Darkened/Warmed Handles: color, condition, and comments

Handle condition: Is it an issue for you when buying?

  • Yes, I'm turned off by bags that have darkened handles, won't buy 'em

  • No, the leather of the body is what counts. If it's lovely, I'm sold!


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Dec 2, 2005
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I've been wondering this for a while. I've been looking on eBay for a lilac or turquoise city, but a couple times I've been held off by the darkness of the handles.

But I noticed a LOT of people have no problem whatsoever w/ handles that are darker, and maybe I've been influenced, because as time passes I've started to feel like this is becoming less of a concern for me too... :yes:

I'm wondering how you guys feel? It it a major concern for you in buying bags? Why or why not? :flowers:
 
Dec 2, 2005
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For example...

This bag's got gorgeous leather, would the handles bother you?

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varsha624

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Feb 8, 2006
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For the above bag, the handles are not that bad. In my experience darkened handles photograph worse than they actually are IRL. You really do have to see it up close, and the 3D nature of bags masks it somewhat. But, I would greatly prefer immaculate handles, who wouldn't? I think the above bag would look a lot better IRL
 
Mar 12, 2006
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varsha624 said:
For the above bag, the handles are not that bad. In my experience darkened handles photograph worse than they actually are IRL. You really do have to see it up close, and the 3D nature of bags masks it somewhat. But, I would greatly prefer immaculate handles, who wouldn't? I think the above bag would look a lot better IRL

Agree! :yes: The handles wouldn't bother me that much because what everyone is looking at when they pass by will just be the body of the bag. :smile: I doubt that they'll take my bag and look up-close... unless it's THE b-bag from e-bay awhile ago that was chewed up by the doggie *HORROR*
 

toni22

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May 4, 2006
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hmm. always an issue for me.. thats why i always end up with darker color bags. i think it would bother me.. when i hesitate and loose an auction on a bag with darker handles, i think " oh well, those handles would have driven me crazy". but then again, i love the older leather so so much. maybe i will just stick to black and dark colors where it does not show. somehow its just different on an LV bag.
 

hatikuh

Just 1 more, I swear...
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Feb 24, 2006
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I think it really depends, if it's the color & style I've been dreaming about, and the leather on the body is beautiful, and the price is good, I'll be more than willing to overlook the handle issue. Unless of course, it's extremely in contrast (i.e. white bag with dirty black handles)
 

mimz

heart belongs to BAL
Mar 17, 2006
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It depends how dark they are, how much I love the bag, how hard it is to get, and how much of a 'discount' it is offered.

:smile: Slightly darkened handles don't bother me (like that seafoam) dark handles that really show or are brown do!

eta: it especially doesn't bother me if the color has 'warmed' up all the way around :smile: it just adds to the vintage look!
 
Dec 2, 2005
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I see your point cougess...

Now I'm starting to wonder what that darkening is, exactly?

Does anybody know much about leather?

Is it a natural "patina"-ing (like LVs)? Dust? Or dirt getting caught in the grain of the leather?
 
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