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I've been obsessing over the color Emerald for a while now. Not only is it a practical neutral, matching countless outfits, but I really appreciate its sleekness and subtlety. Read more!
I've been trying to wean myself off of the Vuitton monogram for a while, but I still hold some styles near and dear. Unfortunately I wasn't "in" to Louis Vuitton in 2009 when they released their limited Stephen Sprouse Roses collection.
My favorite limited edition collection to date, Vuitton Roses is a classic style that is perfect for the spring and summer. It is a fun, casual look that is coveted by many Vuitton collectors (I should know... I've been drooling over this fun print for a very long time!) I found this Speedy 30 on a reputable online consignment store and had it authenticated by two different parties before purchasing.
When it finally arrived in the mail, I was ecstatic. The roses have more of a colorful pop than in the photos I viewed and it is in very good condition.
When cared for properly, Speedy bags can mature beautifully, leaving a honeyed patina on the vachetta and the canvas becomes smooth and flexible. Compared to my first Speedy, the blue Yayoi Kusama, which is stiff with virgin leather, this aged bag is a welcomed piece in my collection.
Stay tuned for an upcoming article about buying pre-owned luxury items and a look into the consignment business with a professional!
First off, I'm incredibly privileged to even have this "problem", and I'm sure many of you accessories collectors are just as fortunate, too. Have you ever found a bag that was extremely amazing, and you had to get it? But when you got home, there was something that just made you a little unsure about keeping it?
Do you ever navigate to a website that either sells or blogs about bags to just drool at the pictures? About six months ago, I did just that as I scoured the web for my next handbag purchase. Usually I know when it is "The Bag" when over two months pass by and I'm still opening the bookmarked bag page whenever I have free time. In the past, I've made too many mistakes with impulse purchases, and I vowed never to put myself in that place again. Though, I will admit some of them were fabulous...
After saving for a good while and then purchasing the Balenciaga Papier A4 bag, I was ecstatic but also incredibly skeptical. I was yearning for a piece that would satiate all the bag-wants that I've had for a while.
A nude or creme color? Check. Soft, buttery leather? Check. Minimalistic? Check. And it didn't hurt at all that it smelled like the inside of a new car. Just amazing. In fact, I would walk around my apartment carrying the bag to see if I really liked it. Back and forth, back and forth from mirror to mirror. And I did a lot of bag-smelling. It was clear that Balenciaga uses the finest quality leathers. I can still think of the smell if I close my eyes and recall hard enough.
But carrying it around didn't help the fact that there wasn't something right about it. I didn't have totally good vibes about the purchase. The bag handles were a little too short for my muscly arms, fostered by a little too much tennis. And one of the handles kept slipping off, even when I had the bag filled with my laptop and other heavy accouterments.
In addition, I was very hesitant about purchasing a soft, light leather bag. The leather was so smooth that it could easily get scratched. I'm very careful with my bags, but I know that even the slightest mark (whether it be from pen or from some other source) would bother me. I tend to purchase darker bags because of possibilities like this.
Though I have those reservations, I do enjoy the experience of an aging bag. For instance, I look forward to the patina that will appear on my Vuitton bags (Speedy, Neverfull, etc.). After all, it is all about the journey of the piece itself.
I look forward to purchasing an all-leather Celine Mini Luggage in the future, and as much as I know I will baby it, the bag will get scratches. As Céline Creative Director Phoebe Philo stresses, it is all part of your bag's story.
I promised myself to not let light hues deter me anymore, but I will need to purchase some sort of hardened or pebbled leather in order to minimize potential damages.
For one week, I went back and forth between keeping and returning it. I still had that feeling in my gut that something wasn't right, so it was clear what decision I needed to make.
The most important thing is that you are in love with your bag, and that you have no buyer's remorse. That, by far, is the worst feeling. No one should be spending that much money on a bag with which they are only half in love. And that was my case with this beautiful Papier tote.
On a positive note, one thing I don't have now is returner's remorse.
Do you have a bag lust-and-loss story? For anyone that owns lighter bags, what advice would you give to others that are hesitant to buy because of the maintenance? If you've ever gotten anything on a light bag that you own, how did you clean it?
First, lets check out my favorites out of the bunch! There's nothing more classic than a black tote. It's versatile as it works with outfits for any occasion. If you love Balenciaga's Papier tote, then you'll have an eye for Rebecca Minkoff's M.A.B. tote. The look is so chic and is perfect for both academia and the workplace. Both bags are large enough to carry work materials as well as the essentials and come in a variety of colors. The M.A.B. tote runs at $295 and the Papier tote starts at $1445.
I've been lusting after Alexander Wang's Rocco duffel for a while. The shape is so great and is large enough for the essentials and maybe a little more. Rebecca Minkoff brings her own version to the duffel trend with her Ascher carry-all. This is a fabulous handbag trend, and will be a fabulous pick for the summer. Again, these bags come in a variety of colors. The Ascher is $395 and the Rocco starts at $795.
Though they don't starkly resemble each other, these two bags above share in their beautiful light blue/mint colors, stiff top handles and a convenient shoulder strap. Kate Spade has been making some pretty cute bags recently, including this Catherine Street Pippa. The Pippa is only available in one size, but the Givenchy Antigona comes in various sizes. Both bags, however, come in various colors and are appropriate for numerous occasions. The Pippa is $398 and the Antigona starts at $2,000.
Which trends are your favorites? Tell us in the comments below!