Call it a case of mistaken fashion identity
Michelle Obama was seen outside Moscow this week carrying a shiny black clutch by VBH. Michelle had previously carried a $1,500 blue satin VBH clutch on her “date night” in NYC with the President and is obviously a fan of the brand.
Naturally, the Italian luxury goods manufacturer proudly sent out a press release announcing that the First Lady carried their black alligator manila clutch, which retails for $5,950, while on a trip to Russia. The White House, which doesn’t always announce the credits for Michelle’s outfits, quickly countered VBH’s claim issuing a press release saying Michelle was actually carrying a patent-leather clutch by VBH, which retails for $875. After sticking to their initial claim, VBH is now backing off. “If that’s what the White House is saying, then it’s a patent bag,” admitted VBH rep Kelly Vitko. Despite being certain about the bag being the nearly $6,000 version – “it’s definitely ours [manila bag],” she said earlier this morning — the rep now says that she made an assumption and misidentified the bag.
The high-end leather manufacturer is known for their luxurious skins and pricey bags so it wouldn’t come as a surprise that their bag would cost almost $6K. I wonder if that bag is even made in patent leather. This could be the White House’s way of creating a diversion and confusing the brand to take the heat off Michelle Obama for carrying a $6,000 bag during an economic crisis.