Designer Purses – Are They Worth It?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
2459 posts
Buzzing bee

I just splurged on 2 bags at the $150 pricepoint after not having bought myself a new handbag (aside from cheap totes) in about 2 years. Spending 300 bucks on handbags felt like a lot to me, but they are good quality, look nice, and will last me years. It woudl be hard for me to justify spending thousands on a bag though. I do have one Stella McCartney bag (which I got on ebay for 700 but was initially about double that cost) that I love – but in retrospect spending that money on a statement ring or a wardrobe update would probably have been better uses of the money. 

Post # 17
497 posts
Helper bee

No. Total waste of money.

Post # 18
85 posts
Worker bee

Nope. Not worth it. Don’t care for and don’t understand it now that i’m older. 

Post # 19
3532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 29th, 2016

The most I’ve spent on a bag is $500. It retails for $795 but I found a great deal. The quality of the leather, suede lining, stitching, etc. is great! I’ll be carrying it for a while. This was my first big bag purchase in over a couple years, which is usually how often I buy a new bag. I like to carry something everyday so it has to hold up to the elements with minimal babying. I don’t see myself spending much more than $500 on a bag, but that’s how I felt before when ~$200 was the max I was willing to spend on one, so I guess that could change again. 

Post # 20
11861 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m usually Kate spade level bag, but Fiance just got me a vintage Chanel tote, black lambskin — and it’s f-ing gorgeous. It is made better than my other bags, and it’s just… a classic. 

I wouldn’t have ever bought it for myself but I love it. Love love love. πŸ’™ 




Post # 27
6303 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

sarathemermaid :  I think it depends. Bags do last, so I do understand people spending a lot as if you’re using it regularly for years and years it doesn’t actually work out that expensive. 

That said, I personally don’t find a huge difference in quality between  say a £300-500 bag (the price bracket I buy in) and one costing £1k plus. Materials, construction etc are basically the same (IMO). So I would only spend that kind of money if I had serious money to burn

Post # 29
4763 posts
Honey bee

Depends. I’ve gone through a ton of cheapo purses that out would have been cheaper to buy one good one for $300. But I think once you get to the price point of thousands it becomes a status symbol at that point. I’ve never spent more than $250. I got a $400 bag fir $200 at the end of season. I mean I really really love the look of the Hermes bags but I don’t think I’ll be in a position to buy one. Lol. 

Post # 30
1499 posts
Bumble bee

I have always carried vintage purses, and I get *so* many compliments. Some are leather, some are not. All of them are unusual and great looking, and were purchased at garage sales or estate sales for hardly anything. I have a few really funky ones too – and those get as many compliments as the ‘nicer’ ones.

Recently I was looking for a laptop type bag at TJ Maxx, and found a really cool leather purse. Really nice soft leather and suede inside. I had to debate awhile about spending $99 for it, but I did and now I am in love with it! It’s a Patricia Nash, which of course I’d never heard of since I do vintage. I then bought another one on sale at Macy’s for $89. Those two are the only ‘designer’ bags I’ve ever bought.


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