Closet Confessionals

CC 156: The Doctor Putting in Overtime for Her Bag Fund

"I love all of my bags and buy them with the intention of holding onto them forever"

In today’s installment of Closet Confessionals, we meet a lovely handbag lover in her early 50s hailing from Australia! This collector began collecting bags just over 10 years ago when she was gifted a gorgeous Gucci Hobo for her 40th birthday. That Gucci Hobo was the one that started it all and these days, this collector has amassed an enviable collection of Gucci, Dior, and the big H! Her collection is perfectly curated, containing some true classics, like her white Chanel Flap Bag, which was a gift for her 50th birthday.

While her bags can definitely be considered investments, as her collection contains many classic pieces, CC 156 doesn’t plan on selling any of her bags anytime soon. Rather, CC 156 buys her bags with the intention of holding onto them forever. A true bag lover! Read the full CC now, and don’t forget to submit your own!

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The Basics

Age: 52
Gender Identity: Female
Location: Australia
Occupation: Doctor
Industry: Medicine
Salary: $1,400,000
Household Income: $2,100,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? Yes

How many bags do you own? 22

What bags are in your collection?

CC 156 Bag Collection 3
CC 156 Bag Collection 2

How much is your collection worth? There are two ways to look at this: resale (approx. AU$160k thank you, Hermès) or retail (approx AU$175k).

What is your most expensive bag? That would be my Birkin.

What are the most important brands or pieces in your collection? I love all of my bags, but my workhorse is my Céline nano luggage. I USE IT FOR EVERYTHING!!!!

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? I received my first designer bag as a gift from my sisters for my 40th birthday (the Gucci hobo). Prior to this, I purchased mid-range bags from David Jones (Australia’s version of Saks or Harrods, but not as nice).

Is there a specific bag you are looking to purchase next? Nothing in particular; if the Hermès stars align, maybe something might appear 😉.

Any particular bag that holds a special sentimental value? My white Classic Flap, which I received from my children for my 50th birthday. It was completely unexpected, and I was extremely touched.

Do you feel like your bags change people’s perceptions of you or how you’re treated? When I travel overseas definitely, however, people in Australia don’t care, so it’s quite good in that sense!

Have your bag-carrying habits changed since Covid? Not really.

The Shopping

How often do you buy new bags? 1-2 times a year.

Has the Coronavirus pandemic changed your shopping habits or overall attitude towards luxury? Not really, no.

Which stores do you frequent the most? Hermès, Dior, David Jones, MatchesFashion, and Savannah’s.

Do you ever buy second-hand bags? Where do you buy used? Nope.

Do you sell old bags to pay for new purchases? I love all of my bags and buy them with the intention of holding onto them forever. Trends might change, but I’ll still be wearing my out-of-date bags.

Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase more bags? Nope

Do you consider your bag purchases investments? They would be if I were to sell them, but that’s not happening, so no 😂.

Who influences your buying decisions? My son.

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your shopping? Absolutely, I’ve been working with my SA’s for years, and they go above and beyond to help me find what I’m after. They know my taste and what works for my body and suggest things accordingly.

Why do you enjoy shopping, beyond just acquiring something new? I usually shop with my son, and I think the time we spend together is what I look forward to the most.

Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a store or boutique due to your appearance, ethnicity or gender? I’m not a Caucasian woman, so I’m very blessed to have never received poor service at a store. I do feel extremely privileged to live in a country like Australia, as this is the norm, not the exception. If you have a bad store experience, they’re most likely rude to everyone.

CC 156 Bag Collection 4
CC 156 Bag Collection

The Money

Who pays for your bags? Myself and my husband.

Do you set aside a budget for your bag purchases? Nope

The Taboo Topics

Have you ever purchased a counterfeit because you couldn’t afford a designer item? No, the questionable production methods alone are enough to put me off, let’s not get started on the creative theft.

Do you ever hide purchases from your significant other? I can’t. We have joint bank accounts 😂.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to afford a bag? I once worked out that if I worked an extra half-day every month, I could buy an extra pair of shoes and a bag. Guess who works that extra half-day now.

Do you think your shopping is ever a problem? Have you ever felt like you were struggling with a shopping addiction? No.

The Rest Of It

Any other expensive hobbies or passions? Travelling, dining out, clothes and shoes.

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