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So who has an expensive...

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Sazisi Fri 31-Oct-08 17:36:05

If you do, what kind?
Are thye worth it?
If you don't, would you get one if you could afford it, or if someone wanted to buy you one as a gift?

needmorecoffee Fri 31-Oct-08 17:39:38

no I wouldn't. Anything over 10 quid for some fabric to hold a few things is a total waste of money to me. And does anyone actually notice?

needmorecoffee Fri 31-Oct-08 17:40:22

I don't own a handbag of any decription either. Key in pocket, money in pocket. Easy.
DD's nappys n stuff on back of her wheelchair.

MurderousMarla Fri 31-Oct-08 17:42:42

'Expensive' is different for different people. I have two very nice bags that were £100 which to me is a lot but not loads - I would not spend more than that, but would accept more for a gift! winkBut to some I bet that's just pretty standard.

I quite like bags so if buying myself I won't spend more than £30 as I have loads so they don't get the use to justify spending more.

Sazisi Fri 31-Oct-08 17:45:48

I know what you mean nmc; I think anyone who does notice a designer bag usually assumes they are fakes grin
I've only ever bought cheap bags in Monsoon 70% off sale, but I'm wondering if top quality handbags are like top quality shoes.
I don't own either, but DH has said he'd like to buy me a designer handbag for Christmas, and I've forgotton my principles and been off ogling Marc Jacobs and Mulberry bags blush

needmorecoffee Fri 31-Oct-08 17:50:02

I wouldn't be able to tell if a bag was from Sainsbo's or Harrods to be honest.
How could you tell if it was a 'marc jacobs'?

ilovemydog Fri 31-Oct-08 17:56:50

I don't have a hand bag

I have a diaper bag blush

hf128219 Fri 31-Oct-08 17:59:14

I have several - Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Prada blush

Love them all!

BloodyStranglingwithBling Fri 31-Oct-08 18:00:55

I don't have a designer bag as such, but for my every day, look good to and from the office bag, I tend to buy "mini designers" ie a brand, but not a flash one. I like Tula bags which vary in price from about £100 - £200.

I do find they're better in quality - I bought a gorgeous monsoon bag over the summer which I loved, but which I've had to toss away, while last year's Tula bag has been removed from the drawer, spiffed up and is in use all over again.

It also does look good in terms of detailing etc and I think for bags on an everyday basis you can tell the difference a bit. But for super casual or fashion bags, it doesn't make a difference. And I have only very cheap "formal" bags - no one does a little sparkle like Accessorize! grin

flowerybeanbag Fri 31-Oct-08 18:02:58

I have a few blush

They are all beautiful. My favourite is a Marc Jacobs one. You can tell. It's gorgeous and beautiful quality, I use it every day.

Not saying it's worth the staggering price tag DH paid, which I am too [blush to admit, but nice expensive bags are a lovely luxury if you get the chance.

flowerybeanbag Fri 31-Oct-08 18:03:46

too blush

Sazisi Fri 31-Oct-08 18:04:05

Well I couldn't tell (or maybe I can now I've been looking..they seem to have marc jacobs engraved on all the metal bits, or 'hardware' as I just discovered the handbag experts say wink)
It is all very shallow, no?
I think DH wants to treat me to something symbolic to show he sees me as more than a drudgey mum (because mostly I feel like a drudgey mum). He is a good gift-buyer and I don't want to discourage him

needmorecoffee Fri 31-Oct-08 18:06:44

I'm sorry. Just sat and looked at pics of 'designer' bags with eye watering prices. They just look like bags to me. Nothing special and some are quite ugly.
And an armani bag or a Gucci bag looks like something you can buy in any old shop in town.
If DH bought me a handbag I'd belt him round the head with it!!!
And who could be faffed with moving all your bits from one bag to the next!

Sazisi Fri 31-Oct-08 18:07:43

Last post was to nmc btw!

ilovemydog, my most expensive bag is the skiphop!

flowerybeanbag...interesting! Is it blake bag????

QueenofAllWildThings Fri 31-Oct-08 18:08:32

My MIL has a gorgeous buttery Mulberry bag, which was about £300. Personally, we can't afford that sort of money for a bag (or even 10% of that!), and not sure I could justify it anyway. Would rather put £300 towards a holiday or a new car, which we really need. My most expensive bag was £12 in Next. I tend to pick them up second-hand normally, or on Ebay.

Sazisi Fri 31-Oct-08 18:11:07

I was molesting a buttery Mulberry bag the other day, it did feel lovely. It was 800+ euros shock
But it did feel lovely.

missblythe Fri 31-Oct-08 18:18:29

I have a couple of Mulberry bags, and a J&M Davidson one. I love them.

The leather is lovely, they are all more than 3 years old (all pre-DD purchases) and have got better and better with age.

Before I had them, I used to regularly spend about £50-100 for a bag that might last a year, then would look so tatty that I'd need to replace it.

I can't see me needing a new bag for years. Wanting, yes, but not needing.

needmorecoffee Fri 31-Oct-08 18:31:16

yer all weird grin

christiana Fri 31-Oct-08 18:42:19

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expatinscotland Fri 31-Oct-08 18:44:44

i don't.

but i'd love one .

one of my best pals WON a Prada bag from a magazine competition.

it's still going strong.

i remember when it was delivered.

even he box smelled gorgeous.

she took it up and put it on her table in the kitchen and we just stared at it.

ilove Fri 31-Oct-08 18:47:40

I love my Radleys, but I only get the "picture" ones, and only have two...I'd love more though! They were about £160 each.

FattipuffsandThinnifers Fri 31-Oct-08 18:48:57

Have a few gorgeous ones, Mulberry, DKNY and Cocinelle, bought pre-children days. Couldn't afford it now sad

judgenutmeg Fri 31-Oct-08 18:49:19

My sister used to work for Mulberry and would pass on all her cast-off bags. I never realised that they were 'nice' and used to put them in the charity bag. shock

FattipuffsandThinnifers Fri 31-Oct-08 18:51:00

Meant to say in answer to the OP (got carried away by thinking about the gorgeous bags themselves blush) yes the quality is much better than cheap ones. The newest one is a couple of years old (Mulberry) and is improving with age.

expatinscotland Fri 31-Oct-08 18:52:20

my mother's sister has a Kelly bag purchased for her by her fifth husband.


it's a beautiful caramel colour and she's had it for about 20 years.

it's soooooooo gorgeous.

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