I think it’s important to look at this bag for exactly what it is: a novelty item, designed to get attention and make people talk, and also a good collectible for those that love Fendi and want to add something really unique to their stash. Evaluating it like a regular bag is sort of besides the point.

The Fendi DIY Baguette Bag is exactly what it sounds like – it’s a woven, unfinished Fendi Baguette with everything you need to embroider your own bag. It’s sort of an opportunity to have your own one-of-a-kind designer bag, which is kind of cool, when you think of it that way.

But realistically, it’s a bag that’s unfinished and sold to the consumer in parts, which is a little weird. Or maybe genius? I suppose it might be genius if, uh, you know how to embroider. Which I don’t. But it comes with everything I would need to get started – multicolor thread, needles, thimbles. It doesn’t come with a “How to Make Your Own Fendi Bag for the Low, Low price of $995” instructional DVD, but maybe next season’s version will. Something to think about if you’re listening, Fendi. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $995.

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  • Stacy

    Too expensive. If you mess it up you’re fubarred. Might b ok if I wanted it just for collector that’s in me. (fb)

  • Julia

    I agree that it is only a great idea if you can embroider… otherwise you are stuck with an unfinished bag or a bag that you messed up. (fb)

    • Julia

      And what’s the point of buying a designer handbag if you have to finish the product. This idea would be better if it came from Coach or Dooney and Burke. But, even then… I don’t think I would pay the money to design my own handbag.

    • Julia

      Plus, that’s a lot of money to spend on an unfinished Fendi bag. (fb)

  • marian t

    its an expensive diy bag. also which one is the bag, is it the inside thing or the whole thing? in any case, not my kind of bag:-) (fb)

  • BLynnT

    Seems like a lot for something you have to make yourself. I wouldn’t even know where to begin (even if I knew how to embroider, which I also do not). Interesting concept, but I’m not sure how many people would really take this on. That said, I’d love to see what some really artsy and talented people (with embroidery skill and an extra $995) come up with. (fb)

  • Kate

    I don’t get Fendi they make a gorgeous bag like the leopard peek a boo and then they resort to publicity stunts like this….whyyy (fb)

  • Rashida

    I just don’t think I’d pay 1,000 for a arts and crafts project. Sorry! fb

  • rhea

    i’m a huge fendi fan but honestly, but i don’t think alot of people will have time for this. if i spend that much on a bag i want it fully finished and ready to wear. there are lots of creative ways to customize your designer bags if you really wanted to. stick a broch on it or something, or sparkling things. point being i dont think you need a blank canvas for it. this just seems like a useless idea. i mean look at the bag, it’s just ugly. you would have to be a real creative genius to make those colored threads turn the bag into a head turning piece.

  • Amy Beth

    That’s crazy! (fb)

  • dieanne

    I purchased this bag and had it professional designed i must say a headturner!

    • Victoria

      PLease share pictures…. I would love to see it!

      • Karen K.

        OMG, PLEASE post pics!!!!! (fb)

    • I would LOVE to do a post on your bag if you would want to participate! If so, you can send me pictures at amanda (at) purseblog (dot) com.

  • Victoria

    It could be fun… I like art and crafts that I can show off. But for the price, HellNO!! Come on now Fendi, the threads look soo “blaa”…. Probably not even enough to finish the project… and $1,000. Is this supposed to be a great price?? Good idea, but just not workable for the majority. Only those that like the particular threads and have the talent to pull it off… and let’s not forget, the $$$, only they will benefit and have a gorgeous, orginal bag….. (fb)

  • liv

    too much for anything unfinish, less than perfect. No thanks.

  • Monique

    Fendi is out there (fb)

  • Lisa

    Too expnsive for what it is. (fb)

  • Tiff Chao

    I think it’s a brilliant idea for the creative types but I’d rather spend money on a finished bag. (fb)

  • Melody

    neh awful lol (fb)

  • Tamee

    If I had the time, which I don’t. And if I wanted to pay that kind of money for a diy, which I don’t. (fb)

  • swags

    If you are a crafter it could be cool, but the crafters I know shop at Joann and their goal is to make something cute and inexpensive.

    It kind of seems like this is a $1000 embroidery kit. And its almost insulting.

  • Karen K.

    LOVE the idea of Fendi/high end luxury goods going DIY and peeking into the craft movement. on that level it’s insanely cool! But the price is daunting.! (fb)

  • Val

    No way! I wouldn’t buy this maybe if it were cheaper? I could get a better bag for that price (fb)

  • katkooty

    A friend recently got this and her bag now looks reallly cool. She had the flag of our country and many stop her to ask if its okay to take pics. And lets be honest, a 3 digit number for a designer bag this time and age, even unfinished, isnt alot..

  • Cate

    Didn’t they have a white baguette a couple of years ago that came with markers that you could use to decorate it yourself? I thought that was pretty cool, if potentially disastrous. This one is pretty over-the-top expensive, though. (fb)

  • Shelly

    i also think its too small (fb)

  • Kimmee

    Oh yes, I am getting one! I will pick my own threads (the ones in the pack look a little cheap & I don’t like the colors) & I am going to use the tracing the artist who did my tattoo gave me & have a little bag that matches me! (fb)

  • Michelle

    Why would I want to pay $1000 for a bag I pretty much have to make myself? No thanks…..not for me! (fb)

  • Mika

    i dont understand where this bag is going. (fb)

  • Sofia Nolan

    dry, lack of originaly for this small purses made by fendi.

  • Alanna

    see now i DO make my own bags and i CAN embroider and i still don’t get the point of this. if i’m crafting something it’s to make it for myself, something funky and inexpensive. what’s the point in saving up a grand to make your own bag? (fb)

  • Pat

    This is an ineteresting idea by Fendi. but I don’t understand how this would appeal to the masses and for the price. (fb)

  • Kelly

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS! I love crafts, sewing, knitting and designer handbags, so this is right up my alley… though I do agree that the price is too steep. This does make my wishlist though! (fb)

  • Raleine

    great idea by Fendi. i would love to get one and make my own bag design. (fb)

  • Leticia

    The one that came with the markers was a much better idea – everyone knows how to use a marker, as Lady Gaga showed us on her Birkin. This is definitely for the few gifted people with all that creativity and crafting skills, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to me like those people with all of their DIY skills would want to spend their money on an overpriced bag that’s not nearly as creative as it could be. (fb)

  • mary s

    1000$ for me to make my own bag?? riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight….. (fb)

  • Laura

    No, no and yah… hell no. And I know how to embroider. For 1K someone best complete a beautiful purse for me. I am also pretty sure, MOST of the people who could afford this would NOT want to do “work” on their purchase. (fb)

  • Margherita

    i like the idea, but the price stopped me. At that price, it’s not cool, it’s stupid.

  • 19yearslater

    I really like this idea- but no freakin’ way am I going to pay $1000 for the opportunity to embroider my own Fendi.

  • mary s

    by the way this would be worth 1000$ if say you buy the bag online, design the embroidery and they do it for you, ala LV mon monogram… but LV doesnt expect you to paint your own bag and fendi is out of its mind for expecting people to embroider their own bags…

  • dguerrero3

    I think this is a crazy idea!!! I’m not into arts & crafts for my handbags so the thought of “embroidering” my own design is not appealing. Definately not for $1,000.00 (fb)

  • covertanjou

    DIY purse for a $1000? Uhmmm no thanks. (fb)

  • Barb

    I do know how to embroider and I still say OH HELL NNOOOOOOOOOOO! When I spend big bucks on any bag, I want a totlly finished bag! (fb)

  • Valentina

    I agree $1000 is a little too much for this DIY, but the idea is so great that if I had the chance to buy it I’d probably wouldn’t stop myself. (fb)

  • Daniella

    Definitely not for $1,000!!!!

  • Karin bag4bag

    So you buy the bag for $995- and you start embroidering it and you make a mistake and you are cutting threads and it looks awful. Is it supposed to be for kids ? (fb)

  • CahtyFitz

    $1000 craft project? I don’t think so. (fb)

  • New Burberry Handbags

    its very different pattern.its design is very good.its very simple & shower. i really like it.its color is looking very cool.you can use it as a shopping bag.

  • Merve

    Thats so funny Fendi has run out of decent ideas for bags and they just send u an unmade one to fix it yourself. HAHAHAHAHAHA and for $1000????? I really wanna meet whoever came up with that idea. Soon they will be sending us pieces of cloth with a Gucci label and you sew them yourself! Thats your job Fendi…I do my job to make the money to pay for my handbags. If i wanna sit in the evenings and sew Im not paying you 1000 for the canvas and for taking credit for my creation.

  • Ashley

    I’m a fairly crafty person…but this one is beyond me, and at that price point and mistake would be tragic. Blah! (fb)

  • Theresa W

    I think I’d rather go to Michael’s and spend $9.95 to make my own bag… lol. (fb)

  • !!!

    ok, as a needle-pointer and artist and bag lover and weaver, this is wayyyy too much $$ for a kit! half the price would have been too expensive, but understandable. and with no patterns or instructions or lining to cover the back of your work??? fendi ain’t stupid— they have lisio weave their velvets for chrissakes. i feel like the baguette’s shape is overplayed, yet appropriate though considering how many different fabric treatments they’ve featured it in in the past. i really think was conceived as a novelty item and not an actual craft kit. they could have made it fabulous: 18k plated gold needle with a fendi logo or something. is that floss even silk? an assortment of fendi patterns to needle point. they really could have made this amazing, but it falls short of being anything more than an over-priced gimmick, which saddens me because i really get excited when designers do things like this.

  • Jane

    I think it is a great idea and maybe more of a collectors edition item. I know how to embroider but I would be so scared to practice a design or even come up with a design that I would feel would be worthy of an almost 1000 price tag. I think it is bizarre that Fendi makes so much money off the bag, but does none of the work. I think next year you spend 2000 and a Fendi designer helps you design an embroidered clutch just for you and they do all the work, but you both collaborate on the design. I could see then it being a success. (fb)

  • Leslie

    $995 for a woven, non leather, incomplete bag….no thanks. Maybe if someone REALLY wanted to get an expensive sentimental gift……or not.

  • Savannah

    $1000 for thread and needles? Hell no! (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    It’s a nice concept but I’m too lazy to design my own bag lol (fb)

  • nini

    If I made it…. the end product probably wouldn’t function well… (ipad)

  • Jelita78

    there’s no DVD?? demmmmmmm.. (ipad)