Question From a Newbie...

  1. Hi everyone, my name is Erin and I'm 21-years-old. Forgive me if I sound naive. I'm new to the world of designer handbags! The most couture thing I own is a heavily discounted Diane von Furstenberg from ebags.com!!!

    I want to buy myself a nice handbag when I graduate from college in May. This handbag will have to last me a while if I put a lot of money into it because, well, I'm a broke college student. :yes: This is my fear, though, and tell me if it has any basis in reality.

    If I buy a high-end designer handbag, could I really still be proud of it for the next couple of years? Bags such as the Chloe Paddington, the Fendi Spy bag, anniversary collections, etc. are so well-known. People know the who, what, and when of it. Whether or not they still look current or in good condition, they become incredibly unfashionable a season or two later. This is because the majority of the people who carry them have already moved on to the latest and the greatest. They'll know I'm carrying last season's or last year's bag.

    This notion of mine leads me to believe that I should steer clear of higher-end bags because I can't keep up with it. I'm looking at lower-end designers such as Francesco Biasia and Perlina (any thoughts about them? I really like Perlina's AJA Hobo in black and Francesco Biasia's Ring of Fire bag). Are Biasia and Perlina... valid? Are they well-respected designers? I don't know if you'd call them couture...

    So basically, I want something fashionable with a look and designer name that will impress, but I don't think I can keep up with high-end. Does this post make sense? Anyone understand how I feel? Thoughts/suggesions? :p

    Thanks!

    Erin

    PS: Here are the two bags I mentioned that I like:

    Perlina AJA Hobo > Leather Handbags > Handbags - eBags

    Francesco Biasia Ring Of Fire Double Handle > Leather Handbags > Handbags - eBags
     
  2. hi erin, welcome to tpf :yes:

    i don't believe in the hype of in or out bags. i always buy my bags according to what i like and will wear for years to come. i'm also ot made of money and i bought my designer bags through research and careful thinking.
    u'll be able to see lots of bags option in this forum until decides which one you like.

    based from ur option between these two :
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    i personally like the size of the biasia one, and i figured it will be more efficient cause the size means u can use it more then the smaller one that u can only carry for lighter days.
    but i like the color of the perlina one :p
     
  3. Thanks! The Perlina is significantly less expensive and has a top zipper, but the Biasia is so much fun, too. :yes: I would actually want the Perlina bag in black! I feel like it would match more of what I own, but the brown color is certainly nice. I wonder, though, if it's too big:

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    I'm 5'4,'' so I don't know if I could pull it off well.

    I hope that my first post here didn't make me sound like a complete snob. I really wonder about that sort of thing and all of you here seem nice enough and perhaps understand where I'm coming from. :yes:

    Erin
     
  4. wow.. that perlina is bigger than i thought :p
    but i'm an avud fans of big bags, i'm also 5'4" and wearing my balenciaga weekenders a lot, which is HUGE! and i'm also a fans of slouch leather, so my vote for biasia is quite obvious :p
    but that depends on what you're planning to carry and the purpose of the bag, is it for daily use or just to go out at weekends.
     
  5. Welcome, Erin. Love the look of both bags you chose. I can't speak from personal experience as I am very very new to the world of bags myself, and don't own a single designer bag (whether it be low-end or high-end :smile: ). Many good things have been said about Francesco Biasia bags on this forum , so great choice there!.
     
  6. Thanks for the responses. :yes:

    Anyone else? Anyone, anyone? Hehe.

    Erin
     
  7. My vote goes against Perlina. I bought one a few years back, and overall was not impressed with the quality of the bag (stitching, liner). It's a cute style nevertheless!
     
  8. I sooooo agree with this. Since you are admittedly young and new to the handbag scene (welcome by the way!) start out slow and easy. Especially if you are low in funds - just shop around the department store sales. You will come across something you love and can afford. No matter how much you spend (even if you bought a $2000 bag right now) your tastes are gonna change - especially hanging out with us and seeing whats out there! No one here is ever going to look down on your bags if they are NOT designer. (if they do - they will be sofa king banned if you KWIM!) So pick up a great bag you can afford and maybe start a savings account just for bags - take your time - cause by the time you have some money saved up, you will have enough to get your dream bag after cruising these threads.....and we are always here to help!

    p.s. and you are old enough to come to Club Bagnshoo!
     
  9. Thanks for the great responses, everyone! I think I'm going to go with Francesco Biasia. I've searched the forums and have read favorable things. My neighbor also has a Biasia and swears by it. Problem is, I've found more than one Biasia that I like. I think I'm being sucked into the world of handbag temptation and desire! :smile:

    Erin
     
  10. I have a couple of Biasia bags and I am very, very pleased with both of them.