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Mochila Bags In the Moment, and Long Gone

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Mochila Bags In the Moment, and Long Gone

IT takes the women of the Wayuu replica gucci handbags Factory Oulet- wholesale and Retail Louis Vuitton Gucci Mulberry and other Designer Replica Purses.tribe of Colombia and Venezuela urban cheap louis vuitton discount handbags handbags christian louboutin women pumps.up to a month to weave a mochila bag, working eight hours a day, every day. It took no time at all for J. Crew, which featured the strappy satchels in its June catalog, to sell all of them. In fact, they were gone before Best replica shop online is proud to present more than 5000 cheap jordans products.many customers had even flipped open the issue.

“Craftsmanship is something rare and very valuable,” said Jenna Lyons, J. Crew’s creative director, who was not at all surprised by how quickly the bags went. “There are few things that are still made by hand, much less in a technique that is handed down through generations and is a means of support for a community.” On top of that, she added, “It’s a beautiful bag.”

But there is more to it than that.

Recently, the mochila has become something of a cult item, toted around town by fashion editors and It girls, and the subject of chatter on style blogs. “It seems to be the iconic tribal bag,” said Anne Slowey, the fashion news director of Elle, who has picked up a few on her travels. “The perfect mix of practical, exotic and chic.”

Much of the craze can be traced to November when the Vogue editor Lauren Santo Domingo organized the Mochila Project. For it, 40 designers, from Alexander Wang to Oscar de la Renta, were each given a traditional bag and asked to rework it in their own style. The extraordinary results — the Calvin Klein was trimmed in snakeskin; the J. Mendel, in fur — were then auctioned off at a charity event in Miami that left those nowhere near South Florida somewhat envious. Fortunately, at least one label produced its design: Proenza Schouler will release medium, large and clutch versions of its PS1 bag, fashioned from mochilas, as part of its prefall collection.

“We had wanted to do a fabric PS1 for a while, but hadn’t found anything we wanted to use,” said Lazaro Fernandez, of Proenza Schouler. “Then this project came along, and it was perfect.”

The PS1 bags, each of which takes five to seven mochilas to make, are $1,100 to $2,250 and will We offer Gucci bags. New styles,good price.be hitting Barneys New York later this month. In the meantime, J. Crew has just received a second shipment of dusty-hued mochilas, which are $175 at its shop at 1035 Madison Avenue. At least, last we checked, they were.

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