MY LUXURY BAGS & SMALL LEATHER GOODS + HOW TO BUY YOUR FIRST LUXURY BAG

This year I took a dive into luxury bags and have really grown a love for them!

1.

Gucci Shoulder Bag ($1,070) (Sold Out) Similar Here 

Pros

  • Price
  • Removable strap allows piece to be used for multi purpose clutch and shoulder bag
  • Easy cleaning/maintenance

Cons 

  • Leather is delicate, not for rough use
  • No high resell value

2.

Gucci Leather Card Case ($265) Here

Pros

  • Amazing for card users (used as a wallet)
  • Spacious yet compact
  • Sections allow organization of cards
  • Verity of colours and finishes

Cons

  • Slight colour transfer on leather

3.

Louis Vuitton Pouch 19 ($425) Here

Pros

  • Price (stated as a travel item, used as clutch)
  • Canvas is durable
  • Easy cleaning/maintenance
  •  Spacious
  • Good resell value/high demand

Cons

  • No strap

*note: size 26 is also a great value, but looks oddly shaped and sized for a clutch, and against the body. I opted for size 19 because of those same factors*

4.

Louis Vuitton ID/Card Case (Vintage,Sold Out) (Approx. $390) Similar Here

Pros

  • Convenient and compact
  • Holds a good amount of cards
  • Canvas is durable

Cons

  • Unavailable, rare

5.


Chanel Flap Bag in Chevron Medium ($6,100) Available at Chanel boutiques

Pros

  • High resell value
  • Classic, never goes out of fashion
  • High quality

Cons

  • Price
  • Delicate leather, not for rough use
  • Heavy
  • Non convenient accessibility, not an everyday bag

 

CHOOSING YOUR FIRST PURCHASE

Choosing your first purchase should take a good amount of time. Look at a verity of options for a month or two in which then you can narrow down what you exactly are looking for. Go for something lower on the price scale, this is just your first higher end purchase no need to fork up the big bucks just yet. Go for something that you can pair with all your outfits and can transition with throughout every season. Neutrals are a good first choice. Bigger the bag bigger the price point. Bags such as clutches, wallet on chains, shoulder bags and crossbodys are a good place to start. I personally am not a huge fan of big bags, so those are the bags I prefer anyway.

my first purchase check list

  • Under $2,000
  • Classic, apposed to seasonal trend
  • Nutral in colour (black,blush,nude)
  • Shoulder bag or Wallet on chain

WHERE AND WHEN TO BUY

Sales! There are two turn points during the year in fashion, check out your local stores for the best deals on bags and other designer items during these times:

  • First working week of January
  • Mid to end of June

I personally buy from the brands boutique, apposed to places like Holt Renfrew & Saks 5th Ave. However, when I wish to purchase from designers such as Givenchy, Céline, Dior etc. they can only be found in stores at these retailers or online. (Canadian Shoppers)

AFFORDING LUXURY BAGS

Here are some tips for getting your dream bag!

  • Key to saving is consistency, even if its just $5 a day
  • Open a separate bank account solely for what you plan to purchase
  •  Start with something small, make your goals reality. Luxury is a treat and everyone deserves a little something special to themselves
  •  Make a wishlist or picture board, remind yourself everyday of what you want and why you’re saving
  • Sales sales sales!
  • Pre-loved, there are many reliable and authentic sites that sell lightly used items for less

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