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£800 to spend on a bag what would you go for

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buttercrumble Fri 22-Feb-13 11:12:13

Been lusting after a bayswater for ages. But something holding me back, which other bags are classics which wont date....

jenny99 Fri 22-Feb-13 15:15:03

I almost bought a Bayswater a few years ago and bought a Miu Miu bag instead which I LOVE. Also love (and have) a Stella McCartney bag. Have you called the stores in Bicester too? They often have last seasons colours greatly reduced.

If you can afford to spend that much on a bag then good for you. Nobody knows what you had to do to come by that money or what it means to you xx

3monkeys3 Fri 22-Feb-13 15:23:08

Bloody hell. Do those of you having a go have a problem with any spend above the bare minimum or is it just handbags that are particularly offensive?

I would go with mulberry for that money myself. Very classic and gorgeous.

sphynx Fri 22-Feb-13 15:38:50

Mulberry alexa or Balenciaga City or Day bag.

sphynx Fri 22-Feb-13 15:40:52

Join the purse forum. You will get lots of advice from other fellow bag lovers.

ScooseIsLoose Fri 22-Feb-13 15:52:20

Another vote for an Alexa here I love them!

DontmindifIdo Fri 22-Feb-13 15:53:16

Horizon - that was me! I tried lots of bags, bought a Mulberry bayswater in the end. I still consider a bench to be a total waste of money.

OP - a standard Bays is about £795 in most shops, if you want something other than the standard colours or standard finish, you'll pay more, but if you want it to last you years, then you might as well get the traditional finish and colour.

However, if it's not going to be quite so 'forever' then there are lots of other nice bags on this thread. Don't let the "your a mother now, and some people somewhere in the world are suffering so you must never treat yourself and any spare money must be spent on your DCs or on charitable causes" types stop you spending your money if you have it spare.

Hypnojo Fri 22-Feb-13 15:54:02

I treated my self to a Prada handbag a few years back but then used it everyday and it got boring. These days I'd rather buy a few good quality Italian leather ones and rotate them. Just under £100 suits me and I got a gorgeous red one from recently.

HappyAsEyeAm Fri 22-Feb-13 15:55:55

I've always quite liked bags, but never spent more than about £150 on one. But bloody hell, this thread is converting me to buying an investment bag! I absolutely adore the Mulberry Bayswater, and some of those Balenciaga bags are gorgeous as are some of the Gucci ones. What an enjoyable hour or so I have spent taking a look! I don't know how you'll decide, OP!

maisiejoe123 Fri 22-Feb-13 15:57:51

I have a black leather Mulberry Bayswater. Have had a couple of people admire it. Very nice bag. But only got it for a very special birthday from DH. He was shocked at the price like most men are.....

QueenBOObread Fri 22-Feb-13 15:58:13

Bloody hell, the sheer rudeness of some of the posters on this thread!

OP I'd ask on the MN Vogue thread if I were you - we don't judge spending habits there and there's a fair few who know a lot about bags.

Annianni Fri 22-Feb-13 15:58:22

There's some miserable bloody people on this thread.

Do you go on to the pets topic and complain about people spending £££ on a pedigree cat or dog?

Do you moan in housekeeping if people spend £400+ on a kitchenaid and call them wasteful idiots?

Do us all a favour and go away.

Hope you find something nice op.
Ignore the complainers.

bunnymother Fri 22-Feb-13 16:07:43

I would be considering Gucci or Tom Ford or Smythson. I am unmoved by Mulberry, and also irrelevant comments on what someone wants to spend money on.

Allthingspretty Fri 22-Feb-13 16:11:55

I have a bayswater and a balenciaga day bag and have used the balenciaga loads. I make no excuses for not being precious about how it looks, ie heavily used.

The way i look at it is that i would rather have one expensive bag than lots of cheap bags that i will easily tire of. Not that i have to jutify what i spend my money on to others.

Op i would say that if you want to go to the mulberry route go to an outlet. If you cant get to one give them a ring. They will post out bags that are mot seconds etc.

Enjoy spendinh your money and selecting your dream bag

sjclarke86 Fri 22-Feb-13 16:18:09

Bayswater for sure. Mulberry classic, nice and understated unlike a louis. Wait till late June sales though it will be nearly half price. X

QueenBOObread Fri 22-Feb-13 16:23:15

OP what style attracts you? Something structured, slouchy and cool, sporty, classic?

Decameron Fri 22-Feb-13 17:40:05

I like Bayswater bags but Prada at Bicester have beautiful bags if you are anywhere nearby. I got a lovely tan one for around £500, it is quite a classic style so will hopefully use it for years.

AmberNectarine Fri 22-Feb-13 17:57:01

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LulaPalooza Fri 22-Feb-13 17:59:16

Blimey, I could hear the judgey pants being hoiked by the bench crew (love that term, by the way) before I even opened the thread!

I would either buy a Bayswater or get two bags...
1. Marc by Marc Jacobs to replace my 6 year old M by MJ bag which is looking a smidge worn on the bottom, and

2. this Michael Kors Tote

And I'd have £135 left to spend in the beauty hall and on a glass of champagne to calm my nerves after spending that much cash.

OP, I hope you have lots of fun going bag shopping and that you get something you really, truly love.

Oh, and IMHO those Bollo bags are fugly.

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 22-Feb-13 18:13:00

I'm not judging splurging £800, I just think you're bonkers spending it on a bag when there are squillions of other things to buy grin

But, I do hope you find a bag you like OP (I was bought a Mulberry thingy but I barely use it, wasn't my choice)

novelsituation Fri 22-Feb-13 18:15:33

I'd add a couple of hundred and go for a Chloe Marcie. So beautiful...

LulaPalooza Fri 22-Feb-13 18:21:35

I'll take your Mulberry thingy off your hands, Gwendoline, if it's getting in your way... I'm good like that grin

PollyFrances Fri 22-Feb-13 18:26:12

I love my Bayswater. It's such a classic and subtle style. A slight word if caution, they are fairly high maintenance to begin with. You have to waterproof the leather otherwise they get water stained.

In response to the comments about price. I really do believe in buying good quality items. If you can afford it, then don't let others influence you. Everyone spends their money on different things. If you are going to use it as an everyday bag you will get good value per wear!

jenny99 Fri 22-Feb-13 18:27:36

This is you can see from my post earlier I have a couple of lovely bags, and more that I didn't mention ....but this thread is making me think I need a Bayswater too. Oak I think ...I'm calling Bicester tomorrow!!

DontmindifIdo Fri 22-Feb-13 18:30:01

Gwendoline - I'll swap you the Mulberry thingy for this wink

GwendolineMaryLacey Fri 22-Feb-13 18:31:42

I'd rather have that! I'm now googling to see what it is that I have...

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