I recently did a feature article here on the site about Dolce & Gabbana crochet. One of the items in that article that has gotten a lot of attention is the Miss Sicily Crocheted Bag.

I think people are so interested in this bag because it looks a lot more like the conventional, crafty crochet that we’re all used to seeing from handmade designers and yet it’s priced to sell at Neiman Marcus for almost $3000.

So I ask you … if you were going to make a similar crochet handbag by hand to sell on Etsy or at a local craft fair, what would you charge for it? The dimensions are 10″H x 14″W x 7″D; and it’s a lined bag with inner open pocket and a zipper.


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  1. ahh my fave. from your post. Have to get back to you on that… just found this site. (awesome fashion stuff.) “Outstanding Crochet.blogspot .com” Hope I got that right… after some of the “goodys” I saw this morning this is Real Fashion :)… see ya gotta mop floors company 2morrow…

  2. lets see depending on type of fiber used and liner etc . Three to Four hundred. depending on my available market. Make Sense??? I do love it and it looks like (4 me) it would be used for many seasons and any reason. I am not a Purs-y girl. I make one and use it till it falls apart..LOL

  3. oh yeah hope your V-day is a happy one…(floor is dry, now to finish ” The Laundry” love clean soft clothes but oh the agony of getting them to that stage….just kidding, ya’ll know what I mean) :)

  4. I would change up the colors some, maybe make the Squares more Granny like.. Heck if someone paid me that kinda money I would make it any color or style they wanted if truth be known……

  5. It’s fascinating and somewhat infuriating how much people are willing to pay for something handmade IF it has a famous fashion designer’s name on it…. My husband was asking how much I might be able to charge for one of the Bags I’m designing for the Fresh Designs Bag book, “made by the designer, with hand-dyed yarn…” Unfortunately I still don’t think it would be worth the cost of materials + a decent wage for the time invested.

    It’s really not fair that Fashion Designers can put outrageous prices on something they didn’t even make themselves when the average crocheter is lucky to sell their finished items for 2 or 3 times the cost of the materials, let alone a decent hourly wage. That’s one of the reasons I switched to trying to sell my designs rather than finished items.

    • CrochetBlogger Reply

      @laurindar3 Great points! I actually don’t have a problem with the fact that designer brands make so much money. It’s absurd to me as a consumer because I wouldn’t pay that much for one item but at the same time I think there’s a market for everything. The people who are going to buy designer aren’t the same market as those buying handmade.

      The one thing I do worry about is whether or not big brands (regardless of whether or not they are designer) are paying their crocheters a fair wage. Actually, in that respect, I’d much rather pay a fortune for a designer crochet bag than one from a cheap chain because there’s a better chance that it’s not sweatshop labor.

      It is too bad for sure that it’s hard to make a living as an artisan these days but it does force us to be more creative to make products (books, patterns, etc.) that are unique to the market. So there are two sides but I definitely hear ya!

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