Spending a large sum of money on a handbag can be downright scary, especially if it’s your first time. The first time I bought a premier designer handbag, my Louis Vuitton Neverfull in monogram with pivoine lining, I was quite literally sweating. I’m pretty sure my hand may have been shaking slightly when I handed my debit card over on that fateful day, crystalizing my destiny as someone who spends a lot of money on handbags. Fortunately, (or unfortunately, if you happen to be my wallet), it gets easier to spend that much after you’ve done it once before. Like riding a bike, it becomes familiar and comfortable with practice. That being said, I still consider myself budget-conscious, and every bag that I purchase is a well thought out decision. An expensive premier designer handbag typically sits on my wishlist for a few months, sometimes years, before I pull the trigger and bring it home.

Because I am a big fan of budget-friendly purchases, I buy a lot of bags from contemporary brands. Many of them are comparable quality to my premier designer bags, and I love that I can impulsively buy a bag on a whim without feeling guilty about it. For years my go-to contemporary brand has been Tory Burch. Tory Burch is known for her well-crafted, all American aesthetic. I have often turned to Tory Burch to get the premier look for less, as many of her bags have a luxurious quality at a lower price point. Tory Burch bags have their finger on the pulse with current trends, and offer styles similar to the likes of Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and other high-end designers. So last week I found myself a bit stumped when I stumbled upon a $1,498 Tory Burch handbag for sale on ShopBop. Assuming it was most definitely a mistake, I went to the Tory Burch site directly, only to find the Rowan Tote style bag listed for $1,498 there as well.

I immediately went to look at the materials of the bag, wondering if that could be why it was priced so high. If you’ve never shopped Tory Burch before, most Tory Burch bags are priced at $500 or lower, with a few here or there reaching between $700 and $800. I have never seen anything from the brand cost more than $800, so $1,498 is a pretty significant leap. The Rowan Tote is made of suede and has gold-tone hardware. It is quite large, coming in at 16.25 x 17 x 11 inches. It is adorned with studded hardware, which I personally love. Despite the fact that this is a beautiful, well-constructed bag…I just don’t see myself spending that much money on it. I’d rather get a Louis Vuitton at that price point. I still will continue to shop Tory Burch, but only at a lower price.

Would you drop that kind of money on a Tory Burch handbag?

Tory Burch Rowan Oversized Tote Bag ($1,498)

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