Pauric Sweeney is well known for his beautiful and continued use of python in the bag line that bears his name, and his are consistently some of the most interesting and useful snakeskin bags on the market. He dabbled mostly in neutrals for spring although he does do brilliant brights from time to time, and the bag that caught my attention immediately was the Pauric Sweeney Shiny Python Crossbody.

Naturally, my first attraction was to the expertly finished python skin, which Sweeny consistently manages to make shine in a way that few other designers do. But after the initial “OOOH SHINY OBJECT” reaction wore off, I started to wonder: is this the type of bag I would actually use?

For now, my answer to that question is going to remain a tentative “maybe.” I go back and forth between thinking that the top handle is too big and heavy for such a petite bag and appreciating the contrast it provides, and with a crossbody strap that would likely get the lion’s share of the actual use, it’s a relatively minor concern. It maybe it does give the bag a nice sense of structure, and if you were to remove the crossbody strap, it might even make an appropriate hand-held bag for a night out. Or maybe I’ve looked at this bag for too long and it’s starting to make me cross-eyed. Buy through Luisa Via Roma for $1535.

  • Eva Knox

    I bet it`s even shinier than the picture shows. Ugh, too much. I don`t like it and I`m sure I wouldn`t like to see so much glitter on anybody`s arm!

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  • Staci

    It’s not my favorite but I can see wearing it to the club..

  • mochababe73

    I love the shine.
    However, the handle cheapens it. If it were not for you writing that this was python, I would have expected it on PurseBlog Saavy.

  • XXAL

    beautiful finish! but i agree that the handles are wayy to big! the handles and tassles are too emphasized.. too much contrast to the bright shiny python

  • bentos

    this seems to be a rough draft or just an idea that pops up and not finished. it was rushed so to sell, but not really successful. handle is cheap and the tassle like zip dangle. color combination is eeeewwy. sorry, but really not nice.