I have a wall of shoes, but I only have one handbag in active use (there are about five in the archives). So when I buy a bag, it’s a big deal, because I use that bag every day for at least a year. I rarely switch it out because when I do, I’m guaranteed to lose my drivers license or lipstick. I simply cannot be trusted with the transfer of my wallet from one purse to another and then back again.
So when Erin and I were eating quiche and gabbing over italian sodas, she said:
Debbie (she calls me Debbie), I need you to help me find a new handbag.
And I accepted the challenge.
I shopped for Erin with the expectation that this bag would work for her all year long, like a faithful friend. The Warhorse of handbags, if you will. (the ads for that movie make me cry like an idiot.)
Erin’s a petite powerhouse with a blond Michelle Williams ish pixy cut. She’s humble about her sense of style, but she does a great job of pairing well-cultivated, classic shapes with artsy twists and a hint of luxe. I needed to find a bag that is streamlined and doesn’t block her frame, can blend with her varied wardrobe, and offers a hint of luxury. Erin sometimes carries a clutch inside of a larger bag (the Nesting Doll method), and she travels a LOT. Fun Shopping Challenge!
Let’s take a look at the results, shall we?
1. Alexis Hudson “Chris” iPad Case $90 2.Elliott Luca Cordoba Clutch $98 3. Hobo International ‘Vintage Leanne’ Leather Crossbody Bag $148 4. Michael Kors Gia Leather Satchel $795 5. Michael Kors Gia Leather Satchel $895 6. Burberry Patent Leather Shopper $795 7. Kate Spade Flicker Melinda $345 8. COACH Madison Patent Demi $178 9. COACH Kristin Leather Hippie $258
I’ve been obsessed with patent leather since I was 10 years old. God- remember these? I loved those shoes!! I even decorate in the equivalent of patent leather, which is lacquer. I have a white lacquer dining table, a red lacquer desk… but I digress. So #7 seems the most delicious to me… Shiny! The shape and color of #5 could also keep me warm on a cold winter night.
What say you?