Comparing Disney’s New Flair Collection to Loungefly’s Pin Trader Backpacks
Loungefly has been making their Pin Trader Backpacks for quite some time now. Earlier today, we shared the news that Disney has released their own version as part of their Disney Flair Collection. In the name of science (and fashion), we thought it might be a good idea to explore both options and see how they compare. Let’s dive in!
Quality & Features
First up, let’s focus on the quality and features of each collection. The majority of the bags in the Flair line are made of canvas or PVC leather, accented by metal hardware. Loungefly’s bags are almost exclusively made of “vegan leather”, or PU leather. While PVC is more durable, PU looks a lot like real leather. PVC leather can have a plastic look and feel, but is more resistant to wrinkles and water stains. Since PU leather is made to mimic the look and feel of real leather, it is more likely to wrinkle, scratch, or stain from the elements.
Winner: Disney’s Flair Collection
One feature that is noticeably absent from all the Flair bags is a protective layer between your pins and the elements. With the majority of Loungefly’s Pin Trader Bags, your pins are protected by a clear zippered pouch. This layer is essential to keep your pins contained in the event one breaks loose, or to prevent them from getting wet in an inevitable Florida rain shower. It is worth noting that while most of Loungefly’s bags have this feature, their classic Pin Trader Backpacks do not have a protective pouch.
Style & Versatility
Disney’s Flair bags come in a variety of styles. At time of publishing, folks have the option of purchasing:
- Canvas Messenger Backpack
- Crossbody Bag
- Convertible Belt Bag
- Denim Backpack
- Square Crossbody Bag
While the variety of silhouettes is nice, the aesthetic appeal of the Flair bags is underwhelming. The olive green/tan/black/denim color scheme seems very utilitarian, or even safari-like.
While Loungefly mainly offers one style (backpack), their more recent bags have come with convertible straps so you can switch between backpack, crossbody, and handbag. Loungefly’s styles are also noticeably more attractive than the Flair bags. Their classic Pin Trader Backpacks currently come in four appealing colors: red, black, pink, and mint. In addition, they also offer character or themed backpacks such as Funko Mickey, Beauty & the Beast, and Winnie the Pooh.
Price & Availability
This is a big one. Loungefly isn’t known for their affordability. Wallets usually hover around $40, while their backpacks and handbags range anywhere from $68 to upwards of $100. Right now, their classic Pin Trader Backpacks are on sale, but you’re still looking at $45 each.
Disney’s Flair Collection is much more budget friendly. Prices start at $29.99 for the belt bag and go up to $49.99 for the messenger backpack. Even at full price, the Flair bags are significantly cheaper than Loungefly.
Winner: Disney’s Flair Collection
While Loungefly is known for their high-demand items that quickly sell out, these Pin Trader Backpacks aren’t there quite yet. All of their items are currently available on their website. The same goes for Disney’s Flair bags, which are currently available to purchase on shopDisney.
Clearly, there is no overall victor in the market of Pin Trader Bags. It all comes down to personal taste, style, and budget. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, durable and functional bag, I’d go with one from the Disney Flair Collection. If style and aesthetics are more concerning to you, choose a Loungefly. Either way, you can’t go wrong!
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