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Would You Spend $275 On This Key Ring from Barneys?

Image: Barneys.com

Image: Barneys.com

Barneys has taken the humble carabiner to the next level, as they say, with a sterling silver version (right) which retails for $275. The going rate for one that's not made out of a precious metal is about $8 at the mid-range. 

Caribiners have been a staple of hipster male fashion for years ("Keeping Their Keys in Their Pockets" was a 2010 entry in the then-popular Tumblr, Stuff Hipsters Hate), but were initially created for climbing sports, construction and industrial work. 

The appropriation of these items as key rings by bougie city-dwellers has attracted some criticism, because it's seen as a disingenuous way of invoking working class authenticity for people who are neither working class in the traditional sense, nor particularly authentic. 

And now it's only a matter of time before Barneys figures out how to sell handcrafted Murano glass Mason jars. 

RelatedThe Paris Review Is Now Selling Branded Swim Trunks at Barneys (In Collaboration with Orlebar Brown)

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