I’m going to get real with you guys right now: I haven’t been all that excited by bags recently. As a handbag lover and someone who has been slowly curating a collection of designer bags since the age of 14, the last couple of years have felt like a sort of identity crisis for me. I go through periods of time where my bags (and sometimes bags in general) just don’t thrill me as much as they used to. I grew up with an inherent love (ok sometimes lust) for designer bags and I know they’ll always hold a place in my heart, but as I’ve gotten older my relationship with them has changed.

An outsider may scoff at that statement above: a relationship with handbags? But, anyone who loves bags knows that our bags are more than just bags. My feelings towards bags have ebbed and flowed over the last few years, and the last bag to really, truly excite me was the Louis Vuitton Multi Pochette. The Multi Pochette struck me for a few different reasons and I simply had to have it. And despite the first year of my ownership of this bag taking place during a global pandemic, I’m very happy with my purchase.

Yet, I’ve realized that there are periods of times where bags just don’t thrill me as much as they used to and I’ll be honest, sometimes I’ve even wondered if my love for bags is gone altogether. But then something special will come along and I’ll get that familiar feeling in the pit of my stomach, that intense yearning that I don’t feel as often as I used to, and I’ll realize that my love of bags is still there, it has just changed.

Maybe it’s getting older and realizing that I have other priorities to keep in mind as well (like food, shelter and caring for my puppy) or maybe it’s in the nature of what I do. I see and talk about bags more than the average handbag lover and it’s possible that I’m even pickier now than I used to be! It also could be that my style has changed and I’m trying to figure out how that relates to my bags and accessories, but whatever it is I have realized that these lulls in my love for bags are just that, lulls. A bag will eventually come along that reignites my love for purses and in a way I don’t mind as I appreciate each piece I purchase much more.

As of right now, the bag that has me head over heels is the Bottega Veneta Cassette Bag in Lavender. While I’m no stranger to this bag as we’ve covered it a fair bit (as well as it’s padded sister), it’s the lavender hue that really cements my need to own this version. I love the overall silhouette of the Cassette Bag, from its giant Intrecciato woven leather to its simple shape and soft leather, the Cassette itself is a good, solid bag. In fact, last month I considered buying the black version but neglected to actually pull the trigger. However, when I discovered that it was released in lavender I felt that familiar tug on my heartstrings that I hadn’t felt in so long.

Purple has been emerging more and more, and this trend speaks to me in so many ways. This secondary color is dazzling and expressive, and it’s a hue that I love as much today as I did when the entirety of my childhood room was covered in varying shades of violet. I’ve been adding more purple pieces to my wardrobe and experimenting with color more than ever and this bag has me so excited.

Do your feelings towards bags change from time to time too?

Purchase via Luisaviaroma for $1,980

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