This might sound like it’s the beginning of a girly post (another one?) about accessories and things.
But just think of it as a supplement to The Disney Hipsters‘ Good Design + Bad Design segment on their podcast.
I’d like to think that you can still incorporate Disney in your life without sacrificing style and class. I wish that when I walked into a souvenir shop in Florida or even in The Disney Store I didn’t have to search for those kind of items. It’s true that the state of shopping has improved over the years (and maybe it’s better for my wallet), but I would buy so much more if they turned down the cartoon-y details.
Disney’s collaboration with Dooney and Bourke is a prime example. Funnily enough, my first designer purse was a Dooney and Bourke purchased by my boyfriend in college. This means I was under 21 years old and carrying a purse with heart doodles on it. Perfectly acceptable, and I’m actually sad they don’t carry a design like this anymore because I would still use it.
Maybe it’s just me but when you are dropping a few hundred dollars on a purse, I would think buying an item you can use in multiple settings would be a priority. Unfortunately, many of the Disney-fied D&B designs do not fit into this category, and I tend to just stare at them for awhile and pass them by. (Secretly wishing I lived in Spaceship Earth because it would be a-okay for me to wear one of them every day!)
While I’m happy to chat about Disney and listen to park audio in the presence of others, I just can’t see myself carrying one of these bags to work and feeling 1) my age and 2) professional.
Let’s look at the Disney Charms design:
I love that this design comes in black. I would jump for a black bag more than I would for white. To me, it goes with all seasons. I like the chains on this bag, but Donald’s face immediately catches my eye and it feels like way too much.
A bag that runs for $245 comes off way too childish.
Then there’s the case of actually liking the design but not the wording:
I love the whimsical feel of this one, but the Walt Disney World/Disneyland banner popping up all over it turns me off. It reminds me of those bags you can buy in ANY destination that scream PARIS and MONTAUK. Not exactly what I want in a $238 bag.
When it comes to shopping Dooney and Bourke in Disney, I believe the best investment are the wristlets. I have one of the earlier designs and I use it all the time. The quality is fantastic, you can use it for makeup/money/camera case, and the best part is that you can put it INSIDE your purse so it isn’t always on display.
At the moment, I really like this one:
I’m hoping as time goes on the designs will improve. This weekend, the 20th anniversary marathon purse will make its debut down in Florida and, you know, they did a-okay with this one.
There aren’t so many colors that you are scrambling to find an ensemble/outerwear that will go with the purse, and the Mickey silhouette is actually pretty subtle. This is one of the only designs I could see myself buying as an actual everyday bag. (Or at least a weekender bag; they would pair awesome with jeans and brown riding boots.)
In the end, it’s pretty impressive that a classic company like Dooney and Bourke would form such an alliance with Disney. And I think it’s awesome if you have one of these bags in your collection. I just know that when I’m making an investment in an accessory like this, I want to know it’s going to carry a lot of books and withstand the test of time — not only the minutes ticking by but the fashions that so easily sweep through year after year.
…maybe what I truly want is variety! Some crisp + clean designs thrown into the vibrant, woo-hoo (!!) Disney selection. So maybe I’ll be drooling over a D&B Disney bag and not this: