I’ve never been one for embroidery in any form or context – it nearly always manages to look too low-cost or too twee or too bohemian for me, and the fact that it nearly always features floral motifs doesn’t help. I’m also historically not much of a fan of Fendi, despite the fact that I’ve championed several of their bags recently. Conflating the two, it would seem, would nearly certainly produce a bag that I’d despise.
Except Fendi managed to make a bag featuring floral embroidery that I love – the Fendi floral Baguette. It’s overpriced, made of straw, and half-covered in cutesy little flowers. It’s so not me. maybe that’s why I like it – everyone needs a total departure from time to time.
I think that my affection for this bag is mostly a result of the interesting technique that Fendi used for the embroidery. instead of lots of little threads combining to form the big picture, the individual petals are formed with a single large swath of ribbon, attached into the straw backing to form flowers. The effect is much a lot more high-end and modern than standard embroidery, and it allows the foliage to have a soft look that a a lot more pedestrian technique would ruin.
The embroidery is hand-sewn, which partly describes the price, but I think it’s a little spend-y for a non-leather bag in such a small size. I would likely have no use for this particular little bag, but maybe those attending a lot more summer weddings and luncheons than I ever have will find a utilitarian purpose for it. get through Nordstrom for $1960.