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There are benefits, I won’t deny, to buying an expensive handbag, of the designer variety, and they are benefits that are trumpeted up and down the pages of fashion magazines, time in and time out: it’s an investment, for example. …

Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 15:30

   

There are benefits, I won’t deny, to buying an expensive handbag, of the designer variety, and they are benefits that are trumpeted up and down the pages of fashion magazines, time in and time out: it’s an investment, for example. Or, it’s going to be excellent quality – look at the lining!

But the benefits of buying designer are usually a little more hypothetical than that, and a great example of this is the fact that Chinese people have a great grá for Louis Vuitton, despite having a relatively poor standard of living and income rate. When you buy a designer item, you’re buying into a lifestyle – a way of life that, like it or not, says affluence and extravagance much more than it does investment. You can buy a rip-off of a designer item for a significant discount if you shop around, but you won’t be buying that item; you won’t belong to that exclusive club (chaired by she of the Hermes Birkin obsession, Victoria Beckham).

An illustration? You could buy a Proenza Schouler PS1 handbag, arguably the “it” bag of 2010, for $1,995, and count yourself among the fashionable elite (as spotted on Altamira NYC):

Alternatively, you could purchase a leather satchel from Asos for £65, and count yourself among, well, everyone else:

I’d love to say that I always err on the side of sensible, but my wardrobe isn’t entirely comprised of low-cost, high-value items, so that would be a lie. I also have a slight – and I say slight – problem with the idea that a lot of high street items are blatant rip-offs of rather creative and original designs, but mostly my desire to own designer goods comes from my equal love and hatred of Vogue, within which’s pages I find the lifestyle to which I wish to become accustomed – the first step on the road to a house in Ibiza and a “hedonistic” lifestyle is, surely, a designer handbag.