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Friday, March 12, 2010

Giuseppe Zanotti Che-Embellished Suede Clutch

I'm fairly certain no other bag I have ever reviewed has elicited such a visceral response from me. I've spent the past few days going back and forth trying to decide if I should even mention it on the blog. I like to tackle a bag from an aesthetics prospective, and this clutch will be no different. This Giuseppe Zanotti clutch is a basic black suede hand-held bag with an asymmetrical fold-over flap, fairly spacious main compartment and internal zippered pocket for additional storage. The flap is embellished with a crystal-encrusted bust of Che Guevara. I'm not a fan of putting a person's face on a bag as a decorative element, but this brand's choice of personage is what has me incensed.

Of all the human beings that have ever walked the face of this Earth, why, oh why, would they decide to go with this man. I see people walking around with El Che shirts all the time, and I'm tempted to stop them and ask what they find appealing about wearing a murderer's face on their body. Please understand me, I'm not trying to be political or controversial here. This is a bag blog. I like to keep things light and breezy, but for most Cubans (like myself and my family), Che Guevara was a murderer that helped another murderer destroy a country and its people for ever. Seeing someone walking around with his face on a shirt or, in this case, on a bag is as blood-curdling and insulting as it would be for a Jewish person seeing Hitler's face on an article of clothing or a bag.

Choosing to wear or use items like this is a form of promoting and glorifying people who don't deserve it. I know most people just think he looks "cool" and have no idea what atrocities were perpetrated on his orders, so just take it from me - he wasn't a nice man and he's definitely not cool. If you don't agree with me, just think of how someone who lives in NY and lost a loved one on 9/11 would feel if they spotted some woman walking down 5th Ave with an Osama Bin Laden crystal-encrusted clutch. There are so many other opportunities one has in life to be an insensitive jerk, why pay $650 for a cheesy bag to be one? You might want to read  a very interesting post by The Bag Snobs about a rather controversial Judith Leiber clutch so you can get a better understanding of the implications of using religious or political icons on handbags.

I'll be stepping off my soapbox now. If you still want this bag, it's available via


3 Responses to "Giuseppe Zanotti Che-Embellished Suede Clutch"
  1. Michael St. James said...
    Friday, March 12, 2010

    1. I was thrilled to find out that Giuseppe Zanotti was launching a website this month...until I saw it. Everything he designs looks sooo cheap! 2. I have to admit that I wasn't aware of the atrocities committed by Che Guevara and I certainly don't understand why his image is so popular. 3.I think the Ganesh clutch is absolutely beautiful albeit WAY overpriced! Of course, I would wear a baby Jesus bedazzled clutch too, so at least my religious insensitivity doesn't discriminate.

  2. Sara said...
    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    "Che Guevara is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom, we will always honor his memory." --- NELSON MANDELA

  3. Dania Padron said...
    Saturday, March 13, 2010

    "Che Guevara is an inspiration for every human being who loves freedom, we will always honor his memory." --- NELSON MANDELA

    Tell that to the families of the men who died in firing squads on El Che's orders during the revolution because they refused to give over their properties to the government. Simply because they wanted to keep the homes they had worked hard to pay for. The Cuban people loved freedom and saw theirs taken away by men who were hungry for power like Castro and Guevara. To the Cuban people, Che was not an inspiration but a nightmare. Imagine men coming into your home, and when you refuse to leave it, they take your father and grandfather to jail and shoot them in the head the following day without even so much as formal charges being filed, let alone a trial. It's sad that such a respected man who fought against apartheid like Manela did condones the atrocities of Che Guevara.

    I have no idea what Mr. Guevara might have loved during his life, but it certainly was not freedom. When you take a person's life, I think that takes away their freedom to live, wouldn't you agree?

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