As the holiday season creeps closer , I wanted to reflect upon one of my favorite Christmas gifts from years past. I was lucky enough to receive the Gucci Soho chain shoulder bag a few years ago and I kid you not – I nearly lost it when I opened the box.
For the first few months, I rarely took this beauty out of the dust bag unless it was for a date night or fancy occasion. But what’s the point of a handbag if you can’t use it?
Understandably, because the Gucci Soho Disco is and always will be a cult favorite, the other bags in the Soho line are a bit overlooked. But, my experience with this bag has been so phenomenal that I think it’s quite a shame that the other bags in the Soho line have been discontinued.
When I first pulled the Soho shoulder bag out of the box, it looked deceptively small. It was the primary reason I thought I could only use it as an evening bag. But over time, I tried to stuff more and more into it – and it fit!
The Disco is aptly dubbed a ‘camera bag’ because of its boxy shape and ability to hold, well…a camera. But guess what? The Soho shoulder bag also fits my Sony Nex-5. On top of that, I can also put in my wallet, keys, phone, lipstick, hand cream and miscellaneous trinkets.
Because it can fit so much, I am able to take it from day to night. I’ve carried it on many day trips to museums as well as out to drinks with my girlfriends. The only downside I’ve seen is that the oblong shape does mean that I have to take some time to play Tetris to get everything to fit in the right way. While I typically gloss over that inconvenience because I love the bag, it does detract from how functional it is. For that, I am deducting a full star.
Gucci’s recent revitalization has created some beautiful bags, and this is no exception. While the classic monogram and giant Gucci logos have never been my cup of tea, I like how muted and understated the logo is on this bag. Little details, like the silver chain and the black tassel, that are universal in the Soho collection also add just a bit more elegance.
As expected with most designer bags, the craftsmanship on this Gucci bag is impeccable. With oblong bags, stitches have to be small and consistent in order to follow the curvature of the flap and body. The rubber piping on the sides of the bag were also flawless, which is incredibly important because poor piping means that the bag is more susceptible to cracks in the long term.
For the most part, my Soho chain bag is in pretty pristine condition. Even with consistent use in the past two years, it’s largely kept its shape and hasn’t seen any major flaws. I think this is primarily because of the pebbled leather. Here and there, I will see some smudges on the body, but they are easily buffed out or wiped away.
The only major concern I have is how the leather will sink and cave in over time. I’ve noticed this with many pebbled leather bags in the Soho collection. To combat it, I’ve been stuffing the bag with tissue paper every time I’m done using the bag. For that, I am deducting half a star.
While this isn’t a cheap handbag by any means, I do feel like the bags in the Soho line are more affordably priced than some of the other Gucci collections. I am deducting a full star for its full retail price at $990. However, because of its versatility, the cost per wear definitely makes this bag worth it!
This bag measures approximately 6″ x 10.5″ x 2.5″.
As mentioned before, the Soho line has been discontinued, except for the Disco bag in three core colors ($1,190).