What we do here is…specific. While it may seem odd to some that we love handbags enough to found a holiday in their honor, we know that you guys are right there with us. When someone dares to ask you why you’ve got your party hat on for National Handbag Day today, we’ve put together a handy guide for explaining that not only is your obsession justified, but you’re far from alone.
1. Few Other Things in Fashion Inspire Waitlists
Even if waitlists are, in and of themselves, kind of insane, their existence speaks to the sheer number of people who are right there with you when it comes to deciding that you just have to have something that won’t actually be in your hands for another six months. You are, by definition, not alone when you’re on a waitlist.
2. Purchasing Handbags is an Excellent Source of Credit Card Points
It is the weak justification to end all weak justifications, but also, it is true. If your new Chloé bag can contribute toward your Christmas trip to Barbados, all the better.
3. Dogs Love Bags, Too
A dog has never loved anything that wasn’t objectively great. They like treats, naps and tummy rubs. Dogs themselves are objectively great.
4. Bags Don’t Need to Fit
Lose weight, gain weight, get pregnant, get old, whatever. Your bags are loyal. Preferring them to the other parts of your wardrobe is totally rational.
5. Nearly Half a Million People Can’t Be Wrong
Our PurseForum boasts over 450,000 members, which means that nearly half a million people are obsessed enough with bags to register at a website at which the only available activity is talking about bags. Your friends may think you’re weird, but we don’t.
6. Your Bag is Where You Hide Your Snacks
Who wouldn’t love anything that enables you to bring a bag of Doritos to the movies undetected? What is a shoe ever going to help you smuggle treats?
7. It’s Way Less Pretentious Than Being a Watch Person
I’ve never heard a woman self-seriously explain to other women about the tanning process that went into the creation of her Fendi bag, and that is a credit to bag-loving women everywhere.
8. A T-Shirt and a Pair of Sweatpants Never Looked So Good
Handbags, more so than any other article of clothing, have a way of elevating everything around them. Those Zara sweats? Pair them with a Chanel bag and suddenly they look like Rag & Bone. Your bags add value to the rest of your wardrobe.
9. There’s a Reason Bags are Always Prominently Displayed in Stores
Walk into any high-end store in New York City and chances are that the first thing you’ll encounter is a wall, if not an entire room or floor, of handbags. That’s not an accident; retailers and designers know that bags are the biggest crowd-pleasers they carry and their entire in-store strategies are carefully constructed to make you happy.
10. You Guys Make Our Jobs Super Fun
On a more personal note, you guys make it possible for us to come to work every day, obsess over bags, look at bags, shop for bags and write about bags. Without you, our lives would probably be a lot less fun. So thanks for being bag-obsessed. We appreciate it mightily.