Designer's September 11 Memorial Bag Isn't Disrespectful

september 11It feels like September 11, 2001 were just yesterday. I remember being in my high school science classroom when we got word that an airplane had struck the World Trade Center. There I sat, gawking at the news on TV, hardly comprehending exactly what was going on just over an hour away in New York City.

Life changed forever that day for many people, including designer Jen Mascali. Her father, an NYC firefighter, died in the attacks. Now, on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, she's releasing her own 9/11 memento, a "Remember" bag. The bag (at right) features bright red leather and neutral tan straps with the words: "Each life is a miracle that changes the world and leaves it a better place than it was before."

Do you think this is too soon? Because I don't.


Working in New York City, I've definitely seen "Always Remember" T-shirts, posters, and memorial wristbands -- but that's about it. In any other case, I'd say September 11 memorabilia like this bag would be tasteless and horrible. Really, looking to make a profit off any tragedy is not only disrespectful to the victims, but to their families as well.

But for Jen? This is pretty meaningful. Designing is what she does. Fashion is her art, and this bag is a form of expression. Not to mention, the wholesale portion of proceeds goes to the 9/11 Memorial Fund. I'm beginning to like this, a lot.

Besides, the bag -- which retails for $300 -- is pretty cute, don't you think? Red is a color that's good for any season, and it would match everything from black and brown to navy blue. Sure, it's sorta pricey for my taste, but since it's for charity, I'm sure there's a clientele out there who will splurge.

What do you think of Jen Mascali's 9/11 bag?

Image via Jen Mascali

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