I’m not entirely sure why this color of the Furla Futura Croc Shopper is called “mango,” because if you ever slice open a mango and it’s this color, you probably shouldn’t eat it. Other than that, though, I’m glad to see that mid-range designers have embraced the neon trend; it may not be everyone’s cup o’ tea, but having a full color spectrum to choose from makes life a lot more interesting for those of us who embrace the odd side of aesthetics.

What’s stopping me from loving this bag, though is that it may not be odd enough. I can’t decide whether it’s the bag’s structure, embossing or both that are giving me pause, but something is rotten in the state of Furla.

Until I come to some sort of definitive mental answer, I’m going to go with the embossing and the scalloped trim around the handles as my main points of contention. Scalloping is cutesy and old-fashioned, and neon does not mix well with either of those qualities unless the designer makes it very clear that a point is being made by combining the two. I’m not sure that any kind of point is being made with this bag, so its inclusion remains unwelcome.

Also unwelcome is the embossing, which just makes the bag look dirty in spots. It does provide a bit of texture, but instead of embossing the kind of scales that appear on extremely expensive croc bags, they chose to use the type that appear on much cheaper ones. If it’s all the same and the leather has to be stamped anyway, a designer should at least shoot for the most expensive look possible. Except for the color, this bag feels like a wasted effort. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $295.

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  • Marianna

    I am a huge fan of croc embossing but this bag just doesn’t do it for me. I don’t like this color that they are calling mango. I would love a bag in a true shade of mango-but not this particular bag. It also comes in black and acai which are both rather boring. The scalloping just doesn’t work with the blah embossing. I will definitely pass on this one.

  • 19yearslater

    I don’t like neon and the shape is boring, so this bag has no redeeming qualities in my eyes.

  • Vitta

    This “mango” is hurting my eyes… The embossing in this color looks very cheap even for this price. It is a No for me.

  • Mochababe73

    I actually like the color and the design, but for some reason it feels dated.
    Nancy Gonzalez often has simple designs, but they’re not boring. For some reason this simple design is off. I think that it’s the unfinished scalloping at the top of the bag. And, it looks thin.

  • Stylista

    “Mango”? More like highlighter yellow. Hmm…if it were in a jewel tone, I might like it more.


  • Clare (@BagSlut)

    I saw this bag in one of their Rome stores a couple of weeks ago. Strangely though, it was right at the back of the store, rather than on display or accessorised with wallets / jewellery (which is how Furla often display their bags for Italian clients). Maybe the staff don’t think much of it either!

  • Lianne

    The bag itself isn’t bad, but the colour is one I wouldn’t go near. That bright a neon makes me thing ‘cheap’

  • Maura

    I have this bag in blue, it is great to carry as I travel all the time, and I swear I get tons of compliments.

  • AW

    Love this! I’m generally not a fan of open top bags (safety etc) but the color on this one is so chic and standout that I won’t be able to resist