The Chronicles of a Designer Bag Lover: A Lifelong Love Affair

Lady Dior Mini, Lizard-Jeannie Jacobs

My fascination with handbags began when I was a toddler. Dressed in my crochet poncho, white English sandals with lace socks, and a cute dress, my ensemble would never be complete without my trusty handbag. My choice of accessory was always the Easter gift I received every year – a white wicker handbag that would, without fail, end up looking absolutely loved after a few months of incessant use. I was notorious for stealing my aunt’s handbags, which I would then gleefully drag around.

Chanel Classic Mini Flap With Rhinestone Logo Accent-Jeannie Jacobs
Chanel Classic Mini Velvet, Rhinestone Hardware-Jeannie Jacobs
Fendi Baguette-Jeannie Jacobs

As I entered my tween years, the fashion pages of Vogue and Elle became my playground. My eyes were opened to the glamorous world of high-end designer bags. There was the Birkin, now the epitome of luxury, Gucci’s fashion-forward designs, and the timeless appeal of Louis Vuitton. This was when I got my first taste of luxury – an MCM bucket bag. I remember strutting into middle school, the bag dangling from my shoulder, and my head held high. I later found myself enamored with the styles of Coach and Kate Spade.

However, my pursuit of bag bliss paused during my college years and medical training, for reasons too obvious to even mention. As I wrapped up my professional education, my penchant for bag collection slowly began to resurface. The thrill of the hunt was reignited when I found myself fervently calling various Louis Vuitton stores across the US and abroad, in search of that elusive bag. I needed a few bags from Louis Vuitton’s Takashi Murakami Multicolore collection.

But my purchases were never whimsical. Over the years, I began to curate a collection that celebrated milestones in my life. My focus wasn’t merely to own a collection of bags, but to possess pieces that I truly adored, that were timeless, and ones I would actually use.

Every season, I dutifully rotate my bags to keep them fresh. I inspect them meticulously for wear and tear, add stuffing or puffers to maintain their shapes, and clean them diligently. If needed, I send them to a specialized leather shop or back to the retailer for a professional “spa” session. I arrange my collection aesthetically, placing the bags I use more frequently on the lower shelves, while the less frequently used ones sit higher.

Contrary to what some might say, my collection isn’t a heritage for my daughters or future daughters-in-law. These bags are my treasures, my little rewards for the hard work and effort I’ve put into my life. However, if my daughter takes a fancy to them in the future, then so be it. At that point, I’ll just have a good reason to get a new one!

Let’s take a moment to discuss five of my favorites:

  1. The Fendi Baguette: I fell in love with this masterpiece when I saw it being toted around on Sex and the City. The Baguette is a testament to how a handbag can be both functional and a fashion statement. Its sleek design and stunning craftsmanship are truly irresistible.
  2. Lady Dior Mini: The embodiment of elegance and class, this bag is as cute as it is luxurious. It was a celebratory acquisition, marking the milestone of my children outgrowing their need for diapers and bottles.
  3. Chanel Minis: These are my dependable go-to for almost any occasion. The perfect balance of style and utility, they add a touch of glamour to every outfit. I adore their versatility and timeless charm.
  4. Hermes Evelyn 29: A unique mix of casual and chic, the Hermes Evelyn 29 is a standout piece in its own right. Its roomy interior and stylish exterior make it perfect for daily use.
  5. Birkin Bag: My crowning jewel is the Birkin I purchased at the Faubourg Saint-Honore flagship location. It’s more than just a bag – it’s a symbol of exquisite taste, success, and a dream come true.

Each bag has its own tale, a memory intertwined with my life’s milestones. They’re not just accessories, but tangible pieces of my journey – symbols of self-love, self-reward, and personal milestones. As I look at my collection, every purse tells a story, a chronicle of my lifelong love affair with designer bags.

The Chronicles of a Designer Bag Lover: A Lifelong Love Affair FAQs

What is the best luxury bag to invest in?

The “best” bag to invest in can depend on personal style and budget, but timeless classics like the Hermes Birkin or Kelly, Chanel Classic Flap, and Louis Vuitton Neverfull are often cited as solid investments due to their enduring popularity and brand prestige.

How do I take care of my luxury handbag?

Luxury handbags require careful handling. Store them in a cool, dry place, preferably in their dust bag or a pillowcase. Avoid exposing them to direct sunlight, excessive heat, or moisture. Clean them regularly with a soft dry cloth. For bags made of special materials like leather or suede, consider using specialized cleaning products or professional cleaning services.

Are luxury handbags worth the money?

The answer to this can be quite subjective. For many, the craftsmanship, quality of materials, brand prestige, and the joy they bring make these bags worth the cost. Moreover, certain models from brands like Hermes or Chanel have been known to appreciate in value over time, making them an investment piece.

How can I verify the authenticity of a luxury bag?

Authenticity can be verified through various factors including craftsmanship, materials, hardware, serial numbers, brand stamps, and authenticity cards. However, the world of counterfeits can be sophisticated, and if you’re unsure, it’s always best to purchase directly from the brand or a trusted reseller or to seek the opinion of a trusted authentication service.

What should I consider before buying my first luxury handbag?

Before making the investment, consider your budget, the style and size of the bag, and how well it fits with your wardrobe and lifestyle. Think about whether you want a trendy piece or a timeless classic, and if it’s the latter, consider whether the bag’s design has proven longevity in the fashion market. It’s also essential to research the bag’s resale value in case you decide to sell it in the future.

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