September 24, 2006


Flicking through Marie Claire, I came across this ad.
And I thought, ooo pretty ad, but whatever is it doing in a fashion magazine? Turns out that it is the latest very innovative creation of Carla Braccialini. Here are a few of her other more outrageous designs:
I am sure that the quality of the materials and craftmanship of the handbags are impeccable (why else would they cost on the upper side of $200USD?) but please, dear lord, do not let these become anywhere near fashionable!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

choose "flash" to see the frog bag, phone bag, and other cute bags!

i could not find the frog, which is part of the fall collection, on the html link

really cute, colorful, whimsical bags! does anyone know who in the u.s. might carry these, since there do not appear to be any braccialini shops outside of europe and asia

i really like the frog for some reason....

9/25/2006 12:42 PM  
Anonymous eclair said...

oooh i love the bus one! but i'd never carry it - it reminds me of a kid's lunchbox :) very cool designs though! the frog is actually quite wearable, as is the fish with the right outfit... the clown, though, is just creepy :)

9/25/2006 2:19 PM  
Blogger fjl said...

Funny one.
I don't know... it'd be nice if you were a Mum and a little girl, perhaps that's what they had in mind.

9/25/2006 5:10 PM  
Blogger daddylikeyblog said...

I kinda love the VW Bus one...

9/25/2006 5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I actually think they're really cute and fun.

9/25/2006 6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh God. Yeah, I live in Dubai and I've seen these in the window at the Braccialini store... they also have this one that looks like a birdcage, and a giant alarm clock...lots of weird ones.

It's for old rich women with no taste.

I'm sorry, they're just hideous.

Nice blog by the way!

9/25/2006 7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the tortoise bag (but not really any of the other ones)... For the tortoise bag, as long as you wear 'normal', stylish clothes, the bag could well be an interesting, eclectic highlight to an outfit rather than something immature and ugly.

9/25/2006 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Superqueen said...

Braccialini is an Italian brand but I have never never never seen someone, here in Italy, wearing one of those bags (thank God). I like eccentric accessories but Braccialini bags are completely out of my likes.

9/25/2006 8:32 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

ha ha! they are like the cheaper version of judith leiber mwahaha :D

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9/25/2006 8:49 PM  
Blogger said...

Oh yes! I saw that ad just yesterday in Cosmopolitan. The ad caught my eye instantly (which I suppose makes it an effective advert).

Its beautiful artistically- you could happily hang and frame it and it would look like a masterpiece. I am not sure it would make a very practical and volatile bag.

9/25/2006 9:24 PM  
Blogger Dani said...

Those are Hysterical! Especially the VW peace bus purse. It seems these days if you just add alittle bit of creativity and wackiness you can become a designer.


9/25/2006 9:46 PM  
Anonymous dee said...

i like your blog :)

the bus bag is kinda cute.. but i'd never carry it...

9/25/2006 9:47 PM  
Blogger nyspender said...

A couple of uses for these bags:

1. Wager in bets (loser wears the bag)

2. Door stopper (frog is good luck in feng shui)

3. Barbie's new camper

4. Gift for mother-in-law...

9/25/2006 11:37 PM  
Blogger Yang said...

i really like the vw van one. i'm in shanghai right now and i saw a girl with a black leather bag in the shape of a coffin. it was hot.

9/26/2006 12:42 AM  
Blogger SimplyFabulous!(~_~) said...

Incredible ad, I can see why it captured your attention. I think they're great to utilize as a show piece. Just to give more people a better insight of creativity. Would Never EVER rock it. I understand the concept
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9/26/2006 3:06 AM  
Blogger miss ghesquiere said...

sophia, cheaper than judith leiber? these things cost upwards of not $200, but $2000 darling! anyways, you people are SO conformist! fahion is an expression, not an institution! I LOVE the clown bag, i saw it in Roma and it would go PERFECTLY with one of my marni dresses! stop criticising for a second and think that maybe these are quite fab and you're not really comprehending that. Anna Piaggi, what more proof do you need? Botkier is NOT fashion!

9/26/2006 3:57 AM  
Anonymous cindy said...

I love the van. Too bad it is made out of leather. She could probably get my buyers for that one if they made it out of cruelty-free materials.

9/26/2006 5:58 AM  
Anonymous Karinaxoxo said...

haha they remind me of the 'swan' bag Big gave Carrie in SATC - I think it was by Judith Leiber. But yes - lets hope these don't become fashionable anytime soon.

9/26/2006 6:29 AM  
Anonymous EMMA W said...

Holy shit! I feel bad for the designer because they're gunna make NO money! Who in their right mind with fashion sense buy these? Especially for $200! The Volkswagon is the only one i'd POSSIBLY do, but that's cuz im still a teenager!

9/26/2006 8:32 AM  
Blogger mel said...

i cant believe that something like that would have a chance to make it in the supposedly elite world of HIGH fashion. ther are so many creative people in the world that dont have the means to let their creative vision be seen, then you see some kindergarten crap like that. sorry to be alittle rude but im one of those creative people boling with ideas and screaming at the world to give real talent a chance

9/26/2006 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are many beautiful and more conventional bags by this designer on the website The bags chosen to be trashed here were the more eccentric examples.

9/26/2006 8:56 AM  
Blogger ingenue said...

These bags look hotttt! I absolutely heart the hippie-lookin' VW van! I'm definitely blogging this. Thanks for the tip!


9/26/2006 11:25 AM  
Blogger havoksmane said...

Geez everyone, whatever happened to making a statement. I'm not an old lady, but I know I'd rather carry a bag with more personality over an IT bag any day. And I like the alarm clock bag in that shop window!

9/26/2006 9:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah for all the people that support creativity instead of being one of the millions who think buying the SAME Chanel bag that EVERYONE ELSE has somehow makes you cool!! Fashion is about expression! I have at least ten Braccialini bags and whenever I wear them around new york people always stop me and ask me where I got them. As for the company being a cheaper version of Judith Leiber...I don't think so!!! These bags make a woman look HOT!!

9/29/2006 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i m from hk and i just got a braccialini bag. it's pretty and colourful!! i love it so much! too bad i dunno how to upload a picture so as to share with u!

11/10/2006 11:33 PM  
Anonymous Georgina said...


The frog bag pictured is the collection centerpiece - a pricey, limited edition/numbered bag from the fall '06/winter '07 collection. There are also a variety of sizes/styles of less expensive (but still pricey) frog tapestry bags in the collection. The materials and craftsmanship are of high quality, but do not take you to the extreme edge of design like this showpiece does.

I just returned from a tour of Italy, and our guide had a frog tapestry tote. The unique look grew on us, and before we departed for the U.S., several women in our group bought frog tapestry handbags in various sizes/styles.

No, these bags aren't for everyone. I'm glad I found this site and its love it/hate it comments. I believe that all positive comments mean the designer has gone mainstream (like Coach has in the U.S.).

I prefer to buy one good item on a trip, vs. buying a lot of less expensive souvenirs. (I can get Gucci, Prada, etc. in the U.S., so why get on a plane to buy one?)

This company's work reminds me of the London-based Lulu Guinness collection. Braccialini is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2006. I've learned the next collection will feature bees.

11/17/2006 8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also just bought a braccialini winter 06 van bag. It's so cool!

11/26/2006 11:21 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

I also tore this page out of the magazine I saw it in as I thought it was really unusual. Bags can be works of art - I bought a Gucci Flora bag a couple of years ago and it hangs on display in my spare room when I'm not using it! I'd definitely use the frog bag, it would look great with this season's red coats. Better get out the credit card...

12/01/2006 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Lia said...

ooo,i like braccialini so much
bags are very positive,emotional
and i love my little red wallet with little silver car prints on it

1/30/2007 8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was recently in italy and the braccialini store in milan. they had the cutest stuff. I fell in love with their designs and had severe buyers regret that i did not buy a bag when i was there. But they are opening a store in new york this spring.

3/31/2007 6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a 48 year old Doctor from the US.I was looking for a Cartier wallet because it's what I've always used.I saw this beatifull original peace I found on ebay from Braccialini and I bought it.Certanly the motives that you see here are more excentric but non the less for another targeted age,(if their parents can afford it).
She will definetly do well in New York.Those who are so critic if it would be for people like you,were would Vincent Vang... be?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Help where can I purchase the Braccialini camper van, radio, swan, car.

8/19/2008 5:55 PM  
OpenID crybebe said...

what a buch of annoying jealous people. I just bought braccialini black swan bag and totaly happy bout it. and as an artist i totaly appreciate those designs. first of all they bring a lot of positive emotions and i dont give a crap about being "fashionable".

1/13/2009 12:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi where did you buy your swan? And if its not too cheeky how much did it cost?

2/05/2009 3:08 AM  
Blogger sammy said...

To be honest, my opinion is that Braccialini handbags are gorgeous when accessorised correctly. No one can outright say that any piece is hideous because any part of an outfit can be gorgeous when correctly assembled. Just imagine that vibrancy as an accent to a simple ivory suit. As long as there are not too many colours going on the bags just shine.

4/01/2009 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Lyric said...

Very innovative and cool design handbags collection!! I adore them.

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