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September 27, 2012

Purses, Spoiled Again

I was inspired to write this post after a friend on Facebook announced that she had recently lost several pounds and was able to go shopping in her own closet. She could now gleefully fit into a bunch of once-forgotten, barely-worn clothes, automatically expanding her wardrobe options–all without spending a dime. What a great concept!

So when I was plotting what to wear to an upcoming event, I decided to root around my clothing cache for anything I might have unwittingly banished from memory. The outcome? I’m almost too embarrassed to show you. Almost. A trio of to-die-for purses…but I’ll let you be the judge.

Bally patent leather purse

My late father had bought this glossy purse for my mom more than 15 years ago. She then passed it along to me. My mom is the best.

Since rediscovering this bag in my collection, I no longer covet a Chanel quilted double-C bag, which absurdly makes me feel $2,000 richer.

The calfskin Italian leather is beyond buttery soft. And it has decent capacity for holding a slim wallet, keys, phone, lipstick, and Purell.

Philosophy di Alberta Ferretti houndstooth wool and leather bag

I bought this handbag nineteen years ago during my junior year abroad in Paris. I got it at Galeries Lafayette and have amnesia about the price. It has handles. It has feet. It’s maroon and orange. And it still looks like new.

The original zipper pull broke a few years ago so I replaced it with a couple of brass charms I found at Anthropologie. (That’s about as D.I.Y. as I get.)

Jas M.B. perforated leather clutch

I found this roomy clutch on sale for 40% off at Barneys in San Francisco. It’s made in England, and I love its blue color and handy wrist strap.

The texture reminds me of the steering wheel of a European sports car. And the smell of the leather is divine. (Sorry, vegans!)

Wow, a triumvirate of versatile designer accessories hiding in plain sight! (Yes, I know, I deserve the biggest smack on the forehead.

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