Murphy’s Law:

A supposed law of nature, expressed in various humorous popular sayings, to the effect that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

Just imagine. You’re at a fancy restaurant with your favorite lambskin Chanel, feeling all dressy and smug. And never in a million years do you anticipate the steward spilling red wine onto your prized arm candy – and then attempting to make amends with alcohol wipes (oh, the horror)!

Or, what if you’re out and about with a summery pastel purse on a gorgeous sunny day, only to get caught amid a freak rainstorm?

If there were an ER for handbags, wouldn’t that be the first place you’d like to run to? But you know what would be even better? If you had the exact same purse sitting at home, ready to be used precisely in the event of the cataclysm known as Murphy’s Law.

Ladies and gentlemen, here at PurseBlog and the PurseForum, whether we like it or not, we’re all handbag collectors to varying degrees. And as avid purse-lovers (myself included), we often require a very little excuse to treat ourselves to a new purse.

Giant sale going on? Why yes, I wouldn’t mind a bargain.

Reached a professional milestone? Nothing says “celebration” like a new handbag.

Love a purse so much you’re scared to ruin it simply by using it? Just get yourself another one of the same. Murphy’s Law is real, and to any concerned purse parent looking to not defile their pristine purse babies, the solution might be buying multiples of the same handbag.

Thankfully, that is a less-than-usual scenario (or so I hope). You just don’t walk into a store and buy the same thing twice (unless you’re my dad in the toothbrush section). Some of us like to collect handbags, but collecting is hardly hoarding, right?

Despite all that, sometimes we come across a purse we’re really enamored with, is an exclusive seasonal piece we know we’ll cherish, or simply is just so darn comfortable to use that we contemplate buying the same thing again. Not down the line, once this one is thoroughly beaten up and rendered unusable (which wouldn’t even be possible in the case of limited releases), but as your next purchase. So, can you contemplate buying the same purse again if you have the opportunity?

Why would one want to buy the same purse twice?

Truth be told, there are endless reasons why one would want (or not want) to buy the exact purse again. Every bag-lover has their own vision of “purse-peace,” and whether that includes multiples of the same handbag is a question highly specific to the individual’s preferences and lifestyle.

For instance, if we’re talking about the Louis Vuitton Neverfull that many users worldwide swear by as their daily haulers, it makes sense to have a number of them in your fleet. The Monogram, the Damier Ebene and the Damier Azur are all classics with slightly altered aesthetics for your different lewks. Not to mention the countless different iterations the brand conjures every season! The Neverfull is lightweight, spacious, durable, and functional; what could be wrong with having more than one?

LV Empreinte Monogram Summer Stardust Neverfull MM

Louis Vuitton Empreinte Monogram Summer Stardust Neverfull MM Beige Clair

Other users, however, may not be as open to the idea of a second Neverfull. Rather, they might prefer to carry the same silhouette from the likes of Goyard or Saint Laurent – diversity is important y’all.

If, on the other hand, you’re talking about fans of the Balenciaga Motorcycle bags, it’s not entirely out of the ordinary to find proud owners of some 40 different colorways of the cult-favorite City bag!

Besides brand and color considerations, the decision of whether or not to purchase “the same bag” could also go on to mean buying different sizes of the same design (like the Louis Vuitton Speedy) or varying hardware options, alongside whether cost and availability of the purse in question make buying a second even feasible. So, let’s look at all the ways you could be coercing your mind to buy the same purse again.

Same style, different color (and hardware)

If the style and size of a particular purse work for your lifestyle, buying it in a different color combination seems like the most natural decision in the world. A different shade for a handbag you’re accustomed to means that you’re getting a change of aesthetic without sacrificing the convenience of your previous purse. Hence, this is a great strategy when planning purchases if you’re a fussy buyer and don’t come across a bag that suits you.

Going for a color in a silhouette and size you’re comfortable with is more than just a preference. It can also prove to be a means of keeping your everyday outfits interesting. A case has been made recently for color, with bright shades such as Bottega Green and Valentino Pink dominating the trends. Thus, by having a purse in more than one colorway, you can alleviate the monotony of carrying the same purse every day and look more fashion-forward! Or you could simply assign a neutral for work and switch to a more sensitive (or brighter) color for nights out.

The concept of color can also be extended to include prints, like the Louis Vuitton Monogram and Damier styles – three different patterns all essentially, well, brown, in terms of the actual color.

Another factor that comes up with color is hardware options. You may see TPFers buying the same black purse in gold and silver hardware. This has particular bearing if you wear jewelry frequently and prefer to match metals, and having both could very well mean you can get more use out of each.

And if you can’t, there’s always eBay.

Colorful Balenciaga City Bags

A Rainbow of Rare Balenciaga Bags

Size matters, too

We know that, until recently, the exponentially-shrinking handbag frenzy was moving ahead with a ferocity that honestly left us frightened because where were we supposed to keep our belongings if the purse couldn’t even hold a phone? Thankfully, larger bags are making a much-anticipated comeback, and we couldn’t be happier. Even better? Right now, everything goes as long as you can accommodate it into your outfit, whether it be irrationally tiny handbags or ridiculously large carryalls.

Therefore, the question relevant to the matter at hand is whether buying different sizes of the same purse serves any purpose. While the decision was easier color-wise, different sizes affect the functionality of a handbag and its associated convenience. The key here becomes the aesthetic of the purse.

Suppose you’re in love with the look of the BV Jodie, for instance. In that case, you can find a way to fit both a mini, teen and even maxi size into an ensemble (like Kendall Jenner was recently spotted, although she probably doesn’t have functionality in mind). If, on the other hand, we’re talking about mini versions of certain totes, like the Fendi Sunshine Shopper, that defeats the entire purpose of a tote, well, you can guess what my opinion would be.

What about the same style from a different brand?

Carrying different colors or various sizes of the same bag from one brand makes sense from a collecting perspective. Whether it be the Balenciaga City or the Hermès Birkin, the idea of accumulating different versions of the same design isn’t limited to just purses – even connoisseurs of Rolex watches, Ferrari cars or Harley Davidson bikes would attest to that. These essentially maintain the same spirit and brand identity, which are the primary objectives of the accumulating individuals.

But what about buying a similar-styled purse from a different brand? Can that even be included under the umbrella of buying the same purse? Well, there are only so many handbag-silhouettes, there’s bound to be design overlaps between brands at some point or another. And buying from a different brand makes sense if you’re comfortable with a style but don’t want to look like you’re carrying the same thing again, like having totes of different colors from different brands.

More importantly, buying what’s essentially an imitation of the first can be a way to achieve the same look if there are cost or availability constraints. With the increasing difficulties and price barriers of getting a Birkin, Kelly, or a Chanel Flap, it makes sense if you’d like to experiment with certain colorways with “dupes” from mid-tier or contemporary brands instead of making a pricey purchase that you end up regretting. Or those could become your beater bags, while your prized possessions might accompany you to more special occasions.

Hermes Ostrich Birkin 30 Black

Why you might still get the exact same purse again

On the one hand, some buyers prefer to have exactly one purse in each silhouette. Some buyers might stick to a tried-and-tested style and vary the colors or sizes. In yet another hand (yes, I realize that makes it three hands, but bear with me), there the buyers who actually get themselves multiples of the exact same purse. But as absurd as it might appear, there are actually legitimate reasons to this.

As PurseForum member CupsofJosephine explains in this thread, if a purse or an SLG, even an expensive one like Chanel, possesses considerable sentimental value to the user, whether as a gift from a special person or as a landmark purchase, they might actually wish to buy the same piece again so they can cherish/display the sentimental piece and use the second one.

Conversely, if you happen to be an avid collector of Hermès or Balenciaga, you might be owning two styles the exact same color and hardware combinations but in different leathers. The Hermès color palette, in particular, saturates differently on the numerous leather types on offer, while lovers of BBags can attest that each collection in the aughties-decade features a distinct batch of leather. Thus, even the most identical-looking purses can hold entirely different significance to those in the know.

Nevertheless, buying multiples of a purse is, after all, a frivolity, with little guarantee that the purse you love and want so badly right now will remain the same down the line. Consumerism is based on fickleness, and there’ll always be another fabulous bag to come along and steal your heart.

The idea might even appear crazy to non-purse-lovers. But then, I like to think that we here in our purse community have a unique brand of craziness, in the best possible way, of course, I wouldn’t give that up for the world. Perhaps that’s why I’m considering a PS1 in the extra-large size, right after purchasing another much-anticipated bag on my wishlist recently (more on that coming soon!)

Until then, I’m eager to know: what do you think about buying the same purse again? Are you against it, or do you agree with TPFer resalemaven, quoted below?

I think that finding your perfect handbag brand is similar to discovering your perfect shade of lipstick – why fall out of a good thing? While it can be fun to explore the styles other designers offer, there’s no shame in sticking with what you love if it’s a perfect complement to your personal style, wardrobe, and needs.

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Luxalot
Luxalot
27 days ago

110% yes. I do this with shoes, clothes and coffee creamer. If it ain’t broke…

Last edited 27 days ago by Luxalot
Ami
Ami
27 days ago

If you buy a bag that’s perfect for you then I don’t see any issues with having multiples of it. For me it was the Gucci Disco Soho and I have 3 of them in different colors. I will happily buy another one if I come across one in the pre-loved market in good condition and price.

Ami
Ami
22 days ago

Red, gray and pink.

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
27 days ago

Yes. Definitely. If I love a bag and it works for me, then why not have multiple versions of it?

Ed B
Ed B
27 days ago
Reply to  Fabuleux

Exactly! Different colors of the same bag is basically a no-brainer for me, honestly, for my “tested and true” bags.

Evergreen602
Evergreen602
24 days ago

While I have not purchased the *exact* same bag, I have purchased the same style in different colors / sizes. And those bags get worn!

So far I have only done this with Bottega Veneta bags – three Cervo Medium Totes, three Laurens, two Knots, two full size Pouches, two Mini Pouches, a Small Jodie, a Teen Jodie.

I will do this with other designers eventually, adding another Givenchy Antigona and at least one more Loewe Puzzle.

Alisha
Alisha
25 days ago

Personally I prefer variety which would stop me from buying multiples, particularly for pricier bags. I do have a couple of Le Pliage totes as I’ve recently replaced one that was a decade old and used primarily for travel. Now it’ll be a beach bag.

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
24 days ago
Reply to  Alisha

Le Pliage makes the perfect beach bag!!

Lisa
Lisa
23 days ago

I love it either way, whichever a person prefers. I personally own the trifecta of three LV bag styles that are classic in Monogram, DA and DE. They are the Speedy 30, Alma PM and Neverfull MM. I would not do this for any others. I use all nine bags in rotation through out the year with my others (Hermes, Bottega, Balmain, Dior, YSL and others). Believe or not, I am not a Chanel girl anymore.

Slim
Slim
23 days ago

Yes, I would!

Mario
Mario
27 days ago

I have purchased multiple of the same bag and still continue to do so! My logic is always “why the heck not?!” If something truly makes you happy, why not get it in a different colour, material, size, etc. I just love looking at my multiples sitting next to each other on the shelves. It makes me feel like I have the “complete set” of a certain bag from a given brand, even if I am still far from collecting every itteration of a piece. I find the “hunting” process for finding another one of the same bag to be exhilirating.

Gayle
Gayle
27 days ago

Im 50-50 of this. I have a couple chanel flaps that i love a small and a medium. One is vintage while the other one is a limited valentine flap. I wouldnt mind having another flap (tweed sequins embellished or iridescent one) in my collection although its not on my wish list right now. I love this style. I also remember purchasing 2 givenchy nightingales before. My aunt sold me her old one which was a limited edition plain royal blue with an embossed star but a few months later i saw a tricolor red one which i was so in love with so i bought it too. So i ended up regretting buying the blue one so i eventually sold it.

Susana
Susana
27 days ago

I think it depends in which are the principles of our handbag collection. In my case, the main and first principle is to collect specific handbag models that I consider as the first in offer a new solution as a handbag design or the best solution and that on top of that, the second is that those handbag models would fit in my life style and I could use it. Finally, on the third level, I try to select for the last acquisition a color that is missing around my extensive color list. With those principles in mind, I would never pick two handbag from the same model and it has been difficult to stay strong to those principles sometimes. For example, I have a classic golden suede and dark brown calf leather for the Loewe Amazona, and last season there was a limited edition with an Amazona with Chihiro and Haku motives…. it was so difficult but I am glad I did. I think that collecting requires strict to the collection principles, but just as consumers , you can feel free to repeat.

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