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The Olsen Twins Explain Why The Row Bags Are So Expensive

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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen's eight-year-old label, The Row, is known for its elevated basics and…exorbitantly-priced leather goods. The twins made headlines in 2011 when they debuted their signature backpack in alligator hide, priced at an astonishing $39,000–which is as much as some people pay for a year of college…or a car. Now, why in tarnation would anyone spend that much on something like a bag?

The twins told the Wall Street Journal that the carryall in question was made using a Bombé technique, which they say is "an older [one] that you don't see very often." Plus, the lining of the bags are made from linen, as opposed to manmade fabrics. "That [backpack] was obviously a very special bag to us, but that didn't represent the entire range," Mary-Kate added.

If that still doesn't seem like a good enough reason to throw away a year's salary for something you carry your lipstick in, the Olsens assure us that their range of leather goods aren't all so expensive. They make a point to mention that many of their bags will cost you between $1,000 and $3,000, so even the mildly rich can score one of their coveted carryalls.

Thank goodness for small #blessings.

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