I'm just curious if anyone here is actually going to buy a bag with the new giant hardware. I'm pretty sure that I won't... but Bal musta created them because they think there's a market for this? Do they look better in person than in pics?
Not me. I think it looks pretty on the white and sandstone(argyle) but it's not one that I would pay extra for. Too blingy. They are supposedly selling well, but i bet if they had done silver/pewter in the regular hardware they would have sold tons more.
I saw them in person at Holts locations in Toronto and I don't like it. I couldn't tell from the photos, but when I saw them in person the hardware is bezelled / patterned on top of being large and shiny (not sure if this lame description makes sense). Probably great on the right person but it's so not me. I would be sick of it in 2 minutes.
No, I will NOT be buying the giant hardware. I saw it IRL today and it was worse than I had imagined, they were somehow bigger than I thought they would be and really cheap looking. I just kept shaking my head in disgust/disbelief.
I LOVE the giant hardware, but don't plan on snapping them up right away. I don't like the price premium, and am a little worried about being weighed down by the hardware (a la Chloe Paddy).
I also have a strange quirk in that I don't like rough textured metals. I imagine they're dirt/germ magnets and traps. All those grooves in the hardware just make me think "unsanitary." I would have preferred giant and smooth hardware.
Given how much everyone hates these, I may be able to pick some up (assuming I get over my germy-wormy phobia) if they go on deep sale. But I won't pay $400 more for the giant hardware. No way.