People love cartoons and people love handbags so why not combine the two and make cartoon handbags? It can’t be done, you say? Cartoons are just drawings; they can’t become real-life, physical things. Well, have a look at these surreal creations and think again!
At first glance the bags seem like they’re straight out of the film Who Framed Rodger Rabbit; the unrealistic boldness of the colours, the thick black outline and 2D shape look out of place and surreal, but these designs are genuine, fully functioning totes and satchels. The Taiwanese brand behind the colourful bags, JumpFromPaper, wants to bring a little bit of playfulness into our lives in order to “fulfil everyone’s childhood fantasy.” Sparking a childlike imagination is definitely part of the bags’ charm and with a tagline like ‘I Give Myself Permission to Be Me’, the bags are undoubtedly encouraging a level of playfulness that’s more than often lost along the way in the serious business of fashion.
Reminding us that clothes aren’t meant to be all black and stoically severe, the cartoon bags aren’t as simple as they look; the clever design plays with the rules of visual effects, challenging our perceptions of what is real and seemingly making a cartoon drawing come to life in the process.
“Our collections are always inspired by those mis-spending time on cartoons and comics in childhood! Our team are all heavy internet users and love collecting things. We’ve been collection funny and weird pictures and quotes and have a huge wall in our HQ for it all. For us, anything with a sense of humour could be inspiration.”
The bags themselves are fully functional with pockets and flaps and fastenings and can even fit the items you’d usually put in a bag for day-to-day use, as well as bigger items such as books and laptops. The popularity of the bags has been spreading and JumpFromPaper now have a more fashion-focused line alongside their original designs with a menswear collections also added.
The JumpFromPaper philosophy of “Why take everything so serious?” is one which we can all learn from. Fashion should be fun: taking a few risks and wearing something playful would make us all smile a little more. Maybe Taiwanese design shows more courage than that of the Western world, thinking outside the lines of traditional fashion and daring to create something to make people laugh.
Want to get your hands on a piece of cartoony fun? Check out www.jumpfrompaper.com, prices range from £50-£100.