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I love a good print as much as anyone in the world, which means that things like’s recent feature on the resurgence of traditional scarf patterns are like crack to me, particularly when they they lead off with a printed handbag. As is likely predictable when the worlds of purses and scarves collide, Hermes is the culprit. As is also predictable with the brand, the price for the Hermes Catenina Silk Bag is astronomical. But at $5450, the number even caught this veteran accessories fan off guard. Is there any way that you’d plunk down that much for a bag that wasn’t leather, encrusted in Swarovskis or some combination of the two?

Hermes prices aren’t worth quibbling with under normal circumstances, because if the brand’s astronomical growth is any indication, plenty of people are willing to pay what the brand asks. And that’s all price is, really: perceived value. But $5000 is well on the way to one of the brand’s signature leather bags, and it will actually nab you some less sought-after Hermes leather designs. So with that in mind, who in the world is going to pay that much for a small silk printed bag? People with more money than sense, I suppose. Or just more money, period. Buy through

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