The Gucci New Bamboo Crocodile Shoulder Bag, $14,200 via Net-a-Porter

It’s easy to become price-blind when you spend your days hunting down and discussing designer accessories, but sometimes life has a way of reminding you just how much a dollar is actually worth. I experienced that recently when trying to buy my first set of post-college, post-Ikea Big Girl furniture and found that I could decorate my bedroom rather elaborately for the same amount of money that I’ve been contemplating spending on a crocodile-embossed Celine Phantom Luggage Tote this fall.

For real croc, like the Gucci New Bamboo Crocodile Shoulder Bag? I could probably do a whole one-bedroom apartment, including a nice TV. At fifteen inches wide, this is a generously sized bag for the sort of structure it employs, but $14,000 means something different for me now than it did last week. Would you ever pay that much for a bag? Are you interested in crocodile at all? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $14,200.

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  • Marianna

    I love croc whether it’s embossed leather or the real thing. That Gucci bag is stunning but I could never spend that kind of money on a handbag. There’s too much real life going on here and not enough DISPOSABLE income. I am not complaining-it’s just not part of my reality and I can live with that. I do enjoy looking at it though! :)

  • shueaddict

    Dear Amanda, welcome to the real world; please do not stay there for too long … your comment about the worth of the Celine bag is exactly what my husband would say. Bless him … innocence is bliss

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Don’t worry, my introspection will only last until the bill is paid next month.

  • Lulugurl

    This bag is stunning! It is one of the few exotics that I REALLY like, the combination with the colour and the bamboo are amazing, but that amount of money could pay off my student loans, my car and then some….really puts it all in perspective! :)

    • Lulugurl

      P.S. Perspective sucks!!! ;)

  • Bagladee

    This is a beautiful bag and I love croc!!! I bought a Prada croc satchel a couple years ago at about 60% off. It is similar to the color of this Gucci and I love it. I will treasure the bag for many years to come.

    • rose60610

      Smart!

  • Chels K

    Now that is a truly subtle bag. If I had unending wealth I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Mochababe73

    At first, I thought it was a Coach. Don’t know why that came to mind. I am not a fan of crocodile-real or embossed-so this bag wouldn’t appeal to me anyway.
    I have been really wanting a Range Rover (used of course), and this would help me with a down payment. Maybe I could even buy a basic Hermes Birkin with the left over money.
    All I can say is, wow.

  • pradaLady

    This bag is just beautiful. I don’t know something about it is having such a calming affect on me. But I don’t think I will spend $14k+ for any handbag (she is not in my league).

  • Chris

    Pretty bag, but it’s not worth $14K. No, seriously, it literally is not worth $14K. Exotic skins, however exotic they are, have a set range of prices on them and they’re fixed in that way no matter who the maker is. And labor in Italy (I’m assuming these are made in Italy) is NOT that expensive. This bag doesn’t even cost half the retail price to make, not even close! If I see someone carry this bag and know that they had paid retail for it, I actually would think less of them – not a smart spender imho:)

  • rose60610

    It’s nice, but not 14K nice. Allow me to digress…bag lovers would enjoy the book “Bringing Home the Birkin”, published over five years ago. It discusses croc bags along with all other things Hermes. Great read, and you get a real croc education. Reminds me of my visit to the Hermes HQ in Paris where I saw a 250K red patent croc birkin with a diamond clasp. Oh to dream! Now that was a croc bag!

    Digression aside, I like croc, but I could leave this one.

  • Sandra Rowley

    The bag is lovely….but there are plenty of lovely bags in the $2000.00 to $3000.00 range. I love nice things…but a certain amount of reason comes into play…prevents me from spending 14K on a bag.

  • GhstDreamer

    This is one of my if I had all the money in the world I would purchase bag!!! However at $14K, I need that kind of money to put towards a new car instead! I already have a Bamboo Top Handle bag and they really are amazing bags to carry.

  • edoardo

    I lvoe this bag and if I can afford it I would buy it surely it’s so so so beautiful, amazing!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • V

    Fortunately for me, reptiles, whether dead or alive, have never appealed to me, so that $14,200 is safe with me.

  • Tucker Tedlar

    Not smart GUCCI … selling this bad for EUR 14.400 in France and USD 14.000 in the US.

    Only the smartest brands have a unique price throughout the world.

    Google, managed by Al Qaeda, simplifies the story proposing fake products as the Number 1 result for : “Buy Gucci Handbags”.

    http://www.google.com/search?um=1&hl=en&biw=1417&bih=815&site=search&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=buy+gucci+handbags&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=

    Tucker

  • Cathy Fitz

    Nice bag, but I’m not looking to spend $14,000 on a NICE bag. And I may be the only one, but I’m not loving the mix of the crocodile with the bamboo.

  • lovebag

    Me far from afford to own one but enjoy looking at it :) Crazy about branded bags but due to limited budget I go for something cheaper but nice.

  • AW

    I love exotics (sorry to admit) but don’t mind even if it’s syntehtic exotics as long as it’s done well. Anyway, the Gucci bamboo is such a great standout piece and i’m loving the color on this but no even if i had $14,000 lying around to spare, I wouldn’t spend it on a bag

  • Celina

    Personally, im against exotics and fur. I’m guilty of wearing leather, but exotics are just wrong and overpriced. I wish more designers would stop the use of exotics, fur, and even create alternatives to leather bags. High fashion doesn’t have to mean cruelty. Also, there are ways to still have the crocodile look without actually killing a real crocodile. With that being said, I love the look of fake crocodile and snake skin!