In today’s installment of Closet Confessionals, we meet a confessor who has been collecting handbags for six years, and in that time, she has amassed a collection of 75 bags worth around $300,000. CC 166’s impressively sized collection features bags from Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Goyard, Saint Laurent, Gucci, and more. While her collection began with a Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag at age 28, these days, she’s strayed from the brand a bit after some off-putting experiences with her SA.

CC 166 says that her Chanel bags are important thanks to their investment value. That and they make her feel proud to own them. CC 166 used to sell bags to fund new purchases, but these days that doesn’t happen as much as each piece is well-loved, but unfortunately, she did once sell a bag that held sentimental value. Read the full CC below, and don’t forget to submit your own!

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The Basics

Age: 34
Gender Identity: Female
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Occupation: Lawyer/Consultant
Industry: Healthcare compliance
Salary: $275,000
Household Income: $400,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? No

How many bags do you own? 75

What bags are in your collection? Chanel Classic Flaps, Fendi Sunshine and Peekaboo, Prada Crystal Bag, YSL Puffer, several Louis Vuitton and Gucci items.

How much is your collection worth? $300,000

What is your most expensive bag? Small Chanel Classic Flap

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What are the most important brands or pieces in your collection? Chanel. My items from Chanel were investment pieces, and I am proud of them.

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? 28. Louis Vuitton Neverfull.

Is there a specific bag you are looking to purchase next? YSL Small Loulou in black with silver hardware.

Any particular bag that holds a special sentimental value? A Christian Louboutin Paloma bag I purchased for my wedding. Sadly, I sold it.

Do you feel like your bags change people’s perceptions of you or how you’re treated? 100%. I do not carry my designer items to work and am thoughtful about what I carry, depending on the environment. If I am going to the mall or shopping for designer items, I will always carry a bag. You are given preferential treatment- right or wrong. I do not carry designer items at work, however. Among friends is OK.

Have your bag-carrying habits changed since Covid? Not really. They have changed since becoming a mother, however! No more mini bags for me!

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The Shopping

How often do you buy new bags? Monthly

Has the Coronavirus pandemic changed your shopping habits or overall attitude towards luxury? I buy more often than I should due to sheer boredom!

Which stores do you frequent the most? Louis Vuitton, Saks.

Do you ever buy second-hand bags? Where do you buy used? Occasionally. I find Fashionphile has the best quality items.

Do you sell old bags to pay for new purchases? Occasionally but not as often anymore because I love each of the bags in my collection!

Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase more bags? Not really. If anything, I feel personal pressure to save more!

Do you consider your bag purchases investments? Most of them, yes.

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Who influences your buying decisions? YouTube videos, Pinterest. I follow influencers whose style I identify with.

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your shopping? At times, as long as the SA is not too pushy. It all depends on the relationship. Recently, my primary LV SA has pushed leather and trunks very hard on me for an obviously bigger sale. It’s frustrating and has led me to stray from the brand and try others (like YSL).

Why do you enjoy shopping, beyond just acquiring something new? I enjoy the hunt – especially good deals/coupons!

Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a store or boutique due to your appearance, ethnicity or gender? Yes. In law school, I needed a bag repaired at LV. I was dressed in my typical outfit – converse, black jeans, and a band shirt. They sat me somewhere and proceeded to help several other people before me. One of the clients even spoke up and told the SA I was here before them and needed to be helped. Needless to say, I did not shop at this location again.

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The Money

Who pays for your bags? Me.

Do you set aside a budget for your bag purchases? A bit. Around 2k per month.

The Taboo Topics

Have you ever purchased a counterfeit because you couldn’t afford a designer item? No – this encourages gang activity and child labor. People need to recognize that.

Do you ever hide purchases from your significant other? Yes – don’t we all?!

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to afford a bag? Sold a bag? I’ve not done anything too crazy.

Do you think your shopping is ever a problem? Have you ever felt like you were struggling with a shopping addiction? Sometimes, yes. It’s under control now, though!

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The Rest Of It

Any other expensive hobbies or passions? I do love good cognac!

Anything else you would like to include? Make sure to save your money and never buy too much on credit that you can’t pay off every month!

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Ed B
Ed B
30 days ago

Her story about LV reminded me – once upon a time I brought in a vintage bag my mom had bought in the 80’s from London for repair. The SA looked and first didn’t know what bag it was. Then the manager approached and told her what it was. After that she again said “well it would be very expensive to repair, though”. I asked her to please look it up because it’s sentimental. She looked it up and it was only like $500 or so. I don’t know why/how some SAs decide what we can or can’t afford.

30 days ago
Reply to  Ed B

My mom experienced a similar thing in a nine west store. She asked to see the bag inside the display case. She really liked the color. The SA automatically said thats $250. Made my mom upset and she told the SA i dont care about the price im even bringing an LV bag i asked to see the bag not ask for the price! The SA was so embarrassed and apologized right away. We figured she was just lazy to take it out of the display cabinet because it was placed in the back part and multiple smaller bags were in front of it.

30 days ago

Beautiful bags and pics. Thanks for sharing but dang I wanted the list!

30 days ago

Why is there no detail on the list of bags? It’s hard to determine the value of the collection when there’s no information.

30 days ago
Reply to  Lucille

Yes, from the bags pictured and because she doesn’t seem to have any Hermes CKBs, 300k seems like a stretch — that would come out to 4k per bag. Perhaps the 300k refers to replacement value rather than resale value.

26 days ago
Reply to  Passerine

Yes, I was thinking the exact same thing about the 300k value. But you may be right, the value is probably replacement value and not resale value. I enjoyed reading, but wished there were more pictures of her collection.

26 days ago

I enjoy these so much!! I do agree with others in that I’d love to see a list of bags—just for the envy factor 😉

Dia V.
Dia V.
25 days ago

“I buy more often than I should due to sheer boredom!”

-Life goals.

GG Pastel