Gucci Hand-Painted Woven Leather Tote, $5900 via Net-a-Porter.

I bet you thought it was, didn’t you? I did. But as the name would indicate, the Gucci Hand-Painted Woven Leather Tote is made entirely of intricately laced and painstakingly painted leather to give the bag the summery look and subtle variation of your favorite well-worn leather tote. This bag follows in the estimable footsteps of Bottega Veneta, who first fooled us with its leather-as-straw bags last year. Unfortunately for those of you who might be looking for a deal, the Gucci version is also in the exact same mid-four-figures price range.

Whenever we post about one of these bags, a few commenters ask the same (valid) question: Who wants to pay a premium to have leather that looks like a less expensive material? For some people, the visual transformation of leather into straw might not hold any particular fascination, but for me, I can’t stop looking at it. Not only do you get the durability and luxury of leather, but you get a very clever joke and a bag that is sure to confuse and amaze your friends. So it’s a functional bag, a conversation starter and a party trick, all in one? That seems like a good case for raffia-look leather to me. Plus, the hand-hewn finishing of this piece in particular is marvelous. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $5900.

  • Stacy

    Oh My! I really do LOVE this bag…the styling, color…everything (I like classic looks). I want to feel this in my hot little hands. Wish I had extra $$ to spend on it. Oh well, I can visit it here and drool. :>}

  • eorchid

    Genius! Except for the price tag. I’ll save it for when I hit the megamillions. heehee

  • Kat

    Oh, wow. It’s amazing how Gucci were able to do that. It really does look like straw!… That being said, the woven part of the bag really looks thin. I’m worried how it’ll hold up with heavier things inside.

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  • Lori

    Stunning bag! So classic and beautiful.

  • KoutureCrochet.com

    I understand the appeal of leather as straw bags, however, I personally think the should be beautiful and stylish as well, I cant say that about this particular bag.

    However the bags from BV were STUNNING!

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  • rose60610

    Clever trompe l’oeil! (I had to look that up to spell it correctly.) I can understand why it’s priced the way it is, it is a piece of art. I couldn’t bring myself to buy it, though, just admire it.

  • Rashida

    I think it is stunning… I sort of understand the price but it is still way overpriced…

  • Marianna

    With that price tag, I will have to admire it’s beauty from afar. Love it!

  • Sandra Rowley

    This is such a beautiful bag. If the bag was an all season bag, I would buy it. Price a little steep for a summer only bag….

  • EDOARDO

    i LOVE THIS BAG BUT NOT ITS COLOR, AND THE IDEA TO USE LEATHER IN THIS WAY IS TOO BOTTEGA VENETA ;d

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • Cathy Fitz

    Guess I’m in the minority, but this bag does look so much like a straw bag that it certainly, to me, isn’t worth that money. Not feeling it.

  • Leda

    it looks a lot like strow
    the results are exactelly the same, no matter it may be built in leather or paille

  • Anita

    I love this color.

  • Amy A

    I cant stop looking either, love it. I even like how they tailored the handles too.

  • Mochababe73

    I like the bag and can’t wait to go to the Gucci boutique to see it up close. While the price is steep, it probably warrants it due to the workmanship.

  • fematje

    im not sure whats going on in that house of gucci but lately their bags are looking like shhhh whats up with this leather braided bags enough its been done and the totes have got to go….. and im done with their fabricated bags more embosed leather in many more colors in hobos with lots of detail thats sells!!! this looks like my grandmothers old chair

  • Me

    http://presale.gucci.com/us/home

    The gucci presale is here, enjoy!!

  • prem

    attractive but i won’t buy a bag with that kinda price tag just to fool people…

  • AW

    Gorgeous and coveteable but at that price, i would just go for a regular leather bag instead of one that LOOKS like cheaper straw.