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DH bought me this bag for my birthday. I actually really love it but a 'friend' (work colleague really) has informed me that Radley are totally naffola and that everyone will now think I have no taste.
I don't normally give a toss what other people think of what I like or if I have taste or not (I probably don't!) but I'm actually a little hurt because DH put a lot of thought into it and got me one he knew I'd like. Which I do. I don't really know why I'm bothered, I suppose I just feel that she's pissed on my chips a bit.
I like your bag ;) and I have a Radley purse. I bought it when I used to, you know, go out of the house to work at a place where I used to get, you know, paid! SAHM now
I think that if you like it then it's fine.
This stuff about naffness always starts when nice things are copied and reproduced on market stalls which devalues them because people don't know if it's real (not naff) or fake (naff). For example, Burberry used to be a popular classic brand, then it got "chavved" by suddenly appearing on every market stall in every town. Is the same thing happening to Radley?
Yes, it is lovely and a very thoughtful gift. Which colour did you get? Perhaps she's jealous? She is definitely mean-spirited. I would take pleasure in obviously enjoying it and showing her that her comment hadn't set you .
HSnotty, I've got a grenadine Rockland Broad workbag, and I always get loads of genuine positive comments on it when I carry it - and hardly ever get any comments or observations when I carry a premium designer.
But, besides all of that, your bag was a well-thought-out and lovingly chosen gift from your hubby, so that in itself should give you a warm glow.
Carry it with pride, and to hell with whatever your work colleague thinks.
I'm not myself a big fan of Radley- just one of those silly personal prejudices, probably to do with the dog, which you can easily take off anyway - but plenty of people do like the brand, including plenty with good taste. I think your colleague was incredibly rude and certainly not a friend, just snide. As long as you like it, which you do, enjoy it!