Tom Ford’s $1,600 Skunk Fur Purse Stinks

Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
FashionOctober 12, 2012

Skunks are known for their horrible spray and not their beauty, correct? And evening bags are supposed to be chic and elegant, right? We're just checking, because Tom Ford's latest clutch has us completely dumbfounded. The Tom Ford Skunk Fur Minaudiere retails for $1,660 at Neiman Marcus, and while it's not one of the new department store's absurd new Fantasy Gift items, we believe it would take the same type of sucker to buy this purse.

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To be honest, we're not advocators of wearing fur in the first place-but at least a fur coat would provide warmth. Mink, sable, chinchilla, rabbit, and fox fur are used all the time for luxury items, from long coats to the trim on winter gloves. We've even seen raccoon fur used in fashion. But skunk fur? On a purse?

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Imagine hitting up a swank soiree with the Tom Ford skunk fur clutch in hand. Your palms get a little sweaty, dampening the black and white fur within your grasp. "That's an interesting little purse you have there," says a fellow guest. "What's it made out of?" "The finest Italian skunk fur," you answer, proudly showing it off.

Yeah. That's not going to happen. Sorry Tom Ford. Pepé Le Pew is not amused and neither are we. If wealthy shoppers can't smell this sham a mile away, then can consider this a warning. Don't buy it!

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