I don’t know what a “snaffle” is, but if the Gucci Snaffle Bit Small Leather Shoulder Bag is any indication, I like it. This shoulder bag capitalizes on the tropical embellishments from Gucci’s Spring 2011 runway show and adds a shot of bright color to create one of the season’s best casual bags yet

It’s still early, of course, so that designation may change, but somehow I doubt it. Gucci often tends to do its own thing regardless of accessories trends, and this design, with all of its details and stitching and stuff, feels refreshingly different from the sleek bags other lines are offering.

Not only is the bag’s basic look fun for the coming warm weather, but I just can’t resist this bright, vibrant shade of purple. It’s a seasonless bright that goes with nearly anything in your closet (Trust me, I’m a big carrier of purple bags.) and doesn’t show wear or dirt, and it looks particularly good against the whites and dove greys that spring always offers. This little bag packs a lot of design wallop in a small size, making it perfect for weekend wear. If you’re not so sure about the purple, the purse also comes in a very Hermes-y orange. If only the price were a little more reasonable; it seems high for a regular leather bag that’s only seven inches wide. Buy through Saks for $1880.

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  • coachwife6

    I am on the hunt for a purple tote. (ipad)

  • Ali

    A snaffle bit is just a type of bit used on a horse bridle, it’s the part that goes in their mouth to help control them.

    Lot’s of Gucci’s asthetic is inspired by the horse bit.

  • EvaKnox

    Fantastic, both the design and color.


  • ninjaninja

    Color is lovely, but not the bag (ipad)

  • Brenda

    Ohhh! It’s TDF! I’ve always wanted a purple bag! (iPad)

  • Joanna

    Loving the color (ipad)!

  • jillybean307

    I’m loving all the bright purple for Spring. (ipad)

  • Tonya

    I love the color but I don’t care for the tassles… (ipad)

  • cl

    it is nice but I’m not going nuts for it (ipad)

  • babe

    love the colour, don´t like the bag (too much going on…)

  • hect

    Hmmm not for me !!!!!!

  • Ellen

    I actually really like it. I love the horse bit. I think that it is a bit overdone, but it might just be the tassels. (ipad)

  • FashionIsMyHobby

    Love the purple color and the horse bit closure. I’d take the tassel off and use it for a key chain. (ipad)

  • greenpixie

    This is adorable. Love the purple and the bit detail. (ipad)

  • Emma G

    I love the colour but not sold on the bag (ipad)

  • Shana

    Give me that Minkoff on the Marilyn any day (ipad)

  • Vitta

    Generally, I like the classic equestrian theme by Gucci, but there’s so much going on in this tiny shoulder bag (snaffle bit closure, contrast top-stitching, tonal whip-stitching, perforation, lacing, tassels, etc). Wow! Unfortunately, purple is not my color either, but orange might work. Not sure though because of such a busy design. I would perhaps lose the double tassels, even though they are so beautifully designed and constructed. It’s just too much for my taste. And the price is high, too… It’s interesting that there’s a message on the SFA website stating that a customer can order no more than 3 units within 30 days due to high demand… (ipad)

  • 19yearslater

    Reminds me of the Tila March bag featured over on PBSavvy, so I’m predisposed to dislike the price of this one. The color IS fantastic, but its not worth the huge price tag. (ipad)

  • Heather

    Beautiful color and shape, but I agree it’s a bit too small for that price. (ipad)

  • Lianne

    I love everything about it but the price. For that price, I would want it a little bigger. (ipad)

  • Limey

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!! kinda pricey though =( (ipad)

  • helen

    Lovely color (ipad)


    i dont have a purple bag (ipad)


    time to add one to my collection (ipad)


    :) (ipad)


    love the color (ipad)


    but its not in my budget :( (ipad)


    but my birthday is near by lol (ipad)

  • Joyce

    Extremely cute, but outrageously overpriced (ipad)

  • Mousse

    LUV the color, not the price. (ipad)

  • Kate A.

    Love the color, not the gold so much. And not a fan of the price. yikes! (ipad)

  • qudz104

    beautiful, but it looks too small for my own usage. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    i can always make useful of a small crossbody, to top it off i love the purple. (ipad)

  • beanyce126

    forgot to comment how the detail they added with the design, im in love. (ipad)

  • Candace

    I’ve been eyeing this bag for a few days. I love it but I agree, the price is crazy! At that price, I can get a Prada tote that’s 3 times as big and just as beautiful. (ipad).

  • Sue E

    I love it very nicely designed (ipad)

  • nini

    There’s something regal about the color. like! (ipad)

  • Letícia

    This post reminded me of a purple Gucci clutch from years ago, which was my very first purse obsession. It was that same shade of purple… pretty amazing. This one is pretty gorgeous too. (ipad)

  • milwifey

    Beautiful bag and I love the color but I agree; a little pricey for such a small bag. (ipad)

  • Elaine

    This is kind of like the bag with the bird face you posted on PurseBlog Savvy. (ipad)

  • Chic ‘n Cheap Living

    Love the color and details but agreed high price for a small bag (ipad)

  • spanish moss

    such a heavenly color! (ipad)

  • Jsays

    pretty color very rich. (ipad)

  • Alicia

    Very nice color (ipad)

  • Jenn

    Pretty in purple (ipad)

  • Jenn

    I wish they would make a pink one too (ipad)

  • jenny

    bleh, reminds me of those little coach wristlets

  • Maggie

    Wow! So pretty! (ipad)

  • Karin bag4bag

    I am a complete walkover for most purple bags and this is no exception. Love the color, love the hardware. (ipad)

  • Ivana

    my all time favorite color (ipad)

  • Emma G

    Agree overpriced (ipad)

  • Linda

    It looks like suede and the size may be too small and the price??!! Too exhorbitant!

  • jennifer

    Love the size, wish it were less $$ (ipad).

  • mary

    loving gucci’s new stuff (ipad)

  • papertiger

    I like the bag but will stick to the more neutral colour palette. The price apparently corresponds to the hours of handwork in the finishing – only time will tell if customers agree.

  • Mochababe73

    I am not a fan of purple, but I know that my sister would love it.
    I love the orange. However, this is too much for such a small bag. If it were bigger (more like an everyday bag), I would love to have one. I love that design. (iPad)

  • Stacy

    Great color. Interesting detailing. This is a nice bag. Just not loving the price tag. (Sticker shock for a small bag.)

  • edoardo

    I don’t really like the bag but the color is amazing!


  • quimerula

    Lovely! (ipad).

  • Diane

    i love this…wish it was more affordable! (ipad)

  • swati

    i love, love, love the color. and the hardware complements it beautifully. i think it would have looked nice as a cross-body also (ipad)

  • dalex

    ehhh, beautiful color, not fond of the pattern and texture. (ipad)

  • Lorie

    Oh I love it, but I wish the hardware had been either silver or gunmetal.

  • SS

    Beautiful purple color. (ipad)

  • Leng

    wooow $1800?? but i love the color!! (ipad)

  • annabelle

    so cute and love the color! (ipad)

  • AMN

    Love the size/shape, but something is weird about that buckle… (ipad)

  • Rachel

    The price scares me for that size, but the design and colour are love! (ipad)

  • sosti

    wow, that is an amazing color. i love it

  • sosti

    wow, that is an amazing color. i love it (ipad)

  • Pam


  • Handbag Lover

    WOW, I love this bag! (ipad)

  • Heidi

    Gorgeous! Perhaps they’ll use this leather color for some of their classic bags.. (ipad)

  • Tiffany

    Not into this bag :/ (ipad)

  • Britney Saenz

    Oooh that’s the perfect shade of purple. Yum! (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    high five AMANDA !
    i can’t resist purple either! and this is one spectacular shade..
    it’s like electric-purple (if we can call it as such)!
    and nothing compliments it better than gold hardware.. ohhh.. i have a thing for GHW..
    hmm.. but don’t cha think that the front buckle looks more like an Aigner? hmmm.. (ipad)

  • Rebecca

    Love the color, but the placement of the snaffle makes it look like it’s flipping the bird. (ipad)

    (and like someone else said earlier, a snaffle a simple horse bit!)

  • Elizabeth

    the details are what makes this bag! So pretty. (ipad)

  • joycee

    such a cute bag!(ipad)

  • Thanh

    love purple! (ipad)

  • Miriam

    cute (ipad)

  • Ingrid Yohanna

    Gucci is good for every season. (ipad)

  • ellen

    quit nice, but too expensive (ipad)

  • Akshata

    pretty! (ipad)

  • mango

    i am a sucker for purple! (ipad)

  • Jen

    Love the color, hate the bag. (ipad)

  • Justine

    OMG!!!! I LOVE IT SO MUCH!!!! (ipad)

  • Jsays

    i want it!(ipad)

  • Camila Delgado Vicentelli

    Beautiful! (ipad)

  • Desaria

    cute cute cute (ipad)

  • nini

    elegant (ipad)

  • 1983.alegna

    Love the color! (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Not into this (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Loved their retro collection (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Brilliant purple (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Perfect for going out with friends (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Not too big (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    Not too small (ipad)

  • ninjaninja

    How wonderful is that? (ipad)

  • Lorna

    I don’t usually like Gucci bags but I really like the purple with the gold hw. (ipad)

  • Mel

    Hmmm… I think I’d prefer it if it was a bit bigger. (ipad)

  • wendy

    It’s cute. Love the purple color! (ipad)

  • Beth

    not a fat of that bag at all. (ipad)

  • Diane Bassette

    nothing better than a pretty purple Gucci! (ipad)

  • Limey

    didn’t notice the tassels the first time.. love it even more! (ipad)

  • DB

    good color but there is just wayyyy too much going on with that tiny thing.