When it comes to handbags, we all have our preferences, and rightfully so. Given the amount of money (and often time spent researching) we spend on our bags, we have every right to be particular. Our specific preferences have a way of revealing just a little bit about who we are. That rings especially true when it comes to handbags because, at the core, each specific element of a bag is designed with a certain consumer in mind.
What will attract a buyer, and how? Will that color or that studded detail evoke a particular image or feeling within a shopper, enticing them to make a purchase? It’s only natural that each brand, with its own specific DNA, will attract different kinds of people, but certain elements like silhouettes or colors can speak to a collector no matter the brand. And when it comes to hardware, handbag lovers have a lot, and I mean a lot, of opinions on what kind is best and when. It might depend on the occasion for some, but it’s one way or the highway for others.
Today we’re here to unpack some of the most popular types of hardware we typically see on bags and what that says about you, all in good fun, of course!
If matte black hardware is your favorite, you definitely shopped at Hot Topic as a kid. Cold brew coffee runs through your veins at every hour of the day. Black. Extra Ice. Even when the temperature drops below freezing. You live by the motto, “I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker color.”
Shiny Polished Gold
If you’re a shiny gold girlie, your arm is stacked with a heavy (and pricey) mix of David Yurman rope bracelets and Cartier Love bracelets with a bit of Van Cleef tossed in for variety. Your go-to coffee order is a Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks, not that fancy coffee shop on the corner. You drive a Porsche Cayenne, and monthly 24K gold facials are your guilty pleasure.
If the aged gold hardware of the Balenciaga Hourglass is more your speed, you’re probably famous on TikTok. You live in boyfriend jeans and oversized blazers, specifically that one from The Frankie Shop. You hate coffee, so instead, you film yourself making a matcha every morning during your GRWM. Kim Kardashian is your style icon.
If silver hardware is your jam, I can almost guarantee that you owned a ‘Property of Tiffany & Co.’ heart necklace in high school or maybe a Juicy Couture crystal heart necklace. You love bottomless brunch, and while it looks like you have it all together on the outside, your car is in a constant state of disarray. Specifically, your white Audi A6.