I’ve made my feelings on spendy canvas totes known before – they’re not worth it, almost universally. They’re definitely not worth it when they reach into the four figures, even when the tote in question is as pretty as the Givenchy Birds of Paradise Tote. It sure has a pretty print, though, doesn’t it?

Before glancing down to find the price for this bag, I said a brief, silent prayer that it would be somewhere in the $500-$600 range. That’s still more than I really want to pay for this type of design, but it’s still within the range where I could tell myself that maybe if it went on sale or if I suddenly had an extra $600 sitting around, I’d buy it. Over $1100 for a canvas tote, on the other hand, makes me do some combination of head-shaking and eye-rolling that, were you to see it in person, would certainly signify my displeasure.

And still the pattern, reminiscent of a scarf print, has totally drawn me in. The tote even comes with a matching pouch, but sadly that’s not enough to convince me to buy canvas when the same bag in solid leather only costs $160 more. And here I find myself lamenting the same problem – why can’t a fantastically creative company like Givenchy give us printed leather? Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $1120.

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  • Alexandra Davidoff

    Looks like a tablecloth turned into a new spin on the Neverfull….such a disaster.

  • Nia

    Four figures for the Givenchy canvas tote? It’s worth it!

  • Milski

    I agree they are usually way overpriced for what you could get in leather. Checkout what happens if you can reverse them, so you still get an exciting print if you want, in summer and Italian leather for winter. My aim has been to create two bags in one and the best thing is, everyone one is unique or strictly limited edition. Gregory’s and Luisaviaroma have just discovered MILSKI from Paris.

  • mlle p

    If I were insane enough to get a canvas tote at that price, I still prefer the Lanvin diamonds.

  • Sandra Rowley

    I completely agree, while it is nice, it is overpriced for canvas.

  • Kind of looks like an old place mat.  I wouldn’t pay a penny for that.

  • 19yearslater

    the print and name have me thinking of the enchanted tiki room at disneyland. Seeing as I could fly to Disney and still pay to get into the park for the price of a canvas tote I’ll pass.

  • Snowvixens

    Simply because this goes with my swash iphone covers

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  • Dawn

    I was Thinking about buy this bag I totally in love with the print ,But thanks God that I read this comment is so helpful. You are so right is just a canvas bag with the price of leather.