In today’s installment of Closet Confessionals, we meet a housewife in her early 50s, hailing from none other than Beverly Hills, California. A self-proclaimed shopaholic, this handbag lover has been collecting bags since the age of 16, when she received her first Fendi Monogrammed shoulder bag.

Ironically, CC 167’s daughter is now the same age and has also developed a love for collecting handbags; thus, she collects with the sentiment to pass bags on to her daughter. This collector loves Hermès and Chanel, only opting to shop in boutiques, as she’s not a fan of pre-loved bags. That said, her sales associate relationships are very important, and she has remained loyal to them over the years.

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The Basics

Age: 51
Gender Identity: Female
Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Occupation: Housewife
Industry: Family Business
Salary: $500,000
Household Income: $3,500,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? Yes

How many bags do you own? 80

What bags are in your collection?

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How much is your collection worth? Almost $1 million.

What is your most expensive bag?
Hermès Birkin 25 Crocodile
Hermès Kelly 28 Crocodile special order

What are the most important brands or pieces in your collection? Hermès special order Birkin and Kelly bags.

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? 6 – Fendi monogram shoulder bag

Is there a specific bag you are looking to purchase next? Emerald green Hermès Birkin 25

Any particular bag that holds a special sentimental value? My first Hermès Garden Party – my husband’s wedding anniversary gift.

Do you feel like your bags change people’s perceptions of you or how you’re treated? Definitely. When I wear any of my BKC they treat me better. When I walk into a Chanel wearing a Birkin or Kelly, for some reason hard to get items are available. People tend to be more ‘friendly’ when they see my Hermès. When there is a long line, even at Cartier or VCA, when they see my Birkin, then they automatically invite me in even without an appointment.

Have your bag-carrying habits changed since Covid? Yes. I use bags that I can easily wipe down with my alcohol wipes. I dont know if it’s safe with epsom but I just wipe it down. Makes me feel “covid conscious.”

The Shopping

How often do you buy new bags? With Hermès, I go four times a year – twice for BK and twice for Constance. Then if anything I can think of like a mini lindy or a heart-shaped Chanel then, I go. Probably another 6 times a year.

Has the Coronavirus pandemic changed your shopping habits or overall attitude towards luxury? Not really. My sales assistants during the pandemic would let me know if there is anything on my wishlist and just send it to me.

Which stores do you frequent the most? Rodeo Drive Hermès.

Do you ever buy second-hand bags? Where do you buy used? No. I want it to be a fresh bag for me. Just like cars or clothes, I do not want them used. Probably because I am OCD and want it to be perfect 🙂

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Do you sell old bags to pay for new purchases? No

Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase more bags? Not really. It’s more like what I want and what I can pass on to my daughter.

Do you consider your bag purchases investments? Yes. Not to sell but to pass on to my daughter, who is also a bag addict at 16.

Who influences your buying decisions? The season. Like the gemstones in jewelry. For May, it’s emerald stone, so I buy green bags, I can wear in May. For July, I have red (ruby) bags. Hahah. I have four bags with a “month” gemstone color I use in a month. So for May, I use my Hermès bamboo, cactus, malachite, and menthe.

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your shopping? Definitely. I am very loyal to my SAs. I don’t care if an item is available in a low-tax city; I would always buy from my SA.

Why do you enjoy shopping, beyond just acquiring something new? It’s a girl/princess thing, I think 🙂 I am a shopaholic, but all I buy makes sense. They’re not impulse buying. More like I know what I want, and that’s what I am buying.

Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a store or boutique due to your appearance, ethnicity or gender? Once upon a time when I went to a Chanel boutique at SCP. I was in jeans and CDG sneakers and using the Hermès mosaique I bought in Paris when it first came out. So obviously very not classy 🙂

The Chanel SA was like, “you know that we are sold out of all classics, reissues, and GST (remember those). You will have to go on the waiting list, and it’s about three years right now.” And I left, messaged my SA there who was off that day, and she was so apologetic.

The Money

Who pays for your bags? My husband 🙂 but he thinks they are all on sale. He doesn’t really look at our bills.

Do you set aside a budget for your bag purchases? No. I just buy what I want when it is available.

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The Taboo Topics

Have you ever purchased a counterfeit because you couldn’t afford a designer item? No. I would rather buy a mid-designer brand than get a fake one. Just ethically wrong to support counterfeits.

Do you ever hide purchases from your significant other? Not really, he thinks I am crazy. I just reason it’s for our daughter’s inheritance.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to afford a bag? Used my rental property’s income. Actually, if that’s crazy, then I am really crazy cause that is my source of money for my bags.

Do you think your shopping is ever a problem? Have you ever felt like you were struggling with a shopping addiction? No. I justify it with I do not have any bag I cannot sell for more than what I paid for.

The Rest Of It

Any other expensive hobbies or passions? Van Cleefs and Cartiers.

Anything else you would like to include? Quality over quantity. Work to get what you really want, and never settle.

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kyle
kyle
9 days ago

i would love to see photos of a collection like this, but i also feel like this person is a little off and very out of touch.

Sandy
Sandy
9 days ago
Reply to  kyle

Yes, but she describes herself as a princess so she owns it. The comment that everything purchased “makes sense” is a little funny! I have to make the money to purchase my own bags so one a year is about it! My husband is always telling me that I have lost touch with what real people can buy, he needs to read this post!

Julia
Julia
8 days ago

I come to this site for this. I want to escape and hear the story of a woman who doesn’t need to save up to buy and will buy whatever makes her heart happy and has a terrific SA. CC, thank you for sharing your story, I truly enjoyed reading it.

If anyone wants to be jealous or rude because they’re poor, we don’t want to hear it here, leave. Some people are rich, many others aren’t, the luxury bag world is what it is and while the door is open doesn’t mean you need to give unnecessary commentary.

Electra
Electra
5 days ago
Reply to  Julia

It’s fine to be rich. It’s fine to enjoy luxury. It’s fine to own 80 luxury bags. But what we’re not going to do is pretend statements such as “quality over quantity” or that “work[ing] hard” apply in this scenario.

Mel
Mel
8 days ago
Reply to  Julia

How is her salary 500k if she says she’s a housewife? A TV housewife? 🤔

Hannah
Hannah
5 days ago
Reply to  Mel

She has rental properties income .

Skorpios Bag, Anyone?
Skorpios Bag, Anyone?
7 days ago
Reply to  Mel

…sounds like she gets income from a family business, maybe she co-owns it with a family member.

N R
N R
10 days ago

The green croc Kelly is just stunning! Good for you CC 167! Would have loved to see more bags.

Samantha
Samantha
9 days ago

This was fun and CC has beautiful, enviable bags. What I learned is if I carry my Birkin it gets me into high end boutiques, faster. 😉 I’m actually happy for her, but I would’ve loved to have seen more bags! 😍

Slim
Slim
8 days ago

Love this article, she true to herself, no excuses! She can afford it!

ladyet
ladyet
9 days ago

it’s gotta be good to be rich! she said ‘my husband 🙂’ … that sent me! 🤣

J B
J B
9 days ago

More pics would have been nice with a collection so large 😳 … seems more about ticking off how many owned rather than showcasing a collection. I wanted to oOO and ah more. 🤨

Terri
Terri
8 days ago

Great CC!

Lynn
Lynn
5 days ago

Quality over quantity.” I think 66 Hermes bags counts as quantity!

Ash
Ash
9 days ago

Thg dream life! I wonder what the fam business is?🤔🤔

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