Since the very successful Diane Von Furstenberg Stephanie Hobo first came out, I’ve gone through many stages of thought over it. First, I loved that they used weather in a way that was, as far as I could tell, both new to the handbag world and really interesting. I wanted to have one.

And then I saw how it hung on some women, and how enormous it was, and I was unsure. Then I saw a slightly smaller version, and I knew I loved it. Then I wondered if too many people had already hopped on that bandwagon for there to be a seat left for me. With the advent of the Diane Von Furstenberg Stephanie Shoulder Bag, however, I know that the folks at DVF were simply testing my commitment and they’ve finally rewarded me with my own perfect version of the Stephanie bag.

I tend to prefer hobos over other bags, and my favorite hobos are longer than they are wide and hang down to my waist. I own plenty of bags that don’t meet that description, but I tend to gravitate most towards bags that do. The original version of the Stephanie, while being wildly creative and unique, was just not the kind of bag that I tend to use often.

This shoulder bag version, however, is much closer to my one true north. It still has all the charm of the original Stephanie via the gold woven leather, but in a shape that’s slightly more conventional and not quite so enormous. But maybe…is it too conventional, maybe? Here I go again…Buy through ShopBop for $875.

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  • Ruth

    Gorgeous! I’ve held off on the Stephanie bag cuz I read that there were problems with the ‘knit’ coming loose. But this version is even more spectacular than the first incarnation…I might have to bite the proverbial bullet…

  • 19yearslater

    No, the gold woven leather and large tassel make it special. Great bag.

  • Loquita

    I love the original gold best, and have contemplated buying it on several occasions…but after hearing so many horror stories about the knit not holding up to any wear whatsoever, I am passing on the Stephanie, regardless of shape.

  • mochababe73

    I have tried to find a DVF bag that I like, but I haven’t. This one is no exception. The only way that someone would ever get me to wear that bag is to give it to me.

  • Neesa

    I saw this bag’s version in deep blue..and it’s gorgeous……

  • seejayluvsbags

    I bought the large gold one a year ago after seeing a couple of celebs wearing it in the tabloids and I’ve never experienced any problems. Granted, I only wear it every now and again because it’s not an everyday bag but still…cannot say how many times people admire it or ask about the designer. the bag is definitely a collectible and shouldn’t be worn for everyday use because that makes it common and boring. Also, I’m 5’9 and never wanted any other size but the large one…you can either double loop the strap to make it shorter or wear allow it to hang which is still really cool but I always wear a tall heel when doing so.