Fendi Maxi Baguette Shoulder Bag

Fendi, you’ve got me a bit vexed. Actually, you’ve had me a bit vexed for several years now. Why is that? Mostly because you continue to commit attrocious crimes against handbags, sell them for exhorbitant sums, and yet not go completely out of business. I’ll admit, I liked the original Spy bag. But all the Spys that came after? The paillete Spy? The multicolored zucca Spy? The Spy that looked like it was made out of someone’s old, puffy, nylon winter coat? Fendi, as a brand, is a great example of a company and takes something that’s fairly nice-looking and tastefully done and milks it for absolutely all the money it is worth until it’s dead as a doornail. And when they don’t have anything that they’re currently milking (like, uh, now), they come out with some really average handbags.

Case in point? The Fendi Maxi Baguette Shoulder Bag (really? We’re still doing baguettes? Sex and the City ended years ago). On the surface, I’ll admit, there’s absolutely nothing offensive about this bag. It’s black, and it’s hard to argue with black, although it’s boring. The hardware is simple and unobtrusive (which is code for boring). It’s ultra-structured, and has a half leather, half chain shoulder strap that is a little too long for my taste. In fact, the chain is a little too thin, and the leather section of the strap looks like kind of an afterthought. In fact, the entire bag seems like kind of an afterthought. The problem I have is that I don’t see any innovation here – nothing that catches my eye and makes me think about the design of the bag. Sure, the bag works on a practical level – but why pay almost $1600 for this (just because it’s Fendi?) when there are so many other modern, interestingly designed, new-looking bags out there for that amount or less.

So am I way off base? Have I missed something breathtaking that Fendi has done (I like their Du Jour bags, but they never promote those)? Let me know in the comments. Buy through Saks for $1,590.

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  • Gina

    I do agree that Fendi has been off the game for a while now, but I think your opinion of this bag is way off. I know it’s rather plain, with not much detail going on, but I personally think it’s a handbag that won’t ever go out of style. The chanel 2.55 is also plain with very little detail, and people have been wearing them since 1955.

  • I like it. It’s simple and elegant. For an older gal for sure, but I like it,

  • Van

    I find this bag to be simple but nice. It’s very classy looking.

  • Ellez

    I totally agree, but I think it could be for all ages. I’m not a fan of the half leather strap but to see something very classic looking from Fendi is refreshing.

  • NK

    I like it
    but I don’t love it

    Honestly though, if this had the chanel logo instead everyone would obsess over it.

    I agree its older looking, but i think it could accent a little black dress perfectly.

  • I like it too, but there’s something missing for me. Maybe I’m just more flashy. ;)

  • csyang

    i like it!

  • Anita

    I really like it. I don’t think I would buy it since there are other I like better but if someone was wearing it I’d be admiring it.

  • The more I think about this bag, the more irritated it makes me. The Chanel chain bags are a different case, because they’re a huge part of fashion history. They were designed decades ago by one of the most stylish women in recent memory and changed how a lot of women thought about handbags. This bag, on the other hand, is just one of their many copycats. And this is one of Fendi’s BETTER efforts in the arena of handbag design, I admit, but that’s faint praise, no? When compared to the paillette Spy? But there’s no reason to pay the price that they’re asking for it when there’s nothing different or interesting or innovative about it. It’s just a black shoulder bag with an awkwardly-long handle that happens to have a Fendi logo on it. And it doesn’t even look like the leather is very nice – anyone else see scratches ALREADY?

  • Cfong

    I don’t think it’s scratches, I think they purposely designed it with a cracked leather accent to make it look vintage. Many of the bags Fendi has been introducing these past seasons have had more of a vintage flair to them, so it’s not exactly an “afterthought.” And I don’t think you need to become so defensive just because nobody totally agrees with your opinions on this one particular bag that isn’t bad at all. And I personally really like this bag, it’s very.. Olsen-esque :)

  • iansri09

    I actually like this bag. It’s simply classic and elegant. I totally disagree with you in this case. You also should look at it in IRL before making a comment. The chain strap can be used as a single strap as shown or as a double strap just like chanel 2.55. It also comes in a smaller version for $1310 which is even more elegant than this particular one. It really like chanel with a fendi logo on it. I think the price is very reasonable, because chanel 2.55 going to be close to 3K in November.

  • I’m not defensive (…why in the world would anyone get defensive about not liking a bag? It’s your money, buy what you love!), I’m just very sure of my opinion on this one, and I’m here to have opinions. Read what I said carefully – I don’t think the bag is terrible, it’s fine but nothing special, but it’s also the best I’ve seen Fendi do in a LONG time, and for a company that overcharges for their bags like they do, this shouldn’t be their nicest bag on the market. And no major manufacturer should be so obviously ripping off another major manufacturer, to me that’s really disappointing, especially from a design team that usually is pretty creative (if not particularly attractive).

    And I actually dislike the smaller version a lot more. I don’t like bags with those proportions, it’s just personal taste. Like I said originally, I don’t have a problem with this bag as a bag, I have more of a problem with how Fendi has been doing business for the past few years.

  • And I’ve seen the bag IRL. Last weekend. That’s why I wrote about it.

  • Kaytey

    Ok, well….
    Actually, I agree with Amanda. I think we’re the same age, so maybe that’s affected my taste, but really, this bag is blah. I agree that if it were the double Cs instead of the F people would be all over it, but the cases are different. The black bag with minimum hardware and a chain strap is a Chanel look – they’ve been doing it for twice as long as i’ve eben alive. If you’re going to use the black and chain combo, just making the leather unquilted isn’t enough to define yourself as unique. This is basically a pale imitation, and let’s face it – people are paying for teh Chanel name because it is iconic and well-respected. Who respects Fendi? Like, really respects them? It’s no wonder that Bluefly is constantly stocked with Fendi bags – they’re so hideous, who would buy them? Here we finally have a bag that could be worn on regular basis, but it’s boring and old-fashioned, and rips off a much better design house’s SIGNATURE look. Blah.
    If you really like the black bag with a chain handle, why not buy a Botkier small gladiator in nero or black? Less than one third that price to beign with, now on sale for $200-something. To me, this bag looks like something you could buy at Zellers or K-Mart, but with a giant price tag.

    I wasn’t going to post (I usually don’t if i agree with the original post), but I think Amanda’s opinion needs some backup today because it’s valid.

  • Babs

    That’s a luxury shiny calf leather…Have you actually seen the bag in person? That strap can be worn as a nice double strap as well. Perhaps it is too simple and sophisticated for everyone, but it would be perfect for a professional woman or a polished evening dinner.

  • NK

    Fendi: “Hey Chanel did a good job on the design on this iconic 2.55, lets do it too.”

    Chanel: “You’ll never come close”

  • Grace

    B-O-R-I-N-G & BLAH :P

  • Like I said, I’ve seen the bag in person. Wasn’t impressed in person, not impressed in photos. It’s a boring bag we’ve all seen before, and while it’s not ugly, it’s also not anything that everyone doesn’t already have in their wardrobe. Fendi plays the extremes – extremely boring or extremely unattractive. Very rarely do they have a bag that fits in the middle as both creative and beautiful, and when they do, it’s a sensation like the Spys were. If you’re looking for a bag for dinner, there are much more interesting bags out there, and if you’re looking for a bag for work, there are much more functional bags out there. It’s not terrible, but it’s not at all inspiring to me, no matter the brand.

  • dyjann

    Ok Amanda, we get it, you don’t like the bag or the brand for that matter (after 1 review and 3 posts, yes we get it). But some of us quite like it. It ain’t so bad.

  • Gina


  • coco13

    I disagree that because SATC ended a few years ago we all have to stop wanting or carrying the baguette. It’s far more important to carry something you like, not just because it appears on a TV show. This maxi baguette though is boring. The baguette is great, stick to how it is. But what do I know? I like the paillette spy… :-)

  • dela

    Amanda, I agree it’s not the most original design and you are well within your rights to express your dislike but you can’t argue about the price. I think 1600 USD for a larger version is a fair price (relatively seaking in a world where most decent bags cost over 2000). We see this from all of the top brands- even a canvas or nylon sak costs atleast a grand and this one is leather. If this bag were more innovative it would be priced upwards of 2500.
    Bottom line: All bags are overpriced- even the most beautiful ones.

  • Merve

    I think someone has to stick up for Amanda. I just bought the beige Chanel flapbag in sparkling calfskin http://www.chanel.com/fashion/7#7-flap-bag-in-sparkling-calfskin-1,1,7,10

    Its a classic style that will never go out of date. Price $1900 now would u pay $1600 for this totally mundane bag that is just milking the fendi name?

  • Trista

    i like it
    simple , i could wear it with anything
    but i wouldnt buy it full priced
    maybe if it was half off

  • notyurmama

    I totally agree with Kaytey (and Amanda). I’m sure the leather is wonderful and the purse gnomes who put it together did a good job, but, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s boring and overpriced. If this purse didn’t have the double F logo and was displayed with non-designer bags, I bet most people would ignore it. And it certainly wouldn’t cost almost $1600. However, if you’re willing to pay $1600 to be double F’d, go for it.

  • cassie

    I love this bag, and am getting the zucca version. :)

    Chanel 2.55 is cool too but I don’t look good in it.

    Just buy anything you like and enjoy carrying them.

    Your bags are part of the rewards in your life.

  • Jessica

    First, I just bought this bag and I LOVE it. The leather looks amazing in person, the gold Fendi Forever logo catches your eye…and it is like Chanel’s style but a lot less. Also, the chain converts into two so it is also a shoulder bag and not so long. I get a million compliments on it. This bag is classic and will be for years to come..unlike the other styles where a year later you are sick of looking at it. :)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    stuffy (fb)

  • nini

    not my favorite Fendi bag. (ipad)

  • inez

    Does anyone know where I can find this Fendi bag?

  • snopake

    i’ve just bought this bag in navy with gold chain and i think it’s amazing. It looks cool with my fur coat and oozes class. Maybe now a couple of years have passed you will re-think your opinion. I’m much happier and confident carrying this bag to a boring unimaginative mulberry bayswater bag.

    • Guest

      Wow, interesting conversations! I am 32 and a proud owner of this black maxi baguette. While I agree that this bag has no innovative elements in it, its versatility cannot be beat! It has been with me every day, rain or shine, dressing up or down, in jeans or dresses. I have always got compliments when I carry it. It is definitely a piece that would not go out of style. I love it so much that I snatched the smaller version of this one but in a dark red color last week in the NY store! It was the last one nationwide :)