Wow, good write-up and explanation. Thank you.Since most men don't own or wear handbags, I'm not surprised that you are skeptical of the concept that "handbag" can somehow be a valuable asset worth investing in. It is important to clarify the misconception that handbags are just insignificant accessories that women wear and parade around as fashion statement. Although there is some degree of truth to this assessment, as I'm sure everyone wants to look their best and how a person dresses and/or accessorizes reflects their personality, attitude, and sense of style. However, a handbag to most women represents more than just a fashion accessory of the moment; itís the ultimate "must have" item in every woman's closet, as it represents practically and functionally for modern women. Many of us, and I'm certainly guilty of this, tend to carry shiet load of junks in our bags, thus, it's essential to invest in a "quality" handbag that is trendy yet durable and timeless.
The fundamental factor that separates an expensive, brand name handbag from an inexpensive, generic handbag is quality, not fashion Ė it's simply amazing how many of the knock-off handbags are out there, and to the inexperienced eyes, it can be extremely difficult to identity the fake bags from the real ones at first glance. Thus, if you're someone who is just interested in making a fashion statement but donít have the monetary resource, then you can probably get away with a knock-off brand bag, as some of the replicas do look remarkably similar to the real deal. However, keep in mind that you get what you pay for, thus, fake/generic handbags don't last long and are poor value for your money in the long run; whereas, original designer handbags are pricier, but the quality is incomparable and will last for many years. I swear, I can't never go more than 6 months with a generic handbag until the inside stitching comes grossly undone, and then I'm forced to discard it when things begin to get lost in the holes and nooks inside the bag that simply drives me off the wall whenever I tried to find my things.
Just as you can't compare fake leather to real leather, there is no comparison between the quality of the stitching and the quality of the fabrics from designer goods to fake items. No matter how similar they may look, once you evaluate the bag thoroughly from inside-out, the differences are conspicuous Ė real designers will always use genuine leather and high-quality luxurious materials for their bags. In addition, the stitching on designer items are always more intricate and detailed, and are done with high-quality threads. I've heard that many Italian designers favored hand-sewing their bags to create elaborate stitching patterns that are difficult to mimic through sewing machines. Thus, there are valid reasons why designer handbags are more expensive and that it is absolutely justifiable to invest in these handbags for quality and value rather than spend money on fake/generic bags that are not long-lasting.
Currently, I have 1 Coach Wallet, 2 Monsac leather handbags, 1 Coach, 1 Ralph Lauren, and 1 Fendi. The cheapest ones are the Monsac bags, which I purchased almost five years ago for $295 each; the Fendi bag was the most expensive at $695, that I bought 2 years ago; and I've had the Coach and Ralph Lauren bags for 3 years. I haven't purchased any new handbag in two years and I donít anticipate on splurging on new ones any time soon. Even though these bags are older, they remained in top-notch condition and will likely last for many years to come. Again, quality matters! Thus, personally, I do think that a good handbag is something worth investing in overtime.
So you have $ 2500 worth of handbags and I have just one wallet that cost me $25.00, purchased at 50% off.
However, if I were to add the shoes collection, the attire collections plus makeup and facial compliments, I can see you ladies probably invest(as you ladies like to put it) $10000 to $20000 or even more.