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.

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.

Fendi’s Fall 2013 runway was full of fur used in inventive ways, from neon zebra-striped bags to shoes that feature multicolored mohawks for your ankles. If it had surface area, Karl Lagerfeld probably found a way to make it fuzzy. If you’re not such a maximalist, though, you can always pick up a Fendi Fur Monster Charm to spike up an existing bag in your collection.

Since I first laid eyes on the Fendi 2Jours Bag, it was love at first sight. This is a bag that stands out when you see it online, but in person it’s even more stunning. Every bit of the bag is refined and elegant, without appearing old or stuffy. In fact, if you’re looking for a bag to splurge on and you want something classic and on-trend, this is the bag for you.

I’ve often wondered, both aloud on here and in my own head (yes, I have many a handbag-related thought in my downtime) when, exactly, Fendi would modernize the original It Bag, the Fendi Baguette, to reflect what’s going on in accessories design right now. Small, short-strap shoulder bags are just not the ever-elusive new hotness; right now, the market seems to favor longer straps that allow for crossbody wear.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Don’t sleep on Fendi. Karl Lagerfeld’s creative direction at Chanel may get more media attention, but the things he’s been doing with color, texture and tech-inspired fabrications and textiles at Fendi for the past few seasons are, at their best, a fascinating look at the technicolor future of mass-market luxury. At their worst, they’re still a heck of a lot of fun to look at, and these Fendi 2Jours Mink and Leather Totes are far from the brand’s worst.

While there have been plenty of recent designs that continue to place Fendi firmly on our handbag radar, none has had such a lasting influence and effect on fashion as the Baguette. No matter how many new bags follow, there is something so special about the Baguette that makes it continue to shine as the star of the Fendi show. As the brand expands its reach, which has brought it all the way to the booming luxury market of urban Brazil.

Here’s Reese Witherspoon shopping at a Whole Foods in LA (where the daytime lighting is strangely perfect), carrying a paper bag of fresh flowers and other goodies in one arm and an orange Fendi 2Jours Tote on the other. I suddenly have a fiendish urge to buy something orange. This Italian leather shopper is available in eight different colorways and can be bought for $2,260 at Nordstrom.

We’re all about radical truth-telling in these parts (ok, maybe it could be more accurately termed as radical opinion-sharing), and honestly, I don’t really like the Fendi Baguette, as a bag concept. I like that the size proportion of the bag’s body makes it ripe for embellishment, and I like all the creative things that Fendi’s done with it over its decade-plus lifespan, but I really wish that the Baguette would get re-imagine as a crossbody.

Of all of the fraught issues in fashion (and believe me, there are plenty), fur is probably one of the most fraught. It has both ardent defenders and detractors, but mostly, luxury consumers are somewhere in the middle, just like yours truly – aware of the ethical issues with wearing fur, and not necessarily a fur customer, but also not constitutionally opposed to someday becoming a fur customer, were the right piece to cross our paths.

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