Why are we stringing you along?

You think that title was bad? You were lucky to escape one even worse, try "Why are we strung out"! Occasionally Le Futiloscope feels that less really is more. The string bag…to put an end to the immense sociological study we have undertaken recently on the subject of bags, we deem it necessary to examin the case of this humble domestic accessory. After it's buddy the basket, this is now its moment to undergo an unbelievable fashion rehab. This summer it has been revamped as an absolutely essential urban attribute, and it is everywhere…

A little bit of background.

Some of you will think we are late. You have always collected these little net shopping bags, brought back from a Greek stall or unearthed at the back of a vintage hardware store…the sort of trophy that costs only a few bucks, is super attractive and super…useless! The string shopping bag, like its name suggests, is super, if your goal is to pack in 3 lemons. But as a bag, with holes that promise the loss of your keys and a propensity to take all kinds of grotesque forms when it's filled, it's the FBI (false best idea) in person. More often than not, it ends up hung next to its big brother, the hold all, sad and abandoned (because very often, we have more than 3 lemons to bring home from the market). Or as a wall decoration, with Moroccan baskets and other ethnic totes amassed over the years.

The return

Clearly the modern string bag owes it all to the group at Vêtements, the same people who have done wondrous things to glamorize the tennis sock, the DHL T-shirt, the oversize sweat shirt with Russian riff-raff logos and other marvels of cynicism. Now it's the string bag, which under its new appellation "Granny Sac" is making a splash. The gimmick - because this brand likes to make the daily life of women easier? -- embeds a sumptuous leather change purse into the cotton netting and sells it as a combo…It's very clever and its also €3290. Obviously, broke fashionistas caught on to it and they've adopted a DIY chic version of the accessorized bag. If you really want to be correctly attired with this bag in 2018, its only use is to stow your usual handbag…right (see HERE or THERE )!

The revenge of the boho bag.

Cheered on by all this, the Boho's have made the most of it by leaving behind the inner circle of deco fan blogs about eucalyptus and ceramics (and crates in bio shops). Concept stores with beautiful objects that are both useful and respectful, blah, blah, blah once again show string bags in the aisles, next to Duralex glasses and Mason jars. Its amusing, and it means that the original manufacturer, Filt, weaver since 1860 (from nautical goods to bird cages) is now a star. The ugliness of its site says a lot about its artlessness in face of this un-hoped for craze! That being said, we're betting seriously on foutas being schlepped around in net totes this summer…

 

The street wear net tote.

Through a form of rather hilarious recycling, most of the fashion giants for youngsters are into it in a big way these days. At Urban Outfitters, for example, its been revisited in XXL and is worn…almost empty, with baggy jeans and a mermaid hairdo. The cool housewife look is priceless. On the indolent teen, who already strews her personal effects everywhere, like credit cards or tampons, we are already atremble with the potential problems of a bag that leaks like a sieve. The only advantage we see? The forbidden smokes are easily apparent between the mesh. The bottle of rosé as well. You can compound the treachery by offering the forbidden objects yourself…

 

 

Conclusion? After you use it once or twice, you can recycle your mesh bag on your Instagram site, having artistically filled it with citrus fruits or red onions. That's called using the social net-work! And getting back to fundamentals…