I’m not sure if Jimmy Choo purposely set out to become the Juicy Couture of the “premier designer” set or not (although I’m guessing not), but sometimes they seem to be headed in that direction anyway. I absolutely love half of what they do, but the other half is looking dangerously over-designer and overworked these days. It seems as though for every brilliant bag they make, they also make one that makes me cock my head to the side and wrinkle my nose in confusion.

The Jimmy Choo Tita Snakeskin and Suede-Fringe Clutch would be a bag of the latter variety. I love the natural coloring of the material and the size of the bag, but my admiration ends there. For some reason, not only did they use a zigzag patchwork pattern that totally interrupts the natural grain of the snakeskin, but they also thought weaving it with suede would be a good idea…but only on one corner. I’m not even sure I can talk about the fringe.

I like this clutch a little better when it’s carried with the optional chain shoulder strap, but I just can’t forgive Jimmy Choo for what it did to that beautiful piece of snakeskin. It’s all chopped up and weird now, instead of being the beautiful, naturally patterned piece of material that it should be. The best exotic bags are the ones that use the skin’s texture so well that they make you catch your breath and think, “Holy crap, that’s beautiful, I want to touch it,” but this one just doesn’t have that appeal for me.

And then, of course, the fringe. It’s long enough to be seriously annoying when you’re trying to carry the bag by hand, but not long enough to make any kind of dramatic or artistic statement. As it is, it’s in some sort of weird fringe purgatory, and the drab color doesn’t add much to the mood of the bag. With a few tweaks, this clutch could have been great, but right now it just looks like it’s trying too hard. At least the price is somewhat reasonable (for snake). Buy through Net-a-Porter for $995.

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  • BLynnT

    Totally over-designed… Way too much going on, and that fringe just looks like it would be completely annoying when carrying the bag. Definitely a NO.

    • Jelita78

      agree!
      the snakeskin prints it already stunning by itself..
      but when it comes to the zigzag prints below, and the fringe – totally destroys the overall look! (ipad)

  • http://www.purseblog.com/ Megs Mahoney Dusil

    The fringe, especially on a clutch, would just be distracting and annoying as BLynn said.

  • CoutureCoco

    Goodness, there seems to be a fringe on everything right now! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it looks messy and too much on a clutch especially. Off with the fringe!

  • sofia nolan

    this is a completely,totally, definitely…no!

  • Jocelyn

    That is too much for me! I think snakeskin doesn’t need fringe. (fb)

  • Julie W

    FUGLY

  • michelle

    I scrolled up to cut off the fringe and it didn’t help that much. Still a no.

  • Merve

    Im sure it seemed like a good idea just the end result came out… well a bit crap.

  • Jane

    I couldn’t agree more the clutch is just awful. The snake skin is so beautiful I can’t believe that they would decide to destroy the natural beauty. What a wonderful comparison to Jimmy Choo to Juicy Coutore. That fringe is just annoying to even look at let alone carry as a clutch. No thank you.

  • Tori

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned this yet… but this looks exactly like Rebecca Minkoff’s Lovespell Rocker! The shape and the fringe on the bottom are the same. Shame on Jimmy, the Tita clutch looks just plain awful. It’s so sad he had to waste that beautiful snakeskin on this monstrosity.

  • !!!

    you crack me up. the “Juicy Couture of the ‘premier designer’ set”….

    nailed it!!

    Them bag snobbies seem to like them, but their taste is overrated and highly questionable anyway… good job!

  • April

    Cheesy looking!

  • Marla

    I’m totally in the minority here (and usually I tend to like the same bags as everyone else) BUT I saw this bag today and I LOVE it! You have to try it on, it’s actually a great bag!

  • Marla

    One more thing, though….It only looks good with the strap worn on the shoulder, not as a clutch…

  • Brandy

    I actually don’t mind this bag, although I do agree that there is too much going on. The snakeskin would have been better left as one solid piece although I don’t mind the suede woven through. It’s kind of interesting.. Now I myself don’t really get the whole Fringe trend. A little is ok, but most designers are throwing too much fringe on everything.. ugh..

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