The Olsen Twins’ $39,000 fug alligator backpack sells out

Ashley Olsen carrying the $39k backpack in March

It was back in 2007 that we saw what could have been the ugliest, most expensive bag in history, except of course there are uglier and even more expensive bags. It was this Louis Vuitton monstrosity, the “patchwork bag,” and it was so fug that I thought it was a joke at first. It’s a real bag produced in limited edition and it cost a whopping $45,352 for this monstrosity that looks like the result of an ogre eating several overpriced bags and puking them up as one congealed solid. You know who carried one? Beyonce. I hope they comped her this bag.

The $45,000 Louis Vuitton patchwork bag:

Well the Olsen Twins have a backpack as part of their fashion line that’s rather tame-looking in comparison, but almost as expensive as this. It’s this crocodile looking thing that Ashley Olsen is carrying in the photo above while she’s trying to hide her face. It’s like something your mom would carry that’s both utilitarian and only moderately stylish. I mean the skin looks fierce, but I would feel awful wearing it. Alligator skin strikes me as not as bad as fur (which the Olsens use liberally in their lines) but worse than leather. (I don’t know much about any of that, though, and it’s not like PETA is going to enlighten me.)


This backpack, with a price tag that costs way more than my car, is sold out at Barney’s. Maybe they only had five of them anyway. Here’s more:

What recession? A $39,000 backpack designed by the Olsen twins’ designer brand The Row is selling out.

Former child actress turned high-end fashion designer Ashley Olsen told Women’s Wear Daily that The Row was scrambling to keep up with demand for the luxury car-priced accessory.

“It was the first thing that sold off the shelf,” she said.

Barneys New York began carrying the crocodile-skin [sic: it's alligator] bags in July, in an effort to compete with other ludicrously-priced handbags.

Now, it seems the gamble has paid off.

Amanda Brooks, the fashion director for Barneys New York, told Fashionista this summer that the line of super-pricy bags was a surefire attempt appeal to a younger crowd.

“Obviously we don’t carry Hermes bags in the store so we were trying to find something that appeals to that customer who is willing to spend a lot of money on a bag that’s going to last a long time and has a classic design,” she said.

Brooks also touted another benefit to the bag.

“You also might be the only one who has it,” she said.

Not if the bag keeps flying off the shelves, you won’t.

[From The NY Daily News via ONTD]

Note that Women’s Wear Daily calls the backpack “alligator” while The NY Daily News is calling it “crocodile.” It’s alligator, according to their website. Anyone who wants to carry an insanely overpriced bag designed by the little urchins who used to be child actresses and have the style sense of an elderly nursing home resident off her meds, can rest assured. There are plenty of bags left from their line The Row at Barneys and on their website. Prices start at $3,700. You can nab some sunglasses for a relative bargain at $410. Like this lovely example:





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  1. imabrat says:

    Have they no shame? Have they no taste?

  2. Auds says:

    It doesn’t matter what designer brand these two wear, they both look like they haven’t had a bath in months.

  3. Alex says:

    God, what happened to them? They used to be to fresh-faced and pretty. They look like two corpses now.

  4. someone says:

    THEIR EYEBROWS?!!? is this yet another criteria required to qualify as a homeless hipster?! seriously, those things are crazy………and the bag is cute, but it sort of breaks my heart that it’s alligator skin. i’m not a big PETA advocate or anything, I love fur, but that gives me chills…

  5. Eve says:


    I hate them. I hate what they stand for and promote (fur for fashion).

    With the burning passion of a thousand suns.

  6. trolleydolly says:

    Emperors New Clothes spring to mind. They are business women and the women who buy it are the twits.

  7. brin says:

    They have a real eccentric old ladies vibe.

  8. MollyB says:

    Wow. My husband supports a family of three, soon to be four, on little more than that. A year. Who are these people buying this shit?

  9. Pyewacket says:

    The sunglasses look like anything you could pick up for $10 at a gas station,

    The backpack, while attractive is sure as hell not worth the alligators life that is took, nor a $39k pice tag.

  10. Hautie says:

    That bag is Gator.

    And I love a good gator bag.

    But not for 39,000.!?!? Are you friggin kidding me!

    And before the tree huggers start crying for the poor innocent gators. They are grossly over populated in the South. And need to be desperately thinned out.

    There is nothing innocent about a 800 pound gator.

  11. cbreader says:

    OK I’m not going to judge someone if they like to get some clothes that are expensive- like a $400 coat or pair of shoes that they fell in love with, will wear often, and are rewarding themselves for hard work with.

    But when it gets to be in the THOUSANDS: how vain and stupid could you actually be???? Do you really believe an article of CLOTHING or an accessory is worth that??? Do you think its going to transform your life? What the f***???? I’m sorry but if anyone has that much spare cash I find it bizarre that they would spend it on something like this. I’m not saying the very rich should be giving it all away to charity (though if you had that much in excess why wouldn’t you?) but for God’s sake don’t spend it on something so unbelievably worthless and empty. Has society really led some women to believe that this level of materialism is OK? Something they should be proud of even? I’ve lost a lot of respect for the Olsen twins after reading this.

  12. Audrey says:

    @ Hautie – chances are the twins are not getting their “gators” from the swamps of of the South. They are probably getting them from some “gator” farm. Those animals are grown to be backpacks. Sick sick sick.

  13. silken_floss says:

    All that money and they still look like they just crawled out of a trash dumpster. And what the hell is going on with thier eyebrows??!! It’s called waxing/threading/touching up, girls SMDH

  14. Audrey says:

    Oh, there’s EVERYTHING innocent about a gator…they just try to survive and thrive. Perhaps if there wasn’t so much over building and suburbanization within the gator territories, they wouldn’t have to kill to protect themselves and their offspring.

  15. Kelly says:

    I think the bag is nice – classic. I’d buy it if it wasn’t alligator – what’s wrong with embossed leather? – and it cost about $500.

  16. Eve says:

    @ Audrey:

    Oh, there’s EVERYTHING innocent about a gator…they just try to survive and thrive. Perhaps if there wasn’t so much over building and suburbanization within the gator territories, they wouldn’t have to kill to protect themselves and their offspring.

    Yup, you beat me to it.

    P.S.: I’m leaving the thread now. I’m sensing I’ll get worked up a way too much to carry on a civilized discussion on the subject “animals killed for fashion”. Bye you all, and good luck.

  17. BB says:

    Audrey: Agreed.
    I think PETA is vile and I don’t consider myself a tree-hugger… but I just can’t get used to the idea of real fur and gator skin. Times have probably changed, but when I was growing up, the consensus was that fur was a cruel and unnecessary thing. Not by tree-huggers, just by normal people. I guess things have changed and people who are against fur now are just seen as hippies or PETA lunatics…

  18. Micah says:

    buy the hype…..
    buy this bag.

  19. Praise St. Angie! says:

    or you could buy a pair of leggings for $545, or some dress pants for $1000+, or a white dress shirt for $990, or a tshirt for $250…

    seriously, have you ever checked out their prices? ABSURD.

    I could buy an outfit from them for $2000, or the same outfit at the Gap for under $100.

  20. Liz says:

    With where the world is today, it is never ok to make, sell or buy a $40,000 HANDBAG. Sick. People need to reassess their lives.

    A teeny, weeny part of me loves that LV bag pictured above. Even if I had the money though, I’d never consider buying it when there’s too much good that could happen with that amount of money.

  21. lucy2 says:

    Those eyebrows are crazy! I never noticed that before.
    As for the bag…a fool and his money are easily parted. The only reason they’re selling this stuff for so much is that there are stupid people willing to pay for it.

  22. Hautie says:

    You girls are cracking me up about those poor innocent gators. You cry for them till, they walk up into your back yard and eat your poor innocent terrier.

    They are grossly over populated. But hey, if you don’t mind them snacking on the neighborhood pet population. So be it. :)

    And those gators travel. On their own.

    No one builds in the swamps. The gators roam out on their own. Maybe from boredom.

    But you can not blame the public for building on their home turf, even in the South. We don’t build sub-divisions in the swamps. Has lot to do with it being a flood zone.

  23. rosee alynn says:

    somebody please notice their eyebrows!!!

  24. Pyewacket says:

    @Hautie- I am not a tree hugger, and alligators ARE innocent. As someone else here said, over building etc is going in on THEIR teritory.

    I am also out of this thread, as I just cannot justify killing alligators for 39k bags! It’s sick.

  25. Katyusha says:

    @ Hautie

    You’re missing the point entirely;
    Audrey is right – the Olsen twins are not getting the skins from overpopulated swamps in the south. They come from farms where animals are raised just for their skin.

    Read something, will you? Please?

  26. Jag says:

    I would love to make that a year. Yet there are people who have no problem spending that much money on a backpack purse thing? Unreal. How many homeless people or animals could that help?

  27. Stubbylove says:

    Mary Kate looks like my 80 yr old Granny in that last pic.

  28. clare says:

    The Grannies Olsen. Are they using Latisse on their eyebrows???

  29. MJ says:

    I actually like their eyebrows, if only they wouldn’t comb them upward like that. It’s that weird “PRUUUNE” facial expression they make in photos that really bugs me.

    I had a backpack/purse like that in faux alligator vinyl in 1994… when I was 12. Of course, they do look about 12 years old, so maybe it works?

  30. Sisi says:

    I have a pair of black faux alligator wellies made of latex that look like they are made from the same material… those were 5 bucks

    they are so disgustingly tacky that they make me smile every time I can wear them in the rain

  31. DarkEmpress says:

    I like the bag but it is excessively overpriced. I’ll tell you who is next to buy it- ipeople who want to show of that they have money, now that the price is well publicized .So a couple of rappers maybe Kanye-I’m-a-fashion-icon-in-my-mind-West and reality tv famewhore Kim Kardassian and a Real Housewife of Foreclosure.

  32. Tazina says:

    They look like a couple of little old eccentric ladies who might have a whiff of mothballs about them.

    As for the bag, I’m wearing dead cow skin on my feet so I have no room to talk about the use of alligators for handbags.

  33. Original Tiffany says:

    Ok, it’s a ridiculous bag and price. You guys DO realize that gator farms provide meat and skins, just like cows. They farm them. A lot of them. People eat the meat all the time.
    Unless you are a vegan who wears no leather or animal products, I don’t get it. I do have a friend like that, but he’s not too preachy. However, if he takes you to out for a meal he’ll only pay for the vegan items. I like that about him. As long as he doesn’t rip up my leather coats. He wouldn’t do that, he’s tolerant of choice, but I couldn’t live that way.

  34. Bad Fairy says:

    Everything these two wear look like something my mother would own.
    My mother is 70

  35. madpoe says:

    I hope this helps the girls obtain some money!!!

    They can’t even afford to wax those damn eyebrows! Eyebrows lookin’ like dust feathers! Good gawd man!

    Y’all can’t we help some sistahs out now!

  36. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    I’m surprised these two haven’t been featured in a Tim Burton’s film, and Jessica Simpson’s stuff is nicer.

  37. Turd Fergussen says:

    I hate that these two malnourished twats use fur in their clothing line. Scratch that — I pretty much hate anyone who wears or uses fur in clothing. If they saw how some of that fur was harvested, they might rethink it.

    I’m not a fan of PETA, particularly, but I hope they stay on their little narrow asses about this.

  38. Green_Eyes says:

    My hubby better kiss me for this! As much of a handbag fetish that I have… No way in hell can i even fathom ANYONE justifying $39,000 for a handbag. gator or not!

    For that amount of money it better have a Legit Deed to nice apartment or small home!

    From the looks of the twins though..their handbags carry everything BUT the kitchen sink as both look like they have no clue what water or soapis for.. They just look dirty..wth happened to them?? Ahh $39,000worth of GREED

  39. ZenB!tch says:

    I have no respect for PETA since they went into the porn business. I also love nice things and if I could afford an Hermes bag, I would get it.

    However, either that is a very bad picture or they are lying about the crocodile or alligator. It looks like vinyl and its very boring looking.

    Chanel had a $45K crocodile/alligator bag in ~2008 it looked very different from that. It had a sheen and texture that bag is missing. That bag looks like my $30 9 West faux croc interview shoes – except my shoes don’t have that icky old lady clasp.

  40. Soy says:

    Exactly. That “Thing” looks cheap. And Prada made a better one 15 years ago.
    Their Fashion is just boring, and has nothing special to it. But its the emperors new clothes thing, as mentioned above.

  41. Firecracker says:

    I never could stand these two. They always look like bag ladies. Ridiculous pricing for ugly crap.

  42. ShanKat says:

    There is no such thing as a good looking backpack.

    MK’s plastic surg is a mess. I usually think Ashley is stylish.

  43. lin234 says:

    Honestly, I think this bag is just a PR move for their line and it’s working. Nothing surprises me in terms of price these days for luxury items. You guys know that almost every super luxury store has been raising their prices even more so during the recession these last few years? For the rich, there is no recession.

    Flip open a Neiman Marcus catalog and you’ll see shirts going for $1,000 or more. Up and coming designers that aren’t even popular with the masses are pricing dresses at 10,000 and above. It’s all ridiculous but somebody out there is buying.

  44. Denise says:

    Skinning alligators is vile; I hope Peta gets on this…..

  45. Lairen says:

    Wow, I’m actually really surprised. I don’t know why, but I was under the impression the Olsen twins were vegan or animal-conscious or something. They use fur and alligator skin in their fashion line? How sad – I’m really surprised and shocked at that.

  46. Blue says:

    These 2 scare me, they look so creepy. We’re the same age ( I think, I’m 24) any ways that bag is not that nice and not worth 39k.

    Btw can someone please feed them!

  47. Victoria says:

    Can we please deal with Ashley’s caterpillars for like three seconds? I swear a different shape, a little arch some slight thinning would make her look a lot fresher.

    And maybe some Calgon bath beads.

  48. Bodhi says:

    I love alligator meat… so tasty! While yes, these bags are probably made from critters raised on farms, there has been a HUGE alligator population boom in places in the South. There are people & places that have special dispensation to hunt them when they become nuisance animals

    Anyway, that is an INSANE amount of money to spend on one fucking bag

  49. Nymeria says:

    I hate that they use fur & other animal parts in their clothing & accessories.

    I’m absolutely disgusted that there are people stupid and selfish enough to spend $39,000 on a purse / backpack.

  50. Katyusha says:

    @ Lairen

    The Olsen twins are notorious for using fur – PETA calls the “fur hags” (not that I’d listen to anything PETA says, but that’s their name for them.)

  51. sandy says:

    i wish we could make bags out of all those humans who don’t contribute anything to society…they are just taking up space and drain our resources…yeah, they are overpopulating this freaking planet…travel on their own, etc.

  52. Stacia says:

    Alligators had to die for those overpriced handbags. Such a travesty.

  53. Pyewacket says:

    Actually, from what I read on other sites it is crocodile, not alligator, which makes it worse.

  54. DesertRose says:

    Only because I’m country-fried, I’m gonna risk hatred from all the cool kids and put this out there: I hope all of you who are harping about fur and hide are proper vegetarians. The for-real kind. When we truly get to the nitty-gritty, there is no difference between using an animal for food vs warmth. You can argue me til the day I die, but humans do not need animal protein to survive, nor do we need fur to be warm. We choose these things because of personal preference and availability.
    Secondly, I think most people need a big old dose of ‘life is not pretty’. Come live on my family’s ranch for a few weeks. I have no doubt that you all are capable of the labor – it’s the biological and social aspects that will kick your ass =)

  55. Psyren says:

    Why do they always have that idiotic, wide eyed “deer in headlights” look on their faces? It’s like they’re absolutely stunned to be wherever they happen to be. And the pursed lip thing. I won’t even start on the lip thing.

  56. Vegetarian says:


    I 100% agree with you and I am a vegetarian.

  57. tripmom says:

    I do not understand the hatred for these girls. Most child actors grow up to be way worse things than incredibly successful businesswomen. Give them a break. They have a unique sense of style that, while it may not be my cup of tea, is clearly interesting to lots of other people, since they are contantly photographed and people spend a lot of money on their clothes.

  58. JuliaDomna says:

    They look like raccoons.

  59. Nev says:

    the bag is much…way much…but these girls are stylish, not cookie-cutter…and aren’t afraid to rock the styles…mix it up…real style.

  60. ocean says:

    the photos of them together scare me

  61. DrM says:

    I’m not vegetarian and I wear leather. Having said that I don’t support animals being ‘farmed’ in inhumane conditions. Like battery hens and cage eggs. I don’t buy either and in NZ, by law, it says on the packaging whether chickens and eggs are cage, barn raised, or free range. Same with crocs. If the farms are along the same lines as battery hens then I’m against it.

    $39,000K for a bag (American…my god the mind boggles lets see thats $50,732NZ) is obscene. Plain and simple. As another post-er pointed out that is enough to support her multiple child family for a year. Embossed leather and a price tag of a couple of hundred? Fine. This is pointless, conspicuous consumption.

  62. Chris says:

    I don’t find them attractive at all. The sickly look doesn’t do it for me. And co-sign with Ocean, they’re creepy looking.

  63. Kloops says:

    Poor croc. Or gator. Whatever. Even if I could afford it this is where I draw the line. It’s a tenuous line, but it’s my line.

  64. Seeduh says:

    Am I the only one who thinks MK has gotten a nose job? It looks thinner. Ashley’s brows may be kicking’, but at least she kept her real nose. Good for her.

  65. palermo says:

    There are plenty of people with more money than sense I guess

  66. whateveryouwantittobe says:

    I have to remind myself that this is not just some elaborate satirization of the fashion world. The way they pose for cameras, eyes wide open, cheeks sucked in, lips pouty, swamped in tens of thousands of dollars worth of clothing and accessories that often look ridiculous.. it’s like Ab Fab The New Generation, (but obviously not as likeable).

  67. Hakura says:

    @Kelly“I think the bag is nice – classic. I’d buy it if it wasn’t alligator – what’s wrong with embossed leather? – and it cost about $500.”

    I agree. Though I don’t think ‘designer’ prices have anything whatsoever to do with the cost of the materials, especially in high-end circles (which is just assinine, paying more for a little backpack than a car)

    Aside from that, the Olsens seem *especially* willing (& attracted to) having to kill something to wear. I just don’t understand why everything they design is fur or something like this. (They’re certainly not the only ones, but it just seems they do it more frequently & consistently than most of the others I know about). They *do* have an ‘eccentric old lady’ vibe, as another poster mentioned.

  68. bettyrose says:

    Is the price tag somewhere visible on the bag? I mean, what the frak is the point of spending that kind of money unless everyone knows?

  69. Alarmjaguar says:

    The reason they are flying off the shelves is that there is no recession for the uber rich — and the amount they pay in taxes has been dropping for the last decade. They’re doing just fine, better than fine. It is us shlubs in the middle class and below who are getting screwed.

  70. Frank says:

    Ugly b#$&$es. Id like to skin those idiots and make a backpack out of them, see how they like it. Damn are they ugly, in so many ways.

  71. miss_bhaven says:

    Well, they should put their bags to good use and put them over their heads.

  72. laopinion says:

    they are disgusting animal murderers, really your billions arent enough you have to kill and sell more animals. disgusting and horrifying they are sickening!

  73. samab says:

    our race should just extinguish .we’ve reached a level of stupidity and nonsenese that goes beyond.And these two has notaste ,the way they dress ,the shoes the bag choice…I don’t know what they think it looks bu t sure it’s nore classic or nothing it’s just blah

  74. smh says:

    they look worse everyday. how is that humanly possible? oh god i hated the 2000′s here’s hope that this decade will be better, and more truthful, but these leftovers from the last and laziest decade of arts have to disappear into public oblivion first

  75. snappy81 says:

    I see a Grey Gardens-type documentary on the horizon for these two.

  76. Tiffany S says:

    Alarmjaguar- You are right on the money. There is no recession for the uber rich!

    And I’m shocked that no one noticed the totally obvious nose job on the one on the right (I don’t know who is who.) Definitely some major tweaking going on there, she’s starting to look like a Kartrashian. The one on the left looks more natural, but maybe it’s bc her hair is less severe…?

  77. Momz says:

    Gator is just fine. Its an eat or be eaten reptile. Fur and leather are not at all the same unless we’re considering sharks. Their skin is the best sandpaper.

    There is no justice in this world when people are losing modest homes that now cost less than this stupid bag.

  78. Cliff Mathewson says:

    The last time I saw eyebrows like this.It was on Groucho Marx!!!!

  79. Cliff says:

    The last time I saw eyebrows like this.It was on Groucho Marx!!