When the Tom Ford Feather Hobo made its runway debut in London, it was quite the bold statement; the bag looked big enough for the model carrying it to hop inside and hide, and it was entirely covered with black-to-white ombre feathers. Now, as things often do between runway and retail, the bag has taken on a more reasonable, significantly more petite form, and I’m rethinking my position as a whole.
Feathers, like fur, are difficult to pull off in handbag form. Because of their inherent volume and texture, they tend to suck all the air out of the proverbial room; it’s hard to pay attention to the design of a bag when it’s hidden behind all of that. Ford was wise to choose a relaxed, bohemian shape to feature all these feathers, and at this smaller size it works, even if “relaxed” and “bohemian” aren’t exactly hallmarks of the signature Tom Ford aesthetic. If I were headed to Coachella to spend some quality time in the VIP tent with other rich flower children, this is definitely the bag I’d want to take. That’s never a situation I’d voluntarily put myself in, though. Would you? And would this be the bag on your arm while you did it?
If the answer’s yes, pick up one of these bags on pre-order at Neiman Marcus for $2,950. It should arrive in time for festival season.
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