These ones I was not sure whether to put as HOTDs because they are down in the cellar but I will anyway. I bought this Adrienne Vittadini handbag on eBay and the seller offered me two Fossil bags for a very good price. Of course I said yes!
I like Adrienne Vittadini handbags but The One That Got Away was sold to a customer in London who entered Dickins and Jones about 1 minute before me and pounced on it. They bought just the bag I wanted. There was only one and it had been reduced from £260 to £60. I had been eyeing it for ages waiting for the big discount and missed it by a minute *sob*. As a result I became obsessed with finding another one and set up searches on eBay for it. That meant that every time a nice AV bag came up I wanted it. This was one of them.
When I got it though it was too pale and too ladylike for me so it is now down in my cellar.
But I loved the two Fossil bags:
They were nice and soft and beautifully worn in and gorgeous quality. But they reeked of smoke and that is just non-negotiable for me. For the price I got them for, the seller probably wanted to get rid of them for the same reason. The Adrienne Vittadini bag did not smell at all. Since then I have always double-checked that pre-owned bags I buy come from smoke-free homes. If you are allergic to fur it may also do to check that your bag comes from a pet-free home as well. Some people spray air-freshener or perfume on bags to kill smells which (to me anyway) just makes things worse so if you buy a lot from eBay this is bound to happen at least once. I have bought so many nice things from there I was willing to chalk this one up to experience.
So these beauties are down in my cellar and have never been used by me.
Fossil is a great brand though if you are looking for good quality investment bags with good brand value and not overpriced. They aren’t cheap but they are not eye-wateringly expensive if you consider that they are lifelong investments.
I always work out CPW (cost per wear) when I buy something – If I pay £10 for something and only wear it once, it will cost me more than if I buy something for £100 and wear it 180 days of the year for 15 years. For this reason I do spend more on timeless accessories than I do on clothing. It is worth saving up for something that will stand the test of time and that you can hand down to your children. And that they will actually want to use!