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Byline: ANDY LINES US Editor in New York

THIS handbag was yesterday branded "insensitive and outrageous" by the families of those who died in the September 11 suicide attacks.

The shocking design shows a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center's twin towers and another aircraft heading for the second.

Paul Gyulavary, whose twin brother Peter died in the attacks, found the pounds 110 bags on sale in a branch of the Quick Brown Fox chain in Melbourne, Australia.

He said: "I want to tell them who I am and ask them if they are still OK about selling it.

"The enormity of what happened, and what has happened to me, makes this seem all the more pathetic." His wife, Yvonne, added: "It's outrageous and insensitive. People like this just want to make a few bucks."

Quick Brown Fox owner Tess Reeves, who said she bought the bags in Beijing, China, defended them as "an artistic interpretation of a tragic event".

She added: "They are the sort of thing high fashion would do and thousands are being shipped to Europe."

But she admitted there had been a mixed reaction from shoppers: "Some people have been upset.

"Others have looked at them as a type of ode to the event and others have liked the controversial side of it."


SHOCKING: Bag that has outraged grieving families
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 23, 2002
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