Novelty Animal Face Handbags

animal face leather panther shoulder bag

Novelty handbags had been growing in popularity, and continue to trend. They can vary from cats and dogs to farm animals like pigs, and cows, wildlife animals such as bears, foxes, monkeys, zebras, lions, leopards, panthers and more. In this article, I am featuring novelty shoulder bags with animal faces that have more detail than the regular two color versions and are all made of leather. They have a flap over closure with gold-tone locks that have the key attached. There is a piece of faux fur attached for decor and have a long chain strap.

animal face leather grey shoulder bag

Other similar bags can have some fur on the animal print alone, they can be 3-D with a nose and ears protruding from the bag, or have tails hanging off to the side or made for the handle or strap. Also available are embellished styles with sequins, rhinestones, studs, stones, or they can be completely beaded, or are all plush full body shaped handbags that aren’t just for children, but for adults as well. Animal faces can be found on most styles of bags for example, backpacks, duffel bags, luggage and bags that include purses, handbags, totes and casual evening bags.

animal face leather burgundy shoulder bag

The handbags can be painted or stitched with animal faces on fabric bags, plastic or leather types and suede. These faces can be layered over each other for depth, they can be embroidered also leaving a different look and texture. There are also cut out pieces that are flat and glued in place with special leather and suede glue. This glue is also used to permanently bond the various materials mentioned for embellishing onto the leather along with other materials. They are coated with quick drying, water based varnish products made for all materials that handbags are made of.

animal face leather monkey shoulder bag

Painting these leather bags are like doing it on canvas. For hand painted leather bags, they are first sanded, primed and then thin layers of paint are added. Sanding them first helps the paint and varnish stick. Factory screen painted work as these featured handbags are done, they are mass-produced for sale and it’s not like having a few hand painted ones that won’t be identical.  Opaque paint is used for leather, pleather and some vinyl items. This paint is top of the line quality that will not peel, crack or rub off when dry and is water based just as the varnish is for the finish.

animal face leather zebra shoulder handbag

Using an all weather protection spray like Tana All Protector or a conditioner you would purchase for shoes, would benefit your bags preventing rust and stains and keeping them in shape, lasting longer.

Click on Women’s Purses and Handbags for more information about them.

To read and shop for men’s click on Men’s Bags and Accessories. The option to shop for both are to the right on my sidebar where I have several merchants listed.

Unless otherwise stated, the bags for this article I chose from various merchants for the specific style I needed to write this article.


  1. Flavia


    I absolutely love anything novelty based, especially handbags!! I think they are hilarious, cute and cool at the same time. They are different but unique in a good way. The animal ones look so cool on your article. I’ve never seen such precisely detailed form of art! Do you make these handbags yourself?

    1. Patsy


      Hi Flavia,

      They are a great novely handbag and have been popular for a long time. I really like the ones I added to my article also.

      They are factory screen painted as I mentioned, and are mass produced so many are made. I do not make these handbags myself they can’t be done by hand. I stated how hand painted bags are done for personal use on a plain one that we own.

      Thank you for stopping by, and I hope to see you back soon.

  2. Melani Lukito


    I just knew the term “novelty bag” from you, lol. Thank you for the education you have been giving to your followers.

    1. Patsy


      Hi Melani,

      We learn something new all the time. Seeing how much I love purses and handbags I know what’s in style.

      You are welcome, I love to share what I know and research also.

      Thank you for your comment!

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