Today I’m sharing the first of hopefully a few more handbag reviews, starting with the Gucci Soho Disco Bag. I hope to answer all of your questions in this post, but if I don’t feel free to leave me a comment below!
- The large zipper tassel is my favorite detail!
- Cotton linen lined interior makes the bag super lightweight. I also like a light interior because it makes it easier to find things inside – no big black hole issue!
- Two interior pockets, however, I don’t use them
- Pebbled leather design – don’t have to worry about scratches
- Deceptively small design – see below
Weight and Dimensions
- Just under a pound (0.9)
- 8in L x 6in H x 2.7in W
- Strap length can vary from 15in to 21in
What can you fit inside the Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag??
At first glance, this bag looks like a compact crossbody, but don’t let its size fool you. I can fit a lot more than I expected inside because of the bucket style design and wrap around zipper. I fit my normal wallet, iPhone 7 plus (not pictured because I’m always on it!), sunglasses + case, a few makeup necessities, a mini hairbrush, pocket-planner, hand sanitizer, a pocket mirror, gum, and my keys inside with a little wiggle room left. I can also manage to fit my blogging camera inside it if I need to, which is the biggest plus!
Where can I purchase?
I purchased this bag on somewhat of an impulse on my honeymoon in Maui. I had just received my sign on bonus, and it was the first time I could finally treat myself to a nice purchase as I had just started working as a Physical Therapist after 7 years of college. Plus, the price in Hawaii for designer items is a little better than here in GA – about 20% plus 4% tax vs 6-9% here in Atlanta. I purchased mine at the Gucci Store at The Shops of Wailea for $735.
I always prefer to shop designers directly from their store vs a department store, unless you have some serious reward points to use! I like to get their bags and gift wrapping, but it’s definitely personal preference.
What are the color options?
Black, red, and rose beige (fancy name for brown) are the classic colors they have carried from season to season. I haven’t found these styles on sale. They do have seasonal colors pop up that occasionally go on sale, such as navy, metallic, light blue, and even a hot pink variation. If you hate the thought of denim transfer on your bag, consider going for the black or darker colors. Read my tips to remove them at the end of this post!
Is the strap adjustable and comfortable?
Yes! It can vary from 15 to 21 inches in length and you can even have the Gucci store add extra holes for you if you want even more variation.
This strap is definitely comfortable on the shoulder because it’s a softer leather. I have a few bags that can get uncomfortable after a day of shopping because they’re thicker / firmer leather. I typically shorten the strap to wear it on my shoulder for date nights and lengthen it a bit to wear it crossbody when shopping or out and about.
One complaint I have about the strap is the excess strap doesn’t come with a second loop to prevent it from flapping out. I’ve seen some loop it around like I’ve seen with excess belt loops, and I’ve heard some girls using double sided tape to secure it in a sleeker way. For now, I just let it flap around.
Does it keep its shape?
For the most part, I think the bag will maintain its shape. However, I can see one area that has already lost a little shape – the upper back area that rests along my hip. I haven’t had any issues with sagging along the bottom of the bag no matter how much I stuff it. It is a soft leather handbag that can eventually change with use, so it you prefer a more structured bag I recommend finding one in saffiano leather like Prada, but that’s not in my price range!
How should I store it?
When not in use, I hang mine on my clothing rack. I’m sure the tassel needs to be stored correctly to avoid bending, so keep that in mind if you’re putting it away for a little while. I would highly recommend stuffing the inside with paper and removing and wrapping the strap inside like it was when you first purchased it. The bag comes with a pretty white silky dustbag for storage.
Is it worth the price?
This little beauty will cost you $980 dollars here in the states. I always prefer to purchase designer items at their store (vs department) to get their wrapping and gift boxes. You’re definitely paying for the designer when it comes to designer bags, but their quality usually does back it up. I’ve had the bag for 4 months now and it still looks brand new. The stitching is still perfect, and the zipper still opens and closes as it shoulder (I will say it required two hands to zip because the leather can move around a bit). I prefer to invest in quality handbags vs quantity. I think investing in handbags is a better investment than clothing and shoes because they can be worn more often and reselling is always an option!
When I justify a high priced item, I consider the cost per wear: If it cost me $5/day of wear, would I wear it enough to justify the price? At $5 per wear, I would need to wear this roughly 150 times to justify the price, which I easily see me doing. I picked a neutral color I know I would wear most often, and the size of the bag/cross body style is something I carry often.
How does it compare to Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac?
Until I purchase this bag, I carried the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac crossbody for years. To compare the two, you can definitely fit more inside the Gucci Disco bag. If you look back at what I fit inside my Gucci bag, I could not fit my mini brush, mirror, keys, and gum inside the mini mac bag. The opening of the RM mini mac is much smaller, even though the bag is about an inch longer than the Gucci bag, making it harder to get things in and out easily. I also like how the Gucci Disco will sit up on its own, and the biggest plus is how much lighter it is in comparison. I should have realized all the metal hardware on this bag would make it less comfortable over time! I do like the strap design much better on the RM Mini Mac – you can remove it to use as a clutch, loop it to wear it shorter, or use it standard as a crossbody.
Is there denim transfer?
Light leather bags have a tendency to have an issue with denim transfer. My bag hasn’t had that issue (yet), but I know eventually it’s inevitable because of the light color. Right now I still consciously protect it by wearing longer tops if I’m wearing jeans. If you pick a darker color, denim transfer won’t be an issue.
My tips to clean denim transfer: I used to work at the Coach store, and for denim transfer issues we would use this leather moisturizer with an old white tee shirt to buff out the denim and other marks (not pen marks though!). The sooner you tend to the issue, the better chance you have of removing it. It will also be harder to remove denim from the corners of bags, which sadly is where the most damage normally is. It sometimes helps to work in layers by letting the bag dry between each coat.
- Refer to the cleaning/leather description that should be included inside your bag before using products on it. Some leathers can be very delicate
- Ask an associate their methods to clean if you’re unsure
- Do a test patch on a small area before getting crazy over a big stain
See it styled in the posts below
I think this handbag is great for the girl who needs a comfortable crossbody bag that can fit a little extra inside than the typical crossbody. If you’re considering purchasing this bag, I hope this review was helpful in making your final decision!
Thanks for reading. If I didn’t answer your question, feel free to ask in the comments!
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You can also check out What’s in my Gucci Soho Disco Bag here on my Youtube channel! 🙂
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xo Amanda John