I’ve been pretty stubborn about what bag brands I’ve bought in the past, focusing almost solely on what I consider to be ‘classics’ (which more often than not has meant Chanel). The rationale behind this has been pretty simple in that I am prone to change my mind about bags a lot and I’ve never wanted to get stuck with a bag that has horrible resale value. In my experience, pretty much the only brands that are immune to this are Chanel and Hermes. Louis Vuitton does well also but not quite as well as the former. Of course, with classics seems to come epic price increases so I made it my mission to buy these sooner rather than later.
Now that I have the ‘basics’ covered, I feel like I am slowly becoming more open to other brands with a focus of what I will practically use on a daily basis rather than what I think my bag collection should look like. I’ve already earmarked one more Chanel purchase to use up some store credit but apart from that, it is unlikely that I will buy another Chanel bag for the foreseeable future. The prices are becoming a bit too high for even a bag-nut like me to stomach and if I’m honest, I have probably overdone it on the classic flap front – particularly for someone that claims they don’t like doubling up on bags. If something irresistible does come along (like the elusive Taupe Jumbo that is permanently on my wishlist), it will likely come at the expense of another Chanel bag in my collection.
So, with Chanel out of the picture, I’ve been having a look at other brands and specifically ones that I have until now dismissed. Among those that have caught my eye?
The Prada Double Tote
My current favourite. I’ve stayed away from Prada for so many years after two failed purchases but I really do love the shape of the double tote. It looks so much more modern than the Lux Tote and the colour combinations are gorgeous! I also love the fact that the larger ones all seem to come with a strap now – a must for any bag for me at this point.
I gone through a few phases with the Givenchy Antigona – at first sight, I loved and wanted it. I then got a bit bored of seeing it everywhere and dismissed it as a fad. I’ve now come full circle and am back to loving it again! I must admit I’m surprised at the longevity of the bag but it still seems to be going strong after several seasons. It looks gorgeous in the grey and the cream I think but the black is calling out to me most. Oddly enough, I don’t have a single large black bag in my collection – my Chanel jumbo is the nearest thing I have… I do wonder if this is an obvious gap in my collection?*
Saint Laurent Shopper Tote
If you have followed me for a while, you know how I feel about tote bags. So. much. love. I am of the opinion that the Saint Laurent ones are just more expensive (and not necessarily better) versions of the Tory Burch Perry totes but that doesn’t really stop me from wanting one – especially in this gorgeous dusty pink colour. Plus, it comes with a little pouch that somewhat justifies the price right?
Only concern: the leather looks like it might wear badly. If anyone has one, please feel free to chip in here!
This is the only mini bag on the list for reasons of practicality and lifestyle and to be honest, it only makes the cut because of how darn pretty it is. That said, I’ve heard so many mixed things about the Chloe Drew – some people seem to absolutely adore it whilst others complain about the uncomfortable chain strap and difficult clasp. It certainly is a stunning one though – I love it in the mini size and it somehow manages to blur the line between bags and jewelry to the prettiest effect. Only question: blush pink or taupe?
Celine Box Bag
I’m not going to lie, this is a token Celine gesture as I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been asked why I don’t own any Celine bags! I get how they are super popular and I can’t even fully pinpoint why, but the styles have just never appealed to me. If I had to choose, I would probably go for a mini luggage or a Box bag but as someone who is not really a Celine lover, I find the prices just too high. That said, I do think the Box bag in particular is beautiful, classic and oh-so-chic. I don’t think I could ever spend £2300 on it but I am happy to admire from afar 🙂
I had never really considered Tory Burch before receiving my blue Perry Tote for Christmas but since then, I have been officially hooked! If you saw my recent haul on YouTube, you’ll know that I added another Perry tote to my collection in the ‘Deep Berry’ colour when I saw it in the sale. I resisted buying more from the sale even though the prices were fantastic and I really enjoyed the small Robinson bag when I tried it on. Their new arrivals are really lovely as well so I will definitely be keeping an eye on their Winter sale when it comes around!
Louis Vuitton Capucines
Although this is my second go-to after Chanel, I do feel largely LV-content. It is also a concern for me that I seem to tire of LV pieces quicker than I do with Chanel which makes me hesitant to add more from the brand to my collection (at least for the time being). For this reason, I’ve decided against going for the Retiro for now although I do still think the Capucines is a very lovely (albeit insanely pricey) possibility.
And those are the bags I am eyeing up! If you own any of the above, please let me know your thoughts on them! I am currently in full-on research mode so I would love any input 🙂
Thank you so much for stopping by and tolerating my waffling 🙂
*Note: Obviously I know there are no pressing ‘gaps’ in my collection. When you have 20+ bags, you clearly don’t need more. So take all of this with a pinch of salt… 🙂