I’ve already waxed rhapsodic about my love for Fendi’s Spring 2011 bags several times, and now it’s time for the hard truth of the collection: These bags cost a lot. But, surprisingly, not as much as I was expecting from all the whispers that it would require the sale of a kidney in order to buy one.

The Fendi Croco and Calfskin Top Handle you see at left comes in above eight grand because of the exotic flap, and similar bags with regular leather come in above two grand, at least according to Luisa Via Roma’s European prices, which often vary a bit (sometimes up, sometimes down) from what American retailers charge when they receive these bags. The leather totes from the collection? Also around two grand. Whether or not those prices are justified (or if any of the prices we pay are really justified) is a more complicated question.

Exotics aside, I can stomach a $2,000 price tag on a bag that is clearly made of very fine, smooth calfskin and displays a level of attention to detail that perhaps we’ve forgotten to expect in the mass luxury market. For the totes, however, I find the expectation of two grand a bit less palatable. They’re structured simply and mostly made of the kind of soft, slouchy material that nearly every brand uses with great regularity, and for $1495, they’d be great bags. For 33% more, you’d be well advised to look elsewhere to spend your money. Shop the collection via Luisa Via Roma.

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  • AMN

    Beautiful, but I agree, WAAAY too pricey! (ipad)

  • coachwife6

    A little too busy for me. (ipad)

  • Kelly

    It is a little busy, with the different tones and colours. I’m thinking a nice, matte, yet slightly flaky, black python on the flap would look nicer than the oversized pattern of the croc. (iPad)

  • Leah

    Definitely overpriced especially with Fendi’s quality issues as of late! (ipad)

  • Shana

    Hmm … I think I’d rather have a Nancy Gonzalez (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Love! (ipad)

  • Jaz

    I don’t think I’ll be spending my hard earned money at Fendi! (ipad)

  • Joyce

    Too much (ipad)

  • Marianna

    I’m just not feeling the love it would take to even daydream about spending so much on that bag. (ipad)

  • Ivana

    i don’t like its handle (ipad)

  • Angie

    I would rather save up for birkin!

  • Tonya

    I agree with Angie – save up for something more timeless (ipad)

  • Sue E

    I don’t like it at all..something just seems off…(ipad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Reminds me of the wood grain paneling on old station wagons! (ipad)

  • nick

    Sorry, but I haven’t liked any Fendi designed bag so far. (ipad)

  • LDJ

    Im not a big fan of Fendi either. I like the flap, but as someone stated above, it does look busy and pricey!!!! (ipad)

  • Redo My Shoe

    I don’t like the handle at all; looks amatuerish and out of place. And I think there should be a Fendi logo plate between those two piece of black leather that protrude upwards. Looks empty.


  • Nikita

    I wish the whole thing was croc (ipad)

  • Miriam

    Too structured for me (ipad)

  • quimerula

    It’s lovely! (ipad).

  • Alicia

    I love Fendi…always (ipad)

  • Britney Anderson (Saenz)

    I like it! (ipad)

  • SS

    Lovely, but not for me. (ipad)

  • Justine

    It is so expensive!!!!! :( (ipad)

  • Pam

    Too expensive. (ipad)

  • nini

    pricey. (ipad)

  • john

    The bag is ok but a classic? No. With that money, you can buy yourself a Balenciaga, a PS 1, a Celine Cabas or Luggage Tote, which have or will stand the test of time.

  • Vitta

    I wouldn’t agree that a Balenciaga, PS 1, or Celine Cabas are classic either. But I agree that the price for this Fendi piece is a bit too much. This expense would be justified only for an Hermes Kelly or Birkin. But it’s just me.

  • S.J.

    you can say that again (ipad)

  • S.J.

    y so pricey :( (ipad)

  • Sherry

    you can say that again (ipad)

  • Sherry

    very expensive (ipad)

  • Lianne

    Is it just me, or are too many designers doing bags with patches of different colours and materials? For the most part, I just don’t get them. (ipad)

  • Vitta

    This is a trend for the Spring 2011 season – color and texture combos. I wish the blog moderators could elaborate on this a bit, because there are people out there who are interested in fashion trends as well, not just in winning an ipad. Right, Lianne?

  • greenpixie

    I agree about the price point. It is lovely, though. (ipad)

  • chanel_lovver

    I looove this new bag! I think it’s one of the better designs Fendi has come up with in a while. ipad

  • Kelly

    It looks not bad (iPad)

  • Ellen

    Beautiful and timeless (the totes aside). The price is outrageous, but I think that the structured leather bags last a lifetime. (ipad)

  • 19yearslater

    I’m not feeling this even for a smaller price (ipad)

  • Donna C.

    Fun to look at but no way would I pay that much (ipad)

  • spanish moss

    just can’t get into fendi. (ipad)

  • Melissa

    love the architecture, but doubtful the craftsmanship matches the price (ipad)

  • cl

    fendi just isn’t in my “must haves” list… and this bag is definitely included (ipad)

  • Christine

    lots of texture..not into it! (ipad)

  • swati

    too busy . way too many textures and colors. not for me, but then i again i don’t like fendi all that much (ipad)

  • edoardo

    It’s bit expensive…but it’s so beautiful that the price goes in second place. It’s wodnerful the classic “fendi style” and the exotic leather that is gatehr with the spring colros….amazing”” Fendi overtakes itself with this show: good work Silvia and KArl!


  • Chris

    I like the handbag, but I do not love it. And with a price of $2000 you should definitely love the handbag. (iPad)

  • Mochababe73

    The price for a $2000 tote is too expensive. I realize the Fendi thinks that they pretty much have to charge that much since it is considered a “luxury” brand. However, you can buy a basic Coach or Dooney all leather tote for $400 or less.
    As far as the bag that is pictured goes, it’s okay. I like the concept, but the top handle should have been solid and the bag all one color. Too busy for a lady bag.

  • Kathy

    beautiful purse…..Fendi is classic and timeless, but the $2000.00 tote is a bit much (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Way too much (ipad)

  • PurseAdict

    I LOVE them … one of best bags from FENDI but too expensive for me :( (ipad)

  • jillybean307

    Way too much going on. (ipad)

  • Limey

    too expensive for my taste (ipad)

  • Chloe

    Too much going on! (ipad)

  • Mel

    I agree to that! (ipad)

  • Elizabeth

    I just don’t like the design. It’s not a looker. (ipad)

  • Jenn

    It has a jungle feel to it (ipad)

  • Cindy

    No. No. No. (ipad)

  • mango

    i love everything fendi does. i wish i could afford one. *sigh* (ipad)

  • mrsjones

    i think fendi wants to up their prices in the same vein like hermes (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    whoa..way too $$ for me (ipad)

  • XXAL

    at first glance, i def thought it was hideous (esp the strap & the weird broken-Marcie-looking design). then i thought about matching it up with spring clothing (or white suit head-toe) & realized it was not that bad of a design. however, i cant fathom how many ladies can actually pull off that look.. i think i would only see it on a supermodel or a fendi ad but not on just anybody’s shoulders. (ipad)

    • Jelita78

      have to agree with u too on this.
      it actually look kinda like an artistic design.
      creative if u ask me.
      the handle, the flap, the sides, all adding a unique look to this bag.
      but, i have to say that the particular orange-yellowish horizontal strip on the flap is kinda awkward looking.. it could have a clean finish with just black leather strip instead.
      having said all that, nope, i’m not diggin’ it, even though if the price is not 8grand! (ipad)

    • Leda

      what do you think, if you say that you kind of you can´t see some of these bags “on just anybody´s shoulders” when you see planty of women from all the levels of society using a mix of the reals and fakes Louis Vuitton´s bags?

    • Leda

      what do you think, if you say that you kind of you can´t see some of these bags “on just anybody´s shoulders” when you see planty of women from all the levels of society using a mix of the reals and fakes Louis Vuitton´s bags?
      do they all look like supermodels or LVs addictive?
      some are fat, small, ugly,not beautiful, not rich, for those who weres the fake ones,
      or at least can´t pay the price for a Fendi bag, or LVs and for so they use the copys
      there is no such thing

      • Leda

        the price is not that big ,
        I think it is afordable
        not for everyone, even so the price is not all that much

  • Chells

    I do like Fendi, but agree it’s way too much money for that design. (ipad)

  • Ken Vien

    too expensive for my taste (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    Nonono ): Color and design are both not doing it for me (ipad)

    • Leda

      by nature, I´m not very fond of brught colors and the less of it, I also don´t like mixing colors as diferente as they can be,
      that´s what hepens to this Silvana bag, I mean, some of the models
      the one that keeps me looking to it, is the one with crocodile skin in the front cover, brown leather, caramel lether in the sides, and black leather in the baxk side, with handles in blue crocodile, ohh, it´s really beautiful this one…That´s the one Silvana Fendi´s bag for me.
      The one and only :)))

  • Bettye

    To many different things going on with that handbag. (ipad)

  • Cathy Fitz

    I love the look of this bag. But the price – I’m not. (ipad)

  • Jen

    Totally ugly! (ipad)

  • helen

    Well most of your featured items are unfortunately at a tremendously significantly price for me. But I still like to look at them. (ipad)

  • Lina

    I love Fendi! (ipad)

    • Leda

      i´m a Fendi fan too, since a very very very long time!
      I love the made in Italy blend
      It reminds me years of major class in style
      that´s why a keep saying…. I love fendi!

  • Justine

    PRETTY EXOTIC FENDI BAG = $$$$$$$$ :( (ipad)

  • KY

    Looks good! (ipad)

  • Courtney

    I would never pay that for this bag; nor would I pay half. I wish it didn’t have that awkward yellow stripe at the bottom of the flap or the blue on the handles. Too much going on. (ipad)

  • Michelle

    Way out of my budget but beautiful nonetheless. (ipad)

  • Elaine

    Their new collection is amazing and I’m drooling over the Peekaboo but those prices just aren’t realistic for me. (ipad)

  • bouncin

    I love Fendi! I just wish I could afford a bag! (iPad)

  • beanyce126

    i use to love the old fendi, not sure bout it now a days. (ipad)

    • Leda

      I confess, I like classical Fendi trade mark, with their Fs , it´s elegante but I prefere the new Fendi´s bag, like Peekaboo, (oh my God, what a tremendous beauty of a bag!!!)
      Congratulations Fendi, thanks for the Pekaboo, I love you!
      it´s so chic, so very special …

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    Err I do not love the different textures and colors – it doesn’t work here Fendi. (ipad)

  • Smith

    totally not feeing it (ipad)

  • Deborah Curran

    I like the bag but the price is too rich for me – ipad

  • Margaret

    Too expensive for me, but I like it. (ipad)

  • Joanna

    i love structured purses but that’s pricey (ipad)

  • Antonia

    Too expensive for me but I think I like it! (ipad)

  • Heidi

    Looks very high quality and well made, but the style of the bag was a miss. (ipad)

  • mango

    super cute (ipad)

  • Desaria

    cool its unique (ipad)

  • nini

    despite the price, I still love Fendi (ipad)

  • nini

    perhaps I’m blinded by brand loyalty. (ipad)

  • wendy

    Personally, I don’t care for the style. (ipad)

  • jc born

    I am looking for a specific bag I have been told isn’t available. I’m hoping someone out there has it
    and doesn’t want it any longer. It is called the
    duffle, and is tan wool with black vertical stripes. It is shaped like the LV speedy bag, and it has tiny
    red and black sequins scattered all over the bag. I
    really loved the bag, and hope that there is someone
    willing to sell it to me…..or even trade for another bag! I am told the price was $925., and that
    it came out in the past two or three years. One lady
    told me she purchased it last fall. Thank you in
    advance for any info you may give to me.

  • Leda

    try the french blog, matmonsac.com
    she´s a seller of used bags, and she use to inform her clients about where they can achive some used bags of great marks, llike hermès, YvesSaint Laurent , and others, as well.you can contact her at her blog

  • yup

    this is so lovely!! in person.super light weighted but way to far for my budget.still waiting for discount in bluefly.