April 07, 2004
Confessions of a Bag Lady
I read about a blogger who discovered that the wash-care label in his new bag had some extra text in French: NOUS SOMMES DESOLES QUE NOTRE PRESIDENT SOIT UN IDIOT. NOUS N'AVONS PAS VOTE POUR LUI. The translation: We are sorry that our President is an idiot. We didn't vote for him. I think the poor guy got too many hits, because his site is no longer up at the moment.
The maker of the bag, Tom Bihn, cheekily noted the following in the news portion of its website:
...Apparently, the message began as an inside joke among seamstresses and staff at the Tom Bihn factory, intended to poke fun at company's founder and president, Tom Bihn, who recently incorporated the company and was elected its president.
Tom Bihn, the President of TOM BIHN INC., has issued the following statement:
"I am terribly sorry that this inside joke has been misconstrued to be a slur on any other president. The joke is on me, and I think it's funny."
My bag wardrobe is more extensive than my shoe wardrobe, so naturally I had to check out their stuff. And...I gave in. I'm hoping that my medium Cafe bag in eggplant/periwinkle with the off-center buckle (and that label!) arrives before my trip to Chicago next week.