Q: I work in finance, and I’d like to invest in a good bag for daily use. How do I choose which bag is best for me? – Catherine, 28
A: You’re in luck Catherine, because classic designer bags are experiencing something of a renaissance right now. Before rushing out to buy a new bag, first figure out what you want out of your bag. If you’re going to be shelling out a decent sum of money on a classic, you want it to still look stylish and hold up years from now. Whatever you choose to invest in, ask yourself two questions: “Is this bag representative of me? Am I going to get my money’s worth out of carrying it?” If either answer is no, put that bag back on the shelf.
Personally, I’m a fan of medium sized bags – yes, you have to be selective about what you’re bringing with you, but it’s also less weight you’re lugging around – and if you don’t mind a handheld bag, Simon Miller is doing great bucket bags that have a surprising amount of storage. (Plus, his bags are getting plenty of love from the fashion industry, so that’ll up your street cred!)
Lastly, don’t get distracted by the prestige of a brand, because even expensive bags can fall apart. Always inspect the workmanship of the piece. An easy way to determine a bag’s real value is to check the workmanship of the inner lining. If anything looks shoddy, it’s probably a sign that you shouldn’t invest in it.
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