Last week I did a big, pricey and much considered thing. Nope, I didn’t do a sky dive, but invested in an item I’d been toying with for what felt like forever, and to be honest- it kind of was.
I’ve never really been the kind of person to fall head over heels with designer bags. I’m fortunate enough that I have invested in a couple in the past (with my Mansur Gavriel being one of my absolute favourites)- but to me, it’s less about the name of the brand and more about the uniqueness, timelessness and speciality of the style- it could be from Lidl, Loewe or Lands End but the importance is certainly not in how much it’ll set me back, or being Lady Label- but whether it could enhance my wardrobe, and add life to my most loved.
But back to the bag. Last year I fell in love with this YSL Raffia number. It was expensive, (probably) impractical and between seeing it and it selling out there was no way I could consider dreaming about justifying it. In the coming months, I searched resale sites and never saw anything similar- until this year when I saw a certain Ms. Welch sporting a certain wicker Gucci number- that was it! It was love!
The perfect lacquered wicker bag that balanced timelessness and something modern too (and that’s without mentioning the lining). Shaped like every classic bag I’ve ever dreamed of (2.55 I’m lookin’ at yo), it felt more in line with my style- and almost like a nod to a classic Birkin basket, from a fashion period that felt exciting and almost heirloom like for Gucci. So, after scouring the internet for the ‘Gucci Cestino’, I discovered the world seemed to love it just as much as me, so I popped it down on my Matches wish list in case I was to ever see it again. Fortunately, last week it came back in- and after having some money saved I decided to bite the bullet. I felt positively queasy pressing purchase, but after solidly having it glued to my side- think I can presume it was a sensible investment.
Anyway, on Sunday I was reading through The Sunday Times Style, and came across a piece by Claudia Winkleman on designer labels, which read; ‘Labelling is back, it’s 1980s in tone, it’s “Look how much I spent” and it’s unashamedly out there’. Reading that line instantly made me feel about icky about my latest purchase, was it ostentatious of me? Was I being flashy? None of those things even crossed my mind previously and made me wonder (in a non-Bradshaw-esque way) that although labels and logos and popular- is it possible to splurge without being suggestive?
It feels a little gluttunous to share such a costly purchase on my blog. Goodness knows I don’t want to be like ‘OI! LOOK WHAT I WENT AND GOT!’ But after thinking about it for a while- isn’t that why I started writing this website after all? Not to brag about the ludicrously indulgent (which trust me, are few and far between)- but to share what I’m loving, doing and shopping. When I started it may have been Peter Pan collars and sixth form loafers– but the premise still remains- and even if this time it does boast a logo, it’s still an achievement, and one that’ll be sitting in my wardrobe for years to come.