I’m not entirely sure why this color of the Furla Futura Croc Shopper is called “mango,” because if you ever slice open a mango and it’s this color, you probably shouldn’t eat it. Other than that, though, I’m glad to see that mid-range designers have embraced the neon trend; it may not be everyone’s cup o’ tea, but having a full color spectrum to choose from makes life a lot more interesting for those of us who embrace the odd side of aesthetics.
What’s stopping me from loving this bag, though is that it may not be odd enough. I can’t decide whether it’s the bag’s structure, embossing or both that are giving me pause, but something is rotten in the state of Furla.
Until I come to some sort of definitive mental answer, I’m going to go with the embossing and the scalloped trim around the handles as my main points of contention. Scalloping is cutesy and old-fashioned, and neon does not mix well with either of those qualities unless the designer makes it very clear that a point is being made by combining the two. I’m not sure that any kind of point is being made with this bag, so its inclusion remains unwelcome.
Also unwelcome is the embossing, which just makes the bag look dirty in spots. It does provide a bit of texture, but instead of embossing the kind of scales that appear on extremely expensive croc bags, they chose to use the type that appear on much cheaper ones. If it’s all the same and the leather has to be stamped anyway, a designer should at least shoot for the most expensive look possible. Except for the color, this bag feels like a wasted effort. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $295.