Looking For A Nice "starter" Bag

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  1. baggi

    baggi New Member

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    Hi,

    I'm looking for a bag that's less than $350, good quality and durable. Any opinions?


    Thanks!
     
  2. leyla m.

    leyla m. New Member

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    MIU MIU usually have good shape bags that are roomy and durable and nice and not SO expensive :flower:
     
  3. TheSweetest

    TheSweetest New Member

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    I love miu miu and I totally agree, but I think Furla bags are wonderful. They are super simple, super versatile, and super cute! :heart: . They aren't very expensive neither. Cole Haan is nice too!
     
  4. BritBagLady

    BritBagLady New Member

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    I'm a BIG fan of Orla Kiely. Her leather bags are more like $450 but the coated canvas ones are from around $150. They are true originals and made to last. She has a cult following so isn't over-exposed. Their are a wide range of styles and prints but plainer styles too. Good luck! :flower:
     
  5. mikeijames

    mikeijames no tom ford, no thanks.

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    http://www.eluxury.com/browse/product_deta...&SectionID=9000

    i always recommend canvas-y, logo-type bags for your first adventure into bags simply so you get over that look (and not waste a thousand on a logo-ed bag you'll hate in three months)...then when you're ready to upgrade go with something more fashion-forward or classic-quality (depending on your tastes). and for your next bag you should budget no less than five hundred.
     
  6. MJCouture

    MJCouture New Member

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    I'd say go with a Miu Miu. Some of the styles are very clasic, and very few are over $500, but they are still fashionable.
     
  7. Plumour

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    I think a nylon Prada is a good choice, they're quite versatile and very durable. Get something in a basic colour like black, and you'll get lots of use out of it. :flower:
     
  9. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    miu miu-your best bet....
    furla-varies from season to season, but usually good
    kooba-available at bergdorf, scoop...very cute...looks like marc
    orla kiely-love
    vanessa bruno-bergdorf, scoop-cute and different-like balenciaga
    jamin puesch-cute, whimsical...can go from day to night

    nylon prada...too 80's and will look cheap
    anything with logos all over it...crap

    :flower:
     
  10. baggi

    baggi New Member

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    I like Miu Miu myself but the nicer bags are always over 400 :( I didn't really like the Fendi bag.. but when I saw it on the website it actually looks pretty nice carried.

    Another question I have is.. which brand has the best quality leather?

    Thanks!
     
  11. leyla m.

    leyla m. New Member

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    i vote for HERMES just for its softness/suppleness :blush: :heart:
     
  12. baggi

    baggi New Member

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    Heh.. actually I was referring to the brands listed in the poll :blush:
     
  13. leyla m.

    leyla m. New Member

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    oh hahah sorry! :lol:

    in that case i dont really know. it depends what leather they use, no? :unsure:

    my MIU MIU is sooooooo soft and slouchy. out of the collection of bags i got , its the one i use the most i think... and its extremely lightweight. thats an important aspect for me :flower:
     
  14. baggi

    baggi New Member

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    Hmm.. I've always thought the heavier the leather the more durable it is (hence better quality), no? :unsure:

    Do you have a pic of your Miu miu bag? I'd love to see it! Also, did you get it online?
     
  15. leyla m.

    leyla m. New Member

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    i havent got a pic yet :p
    and i didnt get it online either. i actually bought it in Kuwait "villa moda" discoutn store for less than 100 dollars :woot:
    it was so great that i got a similar one for my best friend too :blush:

    but anyways, you must really see for yourself.
    maybe you could post pics of ur choices and we could then help ;)
     
  16. baggi

    baggi New Member

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    OK.. here are the bags that I'm considering:

    Marc by MJ

    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/products/an/F4V2516_an.jpg

    Coach

    http://www.coach.com/shop/product_nobefree...ce=&easyask_id= (in WHITE)
    http://www.coach.com/shop/product_nobefree...ce=&easyask_id= (in WHITE)
    http://www.coach.com/shop/product_nobefree...ce=&easyask_id=
    (in WHITE)


    MIU MIU

    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/products/mp/S4L4850_mp.jpg - over the budget :p
    http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/Produc...234&DCLKSLOT=15


    COLE HAAN

    http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/Produc...921&DCLKSLOT=13



    And now for the bags I lust for!!

    Luella Baby Gisele in green :woot:
    Dior White Leather Baudrier Bag :heart:
    Marc Jacobs Small Hobo (the new one)
    CelineCalfskin Boogie Bag
    LV Bedford Bag in Monogram Vernis :woot:
    LV Epi Réverie Handbag
    LV Epi Soufflot :heart:
    LV Papillon Vachetta
    Prada Buckle Flap Handbag


    I've been bag hunting for MONTHS and I keep telling myself "something better will come along.. be patient.. " but i just can't take it anymore! I need to get it out of my system :p:p Something nice, casual, and versatile is what I'm looking for.
     
  17. rayncloudx

    rayncloudx New Member

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    :sick: :sick: marc by marc jacobs

    ok. the ones i like are:
    the last coach bag and the 2 miu miu bags.

    the cole haan bag looks nice in the picture but it's really :yuk: in real life. the texture is horrible.. i can't explain it. and the bag looks like it's 'bumpy' b/c it's supposed to be similar to crocodile but it's really not.

    also, if you're getting something like a leather tote, make sure you take weight into account. the bag might add a lot more weight along with your books and it'll just be heavy and annoying to carry around so you won't get use out of it.
     
  18. chocsta

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    I'd go for the MJ and the first coach. ;)
     
  19. softgrey

    softgrey flaunt the imperfection

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    i hate to say it...but i think the marc bag is the best one... :blush:
     
  20. As You Like It

    As You Like It Proponent of Plaid

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    If I could afford something expensive it would probably be a plainer Coach bag. They seem really well made, and they have a lifetime repair warranty. I would stay FAR away from any logo thing. I don't think I would get a knock off of a currently fashionable shape, like a faux-Birkin, because the fad will pass, and while a real Birkin is a lifetime investment, a knockoff won't be worth the leather it was cut from when the fashion passes.

    I would not get coated canvas. It gets icky looking right away and doesn't clean well, and it is not like you can just bung it in the washing machine, like you can with a plain canvas or denim bag. I would go for a sturdy leather, not a slouchy one like the MiuMiu, but then again, I only ever have one bag at a time, and use it until it is worn out, therefore sturdiness, maintainability, and durability are of the essence to me. Ditto a style that doesn't go out of fashion, since I will easily tote a bag around for 5-6 years. If I could afford better quality stuff, it would probably be for even longer.

    I like dark-colore (black or brown) smooth leather, because you can clean it with saddle-soap and touch it up with shoe-polish when it gets shabby.

    I like the Marc by MJ one, but I would have to get it in black or brown if I was getting one. It looks like a good all-arounder. You could carry keys, snacks, wallet, novel, sunscreen, camera, ect. in there, it looks like.
     

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