Ok, I caused a bit of a palava with the Louis Vuitton laundry/market bags that has now prompted a wee trend of carrying the real deal on the streets (quite possibly the easiest and cheapest way to bring a catwalk item to reality). From an environmental point of view though I think Louis Vuitton missed the beat though with their 'luxury' laundry bags stamped with the LV logo. Afterall, they are still those same plastic bags abeit made with better, stronger plastic. What they could have done is made them truly sustainable like Nathalie Thakur and her 100% reusable range. Taking the designs of the humble everyday plastic striped bag (a staple in UK newsagents) and brown paper bags, Thakur reproduces them by hand in high quality soft leather. Ok, so maybe £150 is a tad excessive for bags to put your fruit and veg in but I'd be more than happy to carry a leather 'paper' bag into work with my daily packed lunch (yes I'm cutting back on overpriced bought sandwiches) - a grown up take on the school lunchbag! Or perhaps using the stripy shopper to cut down on carrying too many plastic bags when shopping (don't you just hate it when red marks start appearing on your wrists from all the plastic bags you're carrying). Thakur specialises in architectural leatherwork and has worked on projects for Mulberry and Ghost so I'd expect a superb craftsmanship even on as simple a design as this. For me, the concept of taking the mundane object onto a higher plain works better here with Thakur's designs than Louis Vuitton's market bags. Plus I'd rather have Thakur pocket my money anyhow given the cashcow those Vuitton bags will be.
**EDIT** So my informant may have been wrong. The LV market shoppers will indeedio be made in leather (and perhaps in vinyl as well?) but I'll repeat my last statement. I still don't want to contribute to the cashcow those bags are going to be.