Video Review: American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

by Vahni on July 31, 2010

Leopard is one of those prints that is really a fashion staple, although it seems to come in and out every few years. Well, it’s in again for the fall/winter 2010 season, and in a big way. Designers are peppering everything with it, so American Chic‘s Leopard Print Tassel Hobo is dropping at the absolute perfect time.

American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo
($70, American Chic)

Vahni & Her American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

Vahni & Her American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo

As I mention in my video review, I’ve been scouring the ‘net for affordable leopard bags, without much luck. There is a lot out there in the $1.200 to $2.900 range, but not much for the everyday person. This bag is a fun, irreverent leopard piece that is like an instant wardrobe update, and for only $70.

What I loved about this bag—other than its generous size and useful interior pockets—is the braided tassel detail, and the gold hardware. At-a-glance, the bag looks luxe, and makes a statement. Without the tassels and gleaming gold, I might not be so enamored. They really take this bag to the next level, and are the kind of details a synthetic bag should have to keep it from looking cheap.

Bottom Line

The American Chic Leopard Print Tassel Hobo is a fantastic—and practically foolproof—way to cost-effectively work some leopard into your wardrobe. I think the bag will hold up fine for a season or two of regular use, perhaps longer. It is also a nice alternative for those who are opposed to wearing animal fur, but really want a bag covered in this vibrant, glamorous pattern.


  • Will never show a speck of dirt.
  • Fun, on trend, inexpensive. Great animal-friendly alternative to calf-hair leopard print print bags.
  • Roomy, cloth-lined interior with three pockets. Big enough to fit a laptop in.


  • A large bag; may be overpowering for petite women.
  • Seams near the strap look a little fragile, like they might tear with repeated, heavy use.
  • Synthetic material is a little plasticky, though texture on the surface does make it more believable.
Look Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Quality Our Rating: ★★★☆☆
Wearability Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Price Our Rating: ★★★★☆
Overall Our Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

(The bag has been provided to Vahni for review)

Posted in: Bags,Reviews

  • Great review of a very alluring bag!

  • Thanks for your comment, Bella!

  • B. Thorpe

    I ordered this bag. However, 3 days later received an email that this bag is sold out. I offered to wait for it to restock but I was refunded. Disappointed!! They offer a waiting list but considering I was refunded without an explanation of whether I could wait for the restock, I assume it wont be in for quite awhile. So heads up ladies, do not fall in love like I did!

  • B…

    Thanks for your comment! I’m sorry you weren’t able to order the bag. I suggest you reach out to the people at American Chic—they are usually very good about communication. Tell them about your experience, that you saw the bag here originally. I’m sure they’ll at least be able to tell you whether they plan to restock or not. You can often catch them on Twitter @american_chic.

    Thanks again for sharing your experience!

  • Babycakes

    Just viewed the review of the hobo bag, but it was your trench coat that caught my eye! Who makes it?

  • Babycakes, thanks for your comment. The trench is from Banana Republic several years ago. But they do similar versions annually, so keep your eye on the store’s Web site. There is one on the site right now that is very similar to mine, and all sizes are currently available:

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