If Manolo Blahnik were the shoes of Sex and The City, the Fendi Baguette was the bag.
You might remember it as the purple bag stolen from Carrie during a mugging in NYC – or the fake bag Samantha buys from the boot of a car in the “Valley of the Fendis” in LA.
It was a small but staple item in the dream wardrobe of Carrie Bradshaw. And as it turns out, the Fendi bag was also instrumental in evolution of fashion and style in Sex and The City.
Sarah Jessica Parker (or Carrie Bradshaw) has written about what the bag meant to the six-series show – in a piece that coincides with Fendi’s re release of the bag.
After two seasons of sourcing clothes from thrift stores, SJP said the bag was the first “important piece” to be loaned to the show and “opened the floodgates and influenced the storyline – especially Carrie’s habit of spending more money on fashion than her home”.
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The Baguette became a staple of Carrie’s wardrobe and character. Having Carrie wear the Baguette was a defining moment for us, and marked the beginning of everything. The timing was perfect for the story we were telling and the character I was playing; the Baguette was the perfect embellishment. Once Fendi loaned us items, everyone was more willing to do so, which helped us dramatically in conveying Carrie’s decadence.
I have very sentimental feelings toward the Baguette. My very first Baguette was olive-green satin, with beautiful floral beading, a red snakeskin strap, and a colourful interior lining. I used it for everything. In my opinion, it was the new black – and it was surprisingly large.
In addition to my first olive-green Baguette, which I purchased, I was also gifted a Baguette from the set – a beautiful, purple, square, sequined one. I recently archived both Baguettes to keep them in pristine condition. Now that I have two daughters, they can each have one.
And we’re not jealous at all.
If you were gifted something from the Sex and the City set, what would it be? Any of these items?