I opine about Fendi a lot, but right now, its handbag business is the most interesting on the luxury mass-market. Six months ago, I’d have told you that there’s no way I’d ever feel even the slightest temptation to hang a $700 furry monster keychain from every handbag I won, and here we are today. That temptation is real, and based on how quickly the Fendi Bag Bugs sell, I’m not the only one feeling it. Today, though, my temptation is for the Fendi Demi-Jour Shoulder Bag. (more…)

Gwen Stefani was recently spotted heading into No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal’s house in Los Angeles with a bag we haven’t seen for a spell: the Fendi Spy Bag. This bag is a total throwback to the halcyon days of the mid-2000s “It Bag” craze. Fendi hasn’t produced Spy Bags for several years now, and this one sort of looks like it’s been sitting in the back of Gwen’s closet for a while, but we’re glad she decided to take it out for a spin, if only for purposes of our own nostalgia. You can shop current-season Fendi at Neiman Marcus.

Let us all take a moment to fondly remember the pricey designer hobo bags of yesteryear. The mid-aughts were such a weird time for fashion, weren’t they? The whole decade was really such a bizarre hodgepodge of trends. It’s hard to properly assess how history will view that period in fashion such a short time out, but it’ll be interesting to see how we look back on the early 2000s, much further down the line.

Fendi hit big with its 2Jours totes, and the brand has put a playful spin on the seriously popular design with a line of monster-inspired bags and accessories. By now you’ve seen the bag monsters floating around the Internet (and maybe even on the bags of your friends), but Fendi has released an entire line of monstrous items. Some are more wearable, like chic blue pumps and a grey 2Jours, and some are more playful, like a bag embellished to look like an owl or a furry monster charm. Either way, there is an adorable video Net-A-Porter released featuring these items, several of which are Net-a-Porter exclusives. Watch the video and browse our gallery of the Fendi Bag Bugs you’ll only find at Net-a-Porter!

The costume department behind The Carrie Diaries is unarguably one of the best on TV, but it does occasionally take liberties with its 1980s timeline. Here’s AnnaSophia Robb, filming exterior shots for The show in NYC, carrying yet another eye-popping Fendi Baguette. This time it’s the Fendi Multicolored Mosaic Baguette Bag, which features colorful glass tiles set against calfskin trim and palladium hardware. You can currently snag this Baguette at Neiman Marcus for $4,600.

Several months ago, we spotted AnnaSophia filming scenes with another Baguette, the Fendi Enamel 3D Studded Baguette from the brand’s Spring 2013 line. The Baguette is, of course, the bag favored by SJP’s Carrie in Sex & The City, but it didn’t actually exist in the 1980s. Making that decade look fresh and interesting again (and not like a crappy college “80s Night” party) is an arduous task for any pro TV stylist, however, and we can forgive a few misplaced Fendi bags.

Sarah Jessica Parker was recently spotted out and about with a few pals in NYC, wearing a totally weather-appropriate puffy parka, just like the rest of her clan (it has been FRIGID in NYC for the past day or two), and carrying a Fendi Selleria Adele Bag customized with her initials. Yes, SJP is actually carrying a bag that says “SJP.” You can’t see it, but my head is currently exploding. This customization service isn’t yet available to the general public, but you can grab a black Cuoio Romano leather version of SJP’s bag for $3,600 at Fendi.

Fendi has bestowed these especially customized bags upon select celebs like SJP and Lady Gaga, but it’s unclear if these special editions of the Selleria Adele will ever be shoppable for the rest of us. Fendi also gave them as gifts to the models who walked in their Spring 2014 runway show in Milan. I know buzz-building and exclusivity are vital parts of the luxury industry, but it still peeves me when brands make me feel like a service I’d happily pony up for is well beyond my grasp. Time will tell, I suppose, if customized Fendi bags will ever be made available to plebians like you and I.

It’s been several months since I wrote about the Fendi Fur Monster Bag Charm, and I’m still sort of obsessed with it. I never counted myself as the kind of person who would buy an expensive, non-functional doohickey to adorn my already expensive, probably only semi-functional handbag, and yet, I’d gladly trot around with one of those little fuzzy rascals on my bag. Perhaps helpfully, the charms sold out at Neiman Marcus long ago, so I’m not even vaguely tempted to purchase one for myself, despite the fact that last week’s Instagram roundup reignited my love all over again.

If $700 for what is essentially a keychain still sounds like a lot for a keychain (it still does for me), nearly four grand for the similarly themed bag probably isn’t going to sound more reasonable, but rationality is obviously not the reason anyone buys luxury monsters. In fact, all the purchases of this Fendi product family were likely inspired by the exact opposite. If you have that kind of money to splash around on your sense of humor, more power to you – I’m sure you’re sending some Italian artisan’s kid to college as we speak. Buy through Matches for $3,915.

Miniature versions of already-popular full-size bags have been a strong trend for more than a couple of seasons in a row at this point, so the arrival of the Fendi 2Jours Elite Small Shopper Tote was likely a foregone conclusion as soon as the bag made its runway debut over a year ago. The original design’s sleek construction and modern-luxe aesthetic were an instant hit and still sell like hotcakes, and now there’s a new version for our shopping pleasure.

Personally, this version excites me a lot. I love the 2Jours, but its large size and short shoulder strap situation make it less than ideal for how I like to carry my bags – at least a long shoulder strap, ideally cross-body. At ten inches wide and five inches deep, though, this bag is still plenty big enough to hold everything I need for a day at the office. (Thankfully, my days of laptop-schlepping are over.) The regular 2Jours is 14 inches wide, to give you an idea of scale.

This size should lend itself well to the intense embellishment and texture that Fendi is known for adding to its bags, but it also looks pretty great in regular ol’ leather. Buy through Nordstrom for $1,750.

For the past two seasons in a row, Fendi handbags have been easily my favorites of Fashion Week, both Milan and beyond. Karl Lagerfeld and Silvia Venturini Fendi have combined to create handbags that meticulously walk the line between luxury and innovation, a line of which almost all other designers choose to fall to one side or the other. As in previous seasons, the bags of Fendi Spring 2014 are very well balanced. (more…)

It’s rare that a handbag looks as precise, luxurious and elegant in person as it does in a carefully styled photo from a brand or luxury retail site, but somehow, the Fendi 2Jours Bag does. Every time. Sometimes it looks even better. I live in an area that’s great for bag-spotting, and even in the Hunger Games-reminiscent atmosphere of the Upper East Side Fairway grocery store after work, a woman carrying one of these bags somehow manages to still look pulled together, just because of her purse.

Very few handbags have that sort of power (in my experience, the Hermes Birkin is not always one of them – I see plenty of those on Upper East Side doyennes, too), but the 2Jours’ rigorous structure, matte leather finish and minimal hardware gives the bag a thoroughly modern look that highlights the quality of the materials and construction. In its many calf hair and fur versions, the bag’s clean lines allow the highly textured materials to take center stage.

Although I’m sure a 2Jours is capable of showing wear, it’s never been apparent when I’ve seen the bag in the wild. The combination of structured leather and a rigid frame keeps the bag looking fresh off the shelf long after it’s left the store, and if you’re the kind of person who likes things just so, then I can scarcely think of a better bag for you on the market right now. I’m personally not much of a perfectionist, but the seeming agelessness of the 2Jours appeals even to me. Below, some of the best picks of the many versions of the 2Jours available right now, from regular leather to crazy fur.

Here’s AnnaSophia Robb, in full Carrie Bradshaw costume on the set of The Carrie Diaries in New York, carrying a colorful Fendi 3D Enamel Studded Baguette. If you’re a stickler for historical accuracy, you’ll quickly realize the fallacy here. (More on that in a sec.) You can get the black version of this brand new Fendi Baguette (which is from Fendi’s Spring 2013 runway collection, by the way) for $2,690 at Neiman Marcus.

The Fendi Baguette is, of course, the bag that SJP made famous in Sex & The City. It was the original “It” bag, which means its heydey was in the early aughts. It certainly wasn’t in existence in the 1980s, when this S&TC prequel is supposedly set. It’s a nice little insider reference though, I suppose.

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