More often than not, the names that designers give their bags make sense. Sometimes it’s a woman’s name, sometimes it’s a descriptive name, but it’s usually pretty obvious where they come from.

But I can’t quite figure out why the Gryson Painted Violet Bag is advertised as such – does it look painted to you? I’m having a hard time seeing any special effect at all. If I’m missing something, please enlighten me.

Gryson Painted Violet Bag

Don’t get me wrong, I love the bag. Quite a bit. But if we’re going to talk about painting, I’d like to see a bit more of a dramatic effect, particularly since I have questions about how well a painted finish, as opposed to a dyed one, will wear over time. If it might not last as long, you might as well get the visual bang for your buck, right? This looks exactly the same as distressed dyed leather, and most handbag enthusiasts are used to doing what’s necessary to care for that kind of color process.

But other than that, I kind of adore it. The lines are modern and not too finished, giving it a young, edgy vibe that probably appeals to exactly the kinds of girls that Gryson wants carrying her bags. And whether it’s painted, dyed, or color with voodoo, the bag’s leather looks phenomenal – soft but textured, tough but not too tough. Regardless of the specious nature of the painted effect, sign me up for this bag. Buy through ShopBop for $755.

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  • stella fleuret

    Not for me! The name is highly misleading and I would be embarrassed to tell anyone of its name without them feeling confused and eyeing my bag for that so-called “painted” detail. And personally I find it rather bland and boring.

    The leather looks quite nice though! I like the texture on the flap and looks very soft. Though the one thing that confuses me is the price tag. I think $755 is far too much for this type of bag. I find it to be overpriced.

  • angie

    i have this bag and i got it from It is amazing and goes with everything. They have the grey version and the black version. It is subtle and has gorgeous suede lining.