In late spring, whereas on a cookie/sticky bun run, I crossed paths with a girl dressed in all black, which is par for the course in Manhattan, but I did a double take: Her entire outfit was flowy, however absolutely sensible and appeared custom-match. In flats, her palazzo pants fell an inch above ground, just sufficient to cowl her sneakers however averted sweeping the bottom. I doubled back to catch up with her after deciding I can be remiss not complimenting her on her model: it is clearly intentional but seems nonchalant. She was gracious and chatted with me for a few minutes, just lengthy enough for me to convince myself that I needed the crossbody bag that she wore.
Not that I wanted much prodding: The Salvatore Ferragamo Ginny Shoulder Bag had been on my radar since I reviewed the Miss Vara Crossbody Bag final spring. It’s a fairly simple bag with a clean design, however sometimes that’s what makes one thing enduring.
Ginny Rating in Lipstick Crimson (left) // Ginny in Nero Black (right)
The Ginny Bag has undergone numerous (though every iteration is just mildly totally different from the earlier) redesigns over the years, however my baggage are all current as of Fall 2017. The “classic” Ginny Bag, constructed from cross-hatched saffiano leather-based and decorated with a grosgrain “Vara” bow, is phased out in seasonal colors, but continues to be available in boutiques and choose shops in “traditional colours” (like “Nero” and “Oxford Blue”). The brand new design, which some shops call the “Ginny Score,” is made from pebbled calfskin and has a leather-based decorative bow. The “score” probably refers back to the thicker trim that frames the bag.
Apart from material and bow, the biggest distinction between the two is within the strap: The Ginny Score has a semi-adjustable 21″ lengthy all-metallic chain strap that permits you to wear it as a shoulder bag, while the chain-and-leather strap on the “previous” Ginny is 22″ long and non-adjustable–on 5’2 me the bag works best as a crossbody.
As I mentioned earlier, the Ginny is easy: It has one major compartment and a zippered slip pocket, and there’s nothing more to it. The luggage every weigh a couple of pound empty, however the Ginny Score is somewhat bit larger in measurement (mostly in depth)–6.5″T x 9-three/four”W x three-1/four”D–compared to the unique Ginny–6″T x 9-3/four”W x 2-3/4″D. While its dimension is modest, this is a truly versatile bag that’s suitable for something from operating errands to attending a particular occasion: it’s going to match most smartphones, a full-sized wallet (or a S/M cosmetics pouch), keys, gum, glasses or sunglasses of their circumstances, and a few extra small private gadgets.
At $1150, the “Ginny” is a solid entry-degree designer bag. Salvatore Ferragamo participates in most division retailer reward card or purchase more, save more occasions, and seasonal colours go on sale at the top of the season: in case you are keen to attend, expect to obtain present cards or financial savings no lower than $200. However the Ginny’s resale worth is simply about 30-60% of retail, even in new or mint situation, so this model would not hold its value well.
You can also simply find something related at Kate Spade or Ted Baker for much much much less. However you probably have the price range, the Ginny is beautifully (and sturdily) constructed and is a bag that has the potential to stay timeless.
I’ll end this submit by admitting that I now personal three Ginny bags. I will let that reality speak for itself.