Reader Question: Clare V. Gigi vs. Quince Leather Crossbody

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Last month a reader asked if I could compare the Clare V. Gigi (a team favorite) to Quince’s Italian Leather crossbody bag, which seems like a similar size and style. My curiosity got the best of me regarding the Quince $89 price tag, so I hopped on over to Quince’s site to see it for myself.

Which Leather Crossbody Bag Is Best? Clare V. Gigi or Quince

We are longtime fans of Clare V. around here, so I definitely had my doubts about the Quince bag. I have two Clare V. bags and their classic style and fun details make them both useful and adorable to wear. But I love finding new great pieces, especially if they’re at a reasonable price point. So, I ordered up the Quince bag to compare.

Quince Italian Leather Crossbody Bag: Pros & Cons

PROS: price, larger size, interchangeable straps, thicker leather, color options
CONS: some colors don’t look as high-end, overall fewer color/pattern options, only sold at one retailer

WHERE TO BUY: onequince.com

We're longtime fans of Clare V. at TME, so I def had my doubts about the Quince bag. I love the fun colorways offered in the Clare V. Gigi & the pretty Stone color, larger style + price point of the Quince Italian Leather Crossbody.

Sweater | Jeans | Bag | Chain Bracelet | Watchband

Quince items are only available on their own site, but I’ve had great luck ordering them so far. I have the crossbody bag, the silk pj set (size up if you have hips or a bum), and I just ordered their down-alternative comforter.

Quince’s whole mission is to offer luxury items without the high price tag. So if you like basics, they are definitely worth a try (and they offer a wide range of items for women, men and home).

I was SO pleasantly surprised when I first opened up my crossbody package! SO beautiful, a perfect size, chic hardware, and overall, a great looking bag — especially for the price.

I was SO pleasantly surprised when I first opened up my crossbody package! SO beautiful, a perfect size, chic hardware, and overall, a great looking bag -- especially for the price.

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OK, so at first glance online I wasn’t sure about the Quince crossbody. The price is definitely right at $89 for Italian leather, but some of the colors didn’t look very high-end to me. But I wanted a closer look so I ordered the bag in Stone, one of the few colors that look higher-end online.

I’m still unsure of the look of some of the other shades online, but the Stone (the one I have), Black Croco, Black and Dusty Pinky all look higher-end than their under $100 price. Quince also offers a circle crossbody in black and a phone crossbody in black and tan, but neither of those offer the interchangeable strap option.


Clare V. Gigi Bag: Pros & Cons

PROS: beautiful leather, both classic colors + bold, fun options; chic details; interchangeable straps; sold at a variety of retailers
CONS: smaller, shorter handle, higher price point

WHERE TO BUY: Clare. V | Anthropologie | Nordstrom | Nordstrom Rack | Shopbop

Clare V is easily the overall TOP pick for wildly good bags. A 100% easy win in our opinion if you're looking for a very special, but really well-made bag. Slightly quirky, but still timeless.

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More places to shop the Clare V Gigi (above): Clare V (all colors) | Anthropologie (some colors) | Shopbop (olive)

Clare V. bags have been a Mom Edit team favorite for a while now. They are beautifully made, on-trend but classic enough to last years, and offer fun pops of color and pattern in many of their designs. I love their Parisian-inspired vibe in both their bags and their clothing, and often get my own inspiration from their styling and use of color paired with classic neutrals.

Shana first got the Gigi bag last fall and loved its easy-to-wear size and that it holds just what she needs for being out and about…phone, mask, keys, lipstick. I then spotted the black and red stripe option when it came out this winter and knew I needed it. It’s so, so cute and unique. And it recently got restocked!

love the pop the Gigi added to this outfit with my camel coat. If you also like the Clare V. styles but need a little more room like I tend to, I really love both my Midi Sac and my classic Marisol style crossbody.
Clare V. bags have been a Mom Edit team favorite for a while now. They are beautifully made, on-trend but classic enough to last years, and offer fun pops of color and pattern in many of their designs.

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I love the pop the Gigi added to this outfit with my camel coat (see the whole post here). The only thing I didn’t love is that the strap wasn’t really quite long enough to comfortably fit over my coat as a crossbody. It works, but not perfectly. It’s described as both a belt bag and a crossbody, but I think it works best worn across over a single or thinner layers.

I also had trouble fitting quite everything I wanted to into the Gigi…but I tend to overpack haha. I had my phone, keys, mask, 2 lipsticks, sunglasses case and I think a hand sanitizer, and it was too much. Being a glasses wearer I gotta have my case. If you also like the Clare V. styles but need a little more room like I tend to, I really love both my Midi Sac and my classic Marisol style crossbody. Both offer more room than the Gigi.


So…Which Bag Wins? Clare V. Gigi or Quince?

So, overall, I still love both bags. I love the fun colorways offered in the Clare V. Gigi, and the pretty Stone color, bigger style and price point of the Quince Italian Leather Crossbody. I know. Such a balanced review void of much drama, but that’s pretty much me in a nutshell anyway haha.

Honestly, I think you can’t go wrong with either, depending on your criteria. Both have been super fun to jazz up my everyday outfits!

The Best Feature Of Both Bags: Interchangeable Straps

The best part of both of these bags is the clip-on style handles that make the straps interchangeable…to match your look, vibe or mood. I adore this feature and have had fun actually swapping them out regularly. I don’t have photos of changing up the straps on the Gigi, but the clips are the same as the Quince option, so it offers the same versatility and would solve the shorter strap issue I had above over my coat.

Clare V. offers lots of fun strap options for their bags, as does Madewell and mom-owned New Jersey Company Social Threads. I want to grab one of the neon options for summer! Social Threads straps get restocked and updated often, so if your fav is sold out, be sure to check back or hop on their email list.

I love the fun colorways offered in the Clare V. Gigi, and the pretty Stone color, bigger style and price point of the Quince Italian Leather Crossbody.

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The best part of both of these bags is the clip-on style handles that make the straps interchangeable...to match your look, vibe or mood. I adore this feature and have had fun actually swapping them out regularly.

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L

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I just don’t think the Quince looks as high end as the Clare V but not every occasion calls for that! The Clare V straps aren’t a true crossbody, as they are short, but I will check out Social Threads.

  2. Could you please comment on the quality of the Quince leather? Does it look and feel like high-end leather or does it look and feel like mid-range leather?

    • It really feels lovely. I was impressed! It’s got a beautifully soft pebbled leather feel. I don’t have a ton of high end textured bags to compare to but I was really drawn to the feel right away.

  3. I totally agree with this review! I have one Clare V midi and the Quince bag you feature in the black croc. I have a few straps I use on both for variety. I personally don’t like pebbled leather, just a preference, but the Quince black croc is beautiful. I’ve had several people ask me which designer makes it. I’m also super picky about zippers. The Quince bag zipper started a little stiff/sticky but not enough to send it back. Now it’s perfect. Bag is wearing very well after almost 2 years of heavy use. Size is really good too for a small but not too small bag. Like the small interior pocket which my Clare V doesn’t have.
    Oh, Clare V is great too, of course, but I figure everyone knows that already. Wish it was just a little bigger but I still use it tons to add some personality to a simple outfit.

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