By now, it’s not a secret that I have an obsession with mini bags, but sometimes a small bag works too. When I saw Megs’ review post on The Purse Blog about her very own raffia and python small tote from Salvatore Ferragamo, I knew I was in love.
Salvatore Ferragamo small tote in shell grey raffia and python. Source: The Purse Blog
When I was younger, my mother told me all about how Salvatore Ferragamo has managed to stay in the luxury designer market for so long (the founder, Signore Salvatore Ferragamo started designing shoes for film stars in 1923, but the Florence headquarters wasn’t established until 1928). What my mum had imparted with me and started my interest in the design of high heels (this is a skill that will take many years to master, so no, unfortunately, I won’t be starting any tutorials on shoemaking any time soon) is that the key to well-designed heels is the comfort. She showed me how so many shoe designers design high heels (4 inches or more) and they become so uncomfortable to wear over time. One thing that the Ferragamo has instilled in its design is comfort, no matter the heel height. The way the sole of the shoe has been made means your foot isn’t elevated at such an angle that you spend most of your time on the ball of your foot, but that you can rest your weight on your heel and on the heel of the shoe itself so you can wear their shoes comfortably for long periods of time. Genius!
The House of Ferragamo’s main expertise is in shoe design, but they’ve come to be known as one of the leading brands in luxury goods. I’ve never been a big fan of exotic skins, but there’s something about python skin that draws my attention to the how the the way the skin has been used or dyed can make the bag look elegant. I do think the Dior New Lock Pochette in Bois de Rose python I previously posted about has something to do with it! Although it’s a small size, it’s still roomy enough to carry more than just your essentials when you want something slightly bigger to carry extra stuff, like your scarf, sunglasses, hardback book amongst other things. Added to the fact that you rarely see anyone carrying a bag in a metallic colour is a plus for me. Remember my own small silver Dior Panarea? Roomy, classy and in silver!
The Small Tote also comes in Natural Tan, US$2100 (approx £1386)from US Salvatore Ferragamo online store
Now, I’m not a snob when it comes to bags. I used to be caught up in a culture where women shopped at luxury designer shops and are on the waiting list for the latest design of the hottest ‘It’ bag, just because. Now, I’m more circumspect and only think seriously about saving up to get a designer bag if I really like the design and know it will last for years to come. There’s something about a well made designer bag that you know a lot of effort has been put into making it to ensure it lasts for a long time. A lot of high street stores sell bags that are done by machine and in a year or so, you’re looking at replacing it. Sometimes that’s fine, but there are times when you wished your favourite high street bag lasted longer because it’s no longer available. To me, certain designer bags are worth the extra cost because of the craftsmanship put into making the bag and knowing that when you look after it, you don’t have to worry about finding a replacement for it in a year’s time.
If you’re not a fan of exotic skins, the same bag also comes in calfskin in a variety of colours for a slightly more affordable price tag:
It’s not got the same characteristics like the Cannage stitching of the Dior New Lock Pochette although the horsebit logo for the brand is subtle yet recognisable to those who know the reputation of the brand. I also love the little pop of colour you can carry as a long chain shoulder bag or a cross body bag.What are your thoughts on the Small Tote in raffia and python, and the Mini Bag in embossed calfskin from Salvatore Ferragamo?