I’ve been collecting bags for well over a decade, and in that time, my tastes have evolved and changed more times than I can even remember. Collecting handbags has actually taught me a lot about myself, and I’ve also learned a lot of lessons along the way.

Of course, we all have different tastes and choose to spend our money differently, and one person’s holy grail might be another person’s forgotten purse sitting in the back of their closet collecting dust. Yet, as handbag lovers, we are all bonded by the shared passion for collecting, and even though our tastes and preferences may vary greatly, it’s easy to find commonalities in how we collect and shop.

The Evolution of Collecting

When I first started collecting bags, I was definitely a brand loyalist. After receiving a Louis Vuitton Speedy 25 for my high school graduation, my lust for more began. My next 4 bag purchases were Louis Vuitton bags, and I loved the idea of having a little Louis Vuitton collection. The brand’s storied history and big selection were a big factor in that dream. I wanted to own it all!

However, as I got older, I started gravitating toward other brands. I soon went to the other side of the spectrum; I wanted to own a bag from every major designer, and the quantity I owned became important to me. Finally, I hit a point in my collecting journey where it became more about what bag gave me butterflies and made me happy than anything else.

I began selling off bags I didn’t use for the first time ever, and I leaned into not thinking so much about what bag and from which designer it was I was buying. Rather, I now buy what I like and what speaks to me at the moment. Oddly enough, after years of shying away from Louis Vuitton bags when I was in my “diversify” stage, my collection is now heavier on LV than any other brand. Funny how things always come full circle!

How do you shop for bags?

Are you a brand loyalist? Do you try to diversify your collection? Or, like me, do you simply buy what speaks to your heart?

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Jaime
Jaime
1 month ago

I keep an open mind and get what I want. But I am drawn to certain brands and continue to shop from them. I also have eliminated the need/desire for Chanel and Hermes. The price point and games make it not fun to even inquire.

Amber
Amber
1 month ago

Nope, I prefer having a diverse collection. Not every bag is fit for every situation and I like an array of styles.

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
1 month ago

I sold most of my bags aside from Louis Vuitton and Hermès.

Ed B
Ed B
1 month ago

I diversify boringly. Like similar bags from different brands, usually. Loewe, Celine, Hermes, smooth-leather BV, etc

Thefashionableteacher
Thefashionableteacher
1 month ago

I have a very diverse collection mostly because I buy what I like. While I feel like I’ve outgrown Michael Kors and Kate Spade, my last four bags have been from Coach. But, my collection ranges from Coach to Chanel. I carry them all the same.

Olivia Penzey
Olivia Penzey
1 month ago

I buy what I like, and I have bags from a range of designer and contemporary brands.

VRVR
VRVR
1 month ago

Your article really spoke to me! I started with an LV obsession, building my collection. But there were great bags in other brands so then I decided to get one from each major brand, just like you. That seemed forced. Now if I find a bag I really like and use, I’ll get the same one again (and again and again…) but in different sizes or colors. I’d say that now I’m loyal to a specific bag but not the brand, per se.

Sandy
Sandy
1 month ago

I purchase bags I love but they also have to be iconic, bags I feel have longevity. I never purchase bags because they are the most popular right now, the entire BV popularity madness passed me by, I didn’t like them enough to purchase. I have bags from several designers, I am not necessarily loyal to one brand.

Gayle
Gayle
1 month ago

When i was younger (high school to college days) i used to buy 1 classic bag from each designer but now that im older and wiser i realized they dont fit my needs and wants anymore so i sold a lot of my old bags. But one things is still the same from 10 years ago i still love chanel. I always love the tweeds the pearls the iridescent colors. Im only concentrating now on hermes and chanel. I wasnt and never been a fan of LV gucci prada. Ive been wanting a celine nano luggage and fendi peekaboo but i still havent pulled the trigger because im only (i should only) be focused on hermes and chanel.

Jerri R
Jerri R
1 month ago

I try to diversify, but find myself drawn to LV time and time again.

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