What the F? Whether or not you loved Fendi's glam-cum-ladylike latest collection, you cannot deny that the house, now helmed by Silvia Venturini Fendi (yep, the founders' graddaughter herself), has produced some of the most iconic handbags ever. And, with history comes a cost—here, we round up six signature pieces plus the hefty price tags on 'em. Can you guess which is the most expensive of the lot?
1. Baguette, $2790 (approximately P141,523)
Let's get this bread, as the kids these days do say. The Fendi Baguette, named, of course, after the way Parisians carry the famous French specialty snug under their arms, made its much-awaited comeback in 2019, and it's affirmative: You totally want a bite. We won't pretend we didn't see it coming. Following the footsteps of Dior, whose iconic Saddle had a whole new style generation lusting after it last year, the Baguette is another '90s-to-noughties It bag that's been revamped for the now. It was the luxury label's #BaguetteFriendsForever campaign that really propelled the renaissance forward: Starring the well-heeled likes of Caro Daur, Yoyo Cao, Hikari Mori, Zhuo Tan, and—for real!—Sarah Jessica Parker herself, it gave the world a first glimpse at fresh, candy-hued, Zucca-embossed versions of the coveted-again purse. We're particularly partial to this stunning green one made of supple nappa.
2. Kan U, $2190 (approximately P111,088)
Introduced just last Pre-Fall 2019, the Kan U is (you guessed it!) little sister to the already-loved Kan I. And the difference? This new variation, though similarly structured and squarish, boasts a distinct rectangular Fendi logo clasp instead of its ancestor's twin 3D square studs. That, and unlike the Kan I, the Kan U exudes a slightly more vintage vibe, thanks to its aged-gold hardware. This shoulder style is embossed with the iconic print and has a suede interior with a pocket and two compartments. The doubled-up gold chain means you can wear it long or short, depending on your look.
3. Mon Tresor, $1890 (approximately P95,549)
As decades pass, it becomes more and more apparent that the bucket bag is here to stay. The Mon Tresor derives its name from the French word for "treasure," and was introduced on the label's Spring-Summer 2018 runway. You might be accustomed to bigger pails, but we really do like how small this kid is–just roomy enough to toss all your daily essentials in, but also miniature enough to look cool slung crossbody and nestled against your hip. Cop one sporting Fendi's famous Zucca Fs for a very current pick.
4. Karligraphy, $1980 (approximately P100,099)
This bag is embellished with a fresh, curlicued logo, a motif designed by the late, great Karl Lagerfeld in 1981 and revived for Spring 2020 as a tribute to the creative director. He may have passed on, but needless to say, his legacy is one that'll stand the test of time. And the latest evidence? Fendi's Karligraphy, which bears an elegant new take on the house's iconic double-F logo clasp. Just look at that swirling script! The Karligraphy's gusseted interior features two compartments divided by a stiff partition. If you prefer having a clutch option, cop the iteration with the detachable leather strap; if, on the other hand, you like the look of a classic chain, go for the glossy elaphe version.
5. Peekaboo, $6605 (approximately P334,907)
Arguably the brand's most versatile, subtle offering, the Peekaboo is an ageless pick. Cool kids prefer the mini in a punchy, appliquéd neon, while grander dames depend on the no-nonsense, roomier take for a luxe spin on officewear. If it's a steadfast regular on your never-ending wish list, you'll love this monochrome version from the label's latest capsule. It's been made in Italy from butter-soft leather with two twist lock-fastening compartments. They open up to reveal a glimpse of the flocked, monogrammed partition. Sling it by the shoulder strap when glamorously dashing between appointments.
6. By The Way, $1980 (approximately P100,099)
Ah, the perfect work companion. Get it in the medium size! Fendi's smart, sensible, and stylish By The Way shoulder bag is flawlessly proportioned to hold your daily essentials, plus a notebook or even a tiny iPad. Expertly made in Italy from smooth amber leather, it has a contrasting brown panel printed with the label's iconic logo splatter. It comes with an optional strap for a hands-free option. A detail we're particularly drawn to: We like that the top handle flattens completely against its body when not in use. The sleekness!