Closet Confessionals

CC 168: The Paralegal Who Began Collecting In Her Thirties

"I wish I could have started my collection sooner...and never settled for a kind of lookalike from the one I really wanted"

In today’s installment of Closet Confessionals, we meet a paralegal hailing from LA who started collecting bags at 35. While she stated that she wishes she had begun collecting bags earlier in life, since getting her first designer bag, a Gucci GG Marmont Mini, she has amassed a small collection containing some really great bags. Her Chanel Mini Flap is her most expensive piece, but CC 168 states that her GG Marmont remains her most special piece.

Next, today’s confessor would love to add a Bottega Veneta Jodie to her collection, which would round out the pieces she currently owns (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Mulberry, and more). Read the full CC below, and don’t forget to submit your own!


The Basics

Age: 44
Gender Identity: Female
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Occupation: Paralegal
Industry: Law
Salary: $35,000
Household Income: $80,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? Yes

How many bags do you own? 15

What bags are in your collection?

CC 168

How much is your collection worth? Around $20,000

What is your most expensive bag? Chanel Mini Flap Bag

What are the most important brands or pieces in your collection? Chanel, LV, Givenchy, and Gucci.

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? 35, Gucci Marmont mini.

Is there a specific bag you are looking to purchase next? Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie.

Any particular bag that holds a special sentimental value? My 1st bag the GG Marmont.

Do you feel like your bags change people’s perceptions of you or how you’re treated? Definitely!! I’m a Mexican girl, and in some stores, they will not even acknowledge me if I don’t dress up the part.

Have your bag-carrying habits changed since Covid? I do use my bags at work except for the Chanel, and I’ll not take my most expensive bag to certain areas around LA. And yes, since Covid-19 hit, I figured out I’m supposed to use them and enjoy them.

The Shopping

How often do you buy new bags? Once or twice a year.

Has the Coronavirus pandemic changed your shopping habits or overall attitude towards luxury? Yes, it makes me think I better use these babies instead of them collecting dust.

Which stores do you frequent the most? Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, and Bloomingdales.

Do you ever buy second-hand bags? Where do you buy used? No yet.

Do you sell old bags to pay for new purchases? Yes, definitely, my taste changed, so I sold a couple or gave them away.

Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase more bags? Sometimes, especially if I scroll through Instagram, that’s why I unfollowed influencers.

Do you consider your bag purchases investments? Yes, not long ago, I sold one that doubled in price since I bought it.

Who influences your buying decisions? Influencers.

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your shopping? No, I heard stories of people waiting to be called from the associate. I have been lucky to score some hard-to-find pieces just walking in.

Why do you enjoy shopping, beyond just acquiring something new? My outfit and my bags are an extension of my character and mood.

Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a store or boutique due to your appearance, ethnicity or gender? Oh yeah, all the time, they never acknowledge me, and when finally I ask for help, some of the associates are not friendly, or they will just follow me. On one occasion, when I needed to exchange an LV purchase, they said no to me until I called my white husband, and then finally, it was not a problem.

The Money

Who pays for your bags? Me, myself and I

Do you set aside a budget for your bag purchases? Yes when I plan to buy a bag, I save a least $100 USD bi-weekly

The Taboo Topics

Have you ever purchased a counterfeit because you couldn’t afford a designer item? No.

Do you ever hide purchases from your significant other? Oh yes then I’ll bring it out and say, “what? this old thing is not new; it was in the back of my closet.”

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to afford a bag? Have a second job cleaning houses.

Do you think your shopping is ever a problem? Have you ever felt like you were struggling with a shopping addiction? No, not with my bags, as it’s a relatively small collection, but I feel that way with my clothes.

The Rest Of It

Anything else you would like to include? I wish I could have started my collection sooner, started from the most expensive 1st, and never settled for a kind of lookalike from the one I really wanted.


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