I finally bit the bullet and removed a handbag from my collection. That wouldn’t be a big deal for most women but it is for me. I’ve frequently regretted giving accessories away so usually hold on to them. This is the second time I’ve given this bag away. I hope the new owner gives it the love I couldn’t.
In 2005 Louis Vuitton came out with a playful interpretation of their monogram pattern on stonewashed denim. My then boss, a woman I admired tremendously, surprised me with one for my birthday. It was an extravagant gift that was just her style.
I was initially delighted but quickly stopped using it. The style was just not right for me. I prefer deep wash denim over stonewashed any day. Shabby chic in my decor means French Antiques with time earned patina, not artificial wear and tear.
It languished in it’s felt bag and box, inside my closet for 5 years. I finally gave it to my daughter and suggested she could sell it, donate it or keep for herself.
She did neither. Two years later, after my old boss had passed away from ovarian cancer, my daughter wrapped the handbag up and gifted it back to me at Christmas. I cried when I opened the box because it brought back wonderful memories of this lady I’d adored so much.
I was grateful to have it back, but again, I never used it.
Last week I packed it up and sent it to The Real Real so they could find an owner who would use and love it. The RealReal is an online consignment store that sells authenticated luxury items.
As part of our day after Christmas Day store peruse, my daughter and had fun trying on Chanel bags in Neiman Marcus. I was curious if they were my style. Most were too large for me and the prices are steep so The Real Real came to mind again.
My husband had surprised me with a burgundy suede Chanel Flap Bag he’d bought me in Paris over 35 years ago. Sadly, it was lost during one of our moves. It’s one thing to lose some glassware, it’s much worse to lose a Chanel handbag!
I have never considered buying a previously owned handbag before now. When I think about my story with this Louis Vuitton, I realize there may be a Chanel out there with my name on it:)
Unlike many women, I don’t buy or own many handbags. I prefer to purchase a quality bag and use it for 20+ years. I buy the best I can afford and wear it to death. I consider it investment dressing and use cost per use as a guide to its value.
Does your handbag have a story?
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