Investment is a funny word. Most people think about real estate or paintings. I think about bags. Yup, a bag is a personal investment – you’re saying, “I care about how I look and I want you to see me as a Balenciaga girl or a Botkier girl.” Each handbag carries a different message and perception.
When I was in college and didn’t have a lot of bags (a sad time, truly) I still wanted one great bag. One great bag means a classic design, a universal shape, a resilient fabric, an unmistakable winner! My choice was the Louis Vuitton Speed 30, and for my 19th birthday, that is what I got. At around $500 it wasn’t the logical bag for a college sophomore to carry, but I new it was worth it. The slouchy doctor’s bag is ideal for school, now work, and for weekend adventures. I literally put my entire life in it – makeup bag, card case, a book, a magazine, some files, my wallet, my cell, my i-pod, and still have room for my lunch. This bag has been caught in a torrential rain storm in Vegas, a blizzard in New York, the smoldering sun in Los Angeles, and used as carry-on luggage when I travel. Despite the oxidation and heavy wearing that has altered the light tan handles and piping into a burnt-orange shade, the bag is a good as new.
Really, the speedy has become a loyal friend. I trust it. When I can’t decide what bag to take, Louis is always there. The monogram brown on tan pattern matches every clothing combination and color– skirts, jeans, black pants, white pants. It has truly lived up to the “investment” I always
knew it would become.
Moral of the story? Having lots of bags is great. In fact, I recommend it! But, having one great bag is a necessity for any woman. Make your pick from newbies like Bulga and Ted Rossi or go with old-faithfuls like Louis Vuitton and Prada. Because, as I always say, a great bag is the only item that can take an outfit from special to spectacular.
Pamela Pekerman is a bagaholic who turned her passion into a business. Using the skills she learned as a journalism student at NYU and her internship experience at InStyle, Cosmopolitan, YM and the Today Show, she created www.BagTrends.com, an online magazine devoted exclusively to bags.