The news that $39,000 alligator backpack designed by the Olsen twins for their line the Row sold out seems spectacularly ill-timed. I can’t even easily afford to replace my 10-year-old boots. There will always be a market for luxury goods, and I have no problem with that, but there’s something about the old-world craft, technique, and time that goes into, say, a Birkin bag by Hermes, as opposed to a design you could probably find at almost any high-end department store, that makes the insane price tag a little easier to swallow. Although admittedly, not by much.