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THE BIRKIN BAG OF SANDALS, QUITE LITERALLY: MSCHF’s Birkinstock
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of MSCHF
09.02.2021
MSCHF has destroyed a few 'Birkin' bags to make these Birkenstock-inspired sandals
MSCHF has destroyed a few 'Birkin' bags to make these Birkenstock-inspired sandals
MSCHF has destroyed a few 'Birkin' bags to make these Birkenstock-inspired sandals
MSCHF has destroyed a few 'Birkin' bags to make these Birkenstock-inspired sandals
MSCHF has destroyed a few 'Birkin' bags to make these Birkenstock-inspired sandals
'Birkinstock' has been even replicated the iconic packaging of Hermès
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You know the world’s gone batshit crazy when we’re repurposing pricey Birkin bags into sandals. In the case of MSCHF, this was done in the name of art… as well as to give a select few living in the Bling Empire kinda world some exceptionally high-level bragging rights whilst seeking to accumulate eye rolls from mere mortals. The controversial art collective and culture-commentating label bought over a hundred grand of the iconic Hermès carrier with the sole purpose of using its pricey skin as part of its remake of an Arizona sandal made famous by Birkenstock. MSCHF’s purpose in doing so isn’t just to turn a quick buck or to trademark the cheeky mash-up of a name Birkenstock – each pair is priced between US$34,000 to US$76,000 – it’s also an observation on man-made retail prices in luxury and high-low fashion crossovers. MSCHF spared no effort in ensuring that the sandals look as close to the original, even fashioning its own buckles and packaging the shoes in a signature orange box that is complete with a parody of the horse-drawn carriage logo of Hermès. MSCHF has kept the production numbers small with roughly 10 made-to-orders available. And if you think this is just a gag, someone's already flexing a pair.

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