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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fendi Skin Clutch

Did I have a major "moron" moment last night. As I was preparing my review of the Fendi Skin Clutch, I realized my entire opinion of the bag was wrong. Way, way wrong,  in fact. The reason for my confusion is that Nordstrom's website erroneously lists this bag as a satchel. No wonder I thought the bag was ridiculous. It's a CLUTCH!!! (Note: Will the people that write up descriptions for retail websites get their !#@* straight for once.)

Now the dimensions and shape of the bag make perfect sense to me. Even with my style mix-up finally cleared up, however, I couldn't understand why the design sported tiny spikes along the top edge of the bag. Then I remembered Fendi's Skin Satchels from the Spring 2010 collection and it all clicked. A quick visit to confirmed that this is a Skin Clutch.

The spikes serve to hold overlays or "dresses" in place. Most of the overlays we saw on the runway were fabrics or embroidered linens. Those were a bit to quaint for my taste. I actually like the overlay concept, but I'd prefer different finishes. A studded "dress" would take this clutch from day to evening without leaving you saddled with a studded bag all day through. It's just an example of how the idea could work.

My problem with the Skin Clutch is that, if used without the overlays, the spikes look out of place. If you decide to purchase an overlay so the bag can actually function as it was designed to, be prepared to shell out some major dollars. The plain leather Fendi Skin Clutch is $1450 while most of the overlays are priced well over $1000 (the tulle version from the runway pics is nearly $2000). Yikes! The overlays are more expensive than the bag!!! I think Karl and his crew need to rethink this whole "skin bag" concept and come up with better overlays and more reasonable prices. Who am I kidding?  This is the same label that priced their selleria Peek-A-Boo bags over $4000. They get a thrill out of making really expensive bags, but I'm afraid the Skin Clutch is not worth it.


4 Responses to "Fendi Skin Clutch"
  1. The Style Mansion said...
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    Hi! Thanks for your comment. I love your blog too! I am having a handbag overload right now.

    I agree with on the Fendi Skin Clutch - whose gonna pay that much more for an overlay?? There's one born every minute!

  2. Michael St. James said...
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    1. Nordstrom and Zappos are notorious for mislabeling their products. I would help them out and go into copywriting if I could work solely on

    2. I love this clutch and the skin idea is ingenious, albeit overpriced.

    3. I'm still dreaming of the Plexiglas clutch for less than $1000!

  3. gail said...
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    I still like this bag (clutch) and its design concept, yet maybe it could be more functional. Your points are well made and the price just has to come down... Right on about the mislabeling of products, which is very frustrating when you may not have the opportunity to see it IRL. They need to take note from net-a-porter...

  4. Dania Padron said...
    Wednesday, March 03, 2010

    Michael, the plexiglass clutch is growing on me. It's so impractical unless you carry nothing you really need inside it. I prefer the studded plexiglass clutches. At least you could sort of make that one work from a practical standpoint.

    As for the mislabeling issue, I'm pretty fed up with it. You'll notice how my titles more often than not differ from the retailers. I can't stand how careless they are with their descriptions. I swear these things are written by someone who's never seen the bag. When consumers are ready to plunk down potentially thousands of dollars on a bag, it would be nice if they actually knew what they were buying. I really do expect so much more from high-end stores like Nordstrom and Saks. What would on-line shoppers do without bloggers like us that sift through all the errors just to bring them reliable info?

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