When we wrote about Fendi’s colorblocked clutch and what it portends for spring’s trends last week, your reaction was predictably split. A strong point of view will always divide people, even if all the people responding have great taste (and, duh, of course you do). For those of you who thought that Fendi veered into stank territory with that clutch, we present you with the Fendi Forever Mamma Anaconda Shoulder Bag.

I like this design for a couple of reasons. First, charcoal is my favorite neutral. The people at Bergdorfs apparently think this bag is black, but I reject their reality and substitute my own. Second, it’s made out of anaconda skin instead of the standard python, which simultaneously reminds me of “Baby Got Back” and that horrible Jennifer Lopez movie about anacondas that came out while I was in middle school. And, I mean, who doesn’t have positive associations with the days when your parents used to have to drop you off and pick you up so you could see a movie with eight of your closest twelve-year-old friends?

All J.Lo hackery aside, this design has a lot going for it. The “Mamma” shape that Fendi has been pushing for a while is functional and useful, and redoing it in a lush exotic only makes it better. My favorite part, though, is the hardware. It would have been completely reasonable for Fendi to do a gold-on-black-enamel logo clasp and leave it at that, but the tortoise shell background (and links in the handle hardware) adds a special and unexpected detail to the design that made me look twice when I probably would have scrolled past it otherwise. Oh, who am I kidding – the sueded snakeskin would have stopped me in my tracks by itself. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2710.

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  • Demi

    I love everything on this purse: the snakeskin, the leather and chain strap and the lock!
    HOWEVER, there’s one thing I don’t like… sued! I’m more of a classic leather type of girl.

    • Vitta

      Lisa, you should post under your own name, not mine. Especially when you want to be unfriendly. Demi, don’t take her post personally – we all make typos once in a while. And I also like classic leather better than suede. (Posted by the original registered member Vitta, avatar “Exotic Skin: Alligator and Crocodile Handbags”. The Post 5 is also mine).

  • couturecoco

    Yes, not a suede fan either (in anything). Lovely bag otherwise.

  • edoardo

    I saw this bag on last SUnday in the Fendi’s boutique in Milan and I totally love it!!!

    The lock (chiusura in italian, I don’t know how it is in english…) is so beautiful and the bag, relaly classic, is interesting because the details (like the gold chain and the shape) make it “fresh”.


  • Vitta

    Exquisite! One of those rare design successes when “less” is truly “more”. So beautifully balanced. Sleek, but not too edgy. I like how the hint of black and gold adds dimension to the charcoal monotone, and how the neat pattern of the anaconda skin – treated with the expensive, sueded finish – creates the additional interplay of textures. The tortoise-shell accent is fabulous with this skin. Love the bag – well worth the money!

  • Stylista

    What a gorgeous colour. Dark…but just that right amount of darkness. Also loving the lady-like simplicity.


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  • shueaddict

    I love everything about this bag except for the price, but i guess the anacondas deserve the mark up despite being larger than pythons.

  • ninjaninja

    So pretty! (ipad)

  • nini

    Not fond of the metal on the handle. (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    This is so pretty! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    ohhhh myyyyy godddd..
    this is gorgeous..
    anaconda skin – checked!
    soft as baby bum- suede- checked!
    neutral colour to match all clothes and wearable for all occasion – checked!
    outstanding tortoise buckle with black enamel – checked!
    need i say more? (ipad)

  • Jen

    Don’t love this. (ipad)

  • helen

    I’m in the conservative class (ipad)


    this is very conservative (ipad)


    very office chic (ipad)


    very office chic :) (ipad)

  • S.J.

    love the color (ipad)

  • S.J.

    great for work (ipad)

  • S.J.

    :) pretty (ipad)