Chain handle bags are back in fashion, but the old Coco Chanel* chain handle bag has taken on new twists in Mary Kolber and Courtney Theese's industrial design project, titled Pound It. The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) seniors just may have a career ahead of them with their sexy, fashionable handbags that pack a whack and a mean arm or neck burn.
Pound It handbags offer elegance and protection: designed by Mary Kolber & Courtney Theese; photo by Matt de Turck
You see the elegant chains are actually industrial strength and the gorgeously etched metal weighs a bit more than, say, a tin can, although come to think about it, getting hit in the head with a tin can swung through the air with a heavy metal chain could definitely do some temporary harm.
A few of the styles even have some sharp-edged 'highlights.'
This is the first year that RIT Industrial Design seniors produced their own show that began on May 6, 2011 and will continue through May 20. Check their Twitter page for hours.
sources: Core77, City Newspaper
*Chanel, tired of lugging around and losing her clutches, realized that
the modern woman needed her hands free for other tasks. According to
legend, soldiers’ bags inspired the longer-handled design, which she
feminized with a delicate chain strap. “I know women,” she said, when
explaining her choice. “Give them chains, women adore chains.” Chain Handle Bags, A History, by the Shopbob Blog.