I'm not a fan of the designer collaborations with Target. They're priced too high for the average Target customer and the quality is too low for the average designer buyer.
Plus, Target - so adept at making and celebrating all the designer knockoffs they sell year-round - looks hypocritical in these partnerships, although ostensibly everyone makes a ton of money from them. This has to be the only reason the designers do it, otherwise why water down your brand so much by sticking your name on items so flimsy?
But maybe Phillip Lim will change my mind. I am a big fan of the 3.1 line. When I need something really nice, he's the first place I turn. I wore a black & white silk number by 3.1 Phillip Lim to the premiere of The Gorilla's second movie, and I'm sentimental about it.
Guess I'm glad I waited until the Target release? Because these bags looks A LOT alike. The Target 3.1 Phillip Lim tote looks like a conglomeration of his two Pashli totes. I guess knocking off your own design makes it more acceptable? But then why would one ever purchase "the real thing" if you could get one for $50, also with the designer label?
My unoriginal guess is that the Target version is obvious faux leather and sticky zippers. But I wonder if one could tell from ten feet back? I'll let you know.
I'm trying not to get my hopes too high up, but I did like these other designs in the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target line:
It will definitely be the quality that will make it or break it for me. I regularly rock my Target leopard jeans that are a designer knockoff. Anything I purchase from any number of stores (including middle-priced Anthroplogie or JCrew, etc.) are, uh, inspired by the couture runways.
So I will be ecstatic if the collaboration manages to mingle what I love about them both: original design and a reasonable price point.
But I'm not getting my hopes up.