I think it's rude for people to ask how much something was. Whatever happened to manners?!
I usually smile and say that it was a gift from my adoring husband so I really don't know. However, it's a (insert item) so you can look it up, if you're really interested.
it depend a lot on what kind of industry you work in. high corporate positions or media/fashion industry, most of the time, the people who work there likely have a designer bag or know the names of high-end designer. don't care about your colleagues. carry it well with confidence.
I do admit that whenever I carry a new bag, all of the girls notice right away and comment on it. They call me the purse queen in pure fun. No one has asked me how much I paid, but they know that the bags are on the little expensive side.
people at work know me as a handbag collector, so now it's almost expected. since it's just a part-time retail job (i'm a student), none of us make very much, so when someone asks how much my bag was i usually just say "believe me, it was too much!" and they get the point that i'd rather not say without me being rude. i definately understand them wanting to know the price, i just don't want to shock anyone!
I agree with the previous posters that asking about price is rude. You will find that those who ask about it are the ones who are either unfamiliar with high end products or just plain don't appreciate it. It's better to feign innocence about the cost.
I think they assume that I'm buying it with my husband's money, because he's older. Which is kind of annoying. I realize and am thankful that we have a nice house because he was saving for years before I met him, but at the same time I work and certainly contribute to the household finances so why wouldn't I be able to buy it with my money? (In reality, of course, it's all our money).