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Like other major European luxury fashion houses, Fendi started small. Adele Casagrande was an Italian creative who loved fashion and sold leather and fur accessories from a tiny workshop she opened in Rome in 1918. However, after marrying Edoardo Fendi in 1925, her business model was altered dramatically. Together, the couple changed the boutique’s name to Fendi and moved into a bigger storefront, which quickly became the favorite shop of women all over Italy’s capital city for furs and leathers, such as handbags, coats and accessories.

As time moved on for Adele and Edoardo, the couple began to share more responsibility to their five daughters, who assumed management of the company during the 1950s. Fendi’s audience broadened and its profitability has soared over the years, owing to the brand’s fresh perspective on fashion world happenings and innovative sensibility. The maison also has a distinctive relationship with old-world Italian craftsmanship. The Selleria bags were the work of master saddlers in Rome, and Fendi partnered with lace artisans in southern Italy as well as craftsmen in the east trained in the intrecciato (intertwined) technique (an idea that Adele introduced during the 1940s), which, in Fendi’s case, sees an interwoven leather fabric integrated in the creation of its handbags, countering leather’s traditional rigidity with a bag that is soft, versatile and fitted with an alluring slouchy curve.

It wasn’t until 1965, however, when a young German designer named Karl Lagerfeld took the creative helm that Fendi became a world-renowned fashion house. In fact, Lagerfeld, who produced four to five collections yearly for the brand, is credited with creating Fendi’s instantly recognizable double-F logo (which stands for “Fun Furs”) in “less than five seconds.” Until Lagerfeld started designing for the brand, fur was a material mostly associated with heavy coats that few people actually wore. Lagerfeld reimagined fur in creative ways, using it as an accent on purses, cuffs on dress sleeves and collars on wool coats.

Over the ensuing years, Fendi has broken into the home-goods market with Fendi Casa and has become synonymous with luxury fashion, producing such pieces as the iconic Baguette, which was rendered ever popular on the television series Sex and the City. In fact, an entire episode during the third season was dedicated to the “original It bag,” a slim accessory tapered in a manner that recalls its namesake, designed in 1997 by Adele and Edoardo’s granddaughter Silvia Venturini Fendi, who was named creative director of accessories three years earlier.

Perhaps just as well known as its vintage Baguette handbags and creative use of fur is the brand’s devotion to its Italian roots. In 2013, Fendi donated more than 2 million euros to restore Rome’s Trevi Fountain, and when it was reopened to visitors, Fendi hosted its Autumn/Winter 2017 show on top of the landmark.

Fendi was a family-controlled brand until 1999 and is now owned by LVMH. In late 2020, British fashion designer Kim Jones was named the house’s artistic director for womens wear.

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Fendi Tan Exotic Leather Turquoise Baguette Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
Ostrich Leather Silver tone hardware Canvas lining Snap closure Shoulder strap drop 7" Measures 10" W x 5" H x 1.5" D 100% authenticity guaranteed at NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Fendi

FENDI Brown Monogram Canvas Logo Gold Small Evening Top Handle Satchel Bag
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
Pre-Owned Vintage Condition Monogram Canvas Leather Trim Gold Tone Hardware Woven Lining Measures 8" W x 6" H x 4.25" D Handle Drop 5.5 " 100% Authenticity Guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Fendi

Fendi Black Python Tan Velvet Logo Zucca Gold Baguette Evening Shoulder Flap Bag
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
Velvet Python trim Gold tone hardware Canvas lining Snap closure Shoulder strap drop 7" Measures 10" W x 5" H x 1.5" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed by NEWFOUND LU...
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21st Century and Contemporary Fendi

Fendi Gold Cognac Snakeskin Large Logo Top Handle Shoulder Pochette Flap Bag
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
Snakeskin Gold tone hardware Leather lining Made in Italy Adjustable handle strap drop 5-9.75" Measures 11.75" W x 7.75" H x 4.75" D Includes dust bag 100% authenticity guaranteed ...
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Fendi Monogram Brown PVC Gold Logo Small Top Handle Shoulder Pochette Flap Bag
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
PVC Leather Gold tone hardware Buckle closure Woven lining Made in Italy Adjustable strap drop 4-7" Measures 10.25" W x 6" Hx 3.5" D 100% authenticity guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Fendi

Fendi Black Fabric Logo Zucca Gold Maxi Jumbo Baguette Shoulder Flap Bag
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
Fabric Gold tone hardware Woven lining Push lock closure Made in Italy Measures 14" W x 9" H x 2" D Shoulder strap drop 19" Includes authenticity card and dust bag 00% authenticit...
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Fendi Monogram Fabric Brown Gold Leather Top Handle Satchel Small Mini Spy Bag
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
Fabric Leather Gold tone hardware Woven lining Zipper closure Made in Italy Handle drop 6" Measures 12.5" W x 7" H x 5" D 100% authenticity guaranteed by NEWFOUND LUXURY
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21st Century and Contemporary Fendi

Fendi NEW Silver Gold Men's Travel Datejust Desk Pocket Watch Clock in Box
By Fendi
Located in Chicago, IL
Fendi NEW Silver Gold Men's Travel Datejust Desk Pocket Watch Clock in Box Metal Gold tone Silver tone Navy dial Date indicator Measures 3.25" H x 2.75" W x 0.50" D Includes origi...
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Questions About Fendi
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    Fendi baguettes usually cost between $2,100 and $3,190 depending on the size. However, a vintage or limited edition Fendi baguette can cost more than $10,000.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    There are a few ways to tell if a Fendi bag is real. Authentic Fendi bags will have a style number stamped in metallic foil on an inside pocket or embossed on a leather tab. Starting in the early 2000s, Fendi bags included holograms with serial numbers. For bags with the classic FF print, the two Fs should never touch. Find a variety of Fendi bags on 1stDibs.