So, I mentioned my search for a summer-y purse. What I didn't mention was that on my roadtrip with my bestie, we stopped at an outlet mall to get out and stretch our legs. We wandered into the Coach store where I proceeded to fall in love with a bright pink leather purse. And when I say fall in love, I mean Fall In Love. I wanted that bag so hard. The color was great, the interior had lots of handy pockets & pouches and it even had dual short straps AND a long strap, something I've been looking for in a purse lately.
But even with the outlet price and the in-store coupon, it would have been $170. And that trumps the most I've ever paid for a bag by a good $50. Granted, the bag I paid $120 for was also leather and lasted me 3 years. It's actually still hanging in my closet, despite having had to have a strap reattached and having the lining start to detach. I can't (won't?) get rid of it.
Besides, that bag seemed more practical. It was a black pebbled-leather messenger bag. And almost exact copy of a beloved less-versatile yellow leather bag I bought at Zara in Italy and also carried to death for about 3 years. It was roomy, with lots of pockets and a cheery green lining. I used it for work & for play and I loved it to pieces. Literally.
The Coach bag, while gorgeous, seems frivolous. Probably because, you know, it's bright pink. And I'm not necessarily one for big names. I don't care about having a Coach or a Kate Spade. But I know that Coach makes a quality product. So if I took care of it, it would last a really long time. But $170? For a purse? And a bright pink one at that? Even if I had $170 just sitting around my apartment, I don't know if I would purchase it. I happened to find it online for $189 here and I occasionally stare longingly at it on my screen.
So basically, I'm looking for a lower-cost version of the same bag. Not a knock-off or anything. Just something in a bright, summer-y color with a classic shape. But I have a feeling that nothing I find will live up to the glory that is the Coach Ashley Convertible Carryall in Watermelon.