Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Word Vomit About Bags
Jacket (thrifted - no labels)
Free People Dress (ebay)
Sandgrens Manhattan Clog Boots c/o Sandgrens
Coach Leather Bag (consignment)
An interesting thing I've come across while reading up on the difference between really expensive bags (in the $2000 range and up) and expensive ($200-500 range) is not only the hand stitching and better hardware/zippers but apparently the quality of the leather. With the freakishly expensive designer bags, the leather is suppose to mold to your body and rather than looking just old and worn out, are suppose to soften up and still look nice, even after 30 years where the lower end designer bags are suppose to start looking "worn out" after a while. I'm not sure I completely agree with that - My Marc Jacobs bag retailed in the lower range for "nice bags" but the leather is high quality and even a few years later, doesn't have any scratches or wearing in the corners. And it's colored leather! (I have to choke for a moment on the price thing however, Marc Jacobs bags seem extremely expensive to me at their normal retail of $250-$450, I was lucky and found mine at the consignment shop a few years back and used my consignment credits to pay for most of it.)
This Coach bag however is really showing it's age. The leather was not great to start off with, it is from the Poppy line which was more of a diffusion line and the leather is very thin and plastic feeling. Rather than gaining a supple, worn in look, the leather is wearing off and close up, it looks worn out.
Now, I'm not saying that a $2000 plus bag is a good buy because I can't even imagine spending that much money on one, for me that just would make zero sense and is nuts. That would be almost two loads of logs for our house or part of the money for the well and while I don't mind saving up for more expensive items, I don't think I will ever save up for an "investment" bag like a Channel. It's so much money and a that point, while the quality might be great, I'm not so sure that it's not something I could get at a much, much lower price range. At that point, it almost becomes more about the status of the items rather than the actual quality. But if I found one at the thrift store or the consignment shop for around $100, sure! (Yessss, this will NOT happen.) That's really my upper limit and I've only spent that much on one bag, my Proenza Schouler brown leather tote. It is interesting to learn about the different level of quality in leathers a little more, it's helpful for judging what's a good buy and will hold up. I would stay away from this sort of leather in the future, this Coach bag has had fairly light usage so it's not like it's been banged around a ton, lesson learned!
*I don't know where this word vomit post was going, I'm sorry. I love bags and I'm really into saving up for a great item that will be a high usage item but at what point are we paying to have something to brag about rather than something that's just good quality?