Since we started our The Many Bags of… series over a year ago, we’ve been making periodic mental note of the celebrities that we’d like to revisit for a second round. Some stars have simply …
I always have a soft spot in my heart for Isabella Fiore because doing a search for one of the brand’s bags is what brought me to PurseBlog for the first time in 2005, and thankfully, its colorful, exuberant designs mostly validate my affection. Fiore’s bags may be a bit boisterous for some people, but if you’re looking to add a strong dose of personality to your wardrobe, there’s scarcely a more surefire way to do it.
The Isabella Fiore Deco Frieda Crossbody Bag is one of the things that the brand does best – although this much beading would normally be reserved for night, the scale and color of this bag makes it an attractive daytime option. (more…)
I think I’m a bit biased in my generalized love for Isabella Fiore, and here’s why. Five years ago when I first joined the Purse Forum, it was to gain more information on an Isabella Fiore bag that I had been eyeing. I eventually bought the bag and decided to stick around the forum for a while, which only had a couple hundred members back then. Half a decade and a couple hundred thousand members later, I’m now a full-time employee of the company; if it hadn’t been for my curiosity over that bag, there’s no telling where I’d be today.
Not that any of that information is directly related to the Isabella Fiore Valentino Satchel, which I like very much. Even if I didn’t have a special place in my heart for the brand, this would still be a pretty cool bag. (more…)
Was Valentino the first handbag company to master the leather flower, or are they just so masterful at it that I fail to remember all those that came before? Either way, more companies are giving it a shot, including the folks behind the Isabella Fiore Belle Fleur Alexandria Hobo.
Is it successful? Well, obviously not as much as your average Valentino bag, but it also costs a lot less. Let’s delve a bit deeper, after the jump. (more…)
Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to take you back in time for a moment. The year is 2005, I’m still in college, and I stumble across PurseBlog while looking for information on a reasonably priced brown bag to add to my collection. And by “my collection,” I mean the one quasi-expensive handbag that I already had. What I found here and eventually purchased was the Isabella Fiore Whip Flash Audra Hobo, a bag that got me more compliments than any other I’ve ever owned, in any price range.
Flash forward to the present, I’m now a full-time employee and that bag has long since left my collection (although I wish I still had it from time to time). But it looks as though I may have a second chance of sorts, since the Hammitt Los Angeles Topanga Studded Hobo appears to be its 2009 twin. (more…)
Is it just me, or has the whole Ed Hardy/Chrisian Audigier debacle (and that’s really the only word to describe it) ruined tattoo prints for all of us? I’m kind of thinking it’s not just me.
Stuff like what’s found on the Isabella Fiore Peace & Love Rafaella Hobo just doesn’t look modern and interesting anymore, and what’s worse, Audigier’s work makes it look cheap by style association. (more…)
It’s only Monday and I am already thinking about this coming weekend. I don’t have anything in particular planned, but I am pretty sure it is going to involve a night out for a nice dinner. And when it comes to date night, I love sporting a great clutch. There is something so feminine and romantic about a great clutch. No need to worry about the material or the style, a clutch is my go-to for a night out. (more…)
My mother is a devoted Isabella Fiore fan. When I showed her this Isabella Fiore Russian to Woodstock Hannah Satchel she exclaimed, “Oh, I love it! Is it Isabella Fiore?” She has the uncanny ability to spot Fiore’s designs, even on bags that are really strange. And as we know, some Fiore bags are like that. Even though I’m on the side of the spectrum that holds the belief that Fiore bags tend to look like carpets or furniture coverings, it’s nice to know that there is a following. I guess the bags are an acquired taste. But I actually like this satchel. In parts, anyways.
I like the idea of a wooden handle- it’s appealingly rustic and has a sort of peasant-style, Russian inspiration. Then the body of the satchel; oh, I think this is where Fiore made a boo-boo. I think the embroidery (though it is a beautiful design) is more suited to cloth, not lambskin; the body just doesn’t really go with the handle. Though I would not carry this, though, I like the fact that there are people out there that do adore this bag just the way it is. Buy through Bloomingdales for $595.
Sometimes, a bag gets really close to being great and then, out of nowhere, completely fails. Designers shouldn’t underestimate the ability of small details to make a big difference, and sometimes they make all the difference in the world.
And it’s not that I don’t like the Isabella Fiore Pick Up Lines Angie Hobo – I do. Mostly. I love the covered studs, black leather and the amount of monochromatic detail that it has. It’s basically the same shape and structure as an Isabella Fiore bag I bought back in 2005, and that particular purse was one of my favorite ones that I’ve ever owned because of how comfortable and functional it was. This bag is so close to a home run for me that the one glaring flaw is extra disappointing: the distressed brass hardware. This bag is BEGGING for silver, any kind of silver. Silver is really the only answer here, and what do they give us? Not silver. It doesn’t fit the look at all, and it looks like they might have had some buckles left over from a completely different style of bag and decided to recycle them on this one. The finishing details are just as important as anything in a successful design, and Fiore stopped short here. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $695.
Most of the Isabella Fiore Scrolling Along Netta Tote is made of woven chenille, which makes me wonder if it’s soft and wonderful like the blankets they sell at Target (I’m sure they sell these blankets at places besides Target, but I always go to the housewares section to pet them when I’m there, so it’s sort of an association for me).
Because of the material, I can see two problems with this bag: it may wear quickly as a result of friction against clothing or other rough surfaces, and it may not sit as smoothly against clothing as a leather bag would. Think about sliding into a leather car seat versus a cloth one – this might have the same clothes-bunching effect when you try to put it on, particularly with bulky winter clothing. If those two things are disregarded, I’m still not sure how much I like it. On some level, I find it quite interesting because it looks different than most other things on the high-end market. I fear that it may come too close to being like an old lady’s carpet bag, however – something about the combination of the colors and the type of pattern it uses. I really want to like it, though. Buy through Bloomingdale’s for $495.
Isabella Fiore will be hosting its first ever New York sample sale on November 19th and 20th. Isabella Fiore is known for her eclectic bags and funky styles.
When: November 19th and 20th, 10AM – 5PM
Where: 80 West 40th Street, Floor 8
What: Great clutches, handbags and small leather goods available at 50%-70% off retail prices! Wallets
$185-$245 NOW: $50-$100! Clutches $195-$395 NOW: $100! Handbags $395-$725 NOW: $150-$300!
Here’s the number, you can call regarding the sale: 212.947.9001 ext. 278.