i used to feel the same way.
I know for myself, I carry the LV because it is a great piece with a long history.
As for the looks and stares, it's because people are mezmirized by the gorgreous style and design.
yea, i think some LV bags are very flashy.. like the MC speedies, I think they are kind of flashy but at the same time.. quite tacky looking (in my opinion!) perhaps cuz I have seen sooo many fake MC speedies around here.