Bags I Love to Hate (And Hate to Love)
Bag choices don’t always have to come from high end luxury fashion brands. It can be as simple as buying a bag you from a new online retailer for just a few bucks, or as highbrow as buying from a well established brick and mortar store, coughing up thousands of dollars.
My tastes vary from “well worth the money,” to “far too expensive but worth it.” There are times I find absolutely wonderful bags in theory, but they don’t actually do a good job of carrying your things in practice. Inversely, there are bags I find absolutely lovely, but too many others have beaten me to it. And if I bought one now, I’d be too late in the game. I wouldn’t call the bag an expression of my individuality as I am wont to do with bags when everyone else has one already.
I call these bags “Bags I Love to Hate, and Hate to Love.” I only have the heart to talk about four of them. And here they are.
Find The Fox Neoprene Bags
These are beautiful, light weight bags that can serve as your all around dump bag. You can throw it around without a care (which is a gift for someone with busy lives). I know a lot of fashionable people who carry these bags looking great on any outfit. But when you ride the train to work or spend a lot of time walking through the streets of a densely populated city, you can’t swing this bag without hitting a dozen others carrying the same one.
I love this bag. A great alternative to Louis Vuitton’s Neverfull but functions just the same. But I hate that everyone has one already, just like the Neverfull. I wish there were several variations so I can carry the same bag with a little bit of individuality.
Furla Metropolis Crossbody
I normally don’t take notice of bags from Furla. It’s just not in my peripheral vision. But in my new city, there is an unusual lot of Furla stores. So I’ve gotten accustomed to seeing the key bag designs they are pushing in their window displays. So when I walk the streets of the city, it was easy to ID the crossbody bags everyone seems to be carrying. It’s leather, it’s wonderfully priced, comes in perfectly sensible various sizes, colors and make. No wonder it’s a great purchase! Especially if you’re looking for a Chanel flap bag alternative.
I love it to bits! But I feel like everyone else has caught the Furla bug, and I’m this loser catching up to the trend. I hate that I hadn’t noticed this bag before!
Louis Vuitton Petite Malle
I both fawn and shrug everytime I see one on the street. I could never bring myself to justify buying a Petite Malle over some other bag, no matter how gorgeous it is. If I had the budget and was in the market to purchase a bag, I would much rather buy a Chanel Flap Bag or a Céline Box Bag over the Petite Malle any day. Don’t get me wrong, the Petite Malle is a beautiful piece of workmanship. Don’t get me started how innovative a bag it is as far as design and history is concerned. But for its price tag, I expect to be able to fit my key holder, my cell phone, cards, some mints, and a pocket sized hand sanitizer. That’s not too much to ask from a $ 5,000+ bag is it?
I love the Petite Malle’s design, overall look, and bragging rights for having one. Perhaps I’m simply not the demographic for this bag. Also, I’m not insane! I’d hate to spend that much on a bag but be able to carry so little with it.
Baby Sac De Jour Souple
This piece of beauty has been haunting me for a long time. This is one of the bags I love the most. From the first time I laid eyes on it, to the latest updates on the bag line. The only thing I hate about it is the baby size is only a few hundred dollars less than the bigger size. It’s as if the bag sizes are only $100 apart as you go one size to the next. It’s perfectly sized. It’s got a detachable middle compartment that you can use as a separate pouch in itself. It’s got a wonderful leather cross body sling so you can carry it hands free. But it’s a Sac De Jour. And it’s still in the $ 3,000+ price zone.
I love this bag and I hope to buy one someday. I just hate that the price difference from the large size is only marginal to the baby size.