Raf Simons’ tenure at Dior has been a godsend for the brand’s accessories department. The designer’s handbag team churns out interesting pieces left and right, both new shapes and inventive takes on old favorites. The Christian Dior Lady Dior Bag is probably the oldest of these favorites, and it has a relatively new, modern competitor: the Christian Dior Diorissimo Bag.
These two bags are so strikingly similar in some ways that for a little while, I assumed the Diorissimo was just a new, modernized Lady Dior. That’s not the case; Lady Diors are more structured and square, generally, and they lack a gusset that folds in. Also, they smooth leather Lady Diors are adorned with the brand’s signature Cannage quilting. Diorissimos are a little more rectangular, with softer leather and gussets that bend inward. They have similar handles and hardware, but the Diorissimo skews a little more casual; the Lady Dior, a little more ladylike.
The two bags’ prices are similar, although the Lady Dior is a little less expensive–its most basic leather version starts at $2,800, while the Diorissimo’s starts at $3,100.
For my personal style, the more casual Diorissimo is the winner here–I’d love to have a little one to carry as a crossbody. If your style is more feminine or formal, though, the Lady Dior may be the bag for you. Which do you prefer?