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The Baguette Is Fendi's Best!

Designer: Silvia Venturini Fendi, 1997

Silva Venturini Fendi had a dream to design a handbag in a class of its own. Her dream became a reality when she developed a mini purse known as the Baguette. The bag was released under the creative direction of Karl Lagerfeld. The elements of craftsmanship, handmade manufacturing, attention to refined details embody the spirit of Fendi. This little bag was developed with the a certain type of shopper in mind and it became a huge success almost overnight... particularly in areas that were known for their more "artsy" atmosphere, like Greenwich Village. The Baguette's success can partly be explained by its philosophy. Since the handbag came in over 600 aesthetic options, including a variety of colors, embellishments and different fabrics, the purchaser was able to select a handbag that met their own individualism.

The gorgeous fabrics that were offered by Fendi included silk velvet, snakes skin, crocodile and woven raffia, to name a few. Certain features included in every one of the Baguette handbags were the Double-F front clasp and the rectangular shape. All of the Baguette bags had a strap that was just long enough to allow the bag to sit underneath the arm like "a loaf of bread". The Baguette was designed to be a shoulder bag and a clutch. This bag could take you to lunch with the girls and end the day as a clutch for a dinner date with the boyfriend. This bag was known for sleek and geometric lines.

The price tag on the Fendi Baguette depended on the size, fabrication and whether it is a limited edition version or not. A small non leather style started around $500. The average moderate sized baguette is priced between $1000-$2000. Some limited editions would exceed $2000.

This Fendi Baguette Handbag is still one of the most popular styles and is highly coveted. It has been seen on many TV shows and quickly become popular among many Hollywood celebrities for its uniqueness as a small, fun bag. Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Hudson have been seen carrying the "it" bag.

Fendi is constantly reinventing the look for new seasons and events. There have been classic black leather styles, the well known brown tone FF print fabric, two-toned leathers, bright colors and prints, and even design your own kit. Two kits were offered. One was a canvas baguette with Pantone markers to bring out your creativity. The second was to customize your Fendi Baguette with the art of cross stitch. This kit was to celebrate the bag's 10th anniversary. The kit consisted of a timeless baguette bag, a variety of colored threads and needles and some drawings as guidelines. This idea seemed to captivate the public.

As for the spring of 2012, many Baguettes are starting to surface. It is always fun to see what is trendy for the little bag that is named after a loaf of bread!