There is something about buying an item at it’s full price that makes me feel guilty and partially cheated. Working with manufacturers opened my eyes on how high mark ups can get. I especially feel this way when I buy top notch designer duds, there is something very very wrong and stupid when I want to buy an item valued more than our monthly rent on the house so no matter how much that though depresses me I always walk away. I also get the justification of mark ups (for the most part) overhead is a bitch, raw material increase every time they order for restock, some brands are handmade not mass produced, we are paying to flaunt the brand, etc. but as a consumer especially on a budget and if it is available in a different brand with same material and comparable quality, I would love it if I can get them at a discounted price. I’ve been wanting the Kate Spade Wellesley / Prada like frame, something sturdy and structured since I carry a lot of papers for school and work, I need it to fit a folder. I am so sick of carry totes, I put something in there and my items are all over the place, I have to fish for something before I find it. I got a bag from Just Fab (photo below) 3 months ago, it is cute and the size is perfect but I want a leather bag, so I’ve been searching since.
So last Friday the fam and I visited our cousin in San Diego who celebrated his 27th birthday. The next day while they were all hang over, I got bored and decided its time to buy a new purse. My 12 year old and I went to Nordstrom Rack Mission Valley. Hunting for that style bag. I was really hoping that they would have some of those Kate Spades but I was out of lock, instead I saw these two
I would have picked the Furla because I am more familiar with the brand, it is made in Romania and the size is perfect but it was not as structured as I want it to be and the color is just blah, it is too tan for me, I’d go with a lighter tan. The Pour La Victoire though has more pizzazz to it, sure it is not really the frame type that I am actually looking for but the weave flap design pulled me in. I was a little hesitant at first because of the size, it will not exactly fit a folder unless I fold it in half and it is made in China, don’t get me wrong the quality and craftsmanship is superb but I am really trying to buy more made in USA or European ones (personal choice, no need to politicize it over) but over all the gorgeous design and that oh so cute logo won all the cons. Yeah most I bought it because it is more of a work of art than what I needed, go figure. LOL.
Here are more pictures of the bag
And this is my today with the bag