These two bags look practically the same but in fact they are from two different designers. The one on the left is Steve Madden´s Shipper bag and the one on the right is by Cult Gaia. Truth is, Cult Gaia´s founder Jasmine Larian has sued Steven Madden for `infringing´its best known Ark bag, whereas Steve Madden has fought back in its defence. In his complaint, he states about the true originality of the bag as she has too copied the traditional Japanese bamboo picnic bag.
In my eyes, Larian has brought a traditional accessory into her collection as part of her inspiration and has done right in doing so. The variety of colours and materials used in her collection has reawakened the purpose of this Japanese utility bag and is a base to her other wonderful bamboo bags in her collection.
Check out the full article in The Fashion Law
Check out Cult Gaia´s bag collection here.