NYT Style magazine article on the purse blog

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    Kelly Girls

    Published: August 26, 2007
    It’s amazing the girls you can meet on the Internet. It’s a democracy that brings together collectors, fetishists and everyday enthusiasts from around the globe to share their knowledge about, say, meerkats or Churchill. Now even lovers of the world’s most expensive handbags are geeking out.
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    Purseblog.com is a two-year-old site whose 58,000 forum members chat about Marc, Louis, Jimmy et al. The site’s most elite forum is, naturally, Hermès, where women with handles like H_addict and BirKineSS post their latest purchases, rhapsodize over their dream sacs and go into so much detail about leather and hardware you’d think it was a Dungeons & Dragons site.
    “Cyclamen only comes in epsom and chèvre,” reads a typical post, “and there are no chèvre Evelynes.”
    There’s also a real-time component to the community, like the New Yorkers who hit the Madison Avenue store every Friday; the group that went to Las Vegas, dining at restaurants like the Olive Garden to save money for their higher shared purpose; and the Asian contingent that met in Singapore.
    During an early spring weekend, almost 30 of the faithful converged on Manhattan to put a face to the avatar. But first they shopped — some members recognizing one another from their purses. (“I knew that was your Lindy!”) The perky blond Southerners stuck together, as did the women in black, while locals couldn’t help flaunting their relationships with the S.A.’s, or sales assistants, the true keys to the kingdom. (Forum regulars have been scolded by their S.A.’s after posting their purchases, angering the have-nots.)
    After scouring the store, SoCal and traceyd adjourned to La Goulue for Champagne. (Out of embarrassment, all of the women interviewed requested that only their screen names be used.)
    “We met in the Chloé room,” said SoCal, an attractive 30-something brunette in jeans, heels, a tailored jacket and a crocodile collier de chien bracelet — or C.D.C., as the ladies refer to it. Traceyd, an impeccably maintained Upper East Side boho with a taste for ethnic jewelry, had posted, “Should I give my 16-year-old a Paddy?”
    Like others in the forum, traceyd had traded up to Hermès, selling her 50-plus “It” bags to focus on Birkins, which start at $7,000: “I thought if I had a Birkin, that’s all I needed. But it wasn’t.” She now has three Birkins, as well as eight other styles. But, she added, Hermès has made her more selective: “I’ve bought less crap in other areas of my life.”
    Though they’d never met F2F, they knew a lot about one another, encouraged by threads like “Do you ever not long for anything else?”
    “The people on the blog think the Hermès girls are the most snobby,” SoCal said. And while she acknowledged that the Hermès demographic is older and more educated, she asserted that they’re not a bunch of “trust-fund girls,” just powerful women who happen to have a fetish.
    I asked SoCal what she does. “I’m a tenured professor of psychology,” she said with a laugh.
    And traceyd is a successful screenwriter. They were joined by an anesthesiologist, a surgeon, a pharmacist, a lawyer, a corporate risk management consultant, another psychologist and a designer from Australia the next evening, at an Upper East Side town house. They weren’t all draped in scarves and enamel bracelets; one wore sweats. In fact, the more they spoke, the more it became clear that they were collectors, not shopaholics — another rabbit hole entirely.
    “That’s a 28 in noisette!” one said, checking a Kelly from across the room.
    “It’s havane, not black!” another said, showing off her C.D.C. “It matches my ebène Massai!”
    But soon their conversations turned to work, parenting, hobbies, the war.
    “It’s beyond bags,” said shopmom411, a Berkeleyite whose posts are accompanied by the Epictetus quote “Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.” She added, “This group has opened up my world in a way that nothing else ever has.”
    Someone shouted, “Heather’s getting a divorce. What scarf should we buy her?”
    For this sisterhood, which is planning a pilgrimage to Paris in ’08, their purses transcend status. “It’s a way of life,” explained Ninja Sue, who bought her 12th bag that day.
    Shopmom411 said, “We saw all these women with Birkins on Madison, and I don’t think any of them appreciate what they have.” The gang clucked in disbelief. “Some of us have more bags than the really wealthy people,” she said. “We’re just average ladies with a passion.”
  2. Congrats to the Hermes girls! They're famous now!
  3. That's WONDERFUL!!!! Congrats!!! :drinkup::tpfrox:
  4. OMG, that is so cool. Congrats to the site owners!! that has to be so exciting for them!!
  5. Yay!!:party:
  6. My dh was like 'oh isn't that the site you hang out on"? :yahoo:
  7. Awesome! TPF is the best, I can't believe I didn't find it sooner.
  8. yes isn't it exciting?? i was flipping through the magazine last night (I was looking for a pic of the new coach python bag) and I saw it and immediately told my fiance, who always makes fun of my purse forum addiction.
  9. :woohoo:Wow!
  10. This is fabulous and really makes me feel I am part of something great.....Yay to all of us......
  11. That's so awesome! This site deserves the publicity! I am so happy I stumbled upon here, and I hope more ladies and gents come here to make this place even better!
  12. This is so cool! We've collectively arrived!