Bonjour from Paris! I was on a no rain, no snow streak for my last four trips during winter here…only to have my record finally broken. I was rained on and almost slipped in a puddle heading to the Metro. It felt like New York. The sun is back out today though.
Anyway, just now as I was on the Metro heading back to work, I sat across a very chic woman. After a few minutes, she proceeded to whip out her handbag – which I noticed she had been using as some kind of back/lumbar support – and unpack a multitude of items, including a fur hat and a hardback novel. Yes, hardback! I was very impressed, and it led me to something I’ve noticed about Parisians here…notice anything about the big Chanel bag below?
Forgive the quality of the photo by the way – it was a sneaky “spy” picture!
Anyway – if you’re looking at how used this bad boy looks, we are on the same page. I loved seeing this bag with its folds, wrinkles, creases, and even the worn bits on the corner. It’s obviously a bag that is treasured by its owner – but also used – banged around, things stuffed in, maybe even scuffed on the wall now and then.
I’ve seen this quite a lot with Parisians, and many of my favorite “street style” photos from Paris, I notice, feature these well loved bags as well. Like this ultra chic girl with her Hermes Plume.
It’s quite a contrast to when I am in Asia, where bags always seem to be kept in absolutely pristine condition, with women carefully setting them down (never on the ground), and being careful not to scratch the hardware, etc.
I think I am somewhere in between the two. I love how the bags look on these super chic Parisians, but I’m not sure if I would be so happy if one of my own was so battered (unless there was a cool story behind it). I am more careless than many out there and do like to use my items, with the requisite wear and tear, but don’t like to have too many dings or dents, and I probably won’t be using most of my bags for lumbar support, unlike my Parisian Metro friend.
What about you? How do you treat your bags – are you the one affixing the Hermes raincoat over your Birkin once the rain comes out, or are you putting The Da Vinci Code, your gym shoes, and all sorts of goodies in it and stuffing it under the airplane seat in front of you?