In the fashion world excess is often celebrated but Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have become targets for those outside the sartorial world.
The Olsen twins designer company The Row has a $16,900 patchwork fur backpack for sale in it’s pre-Fall 2013 collection that is drawing the ire of Peta and animal rights activists.
“If it looks like a troll and acts like a troll, it’s probably a Trollsen Twin — or someone wearing one of their new totes, which are made from the fur and skins of innocent animals,” PETA said.
The organization continued:
“What the Olsens lack in creativity, they try to make up for in shock value. Sadly, it’s the foxes, calves, and alligators—who often have the fur ripped off them while they are still conscious and able to feel pain—who pay the dearest price.”
The animal rights group has set up a website that mocks Mary-Kate and Ashley, including a video “Full House of Horrors.”
This isn’t the first time the Olsens have come under fire for their love of fur. Peta has protested at their book signings and named them “Hairy Kate and Trashley Trollsen.”
Whatever Peta thinks of them, their products reach an elite customer. In October of 2011 they offered a $39,000 alligator skin backpack. It didn’t phase the twins or customers as the bag sold out almost immediately.
For this backpack, stylist Rachel Zoe has lauded it on her blog.
“Pretty in patchwork, The Row’s posh pack combines comfort and class. The fuzzy texture on this nifty knapsack is also a fashion favorite. Perfect for pre-fall, it’s never too soon to start thinking ahead for your next season’s staple! Our personal predilection is towards this amazing accessory. Coupled with a blush blouse, skinny jeans and a bold boot, an of-the-moment backpack will bear the weight of your everyday essentials with elegance and ease.”
Check out the bag below and tell us what bothers you most:
The use of fur? The pricetag? The design? Peta’s tactics?
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