Furla Gisele Shopper

This is for furlagirl, one of our first supporters! Furla Giselle Shopper is the kind of easy totes you leave by your front door to grab without a thought. It’s 13.5″ wide so it is a great size for Bag Snob of all sizes. The light metallic leather makes it a neutral to go with whatever you are wearing and the chevron stitching lends the current vibe of the season but is also a classic so you won’t be embarrassed to be seen with it a few seasons from now. Furla is a great brand for those who crave designer luxury without the high prices. It’s huge in Europe and Asia but has yet to catch on in the United States. Why not grab one and try for yourself? You’ll love the versatility of this perfectly sized bag and the reasonable price, $415 at Saks Fifth Avenue.


  1. nb
    August 30, 2007 / 3:06 pm

    Thanks for mentioning Furla here. I bought one of their bags this year that I have a hard time switching my things out of (to give it a little rest once in a while) because I love it so darn much. I think more people should know about them because their product is gorgeous and, it’s true, a little more approachable for everyday use.

  2. Anonymous
    August 30, 2007 / 3:27 pm

    Furla bags are quite popular in Asia, for the price they are well crafted and very well designed.

  3. kamo
    August 30, 2007 / 4:22 pm

    i’ve taken a look at this bag several times while out shopping. i always thought it looked like something the bagsnobs would approve of 🙂

  4. Monny
    August 30, 2007 / 5:40 pm

    I am a new aspiring bag snob who only recently discovered this wonderful site. I love it! I also really like the Furla bag…it’s so stylish and not over-the-top expensive. One more to add to my list of wants.

  5. furlagirl
    August 31, 2007 / 2:15 am

    Furla don’t do particularly innovative design but the to do very interesting finishes. I notice that they have an ‘inspired by’ the YSL Muse which if you can’t afford the real thing would be a very acceptable substitute at less than half the price.

    I’ve had loads of furla bags over the years and as affordable goes, they’re, in my opinion, the very best.

  6. lulu
    September 1, 2007 / 6:04 am

    I quite depend on Furla bags. They’re reasonably priced, classically designed and low-key (no obtrusive logos or tags). However, the leather seems to always wear out after a year of use. Not exactly one of those bags that lasts years, or do those bags not exist anymore no matter how much you pay?

  7. furlagirl
    September 1, 2007 / 11:32 pm

    I do agree that Furla bags tend to fall apart after a year. On the other hand, a friend of mine who has a Chloe Paddington says hers looks quite a mess after a year of use.

    The bags of mine that have stayed up after sustained use are my Luella, and my Anya Hindmarch Carkers which shows that you get what you pay for.

  8. Michelle
    September 2, 2007 / 8:07 am

    Dear Bag Snob,

    I have to tell you this past Friday I purchased the new Elizabeth bag in chocolate and I just started using it. I really love it and the price was just wonderful. I think that is why I am so pleasantly surprised. I have been looking high and low for a chocolate bag and quite frankly I didn’t like any of the high end bags as much as the ones I already own.. I am so missing Pheobe Philo this year.

    I kind of knew it would have your stamp of approval, I told that to my husband who always has to ask would the Bag Snob approve??

    a fellow bag snob……

  9. Abby
    September 3, 2007 / 3:20 pm

    I’ve had my Furla for well over a year now and abused it no end. For a while, I used it to carry notebooks to class (it’s that big). I’ve squished it and stretched it and done all sorts of horrible things, and it’s barely wear-and-tearing. A few scratches, yes, but that’s it. I even had a pen leak in it and you can’t tell from the outside, just the lining.


  10. Dorothy Williams
    August 24, 2010 / 11:26 am

    I like the look of Furla. I like classic designs. I bought a pebble leather that wore on the sides and the color came off. I also wish the straps had some padding since the straps make my sholders hurt. I have a year warranty on my deffective Furla and will find another Furla bag, since I really do like them. They just needs a few tweeking to make this company bang up and belly tight. I want my bag to last nearly the rest of my years if I treat if right.

  11. September 7, 2013 / 5:04 pm

    This is just a warning to anyone who does want to buy a furla bag!

    So I have a Furla white bag & its an older style
    It is leather but the straps were made of a manmade material
    The straps have started to like melt off of the purse! Its sticky and gets on EVERYTHING I have! I left the bag in a drawer in my closet with a few other bags (Coach Bags, a Dior Saddle Bag, and a Kate Spade bag), and this bag managed to RUIN my other bags because this white CRAP came off the straps and got on my black bags, and it WONT come off!! THis white goo comes off onto your hand if you touch it, its gross & sticky

    I contacted customer service and they are like well out bags have a one year warranty. I get that if this was about wear & tear, etc.

    But this is not a thing that should be happening no matter how much time passes! The straps shouldn’t be coming off onto my hand on contact, and ruining hundred dollars worth of other bags that they are around. Imagine if I wore the bag and it started ruining my clothes too.

    I would recommend you go to another high end bag designer, cause you never know if this could happen to you and with your bag in a few years!

    • Mi
      March 9, 2016 / 12:41 am

      Is that white Carmen bag? I have one white carmen with croco embossed, purchased probably in 2006 or 2007, and the handle is melting. I think I have paid about $500+ in their retail store in San Jose. I haven’t use it as much since we had kids, and after couple years not using it, I discovered the mess. I am really disappointed… I am not sure how or what to do with it since it’s a mint condition otherwise.

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