Ghibli gives the classic hobo an unusual makeover with this Jeweled Beige Suede & Reptile Leather Hobo Bag.
Its name is a real mouthful, but it tells us plenty about this striking purse. Breaking it down ensures we don't miss any of this hobo's details. The jeweled part refers to the pretty Swarovski crystals studded over the dark brown exotic embossed leather handles. The beige suede is pretty self-explanatory; a reminder of the bag's body which while sumptuously soft looks a bit boring. The drab color disappointed me, although I concede that anything bolder might have seemed too much with the hobo's other details.
The reptile leather description might be referring to the handles, but it could also point to the scales painted on the tan suede. The skin will never pass as real reptile, but the scales add interest to a fairly pedestrian material. I also love the way their dark edges complement the chocolate handles.
That's a lot going on, and Ghibli didn't stop there. There's a deep V-cut on the front and a long tassel accent, as well as Western influenced whipstitching around the hobo's sides. Personally I wish Ghibli had pared things back, but in such a non-descript color it might get away with all those embellishments. They certainly help this hobo stand out in a crowd.
At $385 this hobo is affordable for a bag of such quality. It's not my favorite interpretation of the classic style, but for that price it doesn't have to be perfect.
More Features of This Ghibli Reptile Leather Hobo
- Brass toned hardware
- Signature fabric lining
- Snap closure
- An internal zip and slip pocket
- Measures 10.24 x 9.45 x 5.12 inches
- Comes with a dust bag
- Made in Italy
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