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German label launches €190 brown paper bag

German label launches €190 brown paper bag
Photo: Jil Sander

German fashion house Jil Sander has launched a men’s hand bag which is not only designed to look like an ordinary brown paper bag – it is a brown paper bag. But at a price of €190, throwing it away after one use would be a mistake.

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The "Vasari" clutch unveiled in the men's fall 2012 collection, is made of durable coated paper.

"It repels water, but it's not completely water proof," a Jil Sander spokeswoman told The Local.

That hasn't put off would-be fashionistas. A company spokeswoman said the bag was already sold out in Germany.

The "Vasari" features stitched seams, metal eyelets for ventilation and a Jil Sander logo. Another variation made of black leather was priced at €470.

The fashion magazine W gave the leather version an enthusiastic review, calling it "perfectly in sync with the fashion house's minimalist roots."

Those who prefer the original will be relieved to know a packet of 40 of brown paper lunch bags can be bought for just a buck on the website of US discount retailer The Dollar Tree.

Sarah Harman

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