Tuesday, 31 March 2009

When the clothes just aren't enough

I do love a designer label. It's not just the name, it's that you just know that the bag or whatever is quality...the feel and smell of the nice soft leathery leather, the beautifully stiched lining...these things that you just can't get with a fake copy. I always wondered about copies. I think one of the things that I'd like most about having say...I don't know...the Chanel 2.55 bag(!) is the fact that I had personally managed to save up like £2,000 for something that I would use forever. Saving up that much would actually be a feat, which is why I'm sure I'll never have one.

But I digress. I wanted to talk about the strange things that designers are doing. Or should I say designing. What do you get the person who has everything?? Well, if you have a few grand lying spare around how about....
A Chanel bike! Look it even comes with TWO Chanel flap bags! That is basically a 2.55 but without a chain! And its classic black and white like you would expect. Trust Karl Lagerfeld to think, 'You know, what this collection needs is a bicycle. Yes. That would be pleasant.' The amazingly useful and in no way pointless item features 'quilted leather handles, seat, pant guard, even the bike pump is covered in Chanel’s signature quilted leather. The bike also features two quilted flap bags and a jewelry roll behind the seat, all of which are detachable and can be used as individual shoulder bags.' Only Karl would think a jewelry roll was a neccesary feature on a bike. And you can have all this for the low, low price of $16,000. Well, there are only 50 of them after all.

But then, Gucci saw this and thought, 'Damn Chanel! A niche we haven't tapped into yet! Everyone will be buying this bike! We must make one also!' And voila:

A Gucci bike!

Ok, it is quite beautiful, all chocolaty brown...couldn't you just imagine cycling around Paris with a sketchbook in the leather pouch? Wearing a beret. I can almost taste the crossiant...But. Really, it is just a bike. With a leather seat. And 'Gucci' printed discreetfully on the side. However, if you have some money you were thinking about setting fire to, why not buy the bike instead? You can buy the Gucci Cruiser Bicycle for $6365 from Gucci.

But then...Hermes saw the Chanel and Gucci bikes...and thought, 'Damn! A trend we haven't latched onto! We must have a bike also!' And voila...

A Hermes bike! Now this is the cheapest option, at a tiny $3,500! Its just a bike, with a stiched saddle. That is what makes it special enough for the price tag apparently.

But then, Karl saw all this and thought, 'Why must everyone copy my genius? Don't they know that no designer will ever be better then me? I will show them all.' And lo and behold...

A Chanel Segway! This is for the fashionista that is too trendy to walk, I guess...I actually don't know who would buy this. Chanel customers are fans of classic, traditional styles...and there is nothing classic or traditional about this. This also comes with the 2.55 and quilted leather handlebars. It's also price upon request so we can only imagine how much that is. I think I'll stick to just the bag.


Rachie-Pie said...


LOL can you imagin having a chanel/gucci/hermes bike in our area? if will be gone quick time - actually, anywhere in the world ou will most ef get jacked sooner or later!!! and i think that egway is perfect for me, when you know struggling around central lnd in heels and all! But, I do think the hermes bike is the cutest - and cheapest - I like the classic look of it

Tuotierugif >^..^<© said...

wow thats something new lol I wouldnt mind having a chanel bike although I think I should start with the flats and bag first ;) hmmm...I wonder whose gonna buy a chanel segway? I wouldnt mind getting one as a gift lol

FashionSqueah! said...

You will never ever catch me on a bike but I reckon I'd make an exception for Chanel! I totally agree with what Rachie said too, it'd be soo likely to get stolen! Char x

Emy Augustus said...

interesting ... to promote fashionable people to get active instead of posing and looking perty?

Rebecca said...

haha such a funny post, i would also never be able to save that much money for a chanel bag, the bike would be a good investment xxx

Kay said...

A Chanel SEGAWEY?! That is insanee.
Haha so true about Karl being the only person to think a jewellery roll was necessary on a bike.
I once calculated that if I saved up £10 a month for a 2.55, in about 10 years time I could buy one. I abandoned that plan.

Also I've been really crap at commenting lately!! I have been reading I promise

Anonymous said...

I saw the Chanel bike in Harrods during the summer and it had two little tiny tiny purses attached to each wheel! please and thank you!

Charmaine said...

haha it wouldn't be THAT great having a designer bike.. i'm pretty sure the moment i lock it up and turn away those flap bags would be stolen..... hahahaha.. and i'm exactly like you with saving.. i can't.

rio tapatio said...


Girl you are too funny. I think it's cool you bring up the point that designers are evolving with the shit they design.

Good post. :)

Winnie said...

I'd already seen and heard about the Chanel bike, but I had no idea other designers had done the same too! The finale of the Chanel segway was flipping hilarious.

fhen said...

wow i cant imagine riding a designer's bike in here! jakarta is too hectic. duuh.
but anyway they look great!!
i love the gucci bike most. the brown is just perfect
and i've never thought chanel has a segway. hilarious.

Ania said...

haha I know, it's funny - I work part-time as a SA at Gucci in London and was so amused when the bike appeared in the store around Xmas. People were soo excited and everybody asked about it :)
But everyone insisted on ringing the bell, which drove me nuts ;P

An (ex) alien in new york said...

But Gucci also had a bright red ltd. edt. bike a few seasons ago.... dammit. now i can't find it.

AHA! View the power of my journalistic research skills (google)

DaisyChain said...

Haha, what an amazing post.

totallymisslikey said...

i want bike from chanel!!!!

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