Handbag FAQ: Part 2

After my post yesterday, I received quite a few more questions so I will answer them in a new post rather than adding them to the previous ones.

Are you rich?

No – not at all! I am lucky enough to have a good job and am at a stage in my life when I can invest more money in things I love. I prioritize investment bags and organisers, which often work out cheaper if you calculate their cost per use or cost per wear long term. If you really want something, skipping that chocolate bar or morning latte for a few months will save you surprising amounts. I seldom drink and don’t smoke which also saves me money. Plus most of the investment purchase I make hold their value so I can resell them for a good price.

Do you buy all your bags new?

About 90% of my designer bags were bought new but I have never paid full price for one. I buy new in sample sales, overstock sites and seasonal sales. I buy second hand on eBay, consignment sites and vintage stores. You really need to know the real thing in order not to be taken in by fakes though.

Which designer bags do you own?

Gucci, Chloé, Louis Vuitton, Proenza Schouler (my large PS1 is the most expensive bag I have ever bought), Mulberry, Fendi, Balmain, Balenciaga (only a small pouch though), Longchamp.

Which mid-range bags do you own?

This would make up the bulk of my wardrobe and I can’t think of them all but just off the top of my head Campomaggi, Francesco Biasia, Furla, Brahmin, Tiger of Sweden, TSM, Tabitha/Orca, Fossil, Adrienne Vittadini, Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Any on your wish-list?

Hermés Birkin, Chanel 2.55 and a large Goyard. Never going to happen though!

And about your cheapies?

These I use for my overflow each day – parcels, groceries, extra books and shopping. I use the free ones from magazines or cotton ones that can be washed and folded up

Left to right - grey patent (free with magazine), red Daniel Hechter (free from Yves Rocher), Holly and Wilde (cheapie from Lindex), green from Body Shop, Orange from the David Bowie Is retrospective, batik from Isabel Marant for H and M. The Cath Kidston just happened to be hanging there and to the right of that a large canvas shopper that I got from my favourite Vintage store. It is very big and heavy duty so I use it all the time.
Left to right – grey patent (free with magazine), red Daniel Hechter (free from Yves Rocher), Holly and Wilde (cheapie from Lindex), green from Body Shop, Orange from the David Bowie Is retrospective, batik from Isabel Marant for H and M. The Cath Kidston just happened to be hanging there and to the right of that a large canvas shopper that I got from my favourite Vintage store. It is very big and heavy duty so I use it all the time. Standing on the chair is a cheap turquoise laptop bag. That is not a real mouse to the right, it is a cat toy!

Are designer bags worth the money?

It depends on the bag – something like this Louis Vuitton which went for $ 52,500 – NO!

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Other no nos would be Jill Sander’s paper bag which cost £200

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and anything in perspex, plastic, feathers, velour. You get the picture I am sure.

Bags that are worth the money would be something like my Louis Vuitton bucket bag – I have had it for almost 20 years and it just keeps going. The coated canvas just cannot be beaten for durability. Something like a Mulberry bag holds its value and wears very well but avoid collaborations like this blingy horror by Giles Deacon or anything in vinyl like the Roxanne tote they sold a few years ago.

Giles Deacon what did you do?
Giles Deacon what did you do?

Do you ever have ‘bad bag days’?

Generally not as I know what works and what doesn’t but here is a photo of a bad everything day

I can't describe how wrong everything is. No makeup, bad roots, short hair (short bob on curly hair tends to look like a thatched hut), green bag/blue boots/yellow top (what was I thinking) plus shopping bag. My bag was too small that day so I ended up loaded down with satellite bags
I can’t describe how wrong everything is. No makeup, bad roots, short hair (short bob on curly hair tends to look like a thatched hut), green bag/blue boots/yellow top that was way too small (what was I thinking?) plus shopping bag. My bag was too small that day so I ended up loaded down with too many satellite bags
As a student with the ubiquitous straw basket
As a student with the ubiquitous straw basket
Eating while able to root around in my LV bucket without even looking up from the newspaper. That is a sign of handbag success!
Reading while able to root around in my LV bucket without even looking up from the newspaper. That is a sign of handbag success!
Not a good bag this - it is my Fjällräven Kånken backpack and I don't get on with backpacks. I need my stuff at my side, not on my back.
Not a good bag this – it is my Fjällräven Kånken backpack and I don’t get on with backpacks. I need my stuff at my side, not on my back.
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Louis Vuitton
LV
Louis Vuitton
I come from malaria country so I always tell tourist that mosquito is life-size! That is my handmade satchel in natural leather
I come from malaria country so I always tell tourists that mosquito is life-size! That is my handmade satchel in natural leather. I take malaria tablets when I visit now but when I lived there I was just very careful. 
LV
Louis Vuitton
Taking the rubbish out in a stylish paper bag! We post our rubbish in there and at 6pm every day it is sucked along underground tunnels to a central incinerator where it is burned to give us heat and hot water.
Taking the rubbish out in a stylish paper bag! We post our rubbish in there and at 6pm every day it is sucked along underground tunnels to a central incinerator where it is burned to give us heat and hot water. The sunglasses are Oakley Why3

And lastly, my favourite collaboration ever was Julie Verhoewen for Louis Vuitton. Her fairy tale designs really appealed to me for some reason.

Source: Julieverhoeven.com
Source: julieverhoeven.com
Source: Julieverhoeven.com
Source: julieverhoeven.com
Source: Julieverhoeven.com
Source: julieverhoeven.com

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

2 thoughts

  1. I recognised the Why3s! But I did wonder – in the pic where you’re rooting around in the Louis Vuitton bucket bag, what’s the watch you’re wearing?

    1. That watch has a funny story to it. It belonged to my husband who ended up with it after it was shot up by his bicycle wheel one day as he was cycling. He could never find the owner so wore it for years and then gave it to me when he got a new one. The brand is Stuts. Ironically, studs means bounce in Swedish!).

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