This Week in Racism: the Strange but True Tale of a Bag, a PR Hater & the Fashion Blogosphere
There's truth in the aphorism that there's no such thing as bad PR, which makes me wonder if that's what is behind the following disgraceful display by a publicist. In order to avoid giving this firm any undeserved publicity, I've dubbed them BS PR (however, any fellow bloggers or media mavens hoping to avoid them can feel free to email me & I'll happily unmask the guilty).
The backstory: Two months ago, BS PR emailed the Bag Snob to ask if they could send their client Zina Eva's bags for inclusion in the monthly Bag Snob giveaway which regularly includes $2,000 bags by Devi Kroell, Anya Hindmarch, Jimmy Choo, Sang A & Smythson. However, the Zina Eva bags apparently photographed really, really well. "After receiving the samples...we decided the bags were not up to Bag Snob par and we couldn't possibly endorse it let alone give it to our readers," they explain, noting that they told the PR they were returning the lot. "So why didn't we like the bags? First of all, they smelled heavily of plastic and looked and felt like plastic (fake embossed snakeskin is the one they sent), the handles were also very flimsy and felt like plastic too."
And in a stunning case of being unclear in the "relations" part of being in PR, a series of increasingly offensive emails followed, as BS PR deemed Bag Snob a "lowly blog" & accused Bag Snob of trying to "scam" them out of $150 bags...which begs the question: if you're trying to return the bags rather than abscond with them, how exactly is it scamming? Most disturbingly, they questioned the Bag Snobs' last names, insisting they must be fake: “You are pathetic soccer moms who wish you are European.”
- Lesley Scott