Originally Posted by SoCal2NYC
Yes there is SOME Jil left lol...I'm holding off on the metallic blue parka and black duffle for a bit because at least on a night if it drops to 70 I can wear this lol.
As per Jil's anti-accessory thing...I think it was more of not wanting her name on $250-$400 little bags that would saturate the market like Prada nylon and water down her name. Even now the cheapest bags are about $1000 and they are just a simple black woman's clutch. There is a small men's messenger for about $1000 and then everything else jumps and stays in the $1700-$2500 range.
Also, part of me says that any aversion that she had to that was part of butting heads with Patrizio simply because she had to answer to someone and that was not her style at all.
She was a total control freak to the point that she made sure the associates in the stores had the tags facing a certain way in the clothing and that even the stock draws were organized in the way that she demanded them (as though she would now the best way to organize a back store room to make it efficent to get a new size for a customer). I doubt deep down she had a problem with increasing some of the bag/small leather production (I'm certain she didn't want it to trump her clothing); but, I'd also venture a guess that part of it she was disagreeing simply to disagree.
Yeah, I obviously don't know Jil Sander, the person, but your hypothesis sound pretty reasonable. The story I heard was that it was pressure exerted by Patrizio for her to expand in accessories and to use less precious fabrics that were at the heart of the arguments, but it wouldn't surprise me that personal animosity was in fact the root issue, given the widely circulated anecdotes about the principals.
In 2001, she had a really terrific saddlebag/messenger (this was the season everyone went "ye olde country".) It retailed at Barneys for about $900, iirc, but the dollar was much stronger then. I wonder if the dollar were as strong now what the prices for her accessories would be. I guess we'd just have to check the EU prices. Someone? Anyone?