This bag looks nice because it is a classic style, clean lines. Also the pp's words of wisdm about dyes is useful.I'm probably inviting the ire of many when I say this, but I feel the same way about a lot of bathroom and kitchen design ideas. Like tiled countertops or butcher block countertops, hardwood or laminate in the kitchen, or the whole shabby chic movement (ick!). Heck, I don't even care for subway tile or painted cabinets.
The current societal obsession with big ass buckles all over the place is silly. Keep your classic bags and let the sheeple pay $300, $400, $500+ for things that are dated within 5 years.
I'd like to think that some kitchens will be timeless.
I mean, my friend's mom's kitchen is from the 70s and had orange formica counter tops.
another friend's kitchen has yellow formica countertops.
I've seen kitchens from the 80s, which are white cabinet faces with fake wood trim. Yuck.
Other than that, things can be ugly and a bit dated, but not out of style.
I sometimes think of it in terms of rentals. Things that are probably somewhat timeless:
Multicolor formica or other type of counter (you know, more colors hides the dirt)
White sinks (though I hate these for difficulty to keep clean)
From there, it all depends on what fits the house. I love me some sleek granite, stainless steel, fancy wood cabinets.
But honestly? I've got a tiny, old home with a galley kitchen. It would have been overkill. Our countertops have tan-ish colored tile (because my husband had skills for tile). The cabinets that came with the house were painted cabinets with wood stained doors and drawer fronts. So we went with it. It's not fancy, but it fits the house.
The appliances? White fridge, black dishwasher, black microwave, black and white stove, stainless sink, stainless hood. A real eclectic blend.
I guess the one benefit to painted cabinets (you know, the funny colors) is that you can always re-paint.