You never know how your circumstances are going to change your perspective. When I lived in Atlanta, I hated bags with extra shoulder straps because their necessity didn’t make sense in my car-centric life, and without an appreciation for their functionality, they just looked like clutter to me. Five years ago, I moved to New York City and all of that changed.

In a city where I spend a great deal of time traipsing around on my own two feet (or standing in a crowded subway car), an optional shoulder strap looks like an oasis in a desert. What I once loathed as unnecessary has suddenly become the only thing that’s a true dealbreaker for me when it comes to deciding on a new bag.

And not only does a bag have to have a shoulder strap, but if it’s not at least convertible to a crossbody, the bag probably won’t make my cut, either. Size isn’t that big of an issue for me–anything that can fit sunglasses, keys, a card case and an iPhone can find a home in my closet. I love bags both neutral and bright, solid-color and patterned, leather and woven. I’ve spent too long in the industry to be much of a brand snob, as long as I like the bag and it looks well-made. No shoulder strap, though? No thanks.

Because personal shopping dealbreakers are so situational and depend on all of our very different daily circumstances, we want to hear what totally rules out a bag for you: chain straps? tiny size? back-breaking weight? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Sandy

    Even if I like a bag I will not purchase it until it is proven, in regards to longevity. I once impulsively purchased a Chloe bag years ago that I liked but ended up being a one season and gone bag…I never use it now and I think it a waste of money. Bags are too pricey to only use for a short time so iconic time tested bags are a must for me.

    • chae

      i agree. i have Paddington sitting on the shelf for years. however i love Chloe’s shoes. Leathers are lovely against my skin.

  • Sophie Proust

    I love this topic! And it’s funny, because I do live in Atlanta, and still only gravitate toward bags with shoulder straps.

    My dealbreakers: monograms and very prominent logos; heavy bags; bags that are fussy/difficult to open (I have a deep and abiding love for flap bags for this reason).

  • Stacy

    Anything too deep. No black holes for me.

  • Mei

    If it’s heavy, it is an absolute deal breaker for me. I like a strap too, but I’m reconsidering this as a deal breaker because… BIRKIN!

  • tiffany

    Any bag that is too unstructured will not last long with me. Also, if a shoulder strap doesn’t stay on the shoulder, the bag will be a goner.

  • bib

    My bag must be lightweight and can be carried cross body (dual straps is amazing, hand held or longer strap is a plus!). I want my items safe inside and not a black hole. Durability is also a must

    • bib

      oohhh I meant both shorter hand held straps with longer ones are my faves

  • Amanda

    I used to work in retail, and the two most asked for features were a shoulder strap and a zippered pocket. Personally, I tend to lean towards pebbled leathers, rather than fabrics- pebbled leathers last a long time, and don’t show regular wear and tear as easily as smooth leathers or fabric materials, for the most part. I also agree with the post below- I’m so sick of monograms…

  • Amazona

    Slippery shoulder straps, too little handle drop, too much slouch, N/S designs, a zipper that won’t cooperate, a closure that’s too much of a hassle (á la Mulberry Roxanne)…the list is very long and prestigious. I’m a very impatient and hate it when I have to concentrate on “using” my bag when it should be an easy, carefree companion in my daily life.

    • Amazona

      Oh and loud logos/mono print, anything that screams brand.

  • Tinsley Proust

    Not a huge fan of non crossbody bags, but they have their place. I’ve really curated my bag contents so all I need is something roughly the size of a Chanel Classic Flap. I just carry lipstick, a card case, my phone, sunnies, and a lip balm.

  • Taki

    MADE IN CHINA. If I’m buying a expensive handbag, I would want it not to be made in China. I know its snob thing to say, but that just how I feel. That’s why I no longer buy Prada, Mulberry, etc.

    • chae

      i concur. i’m not just paying for a thing. i’m paying for the craftsmanship and heritage.

    • Pamela

      so dont buy any bags lol. All those “made in paris/made in france” bags are bull shit. Have you been to europe? There are barely any factories aka why most people are unemployed. They only have beauty factories left. Everything is made in china. It is just that it’s designed in Europe. Check your iphone. Made in china but designed in California.

      • Taki

        I actually been to France, Italy, and Spain. Anyway I said I don’t like buying expensive handbag that is made in China. Meaning if I want to spend over $2,000 I wound want it not to be made in China. I don’t have problem with other contemporary brand and items being made in China and would buy them. Made in China bag are my deal breaker in buying luxury handbag.

      • Aurore de La Gorce

        Pamela, as a French person, I’m happy to tell you you are wrong !

        France is fighting to keep some factories in France, especially when luxury products are concerned.

        Just take a look at Renouard Maroquinerie https://www.maroquinerie-renouard.com/fr/femme/index.html it’s all made in France, as http://www.charlesetcharlus.com/ or http://bleu-de-chauffe.com/fr/fr/.

        Renouard is especially elegant but all these brands are top qualities. As far as Renouard and Charles et Charlus are concerned, they use the same skins as Hermès.
        People come from Belgium, Britain, Germany and so on to buy their bags since the quality and customer services are so good. Besides, the bags enjoy a lifelong guarantee.

        Chanel is still making their bags in France, also.

        We still have a lot of clothes made in France : Eros et Agape, Les Petites Jupes de Prune, Harpe Paris, and the well-known Saint James and Petit Bateau. And la dentelle de Calais ( really, must I remind you of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown ?)

        For the shoes, we have Stephane Gontard, Made In Romans, Heschung, Roger Vivier…

        Let me know if you also want me to give names of lingery brands still made in France. Or jewels.

      • Pamela

        When I visited I was in Cannes/Nice region and was told by Locals that the only things left were factories for perfume/soaps etc. I know that some clothes are made but most are sent to China. Merci for your insight. I appreciate it XO

      • Aurore de La Gorce

        That’s weird you’re saying they’re sent to China. None of the companies I’ve mentionned try to send especially to China. Who told you that ? Perhaps in Haute Couture though. I know Hermès has a line of saris for India, for instance, but still… However, the situation in La Côte d’Azur is very different from the rest of France. Brittany, for instance, is fighting very hard to keep most of its production local and has created many brands, in cosmetics, leather goods or clothes.
        And in North of France, of course you’ve got laces, lingery, tights…

      • Alison Lewis

        I make bags in Italy and China. I assure you these two worlds are very different from a production standpoint. In Italy, Each piece is hand inspected and the Italians somehow have a knack for looking over and fixing or repairing or making a detail better without having to be asked. The China factories are affordable, they are not sweatshops, each person does one job on an assembly line. They have one person doing everything from sewing in the lining to gluing and prepping the handle for sewing onto the bag. There is a person for every station with a quality control sheet and image of what it’s supposed to look like. The quality can be very good, but it’s hard to say that the craftsmanship is there. Craftsman work around flaws, fix flaws, they see them w/out having to have a QC (quality control) documentation. The Chinese factories, are that. They are factories focused on fast production. It creates a different product. I am not saying one is better than the other, what I’m saying is – it’s different. The hand work and care between the two worlds is not the same.

      • Pamela

        Thanks for this.

    • Sparky

      We can romanticize “craftsmanship” until the cows come home but in reality the luxury products we buy today don’t require extraordinarily high levels of skill exclusive to one particular set of crafters. The bag is the bag – it doesn’t matter to me if an Italian or a Chinese made it. I read an excellent article about how the big brands prefer to manufacture in China as opposed to Europe because the Chinese factories are much more flexible and business minded than the European ones. A Chinese crafter can be more skilled than an Italian.

      • Aurore de La Gorce

        Really, did you ? In the end, it’s all money and money, you know ?
        I know a lot of people working in luxury and there is no question of “skills” when the brand start producing in China.
        But when TRUE luxury is concerned, brands have to start relocating to Europe, since customer service is too complicated when the bags are made in China. How are you going to repair the bag quickly for a faithful client ? And what happens when you can not tell the client which worker in particular made their bag ?
        But, above all, we all should face the truth : producing in China and sending the goods all over the world is polluting too much. Fashion industries in Asia are one of the main causes of pollution on Earth.
        Relocating is saving our children’s future.

      • Brenda

        But you are aware that China is the biggest market for luxury products, right? So your theories of “being close to customer service” and “air travel creates pollution” are not true.

      • Aurore de La Gorce

        Wow, no one can denies air travel causes pollution. Have you never heard of kerosene ?

        However, I can not see the link between the fact that China shops a lot of luxury goods and the fact that pollution caused by air travel would not exist. That does not make any sense.

        Besides, Chinese luxury shoppers do not buy what their country makes.
        They buy Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Bottega Venetta and so on. They want made in France, made in Italy,they buy a famous, centuries-old craftmanship.
        So I really can not understand your point here.
        Moreover, China is not the only big client for luxury, there also are Russia, Middle East, and South America.
        So really, what’s your point ?
        As far as the customer service is concerned, I was talking about European market. It is harder for the brands that produce in China to offer a good customer service.
        Lancel sadly has been famous untill last year for having a horrible customer service since their collections were made in China. They had to relocate their production in Italy for that reason, people had stopped shopping their products.
        Have you ever heard of a luxury goods client who was bragging about having their 3000$ bag repaired in China ?

      • Sparky
      • Amanda

        To be honest, I think that bag repair is less about where the parts are located/company willingness to repair products. Some companies will decide that the time it would take to repair and source materials can’t be justified- in a similar fashion to how one would decide to make a repair to their own belonging. A lot of repairs can also relate to whether the brand has the same or complimenting parts still available as well. There are some American brands that have taken steps to bring repair to the forefront by having stations available in the USA, or even in certain store fronts. I think that it is also fair for a company to determine repair based upon the age of the item- in some cases, I think it is completely justified for a company to want to get you into a brand new item, rather than repair what will have more problems down the road.

      • Sparky

        A friend of mine got a gash in her LV Epi bag. She took it to LV. Instead of fixing the gash they wanted to replace the entire side of the bag. $800 just for the later, plus plus. My friend too the bag to a short repair guy. He fixed the gash for $65. You can’t tell the difference.

      • Amanda

        Louis Vuitton, in my own personal opinion, isn’t always known for the best repair policies. I used to work for Coach, and heard a lot of similar stories to your friends experience, and I’d have been really frustrated by that cost, considering the price you purchase for. I’ve also heard similar stories about Michael Kors leaving customers stranded high and dry on items that have had clear manufacturing defects like a handle breaking…while the item is still on their shelves in store. I think that the reason a lot of companies elect to use their own in house repair is to stand behind their repair. While the cobbler was able to repair your friends item, a lot of repairs that we saw completed from outside sources weren’t visually appealing- so it was really a gamble. I also think that sometimes we don’t know how much construction goes into some repairs. I don’t make handbags- so I never knew, until I actually saw a deconstructed Coach handbag, just how many layers and small details went into producing the final product. In general, and depending on the repair- your everyday cobbler wouldn’t be able to replicate the same repair style. Obviously, most of what I have learned has come from the Coach brand- though I no longer work for the brand. I am happy your friend was able to save those extra dollars, and was satisfied with her repair :)

      • Sparky

        Yes, definitely depends on the kind of repair required.

      • Baggaholic

        Let me tell you, I told the sales associate at Bally that if I buy Bally, it’s better NOT made in China. Their collections that were made in China were a massive fail. Now they’ve relocated back to Europe, wooohoooo!!!!

      • Kate

        Manufacturing in the US or Europe is more ethical. Workers make good wages with benefits and work in safe conditions. Chinese factories can be more flexible, faster and cheaper because their workers don’t enjoy the same labor and safety standards. Would and will never purchase a luxury handbag made in China. Don’t care if the craftsmanship is identical.

      • Sparky

        I LIVE in Asia. I personally know factory owners. I been to dozens of factories from ready made garments to leather shoes (BIG brand leather shoes supposedly “made in Italy”). The TRUTH is the factories that are exporting to major brands in Western markets must be complaint to qualify for export status. I cannot stress enough: These ARE NOT sweat shops. They are multi-million dollar state-of-the art factories that offer better conditions than western factories. Overtime pay. Free child care. Free lunch. Free tea breaks. Free transport. Free medical. Free education. For some employees free housing. The list goes on. Do sweat shops exist? Of course, but they cater to domestic consumption. Its a gross error to paint all factories with one brush to suit a particular narrative. FACT: China is making some of the BEST products in the world. Time to get over the racism. Its a global marketplace. Like it or not.

      • Pamela

        Thanks for this. Good to know your perspective as people do assume it’s all sweat shops. But what about what’s going in bangladesh and some places in china? http://www.thefashionlaw.com/archive/fast-fashion-comes-at-a-very-high-price?rq=fast%20fashion

    • Jk

      LOL, that’s all I can say. Not just a snob, but a narrow minded and shallow person who’s proud to be an air head.

    • Chronic

      My daughter’s Mulberry, which I bought her for her graduation from law school, was made in England. But that was several years ago. After a few years it was battered and had to be sent back to England for repairs and reconditioning at a cost of $200. I haven’t any knowledge of Mulberry making bags in China but with the prices they charge, they should be made in England!!

  • Lori

    Heavy bags are a huge deal breaker for me. I don’t want to “get hurt” carrying my bag around.

    • chae

      i totally agree. for that same reason i love Marni bags. so light!!!

  • FashionableLena

    My bags must have a shoulder strap, but it doesn’t have to be cross body. I also don’t like center pockets/compartments. I want to open my bag and see everything. Also, I prefer leather.

  • SerenLuv

    I can’t stand bucket bags. I have a beautiful Alexander wang bucket bag with studded bottom and calf hair front in black. The bag has one inside zipper compartment and one outer pocket. The top does not open very wide and I feel like I have to be standing over it to see anything. With the open space and lack of compartments I can’t find anything ever. I end up getting angry, dumping the whole bag and then I reach for my favorite Sain Laurent sac du jour.

  • anon

    Any bag with an open top. I get a little paranoid about things being stolen, because it can happen really easily without you noticing.

    • Astrid

      Yep, exactly…or they can tumble out once the bag is knocked over or dropped! So not worth the hassle

    • Jerri R

      I don’t know why but I keep having my bag grabbed upside down. An open bag would be a nightmare.

  • Smithy

    Prominent logo is a complete turnoff. Must have an open top for easy access. If I can’t open the bag with one hand, then it’s a no go.

  • Yoshi1296

    Unlined or raw lining. I hate that! I’ve always wanted the Hermes Evelyne or Picotin lock bag but the unlined leather is a BIG no-no for me.

    I also NEED at least one zipped pocket regardless of the main closure of the bag. I NEVER leave my wallets in the main compartment of my bag…only in the zipped pocket…too risky to leave it out in the bag in my opinion.

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    • Amanda

      I’m just curious- is it the feel/texture that you don’t like? Coach has started to incorporate a leather lining, and i’m not sure where I stand…The raw lining strikes me as a deal breaker because I can’t see how it would hold up on the clean-ability factor. Some of the newer linings are a smooth leather- and while I know that there will still be issues with some staining/darkening, I think those would stand up better.

      • Yoshi1296

        It’s not really the feel or texture but I just feel like its a lack of “bag for your buck,”if that makes sense. The raw/unlined interior makes the bag feel incomplete to me. And yes raw lining is very hard to clean and not so durable. I’m happy with any lining, canvas or leather. But raw/unlined? Sorry, no thanks. I feel like brands selling unlined bags are just mass producing something to just make a quick buck and saving the cost to add a lining to the bag.

      • Amanda

        I totally understand what you mean- the first time I felt an unfinished leather lining on an older item, I was really taken aback! I lean towards the easier to clean policy myself as well- who hasn’t had something open/spill inside their handbag, with all the items we cart around!!
        I used to work for Coach, and I have a soft spot for them, so I am really happy to hear that you love their new product :)

    • Baltimore Bag Lady

      I am showing my age here, but Coach bags were glove leather (as in baseball) and vegetable dyed. The bags were simple classic designs which are still wearable today. They got wet, I panicked, next day, no evidence of rain — never worried again. The bags were unlined, because the didn’t need to be. The new bags are lined in a yummy lambskin, yet I find myself surprised to open the bag and find a lining. I think a well-made bag doesn’t need to be lined, necessarily. It adds extra weight, labor, and cost to the bag.
      The bags had pockets. Probably not zippered, but zippers add weight. Coach design in the 70s and early 80s was brilliant.

  • Astrid

    My automatic deal breaker is open-top bags (such as the neverfull, goyard, and open-top Prada totes). I still do NOT understand why it’s a good idea to walk around with an open top bag where your stuff could easily be stolen or could just tumble out! My sister was using the bathroom on a plane once and had her Prada tote with her…yeah, let’s just say she knocked her bag down and ended up having to fish her house keys out of the toilet and is traumatized for life ????????????.

    Please bring bag zippers, they are secure and lovely and you’ll still be able to easily access your stuff in just one step! That’s why I love the new ultrafiltration compared to the panarea cause it, thank God, has a zipper!

  • Jessica G.

    I think I may have said this in a post before, magnets. I have a pacemaker and defibrillator (one on each side) so magnets bags rule way out oh so many bags. I don’t understand why fashion houses design purses for a $200+ price point feel that a magnetic closure is required or is safe. I was debating saving for a professional/ grownup/ great job celebration handbag but I was so disappointed by my options. I’m sticking to Longchamp until I see something worth it.

    • Mulberry makes some beautiful bags with a twist lock closure that don’t have magnets!

  • Sara

    Heavy chains, animal hair, faux leather, plastic or unloned interior, embroidery, too stiff, too slouchy, massive logo, celebrity bags (eg: KK), replica handbags and ridiculous novelty bags. Hence my never ending search for the perfect bag!

  • Tiff

    I have to have structure. I can’t stand when bags sag in the middle.

    • Hirra Babar

      Hey.. checkout the bags at http://www.thewarp.io
      I hope you’ll love the structured bags there too :)

  • Doodles78

    Totes without adequate closure (preferably a full zipped top, but at least a good magnetic closure). I have passed up many because they did not provide enough security, in my mind.

  • Jennifer

    Anything without dividers. I like organization, so a deep, open abyss is a deal breaker. Or it needs to be small enough to fit a purse organizer. Everything must have a place; I cannot stand digging, finding broken sunglasses at the bottom, or having to take everything out to find my keys or ringing phone. I’ve used my Classic Flap with a purse organizer for nearly a year straight…..

  • PJGambler

    Shoulder strap and light weight is a must. I also want a reconizable designer bag.

  • Averil

    My sentiments echo a lot of those already mentioned — no unstructured, saggy bags for me! I got an LV Mahina and I hardly use it because I have dig around looking for the item I need. I prefer bags that have compartments or stiff bottoms (teehee!) so I know my stuff is and they don’t move around.

    Also cannot stand canvas anything. Was really considering a Goyard tote but I just can’t bring myself to pay for a bag that isn’t my preferred leather material.

    And if I’m beinf suuuuper picky? No white leather interiors. Got a bag with this issue and man is it a pain to keep clean.

    First world problems, huh…

    • Kweenhelene

      Try putting your small items into some cute cosmetics bags and then putting them in your LV. You can find things easier that way. It’s a shame not to use it. That’s my pet peeve as well. I hate when everything floats around on the bottom.

      • Averil

        Hehe you just reminded me that I bought a bunch of adorable Baggu pouches recently! Don’t know why I just dumped them in a drawer instead of using them… Well now my bag looks neater than ever, but I’m going to see how long I can keep it that way instead of just sticking my lip glosses and mints and cards in random pockets. Patience is really not a virtue I possess…

      • Kweenhelene

        Look at that! You go girl! Happy I reminded you.

  • ellavanw

    Oh so many: patterns; smooth leather; bright colors; metallics; logos; lack of structure (no buckets or hobos for me); bags with more than one color; uncomfortable straps; any unnecessary features (that Loewe bag with three handles makes my head hurt); anything trendy; fabrics . . . . . I have a large handbag collection but it’s all just multiples of the same couple of styles.

  • Giselle

    Short handle drop, I don’t like that most totes have the handles that you can’t put it on the shoulder, you have to use shoulder strap.

  • mary

    i hate big logos, thin shoulder strap on big bags, and big heavy hardware

  • Jerri R

    Heavy bags even when empty; disproportionately thin straps like Neverful GM or Goyard; vulnerability to stains like tweed or uncoated canvas; anything with velcro; and some brands for no particular reason, like Michael Kors, Minkoff, Tory Burch, or Coach. Dealbreakers from the outset.

    • monstertruckfan

      I dislike velcro as well … a nice leather bag with a velcro closure on the outside pocket? I’m like “What The Heck?”

    • monstertruckfan

      I dislike velcro as well … a nice leather bag with a velcro closure on the outside pocket? I’m like “What The Heck?”

  • Shinystuffbuff

    Hate big, recognizable logos or even recognizable bags (I’m looking at you, Kelly and Birkin bags), hate big hardware, and am not usually a fan of too many things hanging off the bag. Also, it needs an easily accessible pocket for my cell phone. And even though I’ll buy a beautiful bag that doesn’t meet this last criteria, my perfect bag has a strap drop low enough that I can pick up the bag and swing it onto that shoulder with one hand. And then I like to carry it on my shoulder under my arm. The Lindy is, imo, absolutely the perfect purse and meets all those criteria.

  • Lps

    PU “leather”, logos, saffiano, micro, hand-carry only

    • monstertruckfan

      I so agree .. PU is NOT leather! I can’t believe they can get away with calling it “leather”.

    • monstertruckfan

      I so agree .. PU is NOT leather! I can’t believe they can get away with calling it “leather”.

  • Vicky

    Weight.
    Flimsy zipper
    Cheap lining
    Ugly sewing

  • Bir

    non leather lined bags i really do not like sil or canvas lining or natural leather/suede, thing is leather lining is best to clean and also really completes the bag. this is my main issue with Boy bags and so i got the denim one beacuse it was leather lined.

  • Rumy

    Btw, I love the bag in the pirture.
    Could anyone tell me what brand?

    • hectorrobertocontrerasmiranda

      Hermès, Kelly Pochette

      • Rumy

        Thank you very much for your replying!
        It looks like Hermes, I think so too, but isn’t it another one??

      • hectorrobertocontrerasmiranda

        It is a Kelly so black with the flap over the straps

  • Sparkletastic

    If a bag can’t fit my sunglasses in a protective soft case along with my wallet and keys, it’s a no go. I also hate bags that are unstructured or lose their structure.

  • Kate

    i don’t prefer bags with leather interior lining due to how heavy they are, though now that I’m carrying smaller bags that is less of an issue than it was during my giant bag obsession. Any kind of faux leather is a dealbreaker. Bucket bags are a dealbreaker. Anything by Stella McCartney is a dealbreaker. Any bag for over $500 that is made in China is a dealbreaker. Replica handbags are an actual crime, let alone a dealbreaker. Any fur or exotic skin is a dealbreaker for me. Micro bags and anything by Moschino are dealbreakers.

  • Elicia Berlanga

    raw/unlined, N/S totes, no zippered compartments, top handle bags (with no cross body), no adjustable cross body strap, not structured..

  • Sofia Papastamelos

    I agree with those saying anything that doesn’t have a secure enough closure. Women in Boston walk around with their tote bags wide open. I realize that it’s okay for most areas of the US but after living in Barcelona for a few months I am just too paranoid about thieves. Saggy-ness and lack of structure are also a deal-breaker for me.

    • Chronic

      Open or not, the thieves will get to them. I was with my 90-year-old mother-in-law in Copenhagen at Christmas. When she was in a department store she noticed her wallet had been stolen. It turned out that her bag had been slashed open with a knife TWICE from behind and none of the three of us saw a thing. These people are slick. Open handbag, closed, no matter. Be especially careful at crosswalks or any place where there is a crowd and you have to slow down or stand still.

      • Sofia Papastamelos

        You’re right! I’ve heard of that too. They cut the back of the bag with a knife. Amazes me that they can do these things without people noticing

  • Scottsdale Kim

    Love the cross body bag and love wearing jeans so colors and materials that resist denim transference are important to me.

    I favor the more expensive brands so the bag has to be classic with some staying power to warrant the cost. I actually calculate in my head how long I anticipate liking a bag and the cost per month that it will be to carry it before pulling the trigger. Sounds like a buzz kill but I did not grow up with money so I’m pretty fiscally conservative.

  • Gina H

    I guess the biggest deal breaker is when a purse is not quality leather. There are less expensive handbags that the leather is very good for the price point i.e; Rebecca Minkoff. There are also very expensive lines that the leather feels very cheap, ie; St. Laurent tote.

  • Andrea

    Hate the Kardashian bags. They are hideous and the branding is too obvious! I’m tall with disproportionately long arms so drop length on handles is an issue. So many “shoulder bags” I simply can’t get past my elbow to sling it over my shoulder. Sounds bizarre, I know. I’ve also developed a strong dislike for fabric/cloth bags. Slouchy, soft bags may look great in an ad campaign but are totally impractical to use. They only look nice if they’re stuffed full! My bags have to have some structure. Heavy chain straps are just awful (and noisy!). Tiny bags that aren’t cross body are a pet peeve. There’s a trend of flat, zip clutches at the moment. They look like pencil cases, and I can’t see the point of carrying something that can’t even hold my lipstick without bulging awkwardly.

    • Kaylah

      Hahahhaha

  • Baltimore Bag Lady

    My darlings. When you get to be alive on this earth for a long as have I, you will be so happy for the days when you carry your lovely bags with handles. Shoulder straps have done me in. I am happy to carry a cross-body now. I have been known to carry monogrammed canvas bags, because they last and are light and work for me. Not 30/years ago; I would have made fun of a person for that. I don’t see an ything wrong with anybody’s personal choice as long as that person is not following a herd mentality.
    For now, it is time to retire and recuperate from today’s invasive procedure and look forward to yet, another, old person doctor’s visit tomorrow.
    Love you all????

  • Maya

    No “added value”….when I buy any kind of luxury good, it has to have “added value” whether it be the design, the material, etc. It has to have that “something extra”!

  • thewatcher

    The weight

  • Eleni Ledford

    my biggest deal breaker is when Kate Spade stopped making bags in the USA and started manufacturing in China, but maintained the hefty price.

  • Irra Ismail

    My biggest handbag deal breaker is simple. It must be:

    1) a single toned
    2) a leather (not texture or satin etc)
    3) an iconic bag for that particular designer ( LV- Speedy Bag, chanel- Flapbag, Dior – Lady Dior etc)
    4) I can see myself wearing it even when i’m in my 70s

  • FashionBlogr

    I can’t justify actually buying if the price is on the more expensive ($2500 and above) for these types:

    1) Fur of any type on the bag
    2) Loud monogram ( the Gucci Dionysus may be an exception..), logo, graphic/writing
    3) lots of hardware/studs/metal embellishments
    4) No pockets inside. The horror….

  • lscallorn

    A middle pocket. That takes up valuable interior purse property.