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

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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.


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!

AmberNectarine Sat 12-Jan-13 20:18:16

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

How about Delvaux Tempete?

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

AKissIsNotAContract Sun 13-Jan-13 08:48:24

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!

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