Sometimes, a bag gets really close to being great and then, out of nowhere, completely fails. Designers shouldn’t underestimate the ability of small details to make a big difference, and sometimes they make all the difference in the world.
And it’s not that I don’t like the Isabella Fiore Pick Up Lines Angie Hobo – I do. Mostly. I love the covered studs, black leather and the amount of monochromatic detail that it has. It’s basically the same shape and structure as an Isabella Fiore bag I bought back in 2005, and that particular purse was one of my favorite ones that I’ve ever owned because of how comfortable and functional it was. This bag is so close to a home run for me that the one glaring flaw is extra disappointing: the distressed brass hardware. This bag is BEGGING for silver, any kind of silver. Silver is really the only answer here, and what do they give us? Not silver. It doesn’t fit the look at all, and it looks like they might have had some buckles left over from a completely different style of bag and decided to recycle them on this one. The finishing details are just as important as anything in a successful design, and Fiore stopped short here. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $695.