I've had the desire for a decent quality all-leather purse for years now. Mind you, I typically buy my purses when they're in the $10 range on clearance at Target. $25 is pushing it for me (oh, yes, I'm so cheap!)
But, no matter how much I love the looks of the purse I'm always so disappointed by the quality and how quickly it begins to fall apart - the handle gets bunched & worn, the stitching & edging come apart - sometimes within the first week!
So, as a bit of spending money came my way I saved & searched. If I was going to spend money on a purse I was going to be picky. I looked online, I looked at Ross, I looked at Department stores, but, nothing was ever quite right.
Last weekend, on a whim, I walked into Coach. There are some Coach outlets not too far away, but, after some research, I decided to stay away from the Factory brand. Only 20% of the bags in the outlet stores come from Coach, the other 80% are made for the outlet & not quite the same quality. I'd also noticed that most of the factory bags are fabric plastered with C's, not all leather. It just wasn't what I had in mind for myself.
Anyway, back to my whim. I really didn't think I'd find a bag I liked that night, but, I let the sales associate show me different options. For my "investment piece" I wanted something bold, a statement, rather than a true neutral. (Something "me!")
I found a style that I liked in the store, but, not the color. She showed me the color options online & said they could order it for me & have it shipped to my house. I briefly deliberated & then handed her my card! After my purchase, I was ecstatic! (Can anyone tell me why it was so exhilarating for me to spend that much money on one purchase?
It was a bit disappointing that the purse wasn't in stock, but, it only took a few days for it to arrive. I was bouncing off the walls when it came in the mail. I started opening the box to find the purse beautifully gift wrapped. It's all about presentation, you know!
The purse was inside the bag and absolutely lovely. SO ME. It was just what I wanted:
The pop of color. The contrasting color on the handle. The structure.
Each day I have the purse I'm happier with my purchase - I think I made the right investment!