CC 141: The Collector Refining Her Ideas on Luggage


In as we speak’s installment of Closet Confessionals, we meet an NYC native in her late twenties, who started amassing luggage at age 13, when a pal gifted her a Prada Nylon Shoulder Bag. In fact, that bag is now again in fashion, proving that generally amassing actually does come full circle. Over time, this collector has refined her views on style and amassing, selecting to maintain a decent, curated assortment of baggage that she actually loves.

The pandemic has solely intensified her imaginative and prescient, as now she is inclined to cross over sure issues with a view to buy higher-quality objects that may stand the take a look at of time. CC 141 believes strongly in searching for offers, and as such, is a giant fan of buying secondhand luggage. Moreover, she’s a giant proponent of promoting her luggage as properly. Although this confessor admits to procuring as retail remedy at occasions, with age, CC 141 has realized what’s on the within is at first most necessary. Learn the complete CC beneath and don’t overlook to submit your personal.


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The Fundamentals

Age: 27
Gender Identification: Feminine
Location: NYC
Occupation: Strategic Director
Trade: Media Tech
Wage: $150,000
Family Revenue: $150,000

The Luggage

Are you a PurseForum member?Sure

What number of luggage do you personal? 6

What luggage are in your assortment?

How a lot is your assortment value? Resale Worth might be round $10K.

What’s your costliest bag? Chanel Metiers d’Artwork Boy Bag

What are crucial manufacturers or items in your assortment? I attempt to preserve a small wardrobe so I solely preserve what’s necessary to me but when I needed to say in all probability the Chanel Metiers d’Artwork and Fendi Baguette.

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? Technically 13—my pal (properly her mother) generously gifted me a Prada Nylon Shoulder bag for my birthday. I knew nothing at that age and didn’t look after it and gave it to my mother. My mother stored all of it these years and now it’s again in fashion and value far more and he or she’s actually completely happy about it.

Is there a selected bag you wish to buy subsequent? I solely purchase a bag if it actually speaks to me. There’s nothing I’m critically coveting for the time being however I’m searching for a cute bag I can match a guide into so I can learn on the subway on my commute to dinner for instance.

Any explicit bag that holds a particular sentimental worth? The Chanel Metiers d’Artwork Boy Bag. I noticed it within the runway photographs and fell in love however figured I’d by no means be capable of afford it. Occurred to return throughout it on eBay in 2015 at a good value and I had simply gotten my first ever bonus at work so determined to splurge on it. To today it’s the costliest factor in my closet!

Do you are feeling like your luggage change individuals’s perceptions of you or the way you’re handled? Positively when procuring. I get approached by salespeople quicker in shops. I do really feel self-conscious about carrying fancy luggage. I really feel like individuals take me much less critically or choose me for being materialistic perhaps. I take advantage of the Saint Laurent for work minus the brand keychain so it simply appears like a plain black tote) and I journey with the Cartier backpack that has no logos in any respect. If I’m happening a date or out with associates I normally carry The Row bag which is also unbranded on the skin.

Have your bag-carrying habits modified since Covid? I’m undoubtedly dressing up much less and utilizing canvas totes extra.

The Purchasing

How usually do you purchase new luggage? A few times a yr. I don’t implement a restrict, it simply depends upon if and after I discover one thing I actually need.

Has the Coronavirus pandemic modified your procuring habits or total angle in direction of luxurious? I’ve realized I want fewer issues. I’ve been shopping for much less and saving for higher-quality objects.

Which shops do you frequent essentially the most? I largely on-line store and normally solely throughout gross sales. SSENSE, Bergdorfs, Internet-a-Porter and Saks are my go-tos.

Do you ever purchase second-hand luggage? The place do you purchase used? All of my luggage are secondhand! To be sincere I believe all luggage are overpriced. I’m a complete cut price shopper so I all the time need to discover a deal. All my luggage are from eBay, Vestiaire, or The RealReal. The Fendi is handed down from my mother. I rigorously authenticate all my luggage although and pay for authentication companies and make the most of the PurseForum.

Do you promote previous luggage to pay for brand spanking new purchases? On a regular basis. I’ve bought a Balenciaga Metropolis, a Stella McCartney Falabella, a Chloé Faye, a Boyy bag, and a bunch of my mother’s classic LV and Fendi luggage. If one thing doesn’t converse to me anymore, I’m fairly ruthless about eliminating it. I promote on eBay, Vestiaire, Poshmark, and The RealReal.

Do you ever really feel societal strain to buy extra luggage? Not anymore. I undoubtedly did rising up in NYC particularly throughout the Tory Burch tote section. All of the cool children in class had one and my dad and mom (rightly so) thought it was too costly for a youngster’s guide bag. I lastly dragged my mother to a pattern sale and bought one on sale.

Do you contemplate your bag purchases investments? Sure! I’ve fairly a little bit of expertise with the resale market and I’ll solely purchase luggage now with good resale worth, so that they’re investments in that sense.

Who influences your shopping for choices? Firstly aesthetics and whether or not I just like the design. Secondly, resale worth, which I suppose is pushed by influencers, model, and so on.

Are gross sales affiliate relationships instrumental to your procuring? Not for baggage as a result of I purchase secondhand. Positively for jewellery. They let me know when new collections develop into out there and are only a textual content away.

Why do you get pleasure from procuring, past simply buying one thing new? Within the deepest sense, procuring is form of like investing in my future self. There’s a picture of myself I need to obtain and a part of it’s creating a sure outward look. However yeah I undoubtedly observe retail remedy.

Have you ever ever felt such as you acquired inferior service at a retailer or boutique because of your look, ethnicity or gender? I believe Chinese language individuals are the most important spenders by ethnicity proper now. Nearly each luxurious retailer has a Chinese language-speaking salesperson. So I really feel like I’ve gotten superior service generally as a result of I’m Chinese language. But additionally I’ve seen salespeople deal with me and different Asians as inferior due to racism or perceived stereotypes about our conduct or style.

The Cash

Who pays to your luggage? Me. And I attempt to solely use discretionary funds like a piece bonus or cash made by reselling different objects.

Do you put aside a price range to your bag purchases? No. I set a restrict on how a lot I’m keen to spend for a specific bag although since I purchase secondhand.

The Taboo Matters

Have you ever ever bought a counterfeit since you couldn’t afford a designer merchandise? I purchased faux Chanel espadrilles in Shanghai just a few years again. I strive to not now due to respect for mental property and design. Plus you possibly can nearly all the time discover what you need on a secondhand web site for lower than retail anyway.

Do you ever conceal purchases out of your vital different? No however I don’t brazenly speak about it or inform them each time I purchase one thing since I’m utilizing my very own cash.

What’s the craziest factor you’ve achieved to afford a bag? I believe it was loopy to make use of my work bonus to purchase a Chanel bag as a first-year analyst. It value like 5% of my annual wage on the time.

Do you suppose your procuring is ever an issue? Have you ever ever felt such as you have been scuffling with a procuring dependancy? I used to do much more retail remedy in my late teenagers and early 20s. With age and expertise, I’ve realized that how I look isn’t as necessary as how I really feel and one doesn’t all the time compensate for the opposite.

The Relaxation Of It

Another costly hobbies or passions? Jewellery these days. It’s a significantly better funding than luggage. And restaurants- I spend essentially the most cash each month consuming out, there’s a lot good meals in NYC

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