For the Love of Purses – My History

The Beginning

The one thing I am really attached to is my purse. I must have been about 10 when I got my first one. I have a photo I’ll share of me in the summer of 1976. That’s me holding a purse! It was a few months before I turned 11. I believe my mom made that purse for me out of some upholstery scraps. Maybe that was the beginning of my love of purses?

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Summer of 1976. Yes, that is a purse I’m holding on the left.

My Evolution of Purses

Over the years I’ve owned different designer handbags. I had Dooney & Bourke purses around 15 years ago, then Coach became the rage. I remember how excited I was when I got my first Coach purse. It was about $300, which I considered a lot to spend on a purse 11 years ago. The purse is made of monogram fabric with leather trim and suede flowers. I loved that purse! For a few years, it was my spring and summer bag.

First Coach purse

 

Then I got another, really nice Coach purse for my birthday in 2007. It’s one of the best made purses I’ve ever owned and it’s fairly heavy for a purse. The lining is silky, with a Tattersall design and the exterior is cloth monogram and leather. After I got this bag, I alternated it with the my first Coach purse. One for the spring and summer and the new one for fall and winter. I haven’t used either of those purses for many years, but I can’t bear to get rid of them.

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Love this Coach bag, it’s so well made.

Then Along Came…Louis Vuitton

Several years ago, I moved on from Coach to Michael Kors then to Tory Burch. In 2014, my husband got me my first Louis Vuitton handbag for my birthday when we were in Maui. The Portobello in Damier Ebene in my favorite style of bag, the hobo bag.

My First – the Louis Vuitton Portobello

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The Louis Vuitton bag my Portobello

 

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I was so excited about getting this purse that I snapped a photo for my girls to show them.

 

I used the heck out of that purse for the next two years. I’m a tad disappointed with the quality of my Portobello. The leather shoulder handle shows a lot of wear on it, especially on the edges. After I joined the PurseForum, I read about cracking along the sides of the canvas near the zipper. When I looked at mine closely, sure enough I had cracks, too. Louis Vuitton has a great warranty on their bags and I could have returned it for a credit towards a new bag (since it’s been discontinued). I chose not to, though, because this bag is sentimental to me and I still use it. My sister had a problem with her two-year-old Artsy bag and they exchanged it for a brand-new one right in the store.

 

How it looks now

 The Neverfull

Earlier this year, I bought the Louis Vuitton Neverfull before we went on our Caribbean cruise. I planned to use it as a carry-on. Now that I live almost 3 hours from the closest LV store, I decided to try their website. I was really easy to navigate and purchase on. Here a picture of how it arrived:

 

The Turenne in MM

A few months ago, I purchased my current favorite LV favorite, the MM Turenne “preloved.” The Turenne is a really versatile bag, it can he handheld, a shoulder bag, or worn cross-body. I posted some pictures to show what I usually keep inside it. It is my first bag in Monogram. I tend to be a real matchy-match gal, so I was worried about how my Damier Ebene SLGs (small leather goods or accessories) would look with it. But, I needn’t have worried. They look great together as you can see:

 

Earlier this year, I ordered the Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM in Damier Ebene for our Spring Break trip. It was hard to choose between the GM and the MM, the Damier Ebene and the Monogram. In the end, I chose the GM in Damier Ebene because I wanted a big travel bag and the Damier Ebene leather trim is treated. The GM sized worked well as a carry on. I’ve also used it a few times for overnight trips, too. It held two days of clothes, a swimsuit, undergarments, two pairs of shoes, my makeup case, and straightener!

SpeedyB 35

My newest LV bag is the Speedy Bandouliere 35 in Damier Ebene. I’ve only used this a few times. It comes with a strap that works as a shoulder strap and an extension that makes it into a cross-body. I can see myself using this purse a lot this fall and winter. I’m always a little worried about getting the vachetta trim on the Turenne wet or stained, so I doubt that I will be using it as much after this summer. On my last trip out-of-town, I used the Speedy as my handbag and the Neverfull as my weekend bag. They looked great together.

Do you have certain styles of handbags you love? Personally, I prefer those that lay flatter against my side. How about designers? Share your favorites!