Gucci Dionysus Review

Last year, I finally bit the bullet and bought my first designer handbag. I researched for months before I finally settled on a stunning Gucci Dionysus Leather Mini Bag. If you’re looking for an honest opinion on one of Gucci’s newer classic handbags look no further than my Gucci Dionysus Review.


The Good: As I mentioned above, the Gucci Dionysus was my very first designer handbag. I wanted to reward myself for passing the bar (you can read more about my experience studying for the bar here). Also, I wanted to spend the “bar bonus” I received from my law firm in a memorable way. I considered a bunch of designer bags before I landed on the Gucci Dionysus. It was on the lower end of the price spectrum for a designer bag and simply stunning.

Swarovski-Crystal-Tiger-Head- Closure

The Bad: My love affair with my Gucci Dionysus ended pretty quickly lol. I wore it a handful of times before I noticed that one of the Swarovski crystals on the tiger head closure had fallen off. I was incredibly upset, but found the missing crystal in my home. The next weekend I took the bag back to my local Gucci at Saks.

The sales associate at Gucci told me I couldn’t return the bag because 30 days had passed, I couldn’t exchange the bag because it was damaged, and that I could have the bag repaired but it would take 3 to 4 months. I didn’t want to be without my bag for 3 to 4 months. So, ultimately I decided to have the bag repaired locally.


The Ugly: My first time using my newly repaired bag, another (different) Swarovski crystal fell out. I hate to be over dramatic but I was devastated. I thought I could wear this bag for years not ten times.

I asked around online and I discovered that it wasn’t uncommon for the Dionysus Leather Mini Bag to lose it’s Swarovski crystals. Many other women were in the same predicament as me. They had a  bag that was “too damaged” to return and “too old” to exchange.


The Verdict: Ultimately, I do not recommend the Gucci Dionysus Leather Mini Bag. Although it is one of the more “affordable” designer hand bags, it’s grossly overpriced for such a poor quality product. Especially when there are so many high quality designer handbag dupes on the market (I featured a gorgeous Gucci Dionysus dupe on my blog here).

Additionally, the fact that Gucci wasn’t willing to allow me to return a product that should have never passed quality control makes me not want to spend any more money with the brand. At the end of the day I learned a very valuable lesson that not every designer bag is an “investment.”

Have any of you had a bad experience with a designer brand or product? Let me know below!

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  • Reply Kyra |

    Such a shame! It’s a gorgeous bag!

    May 14, 2019 at 3:04 AM
    • Reply

      I know! I’m still not quite over it lol

      May 14, 2019 at 8:56 AM
  • Reply Nicole

    Thank you for your honest review. That’s too bad. I was thinking of taking the plunge, but after reading your review, I do not know if I want to spend so much money on a bag that will require more money for upkeep and maintenance.

    November 10, 2019 at 9:39 PM
    • Reply Sophie

      Did you notice any wear of the leather near where you lock and unlock the bag? I have had mine for 2 months and already noticed drying of the leather. Also any recommendations for how to avoid this would be great!

      Appreciate it!

      January 3, 2020 at 4:43 PM
      • Reply

        Unfortunately I didn’t have the bag long enough to run into that issue. If I were you I would go back to the store you bought it from and ask what leather treatment they recommend.

        January 9, 2020 at 10:01 PM

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