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Dezzal review: Fanice Leather Tote Bag

I’m no stranger to Dezzal.com. I’ve been reviewing their items since the beginning of this past summer, which you can find here. I am a fan of their dress selection, but I was curious about the quality of their purses, which I would consider expensive yet intriguing. They come in a range of quirky and sophisticated styles, and can cost anywhere from $18 to $458, their most expensive bag being a modern tan leather backpack.

I was able to pick a bag from their website for an honest review and I chose a leather tote bag by Fanice, which is unfortunately now sold out.

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The bag arrived well-packaged in a dust bag situated between cardboard and wrapped in plastic with the designer’s logo. The website doesn’t have a summary of this designer like they do for many others, but I assume it is based in China if I rely on packaging clues.

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It also came with this card inside an envelope, which I assume are care instructions simply based on the numbered list.

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The bag is completely free of any blemishes and looks exactly as it does on the website, which is a step above what I’ve experienced regarding loose threads and unattractive details that were easily overlooked with clothes I’ve received from Dezzal. However, my least favorite part about the bag, which I was already unsure of when I picked it, is the visible stitching. I think it cheapens the look.

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Though it does feel like real leather, I have no way of proving so besides taking it to a specialist. I don’t intend on doing that, because the bag suits my size needs and isn’t crinkled and caving in like the mess I received from Sammydress. It has heavy hardware, and plenty of pockets and slots for a phone, makeup, and change in the middle zipped pocket, and extra space in the buttoned sides of the tote.

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I took this bag for a test run while shopping in Düsseldorf, and was thankful for how much room I had for small items I purchased since Germany rarely gives you a bag unless you ask and pay for one. I know. But I have to admit that the biggest and most aggravating part of this tote is the zipper. For some reason the full zipper is attached to the bag even though it should have been cut to fit the length. This results in a three inch flap of zipper that needs to be tucked into the side of the bag. It’s not noticeable when it’s closed, but it requires both hands to be zipped, and often twirled itself inside out because of its length.

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The bag itself sits comfortably at my hip when worn on my shoulder, or near the end of my torso when worn as a crossbody. I was worried the handle straps would get in my way when trying to open the bag, but I barely notice them. I’m not sure if I will ever use the handles much, but I like how they look on the bag.

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Overall, the bag is functional, simple and attractive. I am trying to step away from fast fashion and add more basics and timeless pieces, and this style of tote has been around for decades. I am not thrilled about the visible stitching and zipper malfunctions, but they’re not bothersome enough to dislike the bag.

My previous Dezzal reviews: The website, Kenvicky Peacock Dress and Dress 1, Dress 2 and Dress 3.

Dezzal review: Kenviky Peacock Dress + FAQ

My Dezzal reviews have been my most popular content in the last few months, which has resulted in more comments and emails than I have ever received in my nearly four years of blogging. I wanted to clear up any confusion people may have about my previous Dezzal reviews (which will be listed at the end of this post) and answer a few questions I receive often.

Dezzal is a new clothing website that features collections created by primarily Asian clothing designers. Many of the items are different from what is commonly found in the Western clothing market, yet there are still a lot of questions about the validity of the company and the clothing quality. I can only speak from my personal experience.

  1. Do the clothes smell bad when they arrive?: Everything I have received smelled fine. A few items were wrinkled, and I had one dress with a few stray threads that were simple to cut off without ruining the piece. The clothes had a department store smell, as if it came from Macy’s or Dillard’s.
  2.  How is the quality really?: I was honest in my review about each of my items being the quality I expected from the fabrics they were made out of, but I can best compare it to the Zara Trafaluc items, or J. Crew.
  3.  Why should I trust your review if Dezzal paid you?: Dezzal emailed me asking if I would like to review their website. I agreed, and was paid a small sum. Despite writing about being annoyed by their sizing charts and multiple listings for one item, they approached me again soon after and asked if I would like to review their clothes. I picked the three dresses shown in my review, and was not limited with how honest I could be. I am amazed they even asked to work with me again after critiquing the website, but I admire that they did. I only received the clothes, not actual money.
  4. My clothes arrived yesterday and nothing fit and the quality was terrible. I tried to return them but can’t! Avoid Dezzal everyone!: My blog is not a forum for your troubles with a website. I am also not customer service for Dezzal. It’s unfortunate that there are people who have had a difficult time with the store, but that doesn’t mean it’ll happen to everyone. And since I do not work directly for the company, I do not owe anyone an apology on their behalf. I will delete comments written in caps warning others to not shop at Dezzal. Don’t waste your time.
  5. You’ve got to be kidding, that looks awful on you: Don’t be an asshole. Tell me how I can improve the look, don’t resort to being shallow. I’m sure you’re better than that.

You don’t need to approach this blog with your guard up. I am too much of a nobody blogger to screw you over, and will probably insult myself and the companies I work with before you can. With that said, let’s talk about how my thighs suffocate in the Kenviky Peacock dress.

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Kenviky Peacock Long Sleeve Dress: $64.99

I’ve abandoned my irrational dislike for Pinterest and started using it regularly, and I’ve noticed this dress getting pinned a lot. This is the first dress I’ve seen that makes a peacock print look elegant and work friendly, and I was excited that Dezzal had a size that matches my measurements, even if it’s XL, which is more realistic than the 3XL items I had to choose in the past.

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I should mention now that I did not edit these photos beyond resizing them and some light cropping. I took photos of the dress in natural night to show the colors and craftsmanship better.

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This dress is a true emerald green, but the fabric has a slight sheen to it which gives it a glittering aqua tone in direct sunlight.

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It also has a cinched elastic waist detail and a velvet collar with gold embellishments and two button closures in the back.

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The dress is also fully lined, but that’s where the trouble begins. Despite the outer shell of the dress being a true midi length on my 5’6″ figure, and fitting fairly loosely, the lining is extremely tight and much shorter than the rest of the dress.

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It’s such a big tailoring difference that it almost feels like a mistake. The skirt part of the lining is not attached to the dress so I could easily remove it and wear a slip. However, the top half layers are completely sewn together and stretches across my chest so tightly that it looks like I made a crap attempt at bandaging my boobs.

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The sleeves are also too tight at the top and make me feel like one stretch away from bursting out of this dress Hulk style.

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This of course makes it nearly impossible to fasten the collar buttons by myself. I could barely bend my arm, much less reach around behind my neck.

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I think I may use this dress as a measurement for weight loss, but for now it’ll just look pretty in my closet. I will first attempt to attach a new skirt lining to see if it improves the fit, and maybe try a few different bras to see if it helps with the bust line. It’s such a shame that my linebacker body doesn’t quite fit in it, because this is truly such an elegant piece. I never thought I’d gravitate towards a peacock print!

I’d recommend this dress to those with a small bust line and narrow hips. At $65, I think it is one of the more affordable and unique items at Dezzal. The dress is exactly as it’s shown in the product photo, and I find it suitable for work and a night out. It’s not a warm dress, but it’s nothing a long coat and tights can’t fix.

My previous Dezzal reviews: The website, and Dress 1, Dress 2 and Dress 3.