Closet Confessional 23: The Pragmatic Burberry and Louis Vuitton Lover

Although she applied to shop a lot more, this year she only plans to purchase one particular new Louis Vuitton Bag

When it comes to our bag collections, most of us have a lot more bags than we can use and we basically do not switch them out sufficient. This week’s confessor realized just that – that even owning 18 bags signifies if she switched every bag all through the year every bag would only get two.five-three weeks of use. In addition, this project manager from California only collects Burberry and Louis Vuitton and has no wish to ‘move up’ and gather a lot more premiere designer brands. Take a appear at this week’s confessional beneath!

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The Fundamentals

Age: 35
Gender Identity: Female
Place: Camarillo, CA
Occupation: Project Manager
Market: Service Engineering
Salary: $135,000
Household Revenue: $340,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? Yes.

How numerous bags do you personal? 18

How considerably is your collection worth? $35,000

What is your most pricey bag? My Louis Vuitton Kimono. I fell in like with that bag the 1st time I saw it, and purchased it somewhat impulsively when I walked into the boutique. The original intention was “just to look”, but of course I must have recognized far better how that was going to go!

What are the most vital brands or pieces in your collection? My collection is comprised largely of Louis Vuitton and Burberry. I am not interested in “moving up” to Chanel or Hermes anytime quickly, I am pleased with the good quality and styles supplied by my favourite brands.

What age did you get your 1st designer bag, and what was it? It is challenging to try to remember and my answer is a small overly difficult! I had been carrying Coach considering that my college days, and then moved onto largely Kate Spade when I was about 28. I had bought a handful of Burberry bags in my 20s from the Burberry outlet, and purchased a preloved Burberry handbag from a consignment shop in San Diego when I was 26. This was almost certainly the 1st bag that I try to remember pondering was “fancy”. I purchased my 1st Louis Vuitton preloved when I was 32, and it was a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Bandouliere in Empriente.

Any certain bag that holds a specific sentimental worth? I seriously wanted to acquire a Louis Vuitton Mirage Speedy after I started to get interested in luxury handbags. I kept seeing them pop up on preloved websites but never ever pulled the trigger. Ahead of Christmas 2015 I saw one particular come up for sale in superior situation, but it was bought promptly and I missed out. A handful of weeks later a further one particular popped up for sale and I excitedly showed it to my husband. He is generally extremely supportive of my purchases, but was acting a small odd when I asked him if he believed I must get it. Right after a handful of minutes he left the area and came back in with a substantial box. It was my Christmas present which he insisted I open proper away.

Inside was the Mirage Speedy that had come up for sale a handful of weeks prior! So it was my husband that snapped up the one particular I was eyeing! It was a terrific present and I adore the bag, and like that he listened to my purse rambling and tracked down one particular of the Mirages for me!

Do you really feel like your bags adjust people’s perceptions of you or how you are treated? No, at least for exactly where I reside and perform. Most individuals in my nearby location are not seriously interested in or are conscious of higher finish brands. It is uncommon to see a further particular person with an pricey bag, even though I know a handful of ladies who like to rock Louis Vuitton as effectively, so I have a handful of handbag kindred spirits right here.

At my spot of perform, the staff are largely male, and most of them wouldn’t recognize a designer handbag anyways. I constantly really feel comfy bringing my bags to perform considering that it is not observed as bragging, it is just a bag to carry stuff in, as far as my colleagues are concerned.

On a diverse note – I do assume that in some locations a good bag can adjust how I’m treated. If I go buying in Beverly Hills, or any spot exactly where there is a lot more interest in luxury, I assume I am treated differently. But in my day-to-day life – no adjust!


The Purchasing

How normally do you purchase new bags? I have a negative habit of diving in head 1st when I strategy a new hobby. Due to the fact higher college I have appreciated the thought of a superior good quality handbag and loved hunting at them – but never ever even deemed moving previous modern designers. As soon as I began obtaining interested in the larger finish brands in my early 30s, I accumulated a lot of bags in a extremely brief period of time. Most of my collection was purchased in a two year period.

In 2018 I realized that I required to slow down. A single of my bags has only been worn after, and a handful of other people for just a handful of weeks every. If I put on every of my bags equally all through the year, I would be applying every one particular for two.five-three weeks a year. That is just as well small use for what I am paying for the bags! So in 2018 I only bought two bags (each on sale at Burberry), and am preparing on one particular Louis Vuitton obtain for 2019. But all round – perhaps 1-two bags a year from right here on out.

Which retailers do you frequent the most? The Burberry boutique in Topanga Canyon and a Louis Vuitton boutique in Beverly Hills.

Do you ever purchase second-hand bags? Exactly where do you purchase applied? I have purchased second hand ahead of. Six of my bags are preloved and have been bought from Potero, The RealReal, Fashionphile, and Yoogi’s Closet. All of them have been authenticated by way of an authentication service soon after I acquired the bag. I am as well scared of eBay to obtain there!

Do you sell old bags to spend for new purchases? No. I have not sold any of my bags or SLGs that I have acquired. I am taking into consideration it for the future, specifically considering that I have some bags that are hardly ever applied, and I have some SLGs that have never ever been applied. This is all lessons discovered from getting as well considerably as well speedy. I could possibly really sell some a handful of years from now, but I do not really feel the require proper now.

Do you ever really feel societal stress to obtain a lot more bags? No. Due to the fact there’s not a lot of interest in luxury brands in my location, I do not really feel the require to match in or preserve up with the Joneses. I am conscious of bag trends, but do not really feel the require to adhere to them unless I genuinely appreciate the trend. Even when I was getting a lot more regularly ahead of – that was a lot more from my compulsion to obtain, obtain, obtain (I do not get started something progressively ever!). I did get some bags that have been reviewed by YouTubers, so there was some influence there. But I nonetheless like all these bags I purchased. It was a lot more that the YouTuber exposed me to a item that I was inclined to currently like, rather than getting one thing due to the fact I like that YouTuber or wanted to be like them.

Do you take into consideration your bag purchases investments? Not at all. All of my bags have depreciated in worth considering that my obtain. On the other hand, I do appreciate the reality that my bags nonetheless have some worth. I have gotten interested in diverse hobbies all through my life, and for a though I was getting fairly a bit of a item that lost all worth in about a year’s time. So at one particular point I added up what I had spent and realized that it was all a loss, except for the enjoyment I got from the item when I applied it. But I accumulated so considerably that I was never ever going to get by way of it all. I realized, with handbags, that when I place my cash towards them that they would retain at least some worth, which was comforting. That was one particular of the factors I got interested in luxury.

Who influences your getting choices? It could possibly by my husband. Most of the time I will hear about a bag either by way of YouTube or TPF, study it, and go purchase it if I nonetheless want it. I will constantly ask my husband if he’s okay with me getting one thing, and he constantly is supportive. But occasionally I can inform he Definitely like a bag, which tends to make me a lot more inclined to obtain it. When I purchased the Louis Vuitton Kimono, I could inform he seriously liked the bag and his interest created me a lot more inclined to purchase it that day. He is extremely fond of the Louis Vuitton Steamer bag, which I also like, and will probably be adding that to my collection in the future.

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your buying? Yes. I have a terrific Sales Associate at Louis Vuitton who I have worked with for a handful of years, and I constantly go to her for all the things! I applied to have a fantastic Sales Associate at Burberry, but she moved on to a diverse job a handful of years ago. It is telling how that connection can make a distinction, due to the fact I have bought considerably much less from Burberry considering that she left. I will text or e mail my Sales Associates sometimes, perhaps a vacation greeting or a basic How are Ya, but most of the communication is initiated due to a obtain.

Why do you appreciate buying, beyond just acquiring one thing new? I totally have some kind of buying addiction, and I am a significant believer in retail therapy. I also have a tendency to make purchases for some variety of occasion of milestone, such as a promotion at perform. Fortunately, my finances have been in a position to assistance my frequent buying, of which I am grateful for. If I was not in a position to afford my purchases, I would like to assume I would be in a position to cease.

Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a shop or boutique due to your look, ethnicity or gender? Undoubtedly not due to ethnicity or gender, at least in my expertise. As far as look, if I’m going buying someplace good I generally attempt to bring one particular of my nicer handbags with me. As soon as my husband and I spent a morning walking about Santa Monica pier and have been wearing casual garments and beat up sneakers. My husband had grabbed a Harry Potter T Shirt (and he does not even seriously like Harry Potter, it was one particular of my substantial pajama shirts), and was wearing that about the pier. We decided to make an impromptu cease at the Louis Vuitton boutique in Beverly Hills to see my SA and “take a look” at a bag. Of course, I impulsively purchased it (Kabuki Neverfull). So there’s my husband, walking about Louis Vuitton in a tattered Harry Potter shirt, which sort of cracked me up. But considering that we have been functioning with my regular SA, we weren’t treated any differently, and everybody else was extremely good to us as effectively. Then we walked down Rodeo Drive and stopped in some of the boutiques there, all though he was rocking the Harry Potter T shirt. And I wasn’t hunting superior either in my T shirt and sneakers. We weren’t treated any differently in any of the boutiques, but that may possibly have been due to the fact we have been carrying our Louis Vuitton obtain. Harry Potter and Louis Vuitton. Now there’s a collaboration, LOL!

The Revenue

Who pays for your bags? Each my husband and I. We each perform and we treat our cash as going into “one pot” of cash. I know there are some couples that preserve separate accounts and track purchases created by every companion – but we just do not do that.

Do you set aside a spending budget for your bag purchases? I have not in the previous. Due to a handful of new recurring costs I am expecting this year, I am going to attempt to spending budget for extraneous purchases – something further that I want to purchase for exciting. This will consist of makeup, candles, clothes I like but do not seriously require, and so forth. So if I want a bag, I will require to spending budget my Sephora and Amazon buying to set aside for a bag. I like the thought of a spending budget – I’m just hoping I can stick with it! Suitable now I am hunting to set aside about $1500/month for these forms of purchases.


The Taboo Subjects

Have you ever bought a counterfeit due to the fact you couldn’t afford a designer item? No. I am not interested in getting something that is counterfeit or even the “inspired” bags. I did have a fake Kate Spade that I purchased in higher college though on a family members trip in Italy. I got it for about $15.00. At the time I didn’t even know what Kate Spade was, but I loved that small colorful striped bag!

Do you ever hide purchases from your considerable other? Not at all. He is extremely supportive of my getting (occasionally as well supportive!). Oftentimes I am on the fence about a bag and he pushes me towards getting it.

What’s the craziest issue you have accomplished to afford a bag? Absolutely nothing seriously crazy. I perform challenging, have a superior job, and am fortunate sufficient to be in a superior economic circumstance, so I have the funds on hand when I make a obtain.

Do you assume your buying is ever a difficulty? Have you ever felt like you have been struggling with a buying addiction? YES. Purchasing is a difficulty for me. It began modest when I was in elementary college. I would like to go to Choose n’ Save and purchase Care Bear keychains or some cool pencils at a buck every with the allowance I got from performing my chores. Then I began “collecting” factors like Beanie Babies, Pogs, and Archie Comics in middle college and higher college.

As I have gotten older my tastes have regrettably come to be a lot more and a lot more pricey, and my require to “collect” has constantly gone hand in hand with my buying addiction. I want that I could scratch that buying itch with a $1.00 essential chain now – life would be so considerably a lot more manageable! Fortunately I know exactly where to draw the line – do not purchase something that I do not have funds for at the moment. That is a line I am cautious not to cross, and is the only challenging limit on my buying habits.

The Rest Of It

Any other pricey hobbies or passions? I enjoyed getting art for a period of time. Absolutely nothing crazy pricey, but now I am out of wall space in our residence so I cannot accumulate any a lot more pieces. I applied to also “collect” jewelry from my travels when I was in my 20s, but I haven’t created an pricey jewelry obtain in awhile. Based on your definition of “expensive”, most of my and my husband’s further time is spent playing Pokémon Go (yes, that game is nonetheless extremely well known!) and we almost certainly place a handful of thousand into the game every year.

Something else you would like to consist of? Thank you for reading this. I know that I am fortunate in my life to have acquired some stunning products and am extremely thankful for becoming in a position that I was in a position to do so devoid of going into debt. I hope my small story is exciting to some of you out there, it was exciting to create!