Silvia Venturini Fendi took the womenswear world by storm when she designed the Fendi Baguette bag in 1997. After all, it was the bag that gave birth to the culture of a brand having a signature It bag. While that’s all great and dandy for our better halves, us men drew the short end of that straw.
Look no further than that episode of the iconic sitcom series, Friends, where Joey was made fun of relentlessly by the rest of the gang for wanting an accessory that would raise his style quotient. To be fair, we think that Joey was ahead of that bag game. But why did we bring up that particular episode to make our case? Like any good sitcom worth its salt, it took the ethos of that time and distilled it perfectly.
Case in point, this conversation between Joey and Ross.
Joey: “At first I thought the bag only looked good, but it is practical too. Check it out, it’s got compartments for all your stuff. Your wallet, your keys, your address book…”
Ross: “Your make-up!?”
Well to be fair, the year was 1999. And while it might have been funny then to poke fun at Joey for carrying a bag that didn’t come in the form of a backpack or briefcase, the gang could not have been more wrong about men carrying bags. Fun note: we have make-up for men available right now, so the joke is on you Ross. But we digress.
Maybe we are a tad harsh. It was a different world back then and hindsight is always 20/20. But Venturini Fendi takes it all in stride. In an interview with the Financial Times, she said: “These things come when it’s the right bag at the right time.” And in the year 2019, she delivered in the form of an updated version of the Baguette bag.
Making its debut in Fendi’s autumn/winter 2019 collection, the new iteration of the Fendi Baguette keeps the silhouette that made it an icon, but it can be worn in more ways than one: as a crossbody bag or a fanny pack. Functionality is never far from Venturini Fendi’s mind, and the multiple ways to style and carry the bag means that you are less likely to get bored of it. But the cherry on top are the versions made in collaboration with Japanese bag label, Porter, using its signature bonded nylon in red, blue and our favourite, military olive green.
There is always a time and place for everything, and the time for the Fendi x Porter Baguette bag is right now.