Dolce and Gabbana have played their trump card in what feels like a designers’ race to come up with the kitschiest “theme bag” yet. This race seems to have been playing-out over the last few fashion seasons, with no end in sight. Thinking back on it, I can recall a few of the real standouts: the Fendi furry “Monster” bags, Moschino’s cartoonish “Fast Food” bag collection, and the never-ending evening bag offerings by Judith Leiber (the perfume bottles, telephones, and animals, to name a few). However, this time Dolce & Gabbana have done something with their theme bag that nobody else has to date; they’ve made it into an actual functioning boom box.
The bag (which is not yet available in stores), in keeping with its old-school vibe, will have a cord that enables you to connect your iPhone (as opposed to pairing it via Bluetooth) and play the music of your choosing. While there is no price listed for this bag as yet (we’re guessing it will be on the pricey side), the company has stated only that the Boom Box Bag will be in a “handful of stores” and on the Dolce & Gabbana website “very soon.”
Well, this is a surprise. While portable music devices have been a fixture in various shapes and forms since the 70s, never in our wildest dreams would we have envisioned the big boom box trend that was so popular in the 80s coming back for a second showing — yet that is exactly what appears to be happening. Sort of.
Over the past few years’ enormous trend for novelty accessories, bags have been made in the image of a lot of things: books, decks of playing cards, astrological symbols, leather jackets. Rarely do any of these bags also perform any of the functions of their aesthetic inspirations; after all, bags have a pretty specific functional purpose already, and their interior hollowness presents another significant barrier. Neither of those issues got in Dolce & Gabbana’s way, though, and soon you can buy a bag that’s also a boombox, should that be a thing that’s useful to you.