Closet Confessionals

CC 207: The Architect

"I love it, especially luxury shopping is an exchange of knowledge, not just going out and buying something."

In today’s installment of Closet Confessionals, we meet an architect from Geneva with an enviable collection of bags! This collector has curated quite the collection, from Chanel and Goyard to a few stunning Hermès pieces!

CC 207 believes that shopping is meant to be not only enjoyed but also an exchange of knowledge. She’s got great relationships with her SAs, who know her style, which is 50 percent classic and 50 percent trendy – a perfect balance! This collector smartly shops for the most part, opting for quality pieces that will last versus shopping to excess.

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Basic Bio

Your Age? 40
Your Gender Identity? Female
Where do you live? Geneva
What is your occupation? Architect
What industry do you work in? Construction
Your annual salary? $100,000
Total Household Income? $300,000
Are you a PurseForum member? Yes

Onto The Bags

How many bags do you own? 35

What bags are in your collection?

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How much is your collection worth? $200 K

What is your most expensive bag? $27K

Do you ever regret any of your bag purchases? If so, which ones and why? A Chanel Deauville Tote -overdecorated.

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? I was 16, and the bag was Gucci Kandinsky.

Is there a specific bag you are looking to purchase next? Hermès Mini Kelly

Do you have a ‘holy grail’ dream bag you’ve always wanted to own? Hermès Birkin Picnic

Any particular bag that holds a special sentimental value? My first Gucci and my first Hermès Kelly

Do you feel like your bags change people’s perceptions of you or how you’re treated? Indeed, when I just wear a Mansur Gavriel versus a Chanel or a Hermès, people change their attitude. Some are jealous, some are just freaking out. The salesperson’s treatment is also different.

How do you take care of your bags? I put them in their boxes to keep them looking brand new.

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On Shopping

How often do you buy new bags? Every 2-3 months

Do you prefer shopping for bags online or in-store? Why? In-store, I need to try them.

Which stores do you frequent the most? Hermès

Have you ever returned a bag after purchasing it? Why did you make that decision? No never.

Do you ever buy second-hand bags? Where do you buy used? Yes, sometimes, when I’m looking at something really specific and no longer produced.

Do you sell old bags to pay for new purchases? Yes, but just the trendy ones! In a second-hand shop or online.

Do you ever donate or gift your old bags? If so, to whom? No.

Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase more bags? no.

Do you consider your bag purchases investments? Yes.

Do you follow the latest fashion trends when deciding on your next purchase, or do you prefer classic styles? Sometimes, but it’s 50/50.

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your shopping? Indeed, my SA knows my taste, and they know what I like, so they are able to find the perfect products when they arrive at the boutique.

Do you enjoy shopping beyond just acquiring something new? I love it, especially luxury shopping is an exchange of knowledge, not just going out and buying something.

Have you ever felt you received inferior service at a store or boutique due to your appearance, ethnicity, or gender? No.

What are some factors that may dissuade you from buying a bag, even if you like it? Sometimes, we need to set priorities.

Is there a brand you outright refuse to buy? Why? No but I’m not interested in the brands with too many logos like Gucci.

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On Budgeting & Perceptions

Who pays for your bags? Me.

Do you set aside a budget for your bag purchases? No.

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

Do you ever hide purchases from your significant other? No.

Have your friends or family ever criticized your bag-buying habits? If so, how did you respond? Yes, but it’s none of their business. The problem is that people are jealous, but it’s their problem, not mine.

Have you ever made a significant sacrifice to afford a bag? If so, what was it? No.

Do you think your shopping is ever a problem? Have you ever felt like you were struggling with a shopping addiction? Yes, but I’m trying to stick to what I need and not just buy everything.

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Let’s get personal…

Any other expensive hobbies or passions? Art.

What is your greatest fear? None

Which living person do you most admire? Elon Musk because he’s very, very creative and not afraid to do what he wants.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My whole family.

What is your favorite journey you have taken so far? Japan and Norway.

Any parting words you would like to share with our readers? Buy just a few quality pieces! Don’t waste money buying clothes that you don’t need; it’s a waste for the planet, and we should stop following trends; a good quality piece will last forever…. less is more!

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7 months ago

Beautiful bags and great outfits. I agree on reducing volume of purchases in favor of a few. Buying well means enjoying it for many reasons (literal and life seasons). Also agree that people judging purchases is often a projection of their own values regarding money and yes sometimes jealousy. Enjoy your bags in good health! I am green with envy for the green Hermes’! Just gorgeous.

7 months ago
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Many seasons not reasons!