If you had about £800-900 to spend on a handbag, what would you get?

(196 Posts)
DontmindifIdo Sat 12-Jan-13 15:45:40

that's about it really. Basically, I have some money to buy something to remind me of someone who's died. I've a lot of very good jewellery already that I don't actually wear that much (normally the only jewellery I wear is my watch and my wedding and engagement rings), I was going to buy a piece of furniture with it, but we have just bought some new furniture and don't need anything.

so I was thinking a 'good' bag might be something I'll actually use. I have been looking at the Mulberry Bayswater or Alexa, but just wondered if any more stylish ladies had any other suggestions.


MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 15:50:08

I'm not sure - I mean I like nice handbags and would love the Chloe marcie but I know I get bored of them so I wouldn't get one to remind me of someone. I'd probably choose a picture or something.

Or I'd get an Anya Hindmarch bag in the sale for half your amount.

Emo76 Sat 12-Jan-13 15:58:04

I would buy an Anya Hindmarch Gracie or Ebury, possibly in the sale which is every 6 months. Maybe a vintage Chanel or Hermes?

Depends on what your needs are for a bag as well to get max use - do you need one to carry A4 size papers, kids bits, do you need to be able to be hands free, in the past what sort of styles have you had the most use from? I only ask that because an Alexa is quite different from a Bayswater in that regard in some ways.

Anyway, happy shopping!

DontmindifIdo Sat 12-Jan-13 16:02:41

Thanks,I get what you are saying about changing your bag a lot (I have a few) but the person I'd be remembering was somewhat obessed with her bags if that helps understand why it seems fitting! She'd never had spent that much, but regularly had new ones that where described "snazzy" and was always obessed with keeping them clean and safe.

Plus I like to get one thing with it as I've already taken a bit out of the total amount I was given to pay my car insurance so don't want it to just go on lots of little things IYSWIM. (Although not feeling the need to spend it all!)

Just looked at the chloe Marcie shoulder bag, I like that.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 16:06:07

Thinking some more how about a day bag and a clutch? You'd get both in the sales for that price and clutchs seem to date less probably because you use them less often.

Its lovely to remember your friend like this though smile

DontmindifIdo Sat 12-Jan-13 16:10:19

Emo - I'm not sure, the Alexa looks like something I'll use when out with DS (and expecting DC2 at the mo, so something that I can sling across my body and wear rather than carry would be good - with DS I had a bad habit of just putting purse, keys, phone etc in the changing bag, then leaving said changing bag hung over the handle bar of hte buggy while I went into a shop/cafe, or handing the changing bag to DH when he took DS out and then suddenly realising he'd got all my stuff!) - however for work, I think the bayswater would be more practical.

LaCiccolina Sat 12-Jan-13 16:13:39

Mulberry Gucci or Louis v

Three exceptional brands who will make you feel like a goddess in the store. The wrapping is fab.

Charliefox Sat 12-Jan-13 16:16:44

Go to Bangkok for a few days, have a lovely holiday and go get a couple of fakes. That's what I'd do anyway!

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 16:17:21

I've got the east west bayswater and found it a bit dull. Also have gucci and louis v but have totally gone of them - a bit too obvious for me I think.

It depends if you want a workhorse everyday bag or something that makes your heart skip a beat. The marcie did that for me in the blue colour. I find black/brown bags never quite capture you in the same way although they are undoubtedly practical.

I have an anya studded shoulder bag in tan from a couple of years bag which is great and works well for summer and winter.

Can you tell I'm very into anya at the moment - the mini gracies are gorgeous and her glitter clutches are fab.

suburbophobe Sat 12-Jan-13 16:17:27

I'd buy one for about a tenner on the market and put the rest in the bank for a rainy day or a week in Havana


Tweetinat Sat 12-Jan-13 16:20:17

Balenciaga? Day or City depending on what type is size/style you prefer.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 16:20:35

Gracie in navy

is gorgeous.

You need to get Selfridges or somewhere like that and try all the handbags out for how they look on you, how they sit and how heavy they are.

BiscuitMillionaire Sat 12-Jan-13 16:23:54

Sorry to be po-faced, but I would spend £100 on a good-enough handbag and donate £800 to a hospice, women's shelter or other local charity in that person's name.

nowrinklesonamelon Sat 12-Jan-13 16:25:36

For me it would have to be a one off bag that I would never have bought before -- something special -- something like this
A complete spoil to keep for a lifetime for that sort of money on a bag . . . .

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 16:29:26

Gosh biscuit - really did you need to say that? People spend lots on handbags all the time and who knows what else they give to charity.

I wouldn't spend anything like that on a handbag!!! shock I'd probably have a bench done in the person's name or something. If it had to be something to keep I would probably have a painting done of a photo or something along those lines.

DontmindifIdo Sat 12-Jan-13 16:30:51

MrsCampbellBlack - I fear I have to kipnap you and make you come bag shopping with me! I've just looked at the marcie shoulder one in grey, it's very pretty and practical (and would give me £50 left over for lunch up in town!)

The Gracie is lovely too. Might have to do some lunchtime shopping next week...

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 16:32:29

Honestly handbags could be my specialist subject wink

Enjoy the shopping. I am very sorry for your loss though - sorry forgot to say that earlier.

mumof3teens Sat 12-Jan-13 16:32:45

I have a Bayswater in oak and absolutely love it - classic style and colour goes with everything. Think it is a lovely idea to remember your DF by.

legalalien Sat 12-Jan-13 16:34:53

I'm a watch and wedding ring person, i'd go for something luggagy that will last a lifetime and make you pause for thought each time you get it out to use.

Maybe something like this


myalias Sat 12-Jan-13 16:36:20

Have always loved this Balenciage Lariat bag www.elleuk.com/star-style/news/return-of-the-sac#image=1

madammecholet Sat 12-Jan-13 16:37:19

Chloe Marcie or paraty all the way for me... in tan or a metallic.. <swoons>

myalias Sat 12-Jan-13 16:38:00


MarshaBrady Sat 12-Jan-13 16:39:44

I love Céline atm, so I'd get a new one of those.

Oh my god, could all the naysayers just leave it out? The OP has already said why a bag is appropriate and I'm assuming if the lady in question had wanted the money left to charity she would have done so.

I too like the Balenciaga's, they are so classic. I also like the Proenza Schouler PS1, the Chloe Marcie or Paraty or a Celine mini luggage (bit over budget though on a few of those). Why not take yourself off to Harvey Nics or Selfridges and have a good old look?

Sorry for your loss, but lovely that you are finding a way to remember this lovely-sounding lady.

DontmindifIdo Sat 12-Jan-13 16:42:00

Madam - the paraty is about £500 out of budget and I can't afford to pay the difference, as gorgeous as it is!

thank you all for suggestions, think I need to go into somewhere like selfridges with an hour with DS and have a good look/try on.

CelineMcBean Sat 12-Jan-13 16:42:44

Oh god there's always one on a S&B thread isn't there?! If you can't enter into the spirit hide the thread or topic.

I'd either get an oversized Mulberry Alexa or a vintage Hermes OP and I think it's a great way to remember someone who loved her bags.

MarshaBrady Sat 12-Jan-13 16:43:43

Oh gosh yes Proenza Schouler too.

DontmindifIdo Sat 12-Jan-13 16:45:37

sorry, should have said "An hour without DS" (3 year olds and expensive shops don't go well together)

madammecholet Sat 12-Jan-13 16:49:13

DontmindifIdo yeah about £1100, but all you need is a 10% offer code and its within about £100 of budget!! wink, but you have to LOVE it to spend ££££....

Startail Sat 12-Jan-13 16:49:51

I'd put it in the holiday fund and frame the best picture when I got home.

My great Aunt funded my post A'level trip, I had a brilliant time and still have the photo's. I'd have worn out a handbag 30 years ago.

Charliefox Sat 12-Jan-13 16:52:20
madammecholet Sat 12-Jan-13 16:52:28

How about this chloe marcie classic shape, will never age...

Charliefox Sat 12-Jan-13 16:54:07
bigkidsdidit Sat 12-Jan-13 17:00:08

God that Marcie is just lovely

wilbur Sat 12-Jan-13 17:01:34

As I am not a bag person, I would buy a piece of art. Have just done this with some money from a beloved aunt who died in the summer. Every time I see it on the wall it makes me smile and think of her. But I know a good bag is important to a lot of people and leather does last so I hope you find something lovely. smile

Viviennemary Sat 12-Jan-13 17:10:44

I'm not that into handbags but if that's what you've decide then why not. I'd buy art or jewellery but you should get what you want. I think a vintage bag sounds a nice idea rather than one of those awful modern things that look like holdalls.

MissBoPeep Sat 12-Jan-13 17:12:51

I wouldn't ever even if I had £8K. Silly money for a bag. Sorry.

MissBoPeep Sat 12-Jan-13 17:16:14

On 2nd thoughts if I was spending that in a memory of someone I'd buy a seat or plant a tree- ots of palces offer this- so that it would be there for years and me and others get some pleasure from it. Buying an accessory seems a bit- well, shallow.

Thread title:

If you had about £800-900 to spend on a handbag, what would you get?


If you had about £800-900 to spend on something far worthier than. A handbag, what would you get and why does it make you a better person that me?

HousewifeFromHeaven Sat 12-Jan-13 17:17:25

I have a mulberry bayswater tote, it's beautiful.

HousewifeFromHeaven Sat 12-Jan-13 17:18:19

Oh miss give over!!!

timidviper Sat 12-Jan-13 17:23:48

I would stick with the Mulberrys tbh. I really don't like the Anya Hindmarch Gracie, although I haven't seen it in the flesh IYKWIM, it looks cheap to me. Having said that my friend has a lovely Anya bag that she has used everyday for 2-3 years and it looks great.

I have had loads of other nice bags but the ones that I love most are Mulberry as they are so practical for every day yet beautiful too and Vivienne Westwood as my one is so different and stylish it is a real talking point

Bonsoir Sat 12-Jan-13 17:24:28
MarmaladeSkies Sat 12-Jan-13 17:25:45

The OP asked for advice on a bloody bag! She didn't ask for,and doesn't need,a lecture.

Bonsoir Sat 12-Jan-13 17:27:24

If you purchase a high-quality bag hand made in Europe, you are contributing to continuing a long tradition of craftsmanship and supporting one of the most ethical forms of trade.

MorrisZapp Sat 12-Jan-13 17:27:50

I think when people make specific bequests in wills, they do so so that their loved ones can have a wee spend in their memory.

They almost certainly don't do it so that the person then passes the gift on to something or somebody more deserving. The deceased can name their own charities in their will.

MadBusLady Sat 12-Jan-13 17:28:05

I'd get two bags with your budget - a lovely luxurious day/shopper and something a bit more exciting and possibly eveningy. I'd be a bit scared of one item I carried around being worth that much money <wimp>

suburbophobe Sat 12-Jan-13 17:28:47

Well, we're on MN, so you can expect to get all kinds of input.

<Thank God>

suburbophobe Sat 12-Jan-13 17:30:17

(That was in response to MarmaladeSkies)

I'd take myself into somewhere like selfridges and have a good look round. You can get something beautiful and classic for that kind of money. Nice reminder of your friend too.

MarmaladeSkies Sat 12-Jan-13 17:33:19

It's not much use to the OP though is it,if people aren't answering her question,is it?

She asked which handbag she should buy.She didn't ask what she should buy with the money.She wants a handbag. And she certainly doesn't need a lecture because people think she shouldn't spend that much money on a handbag. This is not AIBU.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 17:45:48

I think hadbags are interesting [shallow] wink. I used to love Mulberry but think the brand has changed and not for the better. Too logotastic now for me really.

I do also think prices have gone crazy and many bags are just too heavy for everyday use.

I find Anya bags are made of lovely leather, well finished, lined (something which Mulberry aren't always) and the prices are more reasonable.

But if money was no object the chloe marcie is definitely top of my wishlist.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 17:46:30

Its funny reading this thread though having read the 'shit people say on mn thread' wink

madammecholet Sat 12-Jan-13 17:51:26

MrsCB now i've linked to the chloe Marcie i now NEED one.....envy

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 17:54:35

Oh so do I madamme - have been coveting for a long long time. But just so £££. I actually spent ages chatting to the assistant in Selfridges as to which colour was best and imagining my life with the blue v khaki v taupe one. Was so much fun.

madammecholet Sat 12-Jan-13 17:58:50

I love the size of this one too - very much old school satchel. Loving the pastels this SS13 as well. swooning at this lobster one

Narked Sat 12-Jan-13 17:59:18

If they were into bags a Chloe should be a perfect way to remember them.

A Kipling something and an iPad mini smile

IslaValargeone Sat 12-Jan-13 18:01:30

Could you buy a couple of less expensive handbags in different colours so that you were able to carry the memory of the person with you more often iyswim?
Sorry for your loss by the way.

I'm not keen on Mulberrys, I think they are boring. My choice would be a Miu Miu or I'd put some more towards it and get a Balenciaga.

Thewhingingdefective Sat 12-Jan-13 18:08:04

Gulp! Some of those bags are beautiful but I would be terrified of losing it or having it stolen, or my toddlers wrecking it.

Sorry to hear you had to say goodbye to someone dear to you, OP. I hope you find something you like that will remind you of your friend.

LadyStark Argentina Sat 12-Jan-13 18:08:27

Agree that the best way to do it is to head to Selfridges and try lots of different ones on. Have you thought about a £500 bag and some £400 shoes too?

I'd steer clear of Mulberry tbh, whilst I like the classic design they are ten a penny these days and lots of very good fakes around. I think somehow the popularity has made them flashy, it's like walking around with a price tag on your arm as everyone knows how much they cost.

I have a Marc Jacobs bag at the moment which I love but I don't think it's a "forever" bag, it's my lovely bag whilst I'm waiting for DP to take my hints and buy me a Chanel bag for my birthday grin.

Also, wait for a sale if you can, the immediately post Christmas sale on net a porter (or a similar site, can't remember which one) had some amazing discounts on bags.

IslaValargeone Sat 12-Jan-13 18:11:33

I'm so the poor person on this thread aren't I? confused

SaraBellumHertz Sat 12-Jan-13 18:13:32

I love handbags and have a wardrobe full few.

It's worth bearing in mind that however much people tell you on threads like this that bags are an investment and that they'll last forever they really don't.

At the moment I have an Alexa, a paraty, a Mandah and a Mulberry tote that I swap between. I also use random bags and clutches on various ocassions so none of my bags are used excessively.

The Mandah is a few years old and is utterly trashed - honestly it looks a bit shit, the mulberry tote is the newest but is not wearing great. Really they don't. I binned an LK Bennett today. When I was given my first "proper" bag I had all these romantic notions about passing my bag to my DD - not a chance.

NOt saying don't get one - just don't imagine it's an investment.

MrsCampbellBlack Sat 12-Jan-13 18:15:29

Agree Sara - unless perhaps you're VB - I wouldn't mind being her DD and inheriting her birkin collection.

SaraBellumHertz Sat 12-Jan-13 18:18:46

VB's bag collection would be unlikely to fit in my bedroom let alone my wardrobe grin

I love all my bags. I loved buying them and wearing them but they are not forever pieces unless you have 100+

If you are shopping online My Theresa is worth looking at. I just got a nice Marc Jacobs on there in the sale.

DontmindifIdo Sat 12-Jan-13 18:32:55

OK - I get that a lot of people think of 'better' things to get with the money. The lady in question was an older woman who was a relation - DB also has a similar sum given to him and is spending it on a sideboard - but when DH's Aunt died we bought a sideboard. We've recently bought new armchairs, we have a perfectly lovely dining table, our house already has art, we've had professional photos done of DS, I've cut 3 trees down in our garden over the last couple of years and have no intention of adding anymore (small garden, previous owner liked planting trees it seems, I still have 4). We can afford family holidays, and i'm pregnant so long haul wouldnt actually be a treat now/for the next year or so anyway...

The money has come from the person who has actually inherited the full estate, not from the will, we were told to go out and get something to remember her by, not put it in general family fund or donate it to someone else.

I would never spend that much on myself normally (hense the total lack of clue of what's out there for that sort of price!), my most expensive bag before was £150. I wanted to get something for me to remember her by, not lots of little things. In the same way whenever I put on the pearls I inherited from my gran or her engagement ring, I think of her. When we (on rare occasions) use the crystal we inherited from DH's Grandfather, we do think of him.

I can see that others might see that as selfish - and I think I'd feel that way about taking this money out of the family budget (even though I think we could afford it), but this is separate. There's no rush to spend it, I've put it in a separate account so I'm not tempted to dip into it (although I've already cheated a bit by dipping into it for car insurance, hense it not being a round sum), I just can't see that there's anything else I could get that was something I'd either want or need, if I got something more "worthy" I'd be doing it for the sake of it.

Thanks for all the thoughts. I will investigate the various bag options and will feel suitably inferior to the people who'd do something more socially responsible with it...

Snog Sat 12-Jan-13 18:41:13

Do light coloured bags show marks more and wear less well? I'm assuming so but don't really know the answer - wondering about how long the lovely chloe bag would stay lovely for?

I have a mimco cream coloured bag. Wont buy one that colour again. Strap gets marked from dark clothing and dye does come off jeans if it is hip length.

madammecholet Sat 12-Jan-13 18:48:41

dontmindifIdo you absolutely, 100%, no sireee, do not need to justify yourself... Get yourself a gorgeous handbag and bloody enjoy it!

MarshaBrady Sat 12-Jan-13 18:51:18

Don'tmind I think it's important to spend it on something you will use and love.

It would be strange to hand it straight to a charity, if your lovely relative wanted to donate to a charity she would have done so. Anyway, buy something gorgeous and cherish it as I'm sure you will.

MarshaBrady Sat 12-Jan-13 18:52:50

She might have done that too of course. But I mean she was thinking of you, and you can do that in return with a lovely new bag.

LilQueenie Sat 12-Jan-13 18:57:58

A carrier bag then go on one allmighty shopping spree. Im not really one for bags. IF I were I would go for a timeless classic, hardwearing and something likely to be practical and used often.

jammietart Sat 12-Jan-13 19:52:29

I really don't think you have to justify yourself OP. This is one reason I miss the W and A thread - the least judgemental thread on mumsnet - you could pop on there, ask such a question and get some really fab ideas. But for what it's worth I used to be a Mulberry devotee and I wouldn't go near the brand now. So very overpriced. I really love Anya Hindmarch atm.

DonaAna Sat 12-Jan-13 20:05:16

Lots of great ideas on this thread, no need to add new ones.
I just wanted to say that this to me would be a lovely and very tangible way to remember someone who is no longer with us.
Whatever you pick, I hope you'll really enjoy it.

I'd really love to be remembered this way after I'm gone grin

NigellasGuest Sat 12-Jan-13 20:11:46

FWIW I would much rather be remembered by someone using a lovely designer item than by a wooden bench.

good luck with your search, OP. I can't help much - my most expensive bag is a Marc Jacobs one I got in Paris for £250 or thereabouts, and then something from LK Bennett, so obviously I'm not much of a bag person. I would however love to find that elusive one off amazing item that will amaze me for the rest of my life!

Oh yes, me too. I can't think of a more appropriate way for me to be remembered than someone walking into a department store and dropping a load of cash on a fabulous bag. It's kind of my M.O.

MissBoPeep Sat 12-Jan-13 20:33:44

OP when I mentioned a tree I didn't mean one for your own garden .
I meant one in a public place. When my uncle died ( young) my mum ( his sister) had a tree planted in the grounds of a local museum/stately home/with parkland, and 30 years on the family still visit.

You do what you want- just clarifying what I meant.

CHOOGIRL Sat 12-Jan-13 21:27:13

Sorry for your loss.

I love handbags and have said to my best friend that if I go before her she must spend on a handbag (Hermes) in my honour.

Normally I would say Mulberry Bayswater. They are classic and timeless. I am a bit pissed off with Mulberry atm as their prices are going up and quality down. I have my eye on a Smythson Cooper Tote atm and they are currently in the sale at about £500 (normally £900). With the change you could buy a purse or get it personalised.

Also a Chanel WOC would be classic but may be out of your budget.

noviceoftheday Sat 12-Jan-13 21:28:55

My preference would be for a classic if I was getting it in memory of someone. Balenciagia City/Giant City, Tod's, Longchamp, Prada (plain black leather) or Gucci (in classic leather). I wouldn't get a Mulberry because you see them everywhere and there's nothing special about them. Same with LV.

noviceoftheday Sat 12-Jan-13 21:30:39

Oooh yes, not sure how I forgot Smythson. Just the most divine bags.

GirlOutNumbered Sat 12-Jan-13 21:31:57

Balenciaga Tube.

MoodyDidIt Sat 12-Jan-13 21:32:53

Balenciaga giant city

just gorgeous, and roomy, without being TOO big. and goes with everything

dh bought me one for christmas 3 years ago (in anthracite) and i still adore it, and it looks better now its aged a bit if that doesn't sound too pretentious blush

QueenBOObread Sat 12-Jan-13 21:44:13

Loving the bag porn on this thread.

If ladylike chic is your thing I have a soft spot for Audrey from Thomas Lyte. Might be a bit too Thatcheresque for some tastes though.

bunnymother Sat 12-Jan-13 22:20:26
Decameron Sun 13-Jan-13 00:04:08

Love this idea, OP, and will be leaving instructions for my DDs to do the same. No bench please I like the Mulberry Bayswater but gone off the brand apart from that style. Balenciaga or Anya Hindmarch gets my vote. I have the regular size AH Gracie and it's a very classic style.

JumpHerWho Sun 13-Jan-13 00:24:29

Another vote for Balenciaga, or Chanel. You would never regret a Chanel bag.

SaraBellumHertz Sun 13-Jan-13 04:09:12

Yes cream bags don't wear as well, my Marcie is cream: beautiful but you do have to think about it constantly - Fortunately here in the ME if you go for dinner the waiting staff usually bring a bag or stool for your bag grin

I have a gorgeous gold tweed Alexa clutch that is trashed from one wear with black jeans. I used the cross body strap and the back rubbed against my hip turning the back of the bag black sad

SaraBellumHertz Sun 13-Jan-13 04:13:03

jump it's interesting you say you never regret a Chanel, many people post 80's clearly did and second hand bags went for very little, sadly I was both too young and too clueless to snap one up.

They have had a massive resurgence but like all things the fashion for bags is very cyclical. I don't think you can expect to buy any bag and consider it something you would use every year forever. Bags fade in and out.

QueenCadbury Sun 13-Jan-13 06:25:31

I do like the idea of getting two bags. A practical classic everyday thing and then something like a clutch or a coloured bag. Whatever you buy make sure that it sets your heart on fire and that you really love it. Happy shopping.

andadietcoke Sun 13-Jan-13 08:09:44

I have both an Alexa and a Bayswater and use the Alexa a lot more than the Bays, but it is less structured and I don't think it'll last forever. As PPs have mentioned, prices are going up and quality isn't as good as it was.

If you want a work horse bag, consider black or chocolate over oak - I had a coke bottle explode in a Mulberry Roxanne many years ago and I'm still scarred from the experience.

Have you considered a trip to the Mulberry outlet (Shepton Mallet, Cheshire Oaks, Bicester, York)? They have current and past stock, and you'd be able to get, say, and Alexa and a Bayswater clutch for £900. If you know any students you can borrow for the day, they get another 10% off. My black Alexa was £520 from there.

DontmindifIdo Sun 13-Jan-13 08:40:11

Thank you andadietcoke (and surprised you didn't stop drinking it after that!) will have a look at the outlets.

Thank you all for the additional suggestions, I'm going to do some research. I do think black or dark brown/another dark colour might be the way to go for getting "cost per use" down (and pale bags and toddlers might be a bad, bad plan).

I'm not expecting whatever I get Ill still be able to use in 20 years time, but hopefully something that will last me 5+ years, rather than something that's very now and then dates. (So plain is the way to go)

There are some truely beautiful bags on this thread.

Snowkey Sun 13-Jan-13 08:43:39

Sorry I know this isn't the answer to the question posed but I just wanted to say that I think buying a special something, be it a bag, a painting or a piece of jewellery is a lovely way to remember someone you have loved and loss. I know nothing of handbags though! Sorry about your friend. sad

Snowkey Sun 13-Jan-13 08:46:03

Loved and lost blush

Can anyone give me a link for a Chanel for £8-900? I can't find one for much less than 2k.

McPhee Sun 13-Jan-13 08:52:46

Can I suggest a handbag with a very large 'grip'

shine0ncrazydiamond Sun 13-Jan-13 09:03:25

Well ( apart from a bag from m and a ) I only have mulberry handbags so I suppose I gravitate towards those. I still really like the styles and quality so 900 pounds would be spent on another one if I had that to spend

shine0ncrazydiamond Sun 13-Jan-13 09:03:47

M and S!

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 13-Jan-13 09:19:09

Yes paler handbags aren't practical at all - they get marks from indigo jeans and are hard to clean in my experience.

But black bags are a bit dull - I really love the blue marcie - have I mentioned that wink

Mcphee - ooooh which bags have a good grip - mulberry? wink

chartreuse Sun 13-Jan-13 09:50:58

I really rate the quality of Anya Hindmarch bags, very well made and great attention to detail.

this Anya is beautiful and you could buy a smaller bag, maybe a cross body with what's left over. One of these perhaps

If you wanted a Chanel on your budget you'd have to look at vintage or second hand but that's no bad thing. I have some beautiful second hand bags that I bought in perfect condition.

DontmindifIdo Sun 13-Jan-13 10:31:23

Thank you again, so plan of action, pop into Selfridges, Anya Hindmarch shop, Mulberry shop, see if I can adopt a willing student to take to an outlet shop... Avoid cream bags!

(MrsCB - I got that you like the blue one, but I treated myself last winter to a new turquoise winter wool coat with a hood - I want whatever I get to go with that! Plus I don't actually own a black or tan coloured bag...)

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 13-Jan-13 10:43:15

Oh the huxleys are lovely.

Tan is more practical than black I think as works all seasons - I rarely use a black bag in the summer.

chartreuse Sun 13-Jan-13 11:07:59

Very envy of your plan OP! It is a lovely way to remember someone, I have my granny's engagement ring and another ring from my lovely aunt which I wear everyday and feel that they are with me. I would feel the same way about a bag, and shall be certainly leaving similar instructions for the important women my life.

Tortington Sun 13-Jan-13 11:10:29

sorry for your loss.

I think spending that amount of money on a handbag is obscene tbh. I suppose it's all relative

I know it's not very practical and probably not to most people's taste but I'm rather in love with this louboutin

MaureenShit Sun 13-Jan-13 11:11:15

If take a long hard look at myself and be ashamed.

CHOOGIRL Sun 13-Jan-13 11:16:34

A good friend has the Huxley. It is indeed beautiful. I recently sold my cobalt mini-Gracie and purchased the black one which I love and think will have forever.

I still have the LV Speedy I bought when I first started working. This thread is bringing back fond memories of the SA wrapping it up and putting it in the big brown carrier bag.

YY MrsCB the Marcie is lovely. They were 30% in HOF recently and I was v tempted.

FellatioNels0n Sun 13-Jan-13 11:19:13

I am piggy-backing onto this thread because I won't spend that much money on a bag, but I am going to Bangkok at Easter and I am hoping to pick up a couple of nice fakes - what should I expect to pay for reasonably decent ones, if the real deal was 700-1000 quid? I have no idea what is 'big' in bags atm, and I need some tips of what to look out for!

I suppose I should go and look at some of the real ones first, so I know how to spot a good fake when I see one.

Emo76 Sun 13-Jan-13 11:24:27

custardo I think that would be an obscene amount of money to spend on a bench.

adi82 Sun 13-Jan-13 11:30:28

I'd have something like this . It looks good and fits to almost any style you wear.

Oh please fuck off with the 'obscene' comments, before I have to start handing out grips.

FellatioNels0n Sun 13-Jan-13 11:35:54

Oooh I am loving some of these links. I've fallen in love with this but as it's a clutch I'd only go and lose it when drunk.. sad

MoodyDidIt Sun 13-Jan-13 11:36:29

lolz @ amber grin

OP get yourself a nice Tesco carrier, 300 Oxfam goats and a cat 'o' nine tails to give yourself forty lashes with. How dare you want to use money given to you for the express purpose it was intended, while your children are fed and clothed and you are financially solvent? You should be ashamed.

Viviennemary Sun 13-Jan-13 11:42:16

Couldn't agree more Ambernectarine. There is far too much self-indulgence these days.

EnjoyResponsibly Sun 13-Jan-13 12:03:46

DH dropped cooking oil over my tan Mulberry. It was a dark, dark day angry.

But he researched online and found a company that cleans leather. Off it went shrouded in bubble wrap and came back like new.

So I say don't be put off by light colours and damn you Mrs C-B for I now covet the AH Georgiana in Bluebell. And a purse.

EnjoyResponsibly Sun 13-Jan-13 12:07:22

But not a bench.

Who the feckity feck wants to be remembered by a bench.

I plan to have a fund so my beloved can drink champagne on my birthday for years after my death. Which will be in very, very old age. I shall drink gin from tea cups, play whist, own a small very vicious dachshund and smell a teeny bit of wee.

snowybaby Sun 13-Jan-13 12:19:14

Givenchy antigona bag as used by [[ http://www.flashion-lights.com/2011/11/obsession-of-moment-givenchy-antigona.html celebs]].

there's a 10% discount next weekends for harrods rewards card holder. you can register online.

DontmindifIdo Sun 13-Jan-13 12:22:40

Amber - I consider myself told! wink

FellatioNelson - tha'ts gorgeous I agree, however I don't go out enough to justify spending that much on a bag for going out with. Cost per use would be very depressing....

I understand some people don't think it would be a good use of money, on the other hand I don't see the point on "wasting" it on something I neither need or will use because it seems more 'fitting'. If I'd been given that sort of money another way (say, winning it) I might just go out and have a great time having a shopping spree on lots of little things/new clothes, but the point was to get one thing, not just it go into the pot. It's not actually a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, it isn't enough to pay for a 'once in a lifetime' holiday for us or buy anything big or do anything dramatic. It's not even enough to pay for a month's mortgage repayment (so it's not like when we received a bigish inheritance from DH's side we were able to take a year off the mortgage, it felt like we got something for that money).

I am not going to feel bad about not giving it to charity, nor am I going to feel bad about spending it on myself rather than on DS. I refuse to accept that spending the sum on something just for me is wrong, even if some people think spending on a bag is wrong. (And for whomever it was up thread who suggested an ipad, I have a laptop and an iphone and a computer on my desk when I'm at work, DH has a tablet, I really, really would consider that a terrible waste of money!)

snowybaby Sun 13-Jan-13 12:23:28

pr something classic like this ferragamo sofia bag.

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 12:25:10

My sister bought a top end bag with her first big wage rise and she is still using it about 20 years on and it still looks fab so if it is something you will love and use I would say go for it. A bench is a bit gloomy although useful I suppose. What about art?

chartreuse Sun 13-Jan-13 12:43:23

The other thing I would consider is diamonds. If you buy from an auction you can get amazing jewellry for a fraction of the price you would pay at a jewellers. Most auction houses have online catalogues and you can register your bid online or over the phone. My friend spends her annual bonuses on diamonds, always from smaller, provincial auction houses. She has really beautiful pieces, which she wears rather than keeps in the bank!

DontmindifIdo Sun 13-Jan-13 12:49:15

charteuse - I had thought that, but then I have 4 diamond rings and diamond broch I inherited from my Gran that I hardly wear, DH has bought me diamond earrings and necklace (again, worn once in a blue moon), he's also bought me rubies and I just never actually wear them... I really am a watch and wedding ring only sort of girl these days...

chartreuse Sun 13-Jan-13 12:56:37

Bag it is then grin

JumpHerWho Sun 13-Jan-13 13:07:59

<awaits to be informed of evils of old diamonds>

noviceoftheday Sun 13-Jan-13 13:10:21

This thread is just fab. Bag porn and the self righteous all in one thread. I love mumsnet grin

DontmindifIdo Sun 13-Jan-13 13:13:53

I can beat that Jumpherwho - I actually have another broach my Gran left me that's a platinum poodle, tiny diamond for it's eye, and then real (what I think is rabbit, but could be wrong) fur for it's fur. I have worn that before now. It's gorgeous in a "what were they thinking in the 30s?" vile sort of way! So you've got diamonds, real fur and not selling it to pay for a donkey sanctury.... <I think that's my ticket to hell booked>

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 13:16:23

I agree re bag porn and self righteous. You could be appalled at any expensive thing which can be purchased cheaper!

MadBusLady Sun 13-Jan-13 13:16:24

Christ, you're STILL getting grief from the bench brigade. I'd no more spend £800 on a bag than fly to the moon, but I cannot begin to understand why some people are so bothered by what other people do.

Enjoy your fun, sentimental, totally guilt-free shopping trip.

noddyholder Sun 13-Jan-13 13:17:10

I wouldn't spend 800 on a bench though grin

MadBusLady Sun 13-Jan-13 13:22:38

Not unless it was a magic teleportation bench made of adamantine with flashing lights and the name of the departed engraved with a unicorn horn, no. God save us.

Mayisout Sun 13-Jan-13 13:36:31

I like Coach
because they do such a range of colours and some basic shapes which won't date.
But they are less than 800 quid.

Mayisout Sun 13-Jan-13 13:38:29

Their legacy leather duffle is in 14 colours.

bunnymother Sun 13-Jan-13 14:30:24

I actually think that a beautiful, classic handbag is the best use of the money in your circumstances. But what I think re the use of your money is irrelevant. Ditto everyone else's views.

CHOOGIRL Sun 13-Jan-13 14:32:38

Enjoy do you have the details of the co that did your bag? I have a tan Phoebe that is looking v tired and grotty. Unfortunately I don't think Mulberry offer the reburb service any longer.

bunnymother Sun 13-Jan-13 14:36:20

Assume that all grotty handbags have had the once over with baby wipes? They are magical and have cleaned up all manner of things at our place, not just the children...

madammecholet Sun 13-Jan-13 14:43:33

Depressed to see DontmindifIdo that you are still having to defend yourself.

The next person to make a stupid 'gosh, really, I wouldn't do that comment' should be pointed at and laughed at.

<there, that's a really adult way of dealing with it i reckon>

EnjoyResponsibly Sun 13-Jan-13 15:06:34

CHOO DH has buggered off to football this afternoon. When he gets back I'll get the name. They're currently doing a pair of my boots that had an inexplicable run in with a bottle of sun tan lotion.

Luxury goods are in peril chez ER grin

Madbuslady I'm totally envy at the bench you describe, maybe Harrods? grin

cardamomginger Sun 13-Jan-13 15:17:26

Vintage Bottega Veneta. Swoon-worthy.

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 13-Jan-13 15:25:49

Oh yes Bottega Veneta - forgot I've got one of those on my nap wish list. I do love my wish lists wink

noviceoftheday Sun 13-Jan-13 15:28:54

EnjoyResponsibly, I am also eagerly awaiting details of this company grinI am rubbish at looking after my bags properlyblush

MrsCampbellBlack Sun 13-Jan-13 15:30:11

And so much more ethical to buy a handcrafted BV bag than some sweatshop tat from primark

Glossynotflossy Sun 13-Jan-13 15:35:05

opi like chic and seek. Not bought fron them but i luke looking and becauaethey are pre loved the prices are imo very decent.

Bella88 Sun 13-Jan-13 15:39:10

You can't beat a bit of bag porn can you...Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta make me the moistest, is that a word?

I'm on standby for laugh and point duty for any grim, joyless fuckers and their oh so worthy contributions grin

cardamomginger Sun 13-Jan-13 15:40:00

Exactly Mrs C-B! BV is an ethically minded company, supporting artisans and craftsmen and women on a local level. From what I've read their employees enjoy excellent working conditions and are extremely well looked after.

Arisbottle Sun 13-Jan-13 15:47:44

I have bags that I spent obscene amounts of money on 20 years ago which I still use. I would be disappointed if I paid that much for something and it lasted five years.

They had two BVs in my local Oxfam for c. £100 each. Why I didn't buy them I will still never understand (suspect I was in perjury for July when I bought three new bags in 3 weeks).

noviceoftheday Sun 13-Jan-13 16:00:16

All this mention of Balenciaga. Sigh .... I have wanted one for the last 2 years (the City in leather) except I can't decide whether to get it in the green or the cobalt blue so I have never got round to actually getting it. Do make sure you actually get the bag OP!

QueenCadbury Sun 13-Jan-13 16:01:50

amber I am so envy of your charity shop finds. The ones I go in are full of tat and I do go in a few regularly in the hope of finding that elusive item.

dontmind I agree, ignore the naysayers. Don't feel you have to justify yourself.

Keep the handbag porn coming. I fell in love with a grey longchamp bag today in John Lewis (they don't sell it online so can't link) that's definitely on my wish list.

Vonnegut Sun 13-Jan-13 16:05:21

I live in quite an affluent area. I have also seen Balenciaga bags, Chanel shoes, DVF dresses. Some very generous ladies round these parts!

swooosh Sun 13-Jan-13 16:10:20

I have a Chanel jumbo flap which was worth every penny, bought it a few years back at a tax free price but they do retain value so if I were to sell it I would make money on it. Unfortunately the pricing these days for them is ridiculous and I could not justify it. I don't think they are worth buying any more, that said you could get a vintage one for your price range.

If I were you I'd go for a Balenciaga, a good roomy everyday bag with the most buttery soft leather that only looks better with age.

Celine bags are also gorgeous, not sure of the prices though. I'm too scared to look! Beautiful bags.

cardamomginger Sun 13-Jan-13 16:10:35

BV in Oxfam? envy. I was thinking today about the quilted Chanel I didn't buy for $300. [sighs]

fizzypops Sun 13-Jan-13 17:11:55

Does anyone know how long the sale on Anya Hindmarch will be on for?
Have fallen in love with the mini Gracie someone linked to and don't want to miss out while I'm dithering.

SaraBellumHertz Sun 13-Jan-13 17:18:55

H yes BV - don't have one sad really really want one.

I love the maxi intrecciato, it looks lovely in cream but i just know it'd be a bitch to keep clean. Actually French connection had a reasonable version in cream for about 150- might take my chances with that.

QueenCadbury Sun 13-Jan-13 19:32:32

amber the ladies of Bristol obviously aren't so generous grin

JamInMyWellies Sun 13-Jan-13 20:49:00

I bought a Marc Jacobs bag years ago when my gran died, she was bag obsessed she left me just enough to buy one in the sales. I still have it now and every time I use it I think of her and all the lovely things she used to do for me.

DH bought me the Chloe Marcie Satchel for Christmas and I love it.

I am using it everyday at the mo but just because its new. Now the DC are back at school and I am running around constantly I am going to haul out my old battered mulberry as I dont want to knacker it.

Oh and buy some collinol to waterproof whichever bag you choose.

babybarrister Colombia Sun 13-Jan-13 20:53:06

Amber - where are these Oxfams?! I live in an affluent area and have never seen a BV!

Vonnegut Sun 13-Jan-13 23:07:11

DMIID For 990Euros (£820, give or take) you could own this beautiful, handmade Henry Beguelin Sharazar bag. IMHO, this is much more beautiful than a Bays, and you're very, very unlikely to ever run into anyone else carrying the same bag as you. It has the practicality of a cross-body, and is very work appropriate too.
Henry Beguelin (and Henry Cuir) bags are so amazingly well-made - and you'll love the customer experience of buying one.

Alternatively, if you want a bag to last forever, you should look at Saddleback Leather. The Tote is about $600, plus duties (and ferociously expensive postage), so well within budget.

Good luck on your bag quest smile

SW London. Some crazy money round here. Not much of it in my account sadly.

I wonder if the people who put such expensive bags in the charity shop receive them as gifts and have no idea of the cost.

berri Mon 14-Jan-13 21:26:03

I adore the Chloe bags but some of them are very heavy, so bear this in mind if you're going to be using it every day!

berri Mon 14-Jan-13 21:26:37

Oops missed out the marcie bit

Yeah, I think even if I was super rich I could probably be arsed to eBay a BV. If I really didn't need the cash I'd donate it - better for the charity!

scripsi Tue 15-Jan-13 03:07:09

Not sure if someone else has suggested it, but how about a vintage Chanel bag - they often look more "original" because of all the obvious modern fakes around and there are reputable specialist sellers around. That would be in your price range I should think (I have an inherited Chanel bag and have had people offer to buy it from me quite randomly: it would probably keep its value).

I love the Marcie but don't have one yet.

swooosh Tue 15-Jan-13 03:43:02

www.malleries.com/ deals in a lot of second hand and vintage bags. Is American though, don't know if they ship. I go on there to swoon grin

WillPenn Tue 15-Jan-13 03:45:30

How about a Longchamp Balzane? It comes in a variety of styles and is just gorgeous and classic. Won't do a link as the Longchamp website is a bit fancy but go to longchamp.com and have a look. If I had a ton of money, I'd buy it in an instant.

That malleries site is great. Thanks for posting swooosh

swooosh Tue 15-Jan-13 04:27:00

You're welcome! It's highly recommended on The Purse Forum too grin must resist the Chanel camera bag...

threesypeesy Tue 15-Jan-13 19:19:02

i would buy chanel, classic timeless pieces that are gorgeous and vintage sometimes appeals more than new!!

fridgepants Wed 16-Jan-13 00:10:52

AmberNectarine - I'm W London but go SW often. I never see decent stuff in the charity shops - there is that fancy Mary Portas yoke in Richmond now but it wasn;t that exciting once I was actually in. I have seen Primark stuff priced at £20 though.

fridgepants Wed 16-Jan-13 00:11:53

Also, I'm not a bag person but the quilted Chanel bags always look a bit old-lady to me. Perhaps not so with one of their suits...

libertychick Wed 16-Jan-13 00:51:14

A bit over budget but one of the women I work with has this and I just stare at it constantly on the days she uses it - it's so gorgeous. Also like this one

noviceoftheday Wed 16-Jan-13 04:40:39

libertychick, I have the shoulder bag version of that bag (from 4 years ago). I agree it's beautiful. A black classic Prada is just timeless. I have a couple of other Pradas going back about 10 years and they still look brand new. The fabric Pradas are to be avoided, especially iff you use them a lot.

MoodyDidIt Wed 16-Jan-13 09:15:00

oh i love the classic chanel bags

could never afford a real one though

and i don't think they look old lady-ish, depends on your outfit, look at all the cool young people who wear them, ie alexa chung, rihanna etc (makes self sound v old by referring to cool young people blush )

coraltoes Wed 16-Jan-13 09:51:08

Bottega venetta. Discrete, great quality. Bays waters good too,or a simple prada one. Go classic and you'll use it for life. Ignore the "spend £100" mob...your money, your choice.

Fleecy Wed 16-Jan-13 14:26:09

I don't know if they come in on budget but I really like some of the Loewe bags. Had a little browse when I was in Spain and there are some really gorgeous ones.

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blossoming Wed 16-Jan-13 18:50:26

Love that Prada libertychick. I have balenciaga classic town OP - £995 if you can stretch to it. www.balenciaga.co.uk/en_GB/shop-products/accessories/women/new-arrivals/balenciaga-classic-town_803791262.html
I have the black and really really love it, but look at the other gorgeous colours! (They didn't have this selection of colours in HN in October though). I initially thought I was buying the City, but it has a ridiculously short handle.

My boss at work has that Prada in a kind of nudey blush. It is amazing.

[]http://www.harveynichols.com/womens/categories-1/designer-bags/totes/s418942-rocco-textured-leather-dumbo-bag.html?colour=LIGHT+GREY This]] is my baby, but I'm sensing you want something more classic OP.

Bloss's Balenciaga is a good bet, classic, stylish, practical and not totally extortionate (like Chanel, BV etc.)

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 17-Jan-13 10:21:01

Hmmm. There are plenty of Japanese resellers selling lovely Chanel pieces and I think I would first consider a vintage Chanel before deciding that I would probably rather not get secondhand for such a 'special' purchase. Especially as you want the bag to last for years. A vintage Chanel at that price level is going to have had a fair bit of wear and tear already and will bear battle scars.

Prada bags are a litte too formal and plain for my tastes.

Bals often fade considerably over time.

Chloe bags are well made but the brand does not excite me.

It would come down to Mulberry for me I think. I would firstly avoid the 'fashion and colourful bags'. Alexa is most useable but I don't think an alexa will stand up particularly well to many years of wear. Over time their leather tends to ripple and bubble, the side ears stretch and the piping grazes easily. I love the style but would not recommend it for the purpose you are buying for. I reckon go black bayswater. The bays is still the most iconic mulberry style (and always will be). Black is a classic colour and will stay looking perfect and clean for years. A black bays will go the distance and stay looking great. You won't use it much with young children but it will still look the part in ten years time.

Please don't get a Bayswater! They are so boring and every second woman has one (myself included!) plus they are a bloody rip off - they were about £500 a few years ago, and they have not improved the quality!

chartreuse Thu 17-Jan-13 11:15:53

I think a black Bayswater would be a very dull choice. Have you had a chance to have a look around OP?

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 17-Jan-13 11:24:14

Agreed that black bays is not going to set the world on fire but it will look the same in ten years provided it is looked after. If I was buying a piece as a 'tribute' to someone it would be important to me to get something with the potential for longevity. OP might feel totally differently though and be happier to get a fun looking fashion bag with a delicate finish, use it hard and accept it will be a short term treat.

I've had my Bayswater for 3 years and it is already showing signs of wear (gets used for a few weeks a year in total). Mulberry quality has decreased alarmingly!

akaemmafrost Thu 17-Jan-13 12:07:28

A mulberry Daria Medium Hobo in Oak.

JumpHerWho Thu 17-Jan-13 12:14:05

Definitely the Balenciaga!! I'd go for a colour though, I love the turqoisey one Fashion Toast has. In my head if I got the pale pink one I'd be as stunning and stylish as her hmm

Have you decided yet OP??

DontmindifIdo Thu 17-Jan-13 12:16:53

thanks all ! Not looked around yet (and wish peple would stop mentioning bags that are about £1.3k - I realy can't afford the difference now and I keep falling in love with them!) I have a chicken poxy child so my shopping plans I had lined up this weekend are out of the window. (I think taking a poxy child into central london, on the tube and into selfridges in order to 'waste' a large amount of money on a bag rather than a selection of goats would have the bench-fans on this thread explode !)

I think plain and a bit dull might have to be the way forward, I do like the bays style actually (works just as well being a 'mummy bag' as a 'work bag' whereas a lof of the others are more clearly one or the other), but the sheer numbers of other people with it is off putting. not sure if that's a good reason not to get one...

DontmindifIdo Thu 17-Jan-13 12:21:10

oh and Liberty, I like that bag but, I've come to the conclusion I don't want a bag I have to carry in the cruck of my arm, it either has to have a strap to go cross body or fit over shoulder/sit in armpit - just because I get really irritated by my other cruck of arm bags being impractical and heavy. If that had a strap as well, it would be perfect...

NineteenOatcake Thu 17-Jan-13 13:36:03

Bayswater in a different or limited shade stops it from being same-y, I got one in a Conker red colour. And Mulberry have a sale on!

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 17-Jan-13 13:49:01

What finish have you got, Amber Nectarine? Some of the leather types (esp the newer ones) are shit I agree.

Pseudonymity Thu 17-Jan-13 14:17:18

Get something classic, seriously, otherwise you will want rid of it within a couple of years - I have made that mistake.

My favourites are Chanel and vintage Chanel (but that's more than you want to spend), Alexander McQueen, Celine, 3.1 Philip Lim and I've seen a gorgeous Marni. I don't generally like a lot of the other labels, off the top of my head anyway, they mostly have too much blingy hardware or visible branding (well, the Chanel I'll allow!)

Vogue did a good list of 100 bags in the past few weeks, might be worth a look.

Sparkly, so slightly more delicate, but even the grainy Hayden I have is starting to look a bit tired. I had a Roxanne which was fabulously made, but was so heavy and looked dated, so I sold it.

Mulberry have annoyed me (and a lot of core customers, I suspect) by cavalierly upping their prices by £100 for no obvious reason, especially when they are outsourcing most of the work to the far east. I don't think I will buy from them again, when for the same price or less I can get something better made and less ubiquitous from Alexander Wang or Philip Lim.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Thu 17-Jan-13 14:41:43

Mulberry have pissed me off too. Customer service is not at all what it was despite prices being arbitrarily higher. I recently received a calf hair alexa bag from them that looked like utter shit. Bald in places. They said that was to be expected with that type leather. What the actual fuck? Sending a customer a bald bag is apparently acceptable. I knew the hair would rub off in time and given use but I do not expect a new and unused bag to look shabby when I receive it. I returned for refund. The sparkle finishes are known to be delicate and do wear off. Mulberry also class this as normal and to be expected. Hopefully they warned you of this at time of purchase otherwise I would be upset in your shoes.
For OP I would recommend NVT leather in a bays as it does last. Your Roxy would have been Darwin or NVT leather. I sold my nvt Roxy too, I still liked it but wanted something newer. I have a chocolate NVT mulberry bag that has been used heavily, carelessly and abused. With the odd leather cream treatment it comes up looking like new. It's about 3 or 4 years old. A totally different kettle of fish to the newer leather types.

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