Sunday, February 09, 2014
Call for fashion advice
You guys, I need your help. I read your blogs (when I know about them - if you have a blog and you don't think I have visited, please tell me about it in the comments) and many of you are style bloggers with great taste.
I want to know the really nice purse brands. Not the blingy brands, not the brands everyone might recognize, not the super logo-d brands. The nice brands with exquisite workmanship where the handle is not going to pull out of the body every time I catch the purse in the door as I am trying to get inside from the cold and I am twice as big as normal because of my down coat and I have my purse and my gym bag slung over my shoulder and I can't put either of them down because the ground is covered in snow and ice and salt.
I have already taken this purse to the leather lady once for repair. Then the next strap pulled out. I didn't feel like traipsing down to the Village on Saturday morning, trying to find parking, tiptoeing delicately on the ice-covered sidewalks, and waiting again for another repair. So I used superglue, and now, three weeks later, it is still holding.
But much to my disappointment, the rest of the purse, which is Cole Haan, is not doing well. They cheaped out and used very thin leather on the piping and now that leather has worn out on the corners. For shame, Cole Haan. I even got this purse because I really liked my orange Cole Haan purse, but now the bloom is off the rose and this brand is dead to me.
Some of you may know my purse history. SH and my sister bid against each other on eBay to get me a purse I really wanted. Jenny was mad at SH because he ran the price up $35. They were both mad at me because they were both trying to get me the purse and I had told each of them I had wanted the purse. My defense was I had no idea no any expectation that either of them would spend $200 on a Christmas present for me.
I used to buy nice purses before I met SH and I had a nice job with nice money. (I miss nice money.)(But I feel very fortunate to have a job at all.) I would spend $500 on a purse, but then I would use it for years and years. The same purse, every day. Some women change purses with each outfit, but I am way too lazy for that.
I don't mind spending money if I will get value from it. I have never seen the point of spending more than $20 on a white t-shirt. It doesn't matter who you are, that t-shirt is going to be stained and then you will throw it in the rag bag. I don't want expensive rags.
But spend the money on a nice purse or a nice trash can and it will make your everyday life much better. Good shoes, too. Spend the money for good shoes or you will rue the day.
So. I have been on eBay and looked at purses there, but I don't know the high-end brands and the ones I do know are not on eBay. I might be willing to spend the money on the Right Purse (creek don't rise and I get this job I interviewed for last week), but I need to know what that is.
Here are my specs:
1. Not made in China (which is hard to know, I know)
3. Something of this level of quality: Libby Lane or Lotuff or Mulberry.
What other brands do you recommend? And no, even though the Mulberry bags are gorgeous, I am not going to spend more on a purse than I paid for my first car. But I will look for a gently used one on eBay.