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  1. Twenty Four At Heart
    August 13, 2009

    I have such a weakness for a good handbag …! Handbags and shoes – sigh!

  2. Deja Pseu
    August 13, 2009

    Ah, we're on the same wavelength today! Another option if one is crazy about crocodile, check out http://www.vintageskins.com . Lovely vintage reptile bags for a fraction the cost of new.

  3. materfamilias
    August 13, 2009

    I should say that I got my M0851 in Tomato (a pinky-red or reddish-pink), wanting something cheery for spring/summer, and while I have no regrets about the colour, I'm considering picking up another knot bag in something more neutral. I will also admit that it has the smallest, most unobtrusive logo, underneath the flap. Quite gratifying, really, and with no delay at all . . .
    And I recognize that sentiment, which I suppose happens at different levels for all of us, of feeling pleased to acknowledge luxury but not want/need it for ourselves.

  4. Anonymous
    August 13, 2009

    Loro Piana, Valextra. Both great brands and no IN YOUR FACE logos. There are also artisans who will make bespoke handbags, Beatrice Amblard being one, that are superb quality.

  5. materfamilias
    August 13, 2009

    My message got scrambled (note useful use of passive voice!) That "quite gratifying" should follow, and apply to, the sentiment of not needing a luxury we recognize as such.

  6. Jill
    August 13, 2009

    My ex-husband bought me two bottega veneta bags…many moons ago. I still have them. I love them…best thing he ever did!

  7. Jan
    August 13, 2009

    I am in dire need of a new purse/handbag/whateveryouwanttocallit. I must take The Young One clothes shopping this weekend (or he'll be the only naked freshman in school), so methinks I will look for a good bag. Without a logo.

  8. metscan
    August 13, 2009

    I´m not ashamed to admit, that I do have a very expensive taste, especially when talking about bags. I do know that the world is full of less expensive ones, but I´m stuck in my homeland and have no way or time to find them. I feel safe buying from a loyal SA of mine, who knows me. However, I only invest my money in bags, that very discretely reveal their label. I won´t buy anything trendy. Classic with some edge is for me. I only have a few bags, one for each season and something for special occasions.

  9. Anonymous
    August 13, 2009

    I'm going to divulge my top secret source for lovely bags in classic styles and colors with beautiful leather, made in Italy by people you've never heard of and nary a logo in sight.

    TJ Maxx.

    Not being a WASP – high or otherwise, I have no problem haunting places like TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Stein Mart, Ross…you can find some great stuff and no one will ever know where you got it unless you tell them. (Or if you see them in there, in which case they can't look down on you.)

  10. smiles4u
    August 13, 2009

    OMG $3000 for a purse?! They are nice and pretty but not worth it to me. I won't be sporting any one of these or anything like them in my lifetime unless of course I run across one at a garage sale…lol! Yep, I am way too cheap.

  11. AEO
    August 13, 2009

    All I wanted for while we were in Spain was a gorgeous dark gray leather purse from Loewe. It was incredible. The epitome of perfect. Alas, a $1600 purse was (is) not in the budget. I'm still dreaming about it!

    4:36 pm
    duchessofh said...


    I love Loewe and purchased a 26cm Amazonia in Barcelona.
    In the past, I’ve been “privileged” ( as in we found another fool and his money) to have three bespoke Hermes bags made for me.
    I find the quality of the Loewe bag much finer, AND much better priced.

  12. Mardel
    August 13, 2009

    Those are all bags I would be happy to own, classically lovely and at a price point I can afford. Not that I need a new bag, and oddly I no longer crave things just because they are beautiful. I own a Bottega Veneta bag; I could afford it when I had a corporate job, although I use it still, and it is in fine shape, that kind of luxury seems to be a bit of overkill now. I love that feeling of not missing a particular level of luxury, or of admiring its existence without feeling a need to possess same.

  13. DreamChaser1998
    August 13, 2009

    I want to say "Thank You!" to your blog! I am from the South where my family, both paternal and maternal, still carry sleek patent leather clutches, monogrammed handkerchiefs, and wear pearl chokers. It is not just style but a way of life, and while I mix a bit of old and modern, it is comforting and familiar. Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Maureen@IslandRoar
    August 13, 2009

    I'm with Twenty-Four: handbags and shoes…
    I would just like to feel the leather on a $3000 bag. Bet it's soft.

  15. Black Labs and Lilly
    August 13, 2009

    I love the caramel colored J-Crew bag!

  16. Irwin Esq
    August 13, 2009

    I've been lusting after that Bottega Veneta for years… one day it will be mine!!!

  17. Laura
    August 13, 2009

    sadly, the nicest bag I have owned has been a diaper bag.
    I would much rather have that Vintage bag…
    maybe you should do a bag give away…and I could win???

  18. Brown Eyed Girl
    August 14, 2009

    Ah! Such beautiful eye candy!

  19. LPC
    August 14, 2009

    Perhaps Bottega Veneta, Loro Piano, and Loewe's etc. ought to just have their bags on display at a petting zoo for us all? And seriously, a bag giveaway? My old Coach bag? Would someone want it? If yes, I probably should give it away to a nice home.

  20. indigo
    August 14, 2009

    tru fax- bottega veneta handbags provoke, in myself at least, a physical response which a physician might accurately liken to a panic attack (see also:- zagliana).

  21. Legallyblondemel
    August 14, 2009

    Ah, would that I could say the same about $3,000 handbags, although I've not crossed that threshold (or even come close). Yet.

    J Crew is excellent for mid-range bags. I've also gotten more into some of the more fashiony lines lately (Botkier, Rebecca Minkoff), but those are likely outside the WASP comfort zone.

  22. Little Bow Prep
    August 16, 2009

    The woven leather Bottega Veneta is quite gorgeous and classy.

  23. Peonies and Polaroids
    August 16, 2009

    The only 'designer' handbags I have ever lusted after have been by Mulberry. The Mulberry Bayswater is the bag I keep dreaming of. Until then I carry around an old tan leather overnight bag that was my Grandad's. It's so old that the leather has worn through to the lining in some places. I love it.

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