How much are you willing to pay for one? Are they worth what they cost?
My friend Rachel took me on mall mission to find out! We visited designer purses at the department stores Nordstrom & Neiman Marcus & in the individual stores of Coach, Burberry, & Louis Vuitton. As much as they would let us, we examined the material (not always leather), the quality, & the prices of the bags.
For a woman (me) who has never owned a designer bag, it was an education.
We saw several pretty options on sale--still more money than I'd usually spend but very nice.
Considering that Yves Saint Laurent hated "the snobbery of wealth," why are his bags priced so high?
Well, I confess that Burberry bag seems to upgrade my outfit from "everyday" to eleganté. I can't imagine spending $1000 or more on a purse, but I can see the value of investing in a classic, lasting piece.
Many thanks to Rachel for touring the mall with me & introducing me to some of the finest designers!