There were two, no, make that three, bags in front of you.
You knew you would like to take one home, but you could not decide on the colour.
But you did. Of course. Bring one home.
You took a reveal shot, and then packed it nicely back into the box and onto the shelf, alongside your other instagrammed ‘IT’ bags from the past year.
That trophy shelf may well be referred to as your wall of honorary icons, guest starring bags you bought because they photographed well for Instagram but, fact, you hadn’t worn them at all and already planning to rehome them.
Your sales associate is the sweetest person ever, and has reserved the most coveted pieces (in your size!) for you. In the name of excellent customer service, yes of course you will take them all, thank you (her) very much.
You were invited to a preview, and when you are invited to a preview, it is bad showing if you didn’t reciprocate with a purchase. Yes, no, maybe?
These scenarios are not exhaustive – please share your anecdotes with me, if you will – it will be delightful to publish your comments here, for all of us to have a good laugh at ourselves.
So when I said I came full circle with this one, in my IG post, I meant it.
It all made sense, at point zero, to go with the reissue, an iconic piece, in classic colour black aged calf skin, with the stunning gold hardware. A cannot-go-wrong combination.
The only problem – the weakest link – was me.
I prefer silver-tone over gold hardware. Therefore, my perfect Chanel bag sat on my wall of honorary icons for a good six years. In mitigation, I did, take her out. Maybe five times at most? The cost per wear was not a sensible number.
I heard voices:
- The price of the reissue has gone up, so I am in a ‘profit’ position
- Yet if I rehomed it, I will not receive even 80% of the price I paid for it.
- It is such a beautiful piece, the specs are the best combination, a must-have in any girl’s wardrobe.
- I am sure there will come a day, I will fall in love with it and wear it every other week.
But… The only problem, I re-iterate, was that I don’t wear gold hardware much. This little nagging voice was on loop, reminding me ad nauseam that I am not being sensible.
So I rehomed it. Good job well done.
For the next two years, I wondered. I pondered. I thought very hard. And then I acted on it.
This year – 2017 – is not the best time to act, because Chanel has increased prices yet again to the tune of their global price harmonization strategy.
But there is never a good time.
This time round, I went with the same iconic piece – the reissue – in the same classic colour black, in the same aged calf skin, but with the ruthenium tone hardware. I love the discrete combination, and am pleased to share that I have worn it at least nine times since I took her home.
In the final analysis, it is not about what is the most popular, investible, or the best combination.
It is about my preferences, what suits me (in my opinion), and my lifestyle.
Maybe easier said than done, but I will keep trying.
I have also made the mistake of buying bags in colours that will photograph (and look) better on Instagram, than on me. That’s another full circle (of choices) I have made.
I still love my colours, but black, is black. It will always be appropriate, is always on point, and respectable.
Here are some black bags that made it to the inner circle, of different but deliberated specifications, for (almost) every possible context of use:
The Workhorse: Hermès Birkin 30, togo leather. If I need to bring everything including my kitchen sink, this hardy warrior is my go-to. For capacity, click here or image below to see.
The Travel Companion: Hermès Jypsiere 28, clemence leather. This is the first (if not the only) bag I reach for when I travel. Functional, discrete, hardy, with two ways of wear. Click here or image below to watch how to shorten the shoulder strap to convert the bag from a shoulder sling/crossbody to a shoulder tote.
The Day to Evening bag: Lady Dior Mini, in lambskin. This little one has enough capacity for my day essentials, while offering formality if I need to attend an evening cocktail or a musical.
The Professional with Grace bag: Hermès Kelly 25 Sellier, Epsom leather. It is aesthetically graceful but professional looking, with reasonable capacity for essentials. Also an excellent transitionary piece for day to night.
The Hands-free bag: Chanel Mini Flap, Caviar leather. Perfect when I need to go hands-free, and for travel. It wears three ways, with reasonable capacity. Hardy because of the caviar leather so I do not need to baby it at all.
Clutches: left to right – Moynat mini Vanity, Lulu Guinness lips clutch, Bottega Veneta Knot. These three iconics have me covered for any evening function of any formality. And, they go with any colour dresses or ensemble (dress, tux, gown).
I was asked, if I am allowed to have only one black bag, which one would it be?
What do you think?
Which would be the chosen one if you are only allowed one?
Images courtesy of @happybaggage