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13 May 2016 by Leanne Coppock

The Discussion: Should you invest in a designer bag?

Our Content Editor Leanne Coppock discusses the benefits of investing in a statement bag.

The decision of whether to invest in a designer bag worth £550 retail price was not an easy one. For many keen shoppers such as I, items like these are a luxury, something to be coveted from afar until you finally assess your finances, bite the bullet and decide to buy.

ASPINAL OF LONDON WOMEN'S MARYLEBONE TOTE BAG - NAVYHosting a mixed collection in my current wardrobe which includes pieces both designer and high street, I have often weighed up the value and benefit of spending a vast amount on what some perceive to be a mere handbag.

For women certainly, the handbag can serve as the sartorial saviour to one’s daily struggles. Juggling a work/life balance which can take you all over can demand precision and advanced organisation to always be equipped for that meeting/dinner/trip to the shops.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD WOMEN'S HOGARTH LEATHER EMBOSSED BAG - BLACKCheaper day bags can run risk of having a sudden snap and leaving you inconvenienced on a city centre street, scrambling to hold your belongings and dignity together. The perfect bag comes built to suit such scenarios, offering ample space solutions and protective pockets in abundance, with high quality tailoring to ensure sturdy straps.

When my choice to opt for a high end purchase was in full swing I thought it wiser to set my sights on a larger offering, considering a tote or satchel style to accommodate such variance in personal schedule.

ASPINAL OF LONDON WOMEN'S MARYLEBONE MINI TOTE BAG - BLACKMany may ask why it is necessary to splurge so much on a simple handbag. To answer is very subjective and does really come down to the individual’s needs, budgets and preferences.

For example, the same style may be available for a mere fraction of the price at an alternate store and this is tempting but may not always satisfy and produce the same results long term.

VIVIENNE WESTWOOD WOMEN'S TESSUTO DERBY ORB LARGE SHOPPER - NEW EXHIBITIONWhat must be assessed in these decisions is whether the source of the competitor lookalike piece is a reputable brand which can be trusted to deliver on quality. One of the assurances found in opting for designer brands can usually be a reliable composition built to last and if it isn't you really have something to worry about.

It is best to serve you means, assess and decide upon a maximum spend before committing to a one of a kind piece which will break the bank but look great on your arm. Search far and wide to see if your new arm candy piece matches its form with its function.

TED BAKER WOMEN'S ALEXXA BOW DETAIL CROSSHATCH LEATHER TOTE BAG - MINKA big advocate of the cost per wear ideology, it could be useful to evaluate how much you may wear or use an item in comparison to its price tag before committing your cash.

In the end I purchased my coveted accessory, a black leather Mollie Satchel by Aspinal of London, which months later has worn beautifully and seen me through weekends away and days in the office with stylish ease and zero regrets. 

If you've decided to take the plunge and add to your collection, see our editor's picks of high end styles.
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