Saturday, July 23, 2011
An Inside Look at my Handbags
It's no secret that I love handbags, to date I own 31! I've said time and time again that handbags are the ultimate accessory in elevating the status of any outfit. Conversely, a poorly selected handbag will ruin any outfit, click here to see. I am not a handbag snob, but it needs to be well constructed, leather, or canvas with leather trim. To pique your interest I am going to show you some of my favorites.
Classic Everyday: Louis Vuitton Epi Speedy 25 in Black
Pop of Colour: Gucci Calfskin Hobo in Classic Red
If you want a handbag with a pop of colour that will stand the test of time, get it in RED! Pick any shade, tomato, cherry, burgundy, invest in it, take care of it, and years later you will still LOVE IT! I purchased this in Fall 2007 for $1,200, can you tell it is almost 4 years old? It provides the perfect accent to any simple outfit, and the gold Gucci horsebit accent is something you simply can't miss, yet its not obnoxious!
Anything but Black or Brown: Ferregammo Satchel in Olive
When I want a bag that isn't black or brown to add colour to a neutral outfit I select my Olive Green Satchel. This bag matches any outfit and the pebble leather is durable and scratch resistant! What I love is that it is simple and understated. Unless you really know your luxury brands, you will have to identify this bag by spotting the Salvatore Ferregammo horseshoe zipper pulls! I got lucky and found this at the Ferregammo outlet in 2008 for $389, it was originally $1,150.
Evening Show Stopper: Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere
A true handbag aficionado's collection should have a swarovski crystal minaudiere. When I attend corporate functions, black tie events, or a fancy dinner this little number makes an appearance. Can you imagine the show stopping factor it adds to any simple evening gown? I suggest adding something like this as you progress into your career and you have formal occasions to attend. This is an investment piece that very few people will ever have!
Something New: Miu Miu Crossbody Bag
Ultimate Budget Bag: Perlina Hobo $79
Yup, you read it right, $79 was what I paid and yes, it is leather! This bag is amazing in quality and style, and the leather is so soft...it's like butter! I found it at Marshall's right before I started Bravoe Runway and it was just the perfect Spring and Summer handbag. I don't use it often because of the light colour but with 30 other bags to rotate I am good ;)
How I store my handbags:
All of my bags are stuffed with tissue when not in use to retain their shape. They rest in their sleeper bags, away from direct sunlight, heat, and humidity!