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July 29 2014

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A Quotable Tote-able

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“Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess.” Thus spake long-ago Vogue editor Edna Woolman Chase, and in these credit-crunched times, hers is a good motto to bear in mind. Jessica Kagan Cushman liked the sentiment so much, she’s emblazoned it on one of the waxed-canvas totes in her new range of bags. Currently available at Colette—and selling out fast—the JKC totes put a puckish spin on Goyard’s St. Louis carry-all, and like Cushman’s trademark bracelets, they serve as a handy medium for messages worth remembering. “I’m always looking for new vehicles for the quotes I collect, and the tote bags were the perfect canvas, so to speak,” notes Cushman. “Plus, I’m a total bag-o-holic; I buy them frantically, all the time, so if I was going to expand beyond jewelry, bags seemed like the natural next thing.” The standard-size JKC tote runs $125—i.e., for the cost of a St. Louis, you could turn your closet into a miniature Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations—and though Cushman plans to develop more “special” (read: pricy) bags down the line, for the moment she’s focused on keeping her satchels “fun and accessible.” “We’re going to be introducing more sizes,” she says, “but the idea is, you know, these are bags you can zip around town with.” Fashion is expensive. Style is free. A tote bag reminding you of these facts: somewhere in-between.

 

 

Photo: Courtesy of Jessica Kagan Cushman

 

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