In it together
I love totes. Since 2007, it’s been an obsession of mine to paint portraits on them. The appeal for me lies in creating an original work of art that will be integral to its owner’s everyday life—so integral that it will be destroyed as it is loved.
But there’s more to my fascination with portraits canvas bags. They’re also a way of calling out the It Bag and everything that particular fashion phenomenon says about our cookie-cutter culture. They’re about redefining luxury and questioning the meaning of a status symbol in today’s world.
Maybe that’s why I’m so tickled by the Thursday Friday’s Together bags. Called “meta-fashion” by many on the Interwebs, the concept behind these bags couldn’t be less alienating than that term implies.
I don’t need to know whose work Thursday Friday is parodying to find these totes fun. Until I did some reading, I had no idea which designer’s purse is featured on the Together bags in the image above, but I still recognized them as a cheeky take on the It Bag in general, and that was plenty enough to delight me.
Predictably, some people see the Together bags as infringing on the intellectual property of the designers whose work Thursday Friday is caricaturing. And that’s the sad state of culture today: yesterday’s upstarts and innovators turn into today’s intellectual property trolls.