This is a topic that will easily elicit strong feelings on both sides, but it is a conversation worth having. I got my first designer handbag in 7th grade. I was 13. I had been begging my mom for a Coach bag, and after what felt like years of annoyance, my mom got both me and my sister the purses we desired. It was my first designer handbag, and it’s easy for me to now say that moment changed my life forever. I’ve told this story many times, and I’ve had some people say that 13 is far too young for a Coach bag and others tell me that they were given their first bag far earlier than that.
Recently, I’ve ended up talking to several mothers of young girls, varying in age from 1 to 10, and we’ve delved into the topic of buying a designer handbag for their children. I know my view is skewed – I am surrounded by designer bags everyday and someday, if I have a little girl, I’d love to share this passion. My goddaughter turned 9 recently and I wanted to get her a Gucci bag for her birthday – this one, to be exact. While I thought this was a great gift, I was met with great resistance from Vlad. That’s when the questions came to mind: how young is too young and what are the pros and cons for giving a designer bag to a child?
I believe everyone can instill value and appreciation in their kids no matter what, but I’m not a parent yet so I am not aware of all the problems parents face. Of course a little girl with a tiny Louis Vuitton Speedy will look adorable, but is it too much? To me it seems a personal opinion, one that I would love to hear from you.