After Fall 2010’s onslaught of fuzzy purses, I hoped against hope that fur bags would be a single-season trend and that when cold weather rolled around again, we would have forgotten all about them. Unfortunately, the advent of the first Fall 2011 pre-orders has made my hopes look like nothing more than pipe dreams. The fur bags have returned.

I don’t have any particular gripe with the look of fur, although I prefer to keep my own fur purchases faux or vintage. In fact, I’m very much looking forward to scouring vintage stores for a fur coat of my own for winter. But I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: The innate texture of fur and innate structure of handbags do not go together. At all. Like the Lanvin Fur Trousse Shoulder Bag that you see at right, when the two combine, all that results is a big lump.

I’ve held off writing on this bag for a few days in hopes that it would eventually start to tickle my fancy, but it just isn’t cutting the proverbial mustard. (Who came up with that saying, anyway? Has anyone, in this history of humanity, actually cut mustard? It’s a liquid.) Instead of being on of the smart and epically chic bags that we all expect from Lanvin, this bag is rather shapeless and nondescript. That’s the problem with fur – for a large-form piece like a coat, the density and texture work. For something compact and structured, they still don’t, no matter how much the fashion industry would like to convince me otherwise. I’d appreciate it if they could stop trying to make fur bags happen. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $2900.

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  • Masuko

    Although I do not like fur coats in general I have to admit that I am a little bit fascinated by fur bags… probably because you do not see them so often on the street and it looks so classy. I just saw a picture of the Fall Tod’s 24H fur bag and it looks really amazing. Tod’s had already launched a couple of fur bags last winter season and I was long time thinking about getting one of them. Decision for next winter season still to be made.

  • Mcclellan Furs

    It can work when Fur is recycled/re-purposed. Carole McClellen an accomplished artisan fashion designer in Seattle, Washington USA has spent the last 10 years of her 30 year career in the study and making amazing new styles from re- purposed Furs. This allows both women and men who have family hand me down furs and also amazing fur finds to render them into something new for today. This by no means is in the DIY category – it is serious re-purposing that requires long years of study. You can see before and after photos on her micro website

    You will be delighted in what you see and yes you can have a cool fur purse and more.

  • Kathy

    It looks like she is taking her pet cat out for a walk with the bags chain being the leash. LOL

  • issy

    i just hate fur. end of.

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  • TRex

    It looks like one of my cat’s hairballs blown up and hung on a fancy chain.

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  • Stephanie

    I got a Chanel faux fur bag last year and I LOVE it. I get endless compliments on it. It’s fun to carry and pet! But again, it’s faux and I make that very clear the minute anyone asks. Also, I’m 6′ so I can get away with carrying a big bag. I put on my long Max Mara camel coat & grab my Chanel faux fur bag and I look “balanced”. Indulge, I say!

  • Marry Lynn

    good thing you haven’t saw dolce and gabbana new fur bags!!

  • kellyx

    stupid looking bag

  • Vicky

    Well, I actually think it’s cute.

  • James

    I saw more in the market for this fall than i did last year. I think it’s going to be a strong trend this year.

  • Kristy

    Gross. That’s all there is to it.

  • TC

    I don’t know what you have against fur bags when almost all of the bags you post on your blog are made of leather (animal skin)…

  • Luka

    Big difference between the way leather and fur are “created,” it is gross