There is no doubt about it–I’m a bag lady :). If asked to choose between a designer bag or designer shoes, I would definitely choose the former hands down, and in a heartbeat!
There’s something about a beautifully crafted handbag that makes my heart race and go pitter patter. The feel of supple, luscious leather, and its luxurious smell also always makes me heady with excitement! 🙂
At the risk of sounding a tad shallow, can I just say that I also love how handbags make such a statement! Every time I am carrying one of my designer bags, I always feel confident and powerful. Funny how bags can do that to you, huh? 🙂
Of all the bags that I have, my favorites are the iconic ones. Because of their clean and classic lines, these styles are timeless and will probably last until my daughter is old enough to inherit them. I love the idea of passing these treasures on to her some day :). My mom did the same thing with me, and those bags are amongst the ones I truly cherish!
But I also love that precisely because these bags are so classic, I will never tire of using them. They go with all my outfits, no matter what style or color. In fact, I’ve given away almost all my non-branded bags (save for a few sentimental favorites) and have streamlined my closet into choice classic pieces. These I use everyday, and for every occasion. So I guess you can say I’ve already gotten my money’s worth out of them! Hahaha!
Yes, unfortunately, the downside to being a “bag lady” is the amount of monetary investment it involves. In the beginning, when I first started buying my own bags, I’d really have to save up for it with several of my paychecks. While I am lucky to be able to afford one now without having to resort to “gives” or installment-paying, I am reassured by the fact that the steep price tag is a reflection of the quality of the materials, as well as the craftsmanship that goes into each piece.
Speaking of quality and craftsmanship, I recently came across an article that revealed images of how the classic Chanel flap bag is made! I was very excited to see these photos for two reasons: first, the Chanel 2.55 was, for the longest time, my ultimate classic bag must-have. To be able to see the work that goes into making one is not just interesting, but extremely thrilling for me :). Second, I’m sure it is a very rare opportunity for one to catch a glimpse of what goes on in the work rooms of prestigious fashion houses. Thanks, however, to the people behind Style Republic who were able to capture images of this previously well-kept trade secret. For a bag lover like myself, these pictures are magical!!!
Images via stylerepublicmagazine.com