The bag that opened up my Blackness

So, I expected the same when I got the smallest-size Telfar Shopping Bag in “Bubblegum” pink. But unlike Gucci or, really, any other big-name luxury brand, it has unexpectedly opened up so many spaces for organic Black joy and connection.

Bags for Oprah, Solange, Lil Nas X, Selena Gomez and AOC

Let me tell you what I mean. Oprah has one in purple. Beyoncé’s white Telfar bag inspired a woman I met two weeks ago to get the same one. Solange, Zoe Kravitz, Lil Nas X, Selena Gomez and AOC carry them around, too. If you see one out in the wild (bars, airports, the office, your Instagram timeline, the subway!), it’s an instant connection. One that you don’t keep to yourself. The words basically burst right out of me — and I’ve heard them from so many other people of color, too: “LOVE your Telfar.” “Okay, I see you, Telfar!” It’s basically obligatory to share which size and color you have, or those you want to snatch up next. Recently, a co-worker, also a woman of color, stopped me to talk about it. It has happened more times than I can count.

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