Last week I wrote about Saint Laurent’s latest logo bag, which is an ode to the Yves Saint Laurent of the past. Most of you were quite averse to the bag itself, and while I’m not exactly surprised, I’m also not ashamed to say that I really love it. It’s very me. Colorful, unique, and fun, it’s not a bag that everyone would have, and that’s one of the things I like about it.
While I’ve said I won’t be buying any other bags this year as I’m in the midst of furnishing my new apartment, this bag is screaming at me to run in the opposite direction of that promise. Aside from the fact that I really have no business purchasing the bag, what’s really causing me to give it some extra thought is the price. $2,550 for a printed silk bag seems excessive, even for someone who understands the ins and outs of luxury goods and costing.
A Price Ceiling
Are fabric bags a waste of money? No, I personally don’t think so.
On the one hand, some would argue that a leather bag that costs upwards of four or even three figures is a waste and excessive. So really, what’s the difference in what the material is? If you love the bag and it suits you well, it will be an investment in your happiness. That is why many of us collect and purchase handbags in the first place — they bring us joy and add a little bit of sparkle to our day-to-day life.
While I don’t believe that a fabric bag is a waste of money if it’s a bag you can easily work into your wardrobe and will use, I do feel much more inclined to second guess a purchase or give myself a limit of what I would spend on a fabric bag.
Leather or coated canvas can be much more practical than fabric as it can withstand certain wear and tear that fabric can’t. So if you’re not a big fan of babying your bags, you’d probably rather skip a fabric bag, especially one in a light color.
I’m not exactly sure what that price ceiling is, though. What’s the most you would spend on a fabric bag?