Do any of you remember when “trolls” were all the rage? I would guess this was about 15 years ago or so, but needless to say, almost every girl I knew had their own troll collection. Trolls are little plastic dolls with bright fluffy hair and a gem for a belly button. Megs and I had our fair share of trolls and every time we would get a new one, we would focus on the color of the gem. So, it should come as no surprise that I had to write about the Botkier Gemma Tab Flap Hobo when I saw it. The jewel/gem-like hardware instantly caught my eye and as soon as I saw it, the first thing that came to my mind… TROLLS! But enough about trolls, let’s discuss the bag a bit. I truly like the shape of the hobo, but I am not so sure about the color of the bag. I realize Botkier is going for a modern look here, I’m just not sure if it is too modern for me. Actually, I have a soft clutch in the same gunmetal color which I completely adore, but I think that really works for me because it is smaller than this hobo. Like I said, I do like the shape of the hobo and the leather is sure to feel as smooth as it looks. I am a huge fan of magnetic tab closures and this hobo sports one. I am not exactly sure why I like the magnetic closures so much, but if a handbag I am interested in has one, the chance of me buying it definitely increase! All in all, it is a well thought-out hobo, but because of the color I’m still on the fence. Buy through Nordstrom for $675.

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  • Anilu Magloire

    Love it! I need to get a Botkier soon ;)


    Hi Anilu,

    Thanks for the post and your support. The Gemma also comes in Grape, Black and Copper Patent- just FYI. Have a great day!


  • Carol

    Hi Shannon,

    I enjoy reading your posts. In your review of the “gunmetal” Gemma you mention that you’re “… not so sure about the color of the bag.”

    You should take a look at the Belen Echandia pewter leather. The pewter color actually takes on an undertone color of whatever it’s next too. I never thought I would get this “bright” of a metallic color on a bag. (“Bright” does not correctly describe the color, it is NOT like an aluminum color. It is very subdued but has great bling!) The BE bag I have in this color is a large bag and I absolutely do not feel that it’s “too much” or “overdone”. (Understand that this comment is from someone who tends to be on the conservative side.)

    If you haven’t seen it already, take a look at this thread;

    There are several good pictures showing the Love Me bag with different lighting. BE makes several styles with this beautiful leather.

    Thanks Shannon,

  • Merve

    I love love love this bag. Really need to invest in a Botkier, she is fabulous.

  • girly bits

    lol….trolls! Gotta luv it! Not a fan of metallic, so this isn’t tripping my trigger. But I do have to agree with you on the flat magnetic closures.

  • Fran

    I have a little issue w/Botkier handbags. When I first saw them in the dept stores, I really loved them. But after doing some reasearch, I found out that Botkier also makes a line for Target. The line is under the same Botkier name. I now find it hard to spend top dollar on a handbag when similar signature styles are availble in vinyl at Target store. I just feel like it devalues the brand. That’s just my 2 cents!

  • Bex

    I hated this bag when it was nordies…and i still hate it

  • Kendra

    The silver is very nice. (fb)