(Closed) Do you wear designer handbags or any handbag that appeals to you?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 107
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Helper bee

I definitely don’t care about all designer bags, but there are a couple of sort of designers who I keep an eye on. I’m a big bargain hunter, so I’m always looking at Marshalls or similar stores for upscale bags. My history with horses means I deal with a lot of leather goods, so I really love the smell of leather bags and the feel of them, that’s just quality to me so I’m pretty sure horses spoiled me in that department.

I have a bag from Forever 21 that I bought a few years ago that’s a good little brown bag that I like, and I bought a teeny little black crossbody one-pocket deal a couple of years ago from a store for 30$, but the other two bags I carry most are leather. One is a crossbody bag from some sort of obscure leather brand, but it has an interior wallet and fits my ipad mini so it’s a personal favourite. The other is my Calvin Klein bag, it’s a caramel/cream/black leather mix bag with a boarder/stripe in the cream/black on the caramel base, and it can be carried over the shoulder or as a sort of larger cross body. I love love love the quality, and I purchased it at Marshalls for a third of the price.

I also have a Fossil messenger bag that’s all leather and was fairly pricey, but Fiance was wandering Marshalls purse department in utter boredom with me and found it. I don’t see Fossil bags as that upscale though? I dunno, it’s just me.

The next bag that I’d like to invest in is probably a Kate Spade bag, I literally love almost everything Kate Spade puts out, it’s so funky and free and fun. I’m not as big a Coach fan, and I like Michael Kors wallets but the bags aren’t my style so I don’t ever feel like it’s worth it for me to invest in one. I think they have one model I like, and that’s it.

However, oh dear god the mini bags that some designers are releasing are more than I can handle. I love love love little bags, they’re so cute!

Post # 108
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Blushing bee

@jenilynevette:  OMG–how terrible!  Was the bag repairable?  Did you take it to a specialist?

I was Peta’d one night when I was WEARING A FAKE FUR.  A girl with really bad skin threw a container of ice and ice water on me.  My guy was ready to smack her. It was at a concert and it was the middle of winter and I was drenched and pissed.  Peta will NEVER get any support from me again.

As to designer bags I have LV, Kate Spade, Chanel and a vintage alligator bag that everyone thinks is just a croc-embossed bag and I let them think that!

Post # 109
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8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Imhishesmine:  Yeah, I never knew they did that kind of crap.. but I guess they do. I’m sure its not something that peta condones – you can’t control all of your followers, but still.

I washed it up the best I could, the came out of most of it.. although the thread is stained.

Post # 110
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@jenilynevette:  what. the. fuck. Considering the price on that bag, I absolutely would have called the police.

Regardless, take the bag into the boutique and they’ll fix it for you!!! The service is why these bags cost an arm and a leg. Make use of it!

The only Chanel I own is the WOC in red. I wore it crossbody to the grocery store in new jeans and within an hour, my jeans had left a indigo stain on the bag. I was so distraught that I immediately went to the Chanel store (with my grocery bags!) and they were like “no worries!” They took the bag and returned it to me with the leather totally cleaned, and didn’t charge a cent. 

Post # 111
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8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@flowercrowns:  Wow really? That was the one and only chanel bag I ever bought [they are sooooo expensive!]. I thought they were so expensive for the quality/craftsmanship. Probably too late now as this was years ago, but i’ll have to remember that in the future.

Post # 112
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Busy bee

I only use good handbags. The way I see it is I can either buy 25 cheap purses or I can buy one bag every few years and have it last forever. I don’t drop thousands or anything but a good 600-1200 bag every once in awhile is great! But I think it just depends on what you don’t mind splurging on. I don’t care if someone has a basic bag or anything I just love having a GREAT bag. 

Post # 113
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

As for the general question of this thread: I’m a minimalist in style and by necessity. I don’t have closet space for a lot of bags.

I have one Gucci (guccisima canvas), one Balenciaga (anthracite city mini), one Chanel (red caviar WOC), one Marc Jacobs (large Single in black leather), one Prada (Saffiano luxe double zip – my “briefcase” for work), and that’s it! These are all classics that I’ve acquired over the last 10 years, and I think I’m finally done curating my leather goods. 

I’m getting a mon mono LV Neverfull with my new married name to use on our honeymoon, but that’s just for fun. Anything else that I’d want, I would be duplicating with my mother’s collection, which is a waste of money to me.

I also have a lot of Longchamp le pliage and planetes (probably 15 in total – this is a Jewish girl thing ahah), two Marc by Marc Jacobs, and two Coach classic bags. These are the bags I throw around and abuse, so my designer goods actually stay in great like new condition.

Post # 114
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327 posts
Helper bee

@jenilynevette:  My goodness. Did they do that because they didn’t approve or something??? My goodness if that’s the case I would have reported them as vandals. That’s vandalizing someone’s property! I probably would have smacked whoever it was without thinking lol!

Post # 115
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@jenilynevette:  do you still have the bag? They will service it for its lifetime. There may be a nominal charge (I was charged $100 by Gucci to completely refinish the leather on the bottom of my tote bag), but it’s a small ratio of what the bag costs to begin with.

Plus, if you bought Chanel years ago, the price has increased dramatically in that time. I consigned a bunch of Chanel 2.55s on my mom’s behalf, and they were priced more than what my mom paid for them! One of the 2.55s was ugly denim and so obviously 90s – I couldn’t believe the price it sold for. I joke that Chanel is actually an investment. 

Post # 116
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Both. I like Coach as well and have 6 or 7. But my absolute favorite bag ever is only $100 from Lululemon – it’s got zillions of pockets for everything to be organized and it’s big enough to hold my iPad and accessories if I want. It’s technically a yoga bag I think. 

Post # 117
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 I hate coach right now…I bought a bag that I absoletely L O V E D & the lining fell apart…I’m sorry but a $400 bag should not do that no matter how many bricks I carry! I’ve always been a louis vuitton girl and I have several.  We can certainly well afford the hermes and super high end stuff, but I just LOVE my louis vuttion bags…and the thing of it is, the quality is just beyond incredible, these bags will out live me by a hundred years if they’re well cared for. I have a bag from 1994 that still looks almost brand new! & there’s one super close to us, and my Sales associate there is sooooo nice….I just love everything about this company. 

Post # 118
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@ForeverAndEverAfter:  I don’t have any LV, but I’ll be getting the Neverfull after seeing what a workhorse it is (my mom has it in the damier). Do you take very good care of the LV coated canvas? I tried to surf PurseForum for answers but everyone there is so rabidly pro-buy everything and anything that it’s hard to solicit honest opinions. It takes me a lot of time and thought to justify the price of a designer bag.

Post # 119
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Both! I never used to pay attention to designers before, but so many pretty bags !! whetger I get one or not depends on how much I like it but i still wear my bags my mom got me from the thrift store 🙂

Post # 120
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent\'s backyard

if I was into leather handbags maybe I’d shell out for better quality. but leather is too heavy! I hate it when a bag weighs 5 pounds before you put anything in it. 

I’m not very fancy and I’m not into high fashion. the most I spent was for a Kath Kidston crossbody bag when I was in london, but I love it. it holds a lot of stuff, including my big ass camera. so far it seems like pretty good quality. 

Post # 121
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8575 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

@flowercrowns:  Thanks so much for the that information! I really was a clueless 19 year old when I bought it, it was my first “splurge” as an adult. [Still pretty clueless about designer bags since I don’t wear them much anymore]

 

@lenabee:  Well, this was when peta were doing all of those rallys at KFC/other fast food chains about the [horrible] treatment of their animals. It was similiar to those who sit outside abortion clinics, but worse. Spray people with fake “blood” from the “animals they were killing by eating there”, throwing feathers at people. It was just madness! I have to say that up until that moment I was a pretty big supported of peta, even though I’m not a vegetarian, I totally agree with treating animals better while they are alive [and then I read that article about what they do with animals they take into their shelters…] But, those people were just oh so wrong.

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