if you have the money, would you buy one of these?
or rather this?
last weekend, my best bud ems and I were walking through the designer bag arcade of greenbelt3 and naturally, we talked about how the clamor for designer bags have mass-invaded the philippine fashionista scene in the recent year or so. and so we debated, like if indeed we had the money to burn, of whether to buy, or not to buy one for ourselves. and by doing either of the choices… will we stop there? according to some experts, there is what they call an “entry level” purchase. HUH? so I surmise that one collection will NOT be enough. meaning, if money’s not really an issue, one can work her way up to a more pricey piece and then some. apparently it is quite addictive and you can even develop a well-known disease called walang kaligayahan.
ELVIE and GOOTCH are the more popular brands. what used to be for the more privileged bag-lovers have become the most coveted of the rest of them, too. I used to wonder if the proliferation of these bags and some other popular brands are all for real. because even if I am not an owner of any, I can tell from meters away that it is a knock-off version, basing on its craftsmanship (kahit class A pa ‘yan). but what if it was a really pretty girl wearing it? now this is where I draw the line. it doesn’t necessarily mean because she is pretty, she’s wearing the real deal, di ba. and there’s even a proper way to fling these bags. much like a ferrari red stiletto, it takes a lot of attitude to pull it off. kaya nga if the outfit is ghastly uncoordinated, then the bag goes down with it too. my opinion only 😀
I have a story to share. I have a friend who loaned from her mother just to buy THE bag. and there’s another one who’s paying for it in equal monthly installments under balance transfer through her credit card. which led me to thinking… can fashion really dictate the way we manage our financial freedom? and how far are we willing to go to stretch the limit? does the mere smell of its innards enough consolation for the wads of money that was paid for it? what happened to the good ‘ol secosana, susana or kimbel bags? haha, okay, I’m exaggerating already.
the most expensive bag I possess is just over $170, give or take our current exhange rate. I still want to have a prettier bag to fling. so yes, I do HAVE the disease. but I don’t want to slave just yet to satisfy my capricho. besides, there are more pressing matters that needs my money-saving prowess nowadays. having said that, indeed my best bud ems and myself do have concrete plans of owning an elvie or gootch one day, someday… as to when that will materialize? ewan namin.
so ladies, what’s the most expensive bag that you own? and are you still in-love with it? share naman diyan!
DISCLAIMER: this blog entry is not meant to diss those who already own THE bag 😀