When it comes to bags, I buy one that I love and use it until it breaks or just can’t hold up anymore. And when it does, it’s sad, but also rewarding–if it lasted a long time. It inspires the feeling that it was loved and worn and had a good run. I’m not into buying quality bags (or quality anything) only to have it sit in my closet 99% of the time, although, all too often, this does end up happening.
So when my black shoulder bag broke last month (R.I.P.), I was devastated. I carry that purse everywhere, and it’s held up remarkably well for how modest a price I paid. Alas, when something like this happens, the sadness over its demise is quickly met with a surge of excitement when I realize that this means I have an excuse to buy a new bag.
Right now I’m lusting after the UK brand Smythson (I guess I kinda have a thing for UK brands lately). They recently launched their Eliot Collection, rich in simplicity, deep colors, tactile indulgence, and versatility. I mean, pouches so chic they can be anything from an iPad cover to a clutch? Come on, people.