I love the old LeSportsac Tokidoki collaboration bags. While I’ve bought a few since then, I usually end up selling them on Ebay. My major source of these little works of art, these collectibles, is a friend and relation of mine. I’m not the only one who has been bugging her to put her collection out there so some of us can see and buy them. Back in March of 2010 I did a post on some of the Tokidoki Ebay Sellers that I am familiar with and have bought bags from, but now that I have a Tokidoki Collector in the family, I prefer to buy from someone I know and trust. She only has authentic, real Tokidoki bags in her collection. Unfortunately because she bought from buyers either went to Asia to get the best print placement or off of Ebay, she also ended up paying higher prices. I know she’s not making much at all, and is basically just recouping her costs!
Sadly these collaboration bags with the metal rainbow zippers are no longer being made, and the prints were limited runs, which is why the bags are so rare and hard to find.
I asked her for photos of my favorites, which were available because she just went on the Bonanza Selling site. She said that because she started to photograph the bags when the sun had started to go down, certain prints didn’t photograph as well due to lighting issues, and that eventually the photos will be shot again.
This is my favorite Citta Rosa Buon Viaggio. I love the print placement, with the girls and the scooter gal! It also has a top zip with the funky rainbow colored metal zipper!
The other side of the bag is the Citta (city) part, so it’s like getting 2 bags for the price of one.
This next one is the Trasporto print, and the style is called “Zucca.” It’s a shoulder bag. What I love about the LeSportsac Tokidoki collaboration bags is that they are very well made, have a high end urban chic about them, and if you have the right at-ti-tude, you can pretty much carry them off anywhere. I’ve brought mine to business functions. Of course I dress conservatively, but with my awesome Toki bags and the right sense of style, it’s a conversation piece that revolves around creativity and art.
This next bag is a Gioco (in the Trasporto Print). It is my favorite print when I need something more subdued…. lol.
This is the Vacanze Print. It is so adorable. I love the placement on this crossbody bag, which is a large one called Campeggio. The characters are so upbeat and fun.
Here’s the same print in Gioco. I love the cat with the little fangs on it!
Here’s another Gioco, this time in the Paradiso Print. The mood on this one is so light, and usually a big hit with people who have kids – I wonder why? . I have this bag (not the same one of course) and it fits a TON of stuff! It looks like a purse but holds as much as a small duffel bag.
The top “duffle bag” view when stuffed to the hilt.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is this Ciao bag, also in the Paradiso print. It is also signed by Simone! I love Ciao bags. In the summer I carry a Ciao and a Buon Viaggio (the larger tote bag style), so that I can always keep my wallet, keys and phone close by, and yet have something that can accommodate more things like books, extra clothes, etc. The Ciao is cool because you can either wear it as shown, or wear it with the top part as a flap, which gives it a much smaller footprint.
Right around when Tokidoki launched the Paradiso bags, they also launched the Inferno print bags. I also have a couple of these, too — with different print placement.
The first two years after the collaboration, Tokidoki still launched bags that had the workmanship of the LeSportsac Tokidoki collaboration, and the hallmark metal rainbow zippers. This is an EUC Graziosa crossbody bag in the Carnival print. I LOVE the lucha wrestler!!
Both the Concerto Punk and the Eco Mondo print (below) no longer had the tan leatherette, but instead it was replaced with dark green leatherette. I happen to love the green, and it provides a rich look with the prints that were launched during this time frame.
The Amica bag shown below is huge; it is bigger than the Buon Viaggio bags of the earlier co-branded collaboration years. The print on the Eco Mondo is also darling.
I’ve mentioned print placement, and that is what makes the LeSportsac Tokidoki bags so unique. First of all, there was a limited run of each print. The co-branded collaboration years had certain bag styles that were modified when the bags were not co-branded, but still retained the metal rainbow zippers. With this second round of product redesign launches, the bag styles were all modified. The Bambione became the Sorriso, the Buon Viaggio became the Amica, etc. and the bag sizes changed (upwards).
You can see all of her collection of LeSportsac Tokidoki Bags for sale here at http://www.bonanza.com/booths/tokidokiart . Once you’re there, I’d suggest sorting by name or by style, because there are so many. And in case you’re interested, she’s selling them due to needing the money to help a relative out with very high medical expenses.