Republic of High East, 2049 AD
Guard: You there! What’s that thing over your shoulder?
Prisoner (looking nervous): Oh, just my Pansy Maiden handbag.
G: Accessories are expressly prohibited. General Secretary Efron’s orders.
P: But I bought this bag before the Dance Dance Revolution. See, its construction is incredible, double-stitched at all of the stress points.
G: Leather goods were banned after the Silverstone-Portman Act of ’39. Hand it over.
P: But the bag is all vegan, made with fabrics like canvas and cotton twill (some organics, too) and ecofriendly dyes.
G (softening): Such beautiful, bright colors. The bags must have cost many millions of dollars.
P: No, they were very affordable. All of the designs, like clutches and shoulder bags, came in at under $100.
G: Well, then, carry on.