How Do We Feel About This Tribal Print Trend?

This whole “designs based on Navajo and other indigenous tribal art” fashion moment is clearly not going away. The look is popping up on bags, shoes, dresses, jewelry and even the so-called “hipster snuggie” by Urban Outfitters that is such a blatant rip-off of Lindsey Thornburg’s Cloaks, left (the latter laughably priced at $925, but still). Other similarly stylish outposts like Opening Ceremony are well-stocked — their exclusive Pendleton line draws heavily upon the look, as evidenced by the $650 Peplum coat on the right — and who knows what similarly themed wares could trickle down to Target and Wal-Mart any day now. Personally, I don’t mind the look so much. Then again I have weird taste and used to live in Santa Fe, where this look is about as chic as it gets. However, I will put this on the record: A) I would not buy either one of these heinous, overpriced jackets; and B) if I’m interested in buying indigenous designs I would probably buy from authentic artisans, not hipsters charging a million bucks for themes they stole off the internet. Certainly, designers borrow influence from all kinds of people and cultures all the time, but some of these items seem particularly wrong, no? Whether it’s fair-trade Peruvian alpaca hats or Shoshone moccasins you’re after, please, consider buying direct. But whatever you do, for the love of all that is holy, do not purchase a hipster snuggie.

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