My 2016-2017 Handbag Collection

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I am a handbag lover. The secret is out and I am going to atone for every impulse buying with zero remorse. My love for fashion knows no boundaries, I have so many footwears that I already lost count of how many I have, but I was never particular about the brand and quality of my shoes. As long as they are fashionable and comforatble enough for me to wear, I am cool with it. But it is a different story with handbags, with it, I am very particular with quality. I want something that will last for years and can stand wear and tear. I also prefer the classic and minimalist design that would match any outfit.

In this blog, I am going to give you information about the different types of leather particularly the ones that my handbags are made of, just to give you a better understanding of what type of leather to pick in the event that you are in a dilemma of choosing one. The decision for me to switch to designer handbags has more to do with practicality. I remembered buying handbags from brands such as Guess, Charles and Keith, Topshop, etc that after few years of use, the leather started sloughing off. All because those handbags are made of faux leather, which only lasts 1-3 years. Also, be careful with Vegan leather because that is a fancy term for faux leather. So is PU (Polyurethane) and PVC (Polyvinylchloride). Genuine leather has a life span of 10-20 years, ideal if you are trying to build a handbag collection, which is exactly what I am doing currently. There is also leather that lasts more than a hundred years that it typically becomes an investment piece, such as the Chanel bags and Hermes particularly the Birkin.

Today I am going to show you the purchases I made on 2016-17 when I decided to switch to designer handbags. I do have 2 handbags of lesser quality but I am surprised by how durable they are. It happened that I started collecting one per season so you will see the season and the year the handbag was purchased.

Winter 2016

Kate Spade Matthews Street Maise
Color: Pillbox Red
Leather: Boarskin Embossed Cowhide
Lining: Kate Spade Jacquard

This is the first designer handbag that I owned. I was really excited when I purchased it because I never owned something with superior leather quality that I am certain would last me for many years. Most of Kate Spade handbags are made of Boarskin Embossed Cowhide and in so many forums people freaked out because they thought it is made of pigskin. Let me clear the air a little bit, it is a cowhide leather that is stamped with grain for it to look like a Boarskin. This process is commonly used because it makes the bag durable and anti-scratch.

Spring 2017

Michael Kors Selma Saffiano Leather Medium Satchel
Color: Black
Leather: Saffiano
Lining: Polyester

This handbag is a dream. I remembered visiting Ogilvy in downtown just to see this MK Selma and lust over it. At that time I was doing 2 jobs, so as a reward for all the hard work, I got this for myself. This handbag is made of Saffiano leather, which is my favorite type of leather. This is the signature style of the fashion house “Prada” who started the Saffiano craze. Originally, it is made of calf leather covered in wax then a machine will do a cross-hatch style for it to achieve the Saffiano texture.

Summer 2017

For the Summer of 2017, I decided to get myself 2 handbags that are not expensive but still have good quality. I chose Aldo and Steve Madden based on the quality review. I don’t have the handbags details but I can show you how lovely these arm candies are in the photos below. Both are faux leather.

Aldo Candy Pink Satchel

Steve Madden Orange Floral Tote

Autumn 2017

Diane von Furstenberg 440 Gallery Bellini
Color: Granite
Leather: Calf Textured
Lining: designer-stamped twill

This bag is my most stressful purchase. Since there is no DVF in Montreal, I ordered this online through The Outnet, it is the sister company of Netaporter that sells off-season designer products. To cut the long story short, I run into multiple issues at the time of order and The Outnet customer service turned out to be unhelpful that I have to call them out on Twitter before they started responding to me. After so many escalations, I finally got my most awaited DVF and loving every moment that I am using it. It is made of Calf leather which is known for its softness and fine grain that contribute to its durability.

Winter 2017

Rebecca Minkoff Chevron Quilted Small Love Crossbody
Color: White
Genuine leather

I fell in love the moment I laid my eyes on this bag. It was an impulsive purchase but totally guilt free. I’ve been thinking for a long time to buy a white crossbody bag so when I saw this in store, I knew the time has finally come. Notice that this bag is made of genuine leather, not like my other bags that are specific to what high-quality leather it is made of. When a product says genuine leather, it means that fiber leather particles are bonded with adhesive into a fabric followed by the application of a synthetic grain. Technically, it is remnants and scraps from garment and shoe factories that are ground up and recycled. Not fancy sounding right? Genuine leather is a low-quality leather. It may last longer than faux leather but not long enough like the high-quality leathers.

That’s it for the 2016-17 handbag collection! I will show you my 2018 collection soon.