Our Lord & Saviour Python And Crocodile Leather Cluthes

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With Easter just around the corner, this collection from “Our Lord & Saviour” caught my eye. There’s too little I understand, to my great shame, about religious symbolism translated into fashion or everyday objects. And the very sight of misused (in my view) sacred symbols creeps me big time.

Getting back to the clutches: “Our Lord & Saviour” showcased the Fall Winter 2010 collection under the “Olympus Teneo” signature. The python leather and the crocodile leather versions retail at $3,265 and $8,695 respectively. While I’m sure the Lord himself kindly disapproves all this, let me fill you in on the bags creator (Jason Salstein) explanations right after the jump!

Our Lord and Saviour Olympus Teneo Python Clutch

The crucifix was not for shock value at all, but rather an introduction of the sacred Gothic aesthetic I want to convey. It just happens to be the subject that receives a lot of attention and moves me the most and others as well. I am sure that Catholics are not the only individuals that venture to Italy and visit the Sistine Chapel or Vatican. People ooh and awe at the paintings, frescoes, Michelangelo’s marble Madonna etc.

While his ambitions pushes him into associating a clutch with the Sistine Chapel, I still find these designs hard to stomach! Should I be less harsh and strict about it? (via)

Our Lord and Saviour Olympus Teneo Crocodile Clutch


#1 Adriana on 03.29.10 at 9:26 am

Is “Our Lord and Saviour a brand name?
Well, if I was the Lord I would disapprove that they kill my creatures for the joy of glamour. Plus I would be very angry that the Vatican still exist and that people abuse my name for their deeds and rules. Further that all sorts of religion can not agree and even go or have gone that far that they kill each other etc.

On beforehand: I do apologise to religious people I’m not trying to be blasphemous or offensive here. I do believe in a sort of God though not by organized religion.

#2 Rob Schneider rules on 03.29.10 at 3:18 pm

I appreciate your comments Adriana. It’s true that people have done ghastly things in the name of religion without seemingly upholding the Truth of what they profess to believe. As for these clutches I think they look rather too gothic – I’m not sure if fashion and religion mix. At the same time while I think this crucifix clutch is pretty cool I don’t think I’d have the guts to use it. Perhaps it cheapens Christ somewhat. I don’t like the brand name either – or the brand name ‘Imitation of Christ’ even though the clothes are lovely.

#3 Ellington on 03.29.10 at 3:48 pm

Yes mixing the sacred and profane is thought to be some form of clever art.
It is not for me and I feel a tad sad about it.

#4 Adriana on 03.29.10 at 4:06 pm

RSr: thanks. I’m a former Roman Catholic and I’m so angry at the Vatican and the Pope at the moment. I assume you all follow the news too and understand why.

I do respect some people I know and their belief and how they live it so therefore I find these clutches tasteless.

#5 Rob Schneider rules on 03.30.10 at 3:17 pm

I think a lot of people lost respect for Pope Benedict when they found out his shoes are Prada! Not a particularly humble/man- of -the- people image! And Pope John Paul II was always going to be a hard act to follow.

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