seeing myself in…my bag??
Living in NYC and relying on public transportation, I come across a multitude of people in my daily life. This *people-watching* allows me endless opportunity to listen to them (eavesdropping – I totally do it!), see what they are wearing, watch what they are doing, and observe what kind of bag/purse/satchel they are carrying.
I am not a label-whore by any means. I adore designer stuff, but don’t buy it so I can wear it or carry it thinking I’m all that. Aside from something like my Burberry scarf, I don’t necessarily want people to look at whatever it is and be able to instantly recognize the designer. I actually am very anti-visible-label. I don’t want to be carrying around a bag that screams its designer by the brand logo splashed all over it. I work in advertising, but I don’t believe in *free advertising* by walking around with in-your-face logos on my clothes or accessories. I never got into the Louis Vuitton craze. While their more classic black/dark brown/tan logo covered bags are nice, it’s still too many LV’s for me to stomach.
A few years ago, four actually, I was in the market for a new bag and figured why not splurge. I had been looking in Bloomingdales and Saks at the Chloe bags, the Marc Jacob bags, etc, but they were all ridiculously expensive and indulgent.
So one day I was walking home from work. It was around my birthday and I was feeling pretty good. I was at a new job (my current one) and we were gearing up for the busy advertising upfront period. While on Madison Avenue, I passed Furla and popped in. I browsed around the store for about 10 minutes and saw two different bags that I liked. The one I ultimately bought was just so me. It sounds silly to say that about a bag, but it is so true.
It’s a designer bag, but not flashy and without any blatant logos. I’m *designer* quality, but don’t *scream* that to all those around me.
It was expensive, but looks like it cost twice as much as it actually did. I take care of myself and dress nicely, but I am a lot less maintenance than you’d think. I was rocking a great $7 sundress this summer that does not look like it cost that little.
It’s a hobo bag, so it is fairly large and capable of holding a lot. Much like my mind and my heart, there’s lots of room in there for new things.
It’s a neutral brown color. I’m, for the most part, a fairly neutral person and easy-going. I get along with almost everyone.
I’ve had it for four years and use it almost every day and it still looks new. I’ve been through a lot of crap over the years, but surprisingly *wear it* well. I love it when people think I’m still in my late 20’s (I do have to give props to the good Asian genes though).
Everyone who sees the bag for the first time (which is rare now that I’ve had it for so long and carry it all the time), tells me that they love it. I’d like to think that those who meet me for the first time take a liking to me, as well 🙂