.

The Prato area was a hub for mills and workshops, some of which made clothes and leather goods for the top luxury brands. If you were willing to be paid off the books, and by the piece, Prato offered plenty of opportunities. Many Wenzhouans found jobs there.

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“The Italians, being canny, would subcontract out their work to the Chinese,” Don Giovanni Momigli, a priest whose parish, near Prato, included an early influx of Chinese, told me. “Then they were surprised when the Chinese began to do the work on their own.”

As appetite for top luxury goods progressed…

The Chinese firms gradually expanded their niche, making clothes for middle-tier brands, like Guess and American Eagle Outfitters. And in the past decade they have become manufacturers for Gucci, Prada, and other luxury fashion houses, which use often inexpensive Chinese-immigrant labor to create accessories and expensive handbags that bear the coveted “Made in Italy” label. Many of them were then sold to prosperous consumers in Europe and North America.

Chinatown, though, looked dishevelled. In the alleyways, many of the windows were covered with blankets.

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In addition, many top luxury brands opened large factories in China to create a massive churn out of luxury products made on the backs of really low wage workers who worked under poor conditions. It’s no surprise many of them make top designer brands list.

In rooms without heat, the newest and poorest arrivals, many of them undocumented, sat bent over sewing machines, tacking collars onto shirts or affixing brightly colored stripes to jogging pants.

Jessica Moloney, a London-born brand consultant and agent for importers, explained to me, “If you’ve got three to six months to wait and you need five hundred to a thousand pieces, you go to China. But if you have only two weeks and need a hundred pieces, you come to Prato.” She noted, “TJ Maxx is everywhere here. I don’t know anyone who isn’t working with them.”

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Italy’s luxury-fashion industry has long struggled to lower costs without compromising on quality. Largely because after manufacturing rather cheaply, a chunk of the money made is used to advertise back to attract you to buy their luxury. It’s all about your money.

In the seventies and eighties, the Pratan system of interconnected workshops ran smoothly, but in the nineties, as trade barriers fell around the world, fashion houses saw an opportunity too good to resist. Why not manufacture “Made in Italy” products in Eastern Europe and in China? They would still be designed in Milan or Florence, so the label wouldn’t be a complete lie. Reports of the practice leaked out, and the brands found themselves under pressure to market their products more honestly.

In 2010, Santo Versace — a politician, chairman of the Versace fashion house — championed a law that contained a very Italian compromise: if two of the steps in the manufacturing process took place in Italy, the item could bear the valuable label. But the famous fashion companies continued to look for ways to make the “Made in Italy” tag mean what it was supposed to mean without forgoing profits.

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A friend once explained the economics of doing work for luxury-fashion brands. He was paid a set fee for an order, no matter how long it took to complete. He generally lost money on the first bags he finished, but his workers got much faster with repetition, and the later iterations were profitable. 

When he was fulfilling Gucci contracts, he said, the company paid him an average of nineteen euros an hour. He showed me a bag that featured the company’s insignia fabric, with its interlocking “G”s, and said, “This fabric would cost fifteen euros a metre. But they make millions and millions of metres, so they don’t pay fifteen. Maybe ten. The leather here costs maybe fifteen to twenty euros. It’s two euros for the zipper, plus the money they pay us — that’s the cost. And they put it on the market at between ten and fifteen times that cost.”

Technically, if you buy a luxury handbag at $2000, it’s original cost of production is $200 or even less. Most of the balance includes the company’s profit, money meant for creating runway shows and adverts to make you re-purchase.

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In 2014, an Italian artisan spoke to the investigative television journalist Sabrina Giannini. Gucci had given him a big contract, he said, but the pay was so low — twenty-four euros a bag — that he had subcontracted the work to a Chinese mill, where employees worked fourteen-hour days and were paid half what he made. When the bags made it to stores, they were priced at between eight hundred and two thousand dollars.

An inspector for Gucci told Giannini that he saw no reason to ask employees about their working conditions. (Gucci denounced the television report as “false” and “not evidence of our reality.” The company says that, in the past few years, it has increased scrutiny of its supply chain, including subcontractors, and has “blacklisted” around seventy manufacturers.)

Current trends in the luxury fashion industry…

Many Chinese mill owners in Italy have started hiring workers from countries including Syria, Pakistan, and Senegal. Once, in the Prato area, a small protest was held outside a local workshop. This workshop regularly received subcontracts from a nearby firm that produces metalwork for well-known fashion brands. The workshop’s Chinese proprietor had abruptly closed the operation, locked out his employees, who were mostly Senegalese, and stiffing them of their wages. They found him around the corner, in another mill that he owned, and he agreed to pay them if they met him back at the workshop. When they returned to the factory, he greeted them at the front door, and asked them to wait a minute for their money. He then walked out the back door and got into a waiting car.

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Following this Keystone Cops farce, a national labor union encouraged the employees to stage several public protests. One of the employees who protested later told mentioned that he had been paid only twelve hundred euros a month, with no benefits, to work in a freezing-cold room. He remembered working on products for companies including Ferragamo, Prada, and Dior.

The crew chief, he said, “would scream at us to work faster, to get more pieces done.” (The employees were officially paid a higher salary, to comply with the law, but, according to a union representative, managers required them to withdraw their “extra” wages and give that money to the owner.)

Summary

If your luxury piece wasn’t made by an Italian, it’s not made in Italy. It was probably made by a low wage worker paid a tenth of what he should earn.

What Do You Think? Shouldn’t we ditch luxury brands associated with human cruelty?

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Great innovations Opinion Unknown handbag makers

5 Extremely Unique Handbags That Are Multipurpose.

Peeps, how’ve y’all been? I’ve been chilling, dzipping and dzoing (in Wendy William’s voice). Before I digress, lemme ask you this. Can anything be as exciting as having a handbag/luggage bag that has other fantastic uses? Can you think of 5 Classy Multipurpose Women Handbags ? Well, y’all are about to be wowed.

Introducing our first unique multipurpose handbag….

  1. The Wake Up Boarding Time Tag by Ari Korolainen

Imagine being at the airport about to board in the next two hours. And you had a busy previously night so you’re practically all fagged out and asleep. All you need is this lovely clock purse that notifies people around you time for your flight.
The tag features a clock face with movable pointers, which you can set to show the boarding time of your flight. You put the tag around your neck and if you happen to fall asleep while waiting for your flight, someone can easily see the boarding time and the text “Please wake me up” on it. In this way the product reduces the risk of missing your flight.

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The tag is made of recycled leather and recycled cardboard. It is available in several bright colors that are sure to attract the attention of other travelers. The product is also available with a pocket for a passport and boarding pass.

Uses

  1. Nice pouch for two flat phones, cards, your keys, passport.
  2. Time keeper, don’t miss your flight.

About the creator
Ari Korolainen is a brilliant Finnish architect and designer who was one of the first designers who used recycled materials in his designs. 1985 he started to make cases and stationery products of recycled cardboard. Today he also uses recycled leather commonly in his designs. Good design and environmentally friendly materials can be seen in his Private Case stationery collection. Now, 30 years later, Private Case is a large collection of stationery products and Korolainen is known as Mr Private Case. Furniture design is his another ambition.

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2) The very next amazing creative handbag is called the Images of 90 Deg created by Jeff Ching-Wen Chang

Lemme paint you a scenario. You’re on a really long queue in a bank whose seats are all occupied (those of us from Nigeria know that hustle). You need to have seat cos you’ve been standing for hours, right?! But there’s none. Our nice little bag is to the rescue.

The situation of the need to rest happens when people feel their legs tired, all they like to do is to have a seat. Think of the easy transforming operation for use from bag to seat stage.

There is a simple way for users to do this, just turn the bag 90 degrees to become a seat. User-friendly operation is developed from the design of the structure of the holder. Lets users use easily without complex steps to make transformations between the bag and chair stage.

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Features
90 Deg is a bag with 2 kinds of types, one as a bag for everyday use, another as a chair for temporary seat.

While walking for a long time and waiting in line tire people out, what they like to do is to have a seat. Simply turn 90 Deg 90 degrees to make a bag become a temporary seat for relaxing.

Uses

  1. Laptop bag, work bag.
  2. Temporary chair or seat.
  3. Denim, high street fashion bag that can be recreated to match your outfit..
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About the creator

Jeff Ching-Wen Chang is an award-winning and creative young designer, including Red Dot Award, A’ Design Award, and the project being featured on Behance. Starting his journey as a designer from Taiwan, he sees a positive future and life through design. His designs represent his own design philosophy, life experiences and observations. He hopes to create the future of design through his passion and practice. All images in this section are courtesy of Jeff Ching-Wen Chang.

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3) The next innovative handpiece is what I call the “thriller”.

It’s the Comfort Bag as Coat Transforming Bag by Jingwen Zhang.

It’s an amazing piece that tripples as a comfort coat/bag. Like it’s just really amazing, the creator must have done a lot of work on this one.

Inspiration.
The inspiration for the collection is focused on people’s mental health. With progressive economic progress, people are always busy with work

This piece provides the kind of purry comfort one might expect from a pet dog or cat. It gives a kind of coziness and warmth that’s second to none. Think of it like a best friend that also keeps your items safe.

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Features and uses.
The Comfort is designed to appeal to people’s minds and take care of their physical and mental health. The collection pieces are mainly made of fabric and cotton as soft as our pillow and comfortable makes people feeling relax and being accompanied.

  1. Great as a comfort coat.
  2. A wonderful handbag. Your items are kept hidden in your bag as a form of disguise.
  3. A nice pillow.
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About the creator

Jingwen Zhang is a designer believes that all designs should come from real life and is able to explore the small details that should stand ready to be the source of the inspirational elements of our design. With the recognizance of her true calling in accessory design, the goal of bringing in special, eye-catch design for accessories as the discipline combines fashion, function, and creativity. Designer’s project is focusing on the deep exploration of the soul’s needs for the human being, which is also an important expression of the author’s concern for people mental health in a positive way.

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4) The Geta Inheritance Handbag also created by Jingwen Zhang.

Have you needed a hard surface to write on a piece of paper and wished your bag was hard enough to support? Well, you have a table and a handbag all in one with this piece.

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Inspiration

The inspiration for the collection comes from Japanese geta. Geta were originally made as slippers/footwear and were made of one piece of solid wood forming the sole and two wooden blocks underneath. These blocks may have a metal plate on the section that touches the ground in order to lengthen the life span of the geta. A V-shaped thong of cloth forms the upper part of the sandal. The culture lasts for centuries even with the country’s development as the Japanese lives the geta culture as their believing of life. The collection represents the keeping in the indigenous culture and a country’s beliefs.

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Uses

  1. A handbag (one that reminds of the Japanese culture)
  2. Your mini-table with you desperately need a hard surface. 🙂
  3. It gives this aesthetic feel of carrying an irregular, uncommon piece.

5) Our winning piece is a luggage bag by Rohan Siebel. The Floh Travel Luggage

Think scooter + luggage bag + daily messenger bag and you have the amazing innovation. if you get this for a friend, they gonna love you forever.

Floh is a travel luggage system that you can either ride as a scooter, roll as a trolley bag or wear as a backpack or shoulder bag. The heart of the system is the Drive Module, a 3 wheeled scooter that utilizes Ackerman type steering which allows you to navigate around obstacles at both low and high speeds.

The Floh system comes with two different bags where either can be attached to the Drive Module. The larger bag is a hard shell case with concealed backpack straps perfect for those 2-3 day trips. The smaller bag is a messenger type bag designed for day to day use.




Uses

  1. A classic luggage bag
  2. A fantastic transport system that makes 3)
  3. It’s great for daily movement with the messenger bag to school, work, etc.

About Rohan Siebel

Strontium, a studio set up by Rohan Siebel, is a one stop shop for product solutions. They offer services such as Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Graphic Design, Prototyping, & Mass-Production. Being based in Shenzhen, the advantage Strontium have is their close relationship with the factories and their understanding of most manufacturing processes, so there is little time wasted creating designs that are impossible or unnecessarily difficult to be made.

We have come to the end of this lovely write. Kindly let us know your winner out of them all in the comments section below.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Ashamed To Buy Cheap Handbags.

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We all want to feel expensive. And socially acceptable. Besides, there’s a reason luxury handbags are expensive. They’re often highly durable and would last for so long until you’re tired of them.

But should we be ashamed to buy cheap handbags?

Expensive handbags are sometimes, often times in fact, a measure of class, according to societal dictation. We all know how your friends view you differently knowing you’re carrying the original version of a Balenciaga. It’s just true. I know. It’s all about status, status, status.

But come to think of it….should we really be focused on status?

Let’s take Kylie Jenner for example, she purchased two vintage Louis Vuitton belt handbags for $50,000. That’s roughly 25, 000 per piece. How sweet, right? But how did you know she bought it? Why do you know she bought it? You knew because she posted it on IG and got everybody talking about it, including me.

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Well, that’s the whole idea! Getting people to talk or create impressions about issues that truly have no substance.

Should you or I really care or know that Kylie Jenner bought an expensive handbag?

Why should that really matter to anyone? Why can’t she buy her bag, go home and spend some of that Instagram posting time with her family without us knowing about it?

My point is, don’t let social status fool you. The truly happiest people (not people who want to give impressions on social media that they are) don’t live online. They don’t have the most friends on social media. Their family and friends are around them at school and at work and they go out more or relate with people that love them. They don’t have 3000 friends on social media and none in person.

So ask yourself, what does Kylie’s $25, 000 handbag do that your $50 hand piece doesn’t?

Let’s see;

$25k handbag;

  1. Protects and carries stuffs
  2. Would likely last very long
  3. Gives the desired expensive
  4. Would often be very stylish

Your $50 handbag

  1. Would protect and carry all your stuffs
  2. You’d look stylish (Know this; the stylishness of a bag is not dependent on how expensive it is, but it’s design)
  3. Would last not forever, but would as long as you need it to.

Technically, most women,( and I assume including you), get bored of the same handbags over a period of time because we all like to switch things up. Even Kylie does, I’m sure. If that’s true, Is it really worth it to spend so much on handbags even if you can actually afford it?

Ask yourself….Would you rather buy expensive bags that you’ll eventually get tired of and are probably out of your reach? E.g…

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Or buy cheaper handbags that still make you look stylish and you can spend the rest on things that truly matter in your life?

I’m faux Croc and I’ll Serve You flawlessly.

Lemme know what you think in the comments section below.

See you next time.