You're not going to believe this one. Then again, maybe you will...
My pals over at Bag Snob have received a stream of racist, harrassing emails from a "publicist" for Zina Eva handbags after they declined to participate in a giveaway. Stupid, right? Oh, it's beyond stupid. The Bag Snobs were creeped out enough by the emails (there are more than a dozen) to warn several bloggers and post about it.
This is a very unusual occurence I must say, but creepy racist emails are no joke.
Here's an excerpt from the Bag Snob post:
We weren't going to do an editorial on this bag line but have received over a dozen crazy harassment emails from the PR girl representing them so we decided to put it out there so you can stay clear of this line of horribly made and very cheap bags. Kelly first received an email two months ago from Zina Eva's rep asking to participate in our monthly bag giveaway but after receiving the samples this weekend we decided the bags were not up to Bag Snob par and we couldn't possibly endorse it let alone give it to our readers. (a bag that looks cute and adorable in photos sometimes doesn't translate as well in person) So why didn't we like the bags? First of all, they smelled heavily of plastic and looked and felt like plastic (fake embossed snakeskin is the one they sent), the handles were also very flimsy and felt like plastic too. Seriously, you could get better bags at Target for $39.99. (Bag Snob note: they maintain their bags are made of leather but they smell and feel like plastic to us)
We promptly contacted them and told them we'd return the bags and will not be able to include them in our monthly giveaway but the PR girl turned nasty and started sending us harassment emails with racist overtones. Let's see, she accused us of using fake last names because our names are English/European yet we don't look European (Basically non-white people are not allowed to have European surnames according to this genius PR girl) and then she accused us of trying to scam them of $150 (wholesale price) bags?!?!??! How is it a scam if we didn't want to keep the hideous bags for our giveaway?
Manolo's Shoe Blog, Second City Style and Kristopher Dukes, (in typically shy Kristopher fashion - Zina Eva's PR Sucks More Than A Busy Hooker) have weighed in and I'll keep you posted. But if you see or read about these handbags anywhere, just remember that they are apparently not for non-white people.
All PR is NOT good PR folks.
UPDATE: Zina Eva apologizes and fires the PR firm. Let's hope that this is the end of it.