This is the clutch I was holding yesterday, a white oversized quilted dream by J.W. Anderson.
Most of you might have noticed that the only bag I carry around all the time is my Céline, which I got last year. Since I am not really a bag person, I allow myself to fall in love once a year and give myself a huge treat. For a long time, I wished for the Proenza Schouler PS11. Chanel changed my mind… As soon as the velvet green Boy bag hits stores, I think I am going to take a run for it. The only question left is, does this one count as two bags?
Flipping through Vogue Collections, cravings for fall mounted up. Me – being totally unrealistic – writing down Givenchy boots, Rag & Bone hat, Céline just about everything, more boots, a Chanel bag. Though most of these cravings are not really going to happen anytime soon, it is good to have them as some sort of reference while shopping. I mean, they can all be translated into something more reachable:
Givenchy boots – oh, check!
Rag & Bone hat – never going to get a high CPW anyway and I already have one from H&M.
Céline just about everything – go minimalistic, the best options can probably be found at COS.
More boots – Isabel Marant is getting in some good ones when the paycheck allows. If not, wait for the next paycheck.
Chanel bag – a cool shoulder bag in a fall color that is both suitable for running errands and evenings out.
Speaking of bags, I needed a bag in a different color than black, so I went for the almost complete opposite and got off-white/cream. With a hint of a cool fall color. Perfect!
Kurt Geiger Liquorice bag.
I recently seem to have developed a slight obsession with things translucent. It all started with our Victoria Ghost chairs by Philippe Starck for Kartell and my most recent transparent thing is this clutch from Minusey. You see, the interesting part about transparent bags is that you can exactly see what one carrying around. I am usually not a lipstick-mobile phone-and-ready-to-go kind of person, but with a bag like this, you have to be just a bit less of a mess. One thing that really helps is that it is pretty small and does not fit a lot.
Imagine all bags being transparent, who’s bag would you like to see like that?
Last week I had quite an interesting conversation with one of my readers on Instagram (username afterDRK) about the transformation my Céline bag has made through the year. The conversation started a little bit like this:
“Is THAT your Céline bag?? Holy sh*t, what happened to it? It looks like a gym bag or something. You’ve had that like what, less than one year? Come on, that’s just bad quality. The leather should be thicker or something. Shame…”
To be honest, I wanted to cry my eyes out when I first found out the bag was getting softer and losing its boxy shape quite fast. I mean, I paid this bag with my eyes closed and I expected it to stay the same and above all “new” for the rest of my life in exchange. Obviously on one hand, I really understand his point of view and I appreciate a strong opinion like this.
On the other hand, I believe that bags are made to be used, especially if it’s a bag that is used every single day. The bag gets through what you go through in your daily life and I think it adds character. I mean I would not put stickers on it like Jane Birkin does with her bags, but you are getting my point here.
Shoes need to look polished, bags are made to be and “look” used, but that is just how I see it.
I am curious, what do you think?