Texture might be the most underrated way to make a handbag special and interesting. Regular leather can only be dyed so many colors and sewn into so many shapes – after a certain point, a plain leather bag, no matter how nice the leather, can feel boring and repetitive.

Jimmy Choo has been trying for the past season or two to find ways to add texture in just the right way, and the results have been (to be blunt) mixed. Some of it has been great, some of it has been pretty terrible, but I appreciate that they’re trying to find a way to make their offerings really unique. Which brings us to the Jimmy Choo Cristina Pleated Leather Bag – are you feeling it, or is this another unfortunate sacrifice in the battle for good design? We’ve got an up-close shot of the bag’s texture after the jump.

For what it’s worth, I think it’s kind of fab. I hated it on initial inspection, but the pleated, somewhat rigid ruffles of textured leather are growing on me. The mix of multicolor, brights and neutrals in a variety of embossed textures might feel like overkill to some people, but I tend to wear a lot of black, and this kind of handbag looks totally fab against a dark color.

I’m also fond of the design because the folks at Choo didn’t allow fashion to get in the way of function. The texture only adds to the look – the bag is not any harder to use because of the design elements, and that’s an area in which a lot of designers tend to get in their own way. Jimmy Choo hasn’t created a bag that will appeal to everyone, but the best fashion statements rarely will. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $2995.

  • justa9url

    I love the colours of this bag but I’m not loving the pleats…it’s too busy. The studs on the left side and the bottom of the bag are kind of out of place.

  • The Style Revolution

    Not my fave this time ;(

  • ShoeQueen1961

    This is horrible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • An4

    looks like crape paper :( what bugs me the most are those pieces of exotics, those colors are pale and look cheap. I’d like to see it in a combo of two colors – black and whatever.

  • HandbagReport

    I’m on the fence with this one..at first glance, I hate it. But the more I look at it, it actually starts to grow on me. I think the studs and grommets at the bottom don’t add anything to the design. Aside from that, it’s kinda cute.

  • An4

    I just checked on net-a-porter – there’s a version in all black, looks much much better (even costs less) and it’s all leather, this multicolored one doesn’t seem to be all leather :/

  • Tiffany

    Umm I think this bag is hideous!!

  • Cheryl

    First look I was like NO WAY but then after looking at it for a while it grow on me and I would get plenty of use of of the handbag because I wear a lot of black.

  • spanish moss

    icky, icky poo! looks like pleather to me/g

  • Belle

    There’s way too much going on for me.

  • Karin bag4bag

    Even if price was no issue to me I would not buy it. I like the look of the ruffled leather, but the color combo is hideous. Saying that though at least Jimmy Choo is original in design.

  • Jimmy choo

    Jimmy choo always give people a very clean, elegant feel, which it was his design philosophy. It is well known in the world continue to increase. It is a
    sexy fashion, are not very expensive.

  • Merve

    Im on the shelf too. Its a bit weird looking but its also growing on me. Why are the studs only on the left? Kinda looks unfinished…

  • Joanna

    no I’m not keen at all.

  • Bagolicious

    That bag put the “U” in the word,”ugly”.

  • Giovanna

    ew

    reminds me of pumpkin soup, after finding it for 4 months in the fridge

  • jburgh

    When I see a Choo bag like this, I just feel sad. The past few seasons have been dismal, IMO. And this is another example of just too much going on…the studs, the pleats, the grommets, the whipstitching, the busy chain, the odd mix of exotics…

  • Chi

    what a total drab .. the colors don’t work well.
    i do like the funkiness that he was trying to get at though ..

    (fb)

  • Issy

    FAB! i love this bag oh my goodness i want!!! (fb)

  • Gelynn

    Oh no…I wouldn’t buy this. Sorry. (fb)

  • Elyse

    this bag is awful. Please – it’s hurting my eyes. (fb)

  • Pilar

    I LOVE it! <3
    It's quirky, fun, and whimsical-with a bit of edge.
    It's obviously not meant for everyone, and at first sight, I didn't really like it too much, but on a close up view, it's pretty adorable! :)

  • Jocelyn

    I say drab.

    Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • Joy

    okay.. i am loving this bag..
    loving it.
    wow. its unique and gorgeous..
    i have a new item on my wish list!! (fb)

  • April

    Good for Halloween night on Fifth Avenue!

  • Tracey G

    yuck–not liking these colors (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    I agree with the poster above, perfect for halloween (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the size of the clutch but not the colors (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    pass for me..colors are too dark (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    i like the chain strap but the bag is too busy (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    oh u have got to be kidding me Amanda!
    this is just terrible!
    look at how the orange trying to pop out from the multicoloured python layer.
    this looks like some art work where we cut out strips of paper and glued them in layered as if making a tutu.. blaahhh!! (ipad)

  • Liz Angrisani

    I am going to have to against the crowd on this one and say I love this design and think those that don’t appreciate it just missed the point. Eventhough this post is kind of old, I think bag is creative yet quality design and execution. It could have easily turned out a hot mess but my opinion based on just the image (not seen it in real life) is YES!

  • Kristy

    I don’t think I could come up with a worse color scheme for a bag.