There are two types of people in the world: supporters of the Louis Vuitton bag that fictional style icon Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) gifted to her assistant Louise (played Jennifer Hudson) in the first movie “Sex and the City “, then – well, all the others.
The bag’s sympathy (or lack thereof) has been a topic of conversation among fans since the film premiered in 2008. The general consensus is that Bradshaw should have gifted his beloved Louise of St. Louis something a. little more timeless; The sheer disdain of others for his colorful and somewhat garish appearance outweighs any concern for practicality.
However, after some self-reflection, some growth – I was 14 the first time I saw him – and a little more context, I have admittedly converted from the latter’s camp, and here I am. to assert my controversial point of view.
Let’s start with some information on the bag in question: the Louis Vuitton Motard Firebird made its debut at the brand’s Spring 2008 show. It was ultimately produced in two eye-catching color ways: the yellow, black and pink “Neon Noir” seen in the film and a mix of yellow, pink and green dubbed “Pastel.”
The limited edition style of the Marc Jacobs era was designed in collaboration with artist Richard Prince, the famous photographer and painter known for his abstract designs, the use of bright colors and numerous pop culture portraits. (Most recently, he made headlines for his “Instagram Art” project.)
The good-sized silhouette is constructed with the historic house’s monogrammed biker velvet, as well as patent leather with contrast stitching and candy-colored resin stones along the exterior. Inside is a luxurious silk lining and hidden compartments to store your small essentials.
Despite its artistic origins, many on social media have concluded that the bag itself is just not appealing … to put it lightly.
In a 2019 article, “Sex and the City” resident pundits Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni, the duo behind the preeminent Instagram account on the original show, @everyoutfitonsatc, said this about the … situation: “You know when two really sexy people fuck but their baby is NOT cute? This handbag is kind of like that, because we have no idea how a collaboration between two creative powers, Richard Prince and Marc Jacobs, could end up with something so unfortunate.
After opening the conversation on my own Instagram Stories last year, several of my followers went so far as to call it “hideous”, saying Louise would have been better off with a tried and true classic, like a Neverfull tote or Speedy duffel. . Others have hinted that Bradshaw would never have worn it herself – so why buy it for JHud?
With beauty absolutely in the eye of the beholder, let’s consider the facts: the bag and the film both released in the same year, meaning the style was the current season – and knowing what we know about Carrie , a fashion enthusiast who happened to work at Vogue At the time, a seasonal Louis Vuitton bag designed in collaboration with an iconic artist would be quite its proverbial alleyway.
If you’ve seen the movie (which, if you’re here, I guess you’ve seen it), you know that from the moment we are shown at Sainte Louise de Saint-Louis, it’s clear that she had a fondness for Louis Vuitton and other luxury handbags. As a result, the dedicated fan base is committed to the idea that the first owner, multiple tenant (courtesy of Bag, Borrowed, Steal) should “start” with something more practical. My answer to this is: Because she is such a fan of the luxury brand, why not give him something as unique as the Biker Firebird? Everyone between here and the Midwest will have a classic monogrammed style – if given the chance, why go for the safe option when you can wear a masterpiece on your arm?
Stylist and jewelry designer Carla Rockmore, who, thanks to her eclectic wardrobe and helpful outfit tips, has been dubbed the real Carrie Bradshaw by TikTok, admits she doesn’t hate the bag – however, she concedes that it does. is really tricky.
“I don’t think the bag is ugly – I think it’s difficult, like a rebellious teenager might be,” she said. “[It] has a lot of restrictions. If I had been Louise of St. Louis, I would have preferred the more classic Capucines for an everyday bag. “
“Le Motard steals the show and takes a bit of work,” she continues. “It won’t easily fall into a wardrobe, but with a little effort it would be fabulous.”
For those wondering how to wear this bold style, Rockmore offered this nugget of advice: “Let’s start with an oversized woolen tent dress in whiskey that skims the floor. Pair it with chocolate brown spiked boots and a rich one. The Row’s long hooded cashmere cardigan. The look is heavy. There is no fuss about it. A modern day medieval traveler, with a fabulous statement bag that holds all of his worldly possessions. “
Aesthetics aside, the bag survived in the resale market – and turned out to be quite a commodity.
Fashionphile has seen 14 Motard Firebirds come and go on its platform, each selling “well below the original retail price of $ 5,400,” according to Stephanie Wallin, a purchasing specialist at the resale company of luxury. Still, they have “slipped off the shelves”, so to speak, with some selling quickly for $ 2,000 to $ 2,400 in recent months.
So, as some have argued, Louise might not be able to resell for a higher price, but she would not have to worry about whether it would sell.
“It’s still a very rare item that is highly sought after to this day, mainly because of the nostalgia that surrounds it,” Wallin explains. “For a Motard Firebird in excellent new condition, with the matching luggage tag accessory, Louise could expect to sell for between $ 2,400 and $ 3,700, which is the highest approximate price currently. . ”
Plus, it wouldn’t stay on a resale shelf for long: Motard Firebirds “are usually bought in 30 days or less,” Wallis adds.
Knowing what I know today, I couldn’t help but wonder if we hadn’t been too quick to judge the bag. With nothing to do but appearances – and a slew of iconic styles over the six seasons to compare – was contempt for this new design inevitable? When confronted with heavyweights like the Dior Saddle bag and the Fendi wand in a movie that most don’t even consider canon, it was no wonder the Biker Firebird, as exclusive as it was, seemed like a outlier. But after countless streams of the first film, 13 years and a thriving fashion career, I feel comfortable saying that I was wrong about this unique style. And if you’re still not convinced, at least you should be able to appreciate the handbag for what it is: a work of art to wear.
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