I’m 23 yrs old and about a month ago started yearning for an exotic – (preferably crocodile, however python definitely caught my interest) so your recent post on the D’Angel bags had my attention. I’ve spoken to a few tpf-ers who purchased the bags in March, and was wondering if you had a chance to actually try on the bag and if you had any additional thoughts on it’s quality/workmanship. (We all know there’s no such thing as a free lunch!). I was specifically worried about the skin coming off on the handle where I would hold it in the crook of my arm and the tassle rope (from opening/closing).

As much as I’d love to buy an exotic, I know there were some concerns about “poor quality” and was wondering if you thought the bag would hold up to occasional wearing (perhaps day-long shopping trips twice a month) and still be usable 5 years from now. Note: I recently read the great thread on Parisian women’s fashion in the Chanel forum and it really made me emphasize more on quality and not quantity, which is why I’m trying to be so careful!

In addition, I was wondering if you had a color you would suggest. The Fall red didn’t seem as rich as the cranberry (I *loved* the cranberry and natural from spring/summer) and I was considering getting black as it’d be easiest to match and perhaps wouldn’t be as “flashy” as some of the other colors. However, I wonder if black python will end up just looking like python replica. As I mentioned, I’m quite new to exotics and would really appreciate your input on the black.

Thanks Megs!
Tiffany

Tiffany,

This is one of the most thoughtful messages that has come our way asking about a handbag. We appreciate it and have delved deep into this issue to answer it for you and everyone else who may be interested. Without being able to see a bag in person, try it on, wear it, one does not truly know the bag. I had reviewed the D’Angel Tia Tote but I did not own it nor had I even seen it in person. With your message, I realized that for such a great value bag it is of utmost importance to know what exactly you get for what you pay.

I got in touch with the designers of D’Angel Handbags, Vibri Wulandari and Dewi Sugiarto. I was in contact with Vibri from there out, asking about the bags and the quality. But asking was not enough as I said previously, and Vibri graciously sent us a Red Python Tia Tote to review ourselves (which I still have to this day).

The red is much deeper than I thought it would be, resembling more of what in my mind would be called cranberry. The bag is light, easy to get in and out of, easy to throw on your shoulder, and spacious. In all reality, the bag is a perfectly suited everyday bag in most ways.

When it comes to the python skin I was again pleasantly surprised. No offense to D’Angel, but when you see a price this good you think the quality may be lacking quite a bit (part of the reason many people have asked if this bag is really as good as it seems). You know what, it is no where near a low quality python. The handles have yet to ‘flake’ off and in fact, the python on the bag is very smooth and soft. My Tia Tote still does not show the flaking that I have seen on more expensive python bags. I can run my hands up and down the bag without disrupting the python scales and typically, on a low quality skin, the scales would coarsely move up and down with each touch.

The bag is a sure buy if you are looking for an entry level python bag. It is not just entry level, it is a bag that will last for a few seasons. How many, I am not exactly sure, but thus far the wear has been minimal for the usage. In fact, I would call this a must have entry level exotic. You will not be disappointed. I would definitely opt for a color rather than black, especially the purple available at Lux Couture right now. Get the bag while you can for a mere $600 at Lux Couture.

For more advice on the latest in designer handbags, don’t hesitate to contact me!

  • Anilu Magloire

    I’m not sure I like this….

  • michelle

    I bought this bag when you first reviewed it. I bought the chocolate brown and then went back for a second one in the natural color. I also own Devi Kroell bags. As much as I love her bags, after using my bags, the python is not laying flat and has curled up. I think for the price that she charges, this should not be happening. This bag, on the other hand, has worn SO well!! No peeling or flaking. So for my money, I would buy the Tia Tote.

  • Fiona

    I own this bag in Cranberry for almost a year and wear it almost everyday. The bag is so light yet it can carries my life (I carries lots of junks daily).
    ~just another proud owner.

  • Sarah

    Amazing post Megs!!! Thank you!!

  • anne

    The Tia Tote is a deal. You can not lose on this one.
    If you have any question just call lux couture and they will be glad to help. i had a hard time making up my mind on the color. I now wish I had more than one.

  • Eve

    Hi everyone and Tiff, I have a D’Angel Tia Tote in Cranberry. Brand new unused. Bought for my mom but she doesn’t like skin… so I need to let it go. Anyone keen? I’m happy to give a discount. Thanks.

  • Jane H.

    This is a great post!

  • Mel

    I have my pistachio Tia for almost a year now and couldn’t be happier. It’s a great bag as it fits almost anything I wish to carry plus it looks good. The price is also reasonable so that you don’t have to worry too much about using it everyday.

  • Cinnie

    Eva: I’d be interested in taking it off your hands, email me at cinnamongrrl at gmail dot com and we can discuss it :D

  • Terry

    I have a brand new caramel Tia for sale. I bought four D’Angel bags and decided this one wasn’t quite me after all. Let me know if you have an interest!

  • Eve

    Hi Cinnie,

    I have emailed you! Just to confirm, it’s cinnamongrrl right? (not cinnamongirl)

  • Tiffany

    Megs,

    Sorry it’s a little belated but I just wanted to say thanks for posting your review. I’m glad to hear that most people who read this post and have the bag have the same sentiments and are pleased with their purchase! I’ll definitely rethink getting the tote in the natural.

    Many thanks!
    Tiffany