You hear that? I’m swooning. Pretty hard. I’m a bit desensitized to beautiful handbags in the same way that I imagine fashion photographers are desensitized to beautiful women – when you look at them all day from a business perspective, it’s can be kind of hard to recapture the feeling of excitement that they once gave you. Well, folks, the Pauric Sweeney Metallic Python Shoulder Bag has me giddy like a schoolgirl all over again. How could it not? The charms of this particular purse are so many and varied that I barely know where to start.

I’d begin by talking about the material, but the reasons why I love the texture-rich python should be obvious. Instead, we’ll start with the color, since gunmetal is not only my favorite neutral, but also one of my favorite colors for clothing or accessories, period. The depth of the shade avoids the cheap look that can come with some metallics, and the finish here is particularly interesting – it’s sort of matte, isn’t it? A matte metallic sounds like an oxymoron, but somehow, Pauric Sweeney made it happen. And it’s beautiful.

A good color and material are nothing without a good design, though, and luckily this particular bag doesn’t lack in that department. The structure is a somewhat more modern iteration of the drawstring trend, with the one-piece modified box chain playing the part of the string. The chain can either be doubled as it’s seen here or used as a single, longer shoulder strap, depending on your preferences.

The only part of the bag that I don’t like, from a functional perspective, is the skinny flap over the opening. I like that the color and material provides a nice contrast to the rest of the bag, but that’s the sort of closure that NO ONE ever uses – it usually ends up flopped sloppily over the top. On a bag this slouchy, however, I’m not sure that’s as big of an aesthetic problem as it would be on a more structured design. On the whole, this is the best bag that I’ve seen in quite a while. Pre-order through Luisa Via Roma for $2276.

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  • Kellyx


  • Gorgeous

    omg. im in love! now whos gonna let me borrow 2300 so i kan get it =]

  • Claire

    I would LOVE this bag.

  • annabelle

    now isn’t that a beauty!
    who cares about the laws in CA…i want a python too (fb)

  • Andrea saucedo


  • Anne

    Ohhh I can do an Ostrich and a Croc…. so I guess I could do python…. Nice bag !

  • sha

    Love the color..gorgeous handbag!

  • MizzJ

    Agreed that flap closure is just useless and the color doesn’t match at all with the rest of the bag. A zip closure would be more practical and less noticeable so that the focus is on that gorgeous python!

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  • MAX

    OMG It’s just Right!!!

  • H.

    I love bags – this is great source! And Pauric Sweeney from Florens i great. Great architectural bags – you can tell he majored in that subject. Another great bag company is David & Scotti made on earth from Flroence too. I actually used to design with them about 6 years back hi hi!
    They are great!
    and matt and nat – just did a post on them if you like to drop by :)

  • Moonchild

    This bag, while lovely, is not for me. :-) Just not my style. :-)

  • mochababe73

    Not my style at all. Am I the only one that thinks it looks like a monster? The two o-rings are eyes and the flap is a nose.
    Beautiful materials.

  • Lizzy

    Simply gorgeous

  • Nancy Rush

    Beautiful bag. Agree tho that I don’t like the flap.

  • louch

    It’s not calling to me at all – pretty ugly in fact.

  • Sofia Nolan

    terrible, I`d never wear such a thing on my shoulder