[MARC by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Baby Aidan satchel. Image: farfetch.com]
I’m the sort of person who gets a little bit obsessive about one topic at a time (though luckily I stay pretty obsessed with nail polish, ha!), and recently I’ve been diving back into handbags because my birthday is coming up in the fall and I wanted to narrow down my choices and give myself time to find a good deal!
(Yes, DH and I don’t really exchange gifts. We just do gift budgets. It works out great because we no longer get disappointed about not receiving quite what we wanted! Before, I’d ended up with jewelry that I don’t really wear, and you should have seen the look on his face when I bought him an apparently subpar bottle of Scotch one year. He ain’t never gonna live that look down.)
Anyway, handbags are the only fashion items I’ve been interested in buying, simply because I’m losing my pregnancy weight and even my damn shoes are too snug right now. Clothing will have to wait. I’ve already decided that once I get back to my pre-pregnancy weight—and I will! Right?—I’ll treat myself to a new wardrobe. But for now, handbags! Weeee!
My shortlist is pretty small now, so I just have to decide what I really want. But while I was doing my research, it got me thinking about bags that, for one reason or another, I have had on my wishlist for ages. Many are discontinued (style or color), so the secondhand market is the only place to find them now. Most of these bags will remain on my wishlist forever, I feel, but I enjoyed compiling them into a single blog post for sharing.
Alexander Wang — Rockie
The Rockie is the perfect size for my petite stature (the Rocco is too large for me), but reviews all say this is still one heavy bag, thanks to all the gorgeous hardware it sports. Part of me also feels I’m not cool enough for the bag, so I continue to admire it from afar. I especially love this one in nude and pastel shades with silver or rose gold hardware.
Christian Dior — Miss Dior
This is beyond my comfort zone, price-wise. Simple enough reason! Isn’t that chain strap gorgeous, though? Most bag aficionados are gaga for Chanel’s quilted flaps, but for me, Dior and their cannage stitching is the grail. Sadly, I don’t see the Miss Dior on the official site any more.
Coach — Borough (Retro Colorblock Oxblood/Olive)
Coach has come out with some beautiful styles lately. Every time I see someone carrying this, I wish I’d gotten one—but I don’t work in an office and this bag doesn’t fit my lifestyle. (As if a Miss Dior does! Hahahaha.)
Fendi — Be Baguette (Cyclamen)
As with the Dior, I can’t bring myself to spend that kind of money on a bag. It doesn’t feel right! Probably because I’m not a gazillionaire. Even if I saved up the money, I’d still be thinking of what else I could do with the money instead of just having one little bag.
Givenchy — Nightingale (older version)
Givenchy saw fit to redesign the Nightingale, and I’m less enamored of the newer, more structured version that has fewer details. I chose a Pandora over the Nightingale several years ago, and while I don’t regret it, the luxe Nightingales still call to me! The preloved market it will have to be, but it’s tough to find the bag in a great color.
Givenchy — Pandora (Blue Basketweave)
My heart skipped a beat when I saw this. It was already sold out when I found it online, and I wasn’t inclined to go hunting for it since I wasn’t planning on spending that kind of money on a bag at the time (I’d just gotten a medium violet Pandora on a trip to Paris—an uncommon splurge, but DH had also picked up a lovely watch in Florence, so it was only fair!). If a genie granted me three handbags, this would definitely be one of them. The Pandora style is quite possibly the ideal bag for me. It’s so comfortable and easy to use, and I think it looks amazing.
Hayden-Harnett — Tharpe (Oyster)
Hayden-Harnett went defunct a couple of years back (though half of the founding team, Toni Hacker, has started her own thing, and Hayden-Harnett’s current site is supposed to go live in Spring 2017), which saddened me as I particularly loved many of their small leather goods (SLGs). I have a number of their leather cuffs, two pairs of shoes, and both of my regular rotation wallets are HH. As for their bags, I just have a Newman hobo and a Bowery clutch—their bags generally didn’t appeal to me as much as the accessories did. The Tharpe is one of their bags that I do wish I’d bought when it was available. There’s something very ’00s about it but I just dig it so much! I especially loved the glowy Oyster leather colorway. Sorry about the puny picture—Hayden-Harnett’s site took down all their old images, so this was the only photo I could find.
Kate Spade — Grove Court Maise (Maraschino)
Never had a Kate Spade bag before. Missed out on this one and countless other adorable ones like it. I really don’t know why! I even got one of these Maises for my mom (she says she likes it). I really love the juicy color combo of this particular bag. The style is still around, but not the colorway.
MARC by Marc Jacobs — Classic Q Baby Aidan
This is literally the only MbMJ bag style I ever wanted—partly because I love bowling bag-shaped styles, and partly because it doesn’t have a massive nameplate on the front, just a removable tag. But I never ended up getting it because of the signature MbMJ lining that I so despised. All the MbMJ bags are now discontinued in favor of a streamlined Marc Jacobs New York line, which I find nice but a little dull. At least they don’t have that awful lining anymore.
Rachel Nasvik — Phoebe Satchel (Cobalt Blue)
Rachel Nasvik’s stylish, vintage-inspired, made in the USA bags never seemed to really take off like Monica Botkier and Rebecca Minkoff’s lines did. It’s a real shame, to me, because I love Nasvik’s bags far more than anything I’ve ever seen from Botkier, for example. I grabbed a couple RNs off Amazon/Endless back in the day, and a couple more preloved off eBay. Haven’t found a Phoebe in this smooth, luscious blue leather, though.
Rebecca Minkoff — MAC (Plum & Rose Gold hardware)
I spotted this one at Revolve years ago, and didn’t feel like paying full-price (I’m not sure I’ve ever paid full-price for a Minkoff anything, actually). It’s the only full-price RM I’ve regretted not buying. The color combination just slays me! But I’ve never seen it on eBay or Bonanza, or at any consignment shops.
Rebecca Minkoff — Morning After Mini Mini (MAMM)
I have a few MAMs (which are mini versions of the MAB!), but was never a fan of the Mini MAM until I saw one in person. It was a girl at a streetcar stop with a black Mini Mini that was just too cute and slouchy! I would love to get one in a sunny yellow or similarly fun color, but I don’t think these were made for very long—2009/10-ish?—and it’s hard to find them.
Roots — Madame Bag (Dune/Shell)
I’m pretty sure they don’t make this anymore. One of these days, I do have to get a Roots bag! The Madame was one of the more feminine styles they’ve had.
Treesje — Luna Hobo (Yellow)
For a brief time a while back, The Bay (now Hudson’s Bay) carried Treesje bags. I was so excited because I’d never seen one in real life, only online. There was an adorable, unusually-shaped little yellow hobo that I petted and visited a couple of times. It slouched beautifully on the shoulder. The Luna came in two sizes, regular and Grande, but I’m sure the one I wanted was the regular. The price was a bit high—I think the exchange rate wasn’t great—so I didn’t buy it. It’s hard to find it on eBay, too, since nobody seems to know the model name. I constantly get alerts for Treesje bags, and although I occasionally see the Luna, I never see it in that sunny yellow. Maybe one day I’ll bite the bullet and just get it in the Champagne pictured above.
Yves Saint Laurent — Muse
After YSL made the switch to SLP (Saint Laurent Paris), they also updated the iconic Muse bag. (Now it seems to be discontinued entirely!) I’m not as big a fan of the new version, finding it far too plain, but as time has gone by, I love the original a little bit less and less. I think I still find it a lovely bag, but it doesn’t suit my lifestyle at all, and I am really not into arm-carried bags. Oddly enough, whenever I see a YSL/SLP bag in real life, I’m also never wowed like I should be. I think it’s just the design I love—the graphic Y shape on the front is just genius!—and the bags themselves are not something I would really be adding to my collection.
And, finally, do SLGs count?
Hayden-Harnett — Emile Indexer (any bright color)
I adore my Emile Indexer wallet, but it’s black, which makes it a pain in the behind to use with handbags that have dark linings. Ideally, my next French wallet will be a bright color that is easier to find and, obviously, more fun! I can never find Emile Indexers anywhere in bright colors, though.
Are there any handbags that got away from you?