For all of you who watched The Rachel Zoe Project last week, this bag will ring a bell. Behold, the Missoni Chicken Foot Bag that Rachel made a very sour face at while in the Missoni showroom. I was on a personal mission to find the bag and make fun of it myself. I figured it would be ghastly and almost disturbing to look at.

But a funny thing happened. Once I saw the bag I found it, well, somewhat intriguing.


There is this odd mixture of materials and textures and colors which somehow partially works. You look at the bag and realize it is perfectly Missoni. If you study the front pocket, you can see the chicken feet being used, but if you have the ability to keep yourself from focusing on that aspect, you might find yourself enjoying the quirkiness of the bag as well.

Ok, so this bag is a massive mish-mosh of colors and ideas. And while I called it quirky many will call it tacky. But on some level, it kind of, sort of, partially, maybe, possibly works. I think most of me gives this bag lots of leeway because it is far less awful than I imagined it would be. It may not be for 98.9% of us, but I can imagine a fashionable woman who takes chances with her accessories wearing this outside of Paris fashion week. I want to see someone carry this bag. More via Missoni.com.

  • Jo Marie

    I think it looks very like a voo doo fetish.

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

    If you dig the whole Missoni schtick, I don’t think it’s a stretch to like this bag. The chicken skin is weird, no doubt about it, but I kind of enjoy the woven portion and the non-metal chain.

    • Staci

      I’m with you, Amanda! Love the woven part of the bag!

  • Staci

    Megs, thank you for making it your mission to find a picture of the chicken foot bag! I missed last week’s ep of RZP, so I’m a little in the dark. I have always loved Missoni, and must agree with you – this bag is indeed intriguing! ;-)

  • Marianna

    Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the Missoni showroom of course! If I was a chicken I would gladly give my life to be a Missoni handbag as opposed to a McNugget or becoming an egg factory. It may be a bit odd but it’s really no different than a bag made of cow, lamb or snake. While it may not be my dream bag, it’s definitely original and intriguing! Megs, thanks for getting us an up close look!

  • Chris

    Well …if you have already a lot of handbags and you are fashion forward woman – it might work.
    The pattern and the color is very Missoni. The structure is a bit odd – is the handbag folded? And the mixture of the patterns together with the chain is a bit too much for my taste.
    Strangely, I do not care about the chicken feet skin (Is it real? Hmmm. Really?). Anyway, as long as I eat the chicken, I might as well use the leather. JMHO of course. ;-)

  • Laura

    I think the idea of “a bag made of chicken foot” sounds crazy but it actually works, it’s not awful looking at all. I think we’re just not used to it. I personally don’t like the bag that much but it’s not because of the chicken foot, it’s the overall look of it that I don’t like.

  • babe

    Jo Marie! Exactly my thoughts, hehe, made me think of “Angel Heart”.

  • Lynne

    I always feel Chinese people and Italian people are somehow connected! One eat the chicken feet and one carry chicken feet leather bag, en…

  • Amy

    well it doesn’t look all that scary as i assumed. I thought i was going to see chicken feathers spray painted fuchsia, and some weird egg shape and the pattern of the chicken leather in very tacky way. The colors are very Missoni i totally agree with Chris. But it has a lot going on, the colors, the feet leather, and the chain that blends with the bag but the detail of it, just screams ” whole lotta mess!”

  • Amy

    How many legs did take for Missoni to make that area of the bag? Im trying to count lol

  • papertiger

    My mother used to cook a whole chicken including the feet in soup. Nothing wrong with chicken leather or ostrich, I like how Missoni use the intrinsic pattern of the leather to add interest to the front. I would be happy to carry this bag – just keep it away from my darling mother :D

  • EnjoyJourney

    I am a huge Missoni fan and have been teased endlessly by friends while wearing a wild Missoni poncho that I bought in Florence…but this baby freaks me out!

  • IcookIeatIshop

    I have a clutch made of ostrich feet from Celine from a couple of years ago. It’s gold and it’s gorgeous, almost like a flatter version of croc skin, with the big scales and whatnot. The chix feet on this bag doesn’t quite have the same effect, but it’s definitely a conversation starter!

  • angela

    I like it.

  • Elly

    Missoni makes the best knits in the business – perfect for fall. Like you Megs, after watching Rachel Zoe, I wanted to see this bag up close and I’m glad you found it! I love everything – excluding the chicken feet – about this bag! The shape is very practical and I love the woven part! It would be perfect to spruce up a dull outfit. Do you have any idea of the price?

  • Susana

    Seriously, it’s a very cool bag – I love the classic Missoni knit portion and the texture of the “leather” — thanks Megs for finding the pic!!

  • Demi

    I like the Missoni knit pattern, but not on this bag…

  • erica

    Call me cuckoo, (another bird reference oh no), but I just can’t get over the chicken foot aspect. Missoni equals knits to me, not chicken feet.

    I have a chicken joke as told to me by my 6 year old niece…

    Why did the chicken cross the playground?
    To get to the other slide

  • edoardo

    I love tha bag..and i agree, it expresses perfect the missoni style…I hope, I’m sure, that someone important in the fashion world will wear it!

    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  • gacats

    Amanda- without studying too hard on this bag (ie, how many chicken feet per flap) this bag would be ok without that hideous flap. And it doesn’t matter what that flap is made from- edit!
    It was unnecessary! (fb)

  • Fiona-Brasil

    Don´t like it, the designer tried too hard!Way too much information together , precisely one of the moments in life where less is more…

  • Paulina

    I don’t like the bag itself (too much material combinations), and I don’t specially adore the chicken foot effect, but I do enjoy the fact of beeing a sustainable leather handbag……I think these materials (salmon leather, among others) are the future of luxure!

  • Mochababe73

    I like the bag. But I don’t like the chicken feet. It could be any brown leather. The fact is that it doesn’t match at all. The feet should have been dyed in some color to match the print.
    By the way, the chicken feet don’t bother me. I never would have guessed it if the designer hadn’t said anything.

  • Me

    The whole bag is gross, sorry, but I wouldn’t carry this to my garbage can. :(

  • Sonya

    I have to be honest, I like it. Missoni has taken animal skin to another level. Trust and believe, the rest will follow.

  • Giu

    Birds in general freak me out, and chickens especially…so although the bag looks “innovative” and somewhat cool, I just could not get over the chicken feet…eek!

  • !!!

    yikes! what happened there??!

    that picture is far too ominous for me to actually get a grip on what the bag might look like in real life. so uh for now, yikes!!

  • Jelita78

    this is mossoni.. u are indeed very correct.. the zigzag pattern is a proof that missoni is staying true to its pattern and this shall not be mistaken for any other designer.
    ok, so the chicken feet part is kinda err.. err.. whats that word i’m looking for.. quirky perhaps? maybe?
    it will raise eyebrows, but when u look at logical point, it’s just like any other animal skin i.e python, calf, lambskin etc.. just this time maybe it’s not a normal, so, that creates the fuss..
    overall, this is a fabulous work by missoni! (ipad)

  • Miau

    Actually, chicken feet freaks me out less than python, crocodile, etc..