I started carrying exotics when I was about 16 or 17 , although I don’t have a large collection atm like @ExoticsOnly
as I spend on jewellery ..
I was a ballerina, and in Covent Garden market in London, a retired Asprey craftsman sold crocodile and lizard bags using leftover Asprey skins sewn together.
I already owned Chanel blouses in silk and loved beautiful things and became hooked -the bags were only £36-75( in the late 1980’s).
When I started working they were far more hardwearing than my first Chanel bag, and to me far more attractive.
My most expensive bag to date was bought new-my Jimmy Choo matte navy crocodile bag-bought when the quality there was good, I still use it..for years it was my only bag..when I lived in Paris I had a stunning black box and charcoal ostrich bag, also I love my Laurus Prussia ostrich Geneva bag although it’s not a practical size..
I have a wishlist of more exotic bags(I own more as well atm), and eventually would like an Hermes Horizons bespoke exotic bag-if I can bear not to spend it on high jewellery …I’m currently paying for a Cullinan diamond and pink diamond ring.