2 posts tagged with Gianni Chiarini

Gianni Chiarini Side Zip HoboSometimes, you don’t really need a fancy, gimmick-y handbag. After all, bags are supposed to be functional additions to a woman’s wardrobe, and sometimes overdone and over-designed bags become less functional as a result of trying to achieve a desired look. For someone that still wants something functional and purse-shaped, I’d recommend the Gianni Chiarini Side Zip Hobo.

It’s a big, colorful hobo made out of decent leather that will look reasonably stylish without breaking the bank. It also zips open at the sides, allowing the carrier to expand the hobo’s capacity to fit more stuff or decrease it for a slimmer profile, depending on that day’s needs. My one bone to pick is that I hate leather finished with the semi-glossy finish that this bag has, as it tends to make bags look less expensive and high-end than they really are. Because this bag is reasonably priced, though, I won’t count the leather’s finish against it too strenuously. I wish it looked softer, but for overall bang for your buck and carrying versatility, this hobo would be a good choice. Buy through Nordstrom for $248.

Gianni Chiarini Soft Leather ShopperHave you heard of Gianni Chiarini? I haven’t. Several of their bags just popped up on Nordstrom‘s website over the weekend, and although I’ve never heard of them, I’m interested in the Gianni Chiarini Soft Leather Shopper. And why am I intrigued by it? Because it has the words “soft” and “leather” in the name, of course. If the leather is soft, little else matters. Which is fortunate for this bag, because there’s little else to it – I see some grommets for the handles and a seam down the middle, but other than that, it’s all leather. Something tells me that, when it’s not stuffed for display on a website, this bag would slouch with the best of them. If the leather is ADVERTISED as soft, I’ve got to imagine it actually is, and soft leather usually slouches very well once you’ve put all your loot inside of it. Soft leather also usually has another very important bag characteristic – it’s often much lighter than more structured bags or those with stiffer leather. So it’s soft, it’s simple, the brownish-purple makes a great neutral, and you’ll probably be the first of your friends to have it. What else do you need to know? Buy through Nordstrom for $378.