Parisian ladies and their handbags.
Being somewhat of a handbag connoisseur (or perhaps simply psychotic, depending on your point of view) observed and made copious notes on the kind of handbags that show their face in tres chic Paris. Would you like to know?
I came across an interesting selection of lesser known brands, seasonal Chanels and many a discreet Hermes, (observed just the one Birkin. It was a rather glossy pink crocodile skin, size 25, carried by a beautiful Asian lady, in white CHANEL tweeds – and that was inside an Hermes store) In general I’d say almost all the bags I saw during the day were quality items in ‘well used’ condition. Practically nothing screaming I am ‘new’ or pristine and practically nothing that was clearly ‘cheap’, inferior quality.
A lot of chic younger women carried longchamp le pliage, in various state of dilapidation, some older style Hermes fabric bags, (such as fourre tout) plus some other brands and designs I am not familiar with.
Notable in their absence were the ‘fake‘ bags, Parisians seem to have too much self respect for those, (exception were some tourists with blatantly fake 2.55, but they were clearly identifiable tourists.) being British, I was embarrassed for them.
What I thought was particularly interesting, a lot of the CHANEL and Hermes carried were old models from past collections, (old rather than vintage) seasonal pieces and discontinued designs. The ladies carrying them, were on the whole well groomed and beautifully dressed in the latest fashion, but their bags were unmistakably old, well used, though good quality.
These ladies are not afraid to use their ‘investment’, and they don’t seem to skimp on their everyday clothes to buy the latest ‘must have’ handbag. (Something that is becoming endemic in the rest of the world, promoting sweat shops and unacceptable working conditions.) Thinking about it, my own fashion budget (you can see it here & here) may be a little heavy on the handbag front.
I liked the French lady approach very much. Food for thought to reinforce the fashion transformation.
What do you think ladies? Do you use your bags with abandon? If they show a few scuffs here and there, so be it. Or do you like to collect and keep for best?
(We stayed in 6th arrondissement, st Germain L’Hotel here)
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