Post # 1
Okay…..let me preface this by saying I am not a fashion forward person AT ALL. I get my clothes from department stores, maybe splurging by buying from a mall boutique or something. I usually get my purses from the same places, spending about $30, tops.
This year, my daughter wanted a coach purse for Christmas. I went to the website, and honestly, I was really floored by the prices. $400 for a purse, some of them! I got her one of the less expensive ones, around $160. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but honestly, when it got here, it was just….a purse. It really didn’t seem all that different from what I buy at a department store.
I really hope I don’t come off as being judgy. I know that there are some women where fashion plays an important role in their lives, and others who can drop $400 like I drop $30. I also really want to say I SO admire you gals who can look so “put together” all the time. That is so not me!
This is my question: Are designer purses worth the money you pay, and if so, why?
Post # 3
I will only buy a designer bag. I know many people think they are a waste or not worth it but to each his/her own. Yes, they are just a bag but I notice the craftsmanship and service I get with them vs a less expensive bag. I will buy a few cheap bags when I want funky colors or some that are trendy (mostly Zara bags or something from boutiques here in NYC).
Many of my friends disagree with me and dont understand at all. My husband disagrees also. He will not buy expensive shoes or bags or clothes. Most of my shoes are also designer that I’ve spent $800+ and then I mix in some cheaper shoes.
I think you were expecting something so spectacular and when it came it was just what you said…a bag. LOL
Post # 4
I think Coach, and most designer bags, are cheesy. I don’t like things that have a brand all over them.
Post # 5
When it comes to purses, I like well-made leather. The brand doesn’t matter. I will not spend over $150 on a purse for myself, but I don’t want a bag that comes apart in just a few months. So..my answer is yes and no.
Post # 6
Designer handbags like burberry, celine, etc., are definitely better quality. I feel that they also have classic pieces, which are perfect as they are super versatile. However, if you want something more fun and perhaps on trend, I wouldn’t splurge. 🙂
Post # 7
@Bridey77: For me, I buy Michael Kor’s bags for their craftmanship and how they hold up over time. The leather never wears, the style is mostly timeless, and versitile for all of my outfits. I splurg on one once every 2-3 years and wear it with every outfit everyday. I don’t change up bags everyday, only to a clutch for a special event. My last Michael Kors bag was $500+ and I bought it 2 years ago and it is STILL sold in their stores because it’s such a classic style. I really love it. I also do the same with staple items in my wardrobe. I have a $500 leather jacket from BCBG that I bought 5 years ago that I still wear. I am a high low kind of shopper but I buy expensive “key” peices that stand the test of time with style and craftmanship. For a young girl, she doesnt want it for these purposes, obviously, she wants it to say “I have a coach bag.” It’s how every young girl is. Just be happy she didnt ask for a $900+ Louis Vuitton purse! lol
Post # 8
I think most of them are ugly. By most, I mean almost every single one I’ve ever seen. I couldnt imagine spending more than $30 on a purse.
Post # 9
It’s mostly status. People argue craftsmenship, but the bag are still cranked out of China or India. Same with designer shoes. As far as I’m concerned, I’d rather stockpile the cash but that is my interests.
Post # 10
It depends on the bag in question.
I do not find that Coach bags are worth the money and have never bought one. I do have bags in the four digit price range… and others in the two digit price range. I love and use them all.
I think it is most important to avoid any PVC in bags (very toxic, not to mention not a great material otherwise), but real leather (or wool, cotton, etc) can be had for very economical prices.
Post # 11
I used to buy cheap bags that would wear out in about 6 months. Then I started buying leather coach bags (NOT the ones with the c print all over it) from their outlet stores only. Aka cheaper. my coach bags last YEARS. And if they rip or tear, coach fixes them for only the cost of shipping! So potentially, your coach bag could last for decades. To me, they’re worth the money (especially when they come from the outlet!)
Post # 12
Coach is a ridiculously overpriced brand that 20 years ago was aimed at housewives. The quality is not worth the cost. I like nice things, but I don’t consider coach to be that high-end. And if I can’t afford the really good stuff, I might as well get a cheap purse.
Post # 13
I like coach bags, but I don’t really buy them. In the past I’ve put them on my Christmas List, and Santa (Parents & BFs) have gotten them for me. For me, I really like a bag that’s gonna last me. I don’t change purses everyday. So I want something that I can carry every single day, that’s durable, and versatile. When I used to buy $30.00 bags I would only get a couple months wear out of them before the zipper broke or the straps fell off. In my personal experience, I’ve found that designer bags tend to last longer. The most I’ll spend out of my own pocket for a handbag is about $150.00 tops! Anything more generally comes from Santa.
Post # 14
I used to not really buy into the designer handbag stuff but have gotten more into it other the past few years. That being said, I only buy one or so a year and only at the outlets. We have a Coach and Michael Kors outlet near me and they will often have 50-65% off sales. I also tend to not really like the bags with the brand all over them.
I also have many cheap bags and definitely notice that they wear out much more quickly, even with less use. On the other hand, my Dolce and Gabbana clutch is as buttery smooth and perfect as when I first got it.
Post # 15
I would pay for a well put together purse, but I hate how designer bags have their names and brand all over them. They look loud and tacky to me. I also don’t care for the message and menality behind them… like, Hey, pay $1000 for this bag and advertise for the brand at the same time, thanks.
I’m pretty sure guess bags fall at the lower end of the designer spectrum, … all of my guess bags broke and fell apart. The hardware tarnished. In general they were plasticy and gross.
I went shopping recently for a new purse and literally I got fed up and bought a $40 sears purse. I have gotten more compliments on this thing… lol.
Post # 16
@Bridey77: Just FYI, Coach has outlet stores if you don’t want to pay as much for them.