I had a horrible experience with my Ivory Lucy, and whenever I bring it up I feel like I'm bringing a big ole' skeleton out of the closet. To sum it up, the leather was very porous and picked up dirt and color transfer like crazy on the first use - so I cleaned her up and sold her.
However - I had the chance to play with the Talia in white yesterday at my local Nordy's... and I was enamored to say the least. The leather was lightweight, yet not as lightweight as the Roni. It was a nice, smooth leather that did not resemble the leather on my Ivory Lucy either. From what I could tell, the leather on the Talia seemed perfect for a white bag. Smooth, medium in weight, finished so it was less likely to pick up color transfer and dirt, yet sturdy enough to be easily cleaned up if it did.
Not sure if that helps at all, but I definitely thought the white Talia was TDF!!! It's the perfect size, too.
Yes, that was very helpful! Thank you! The first time I saw that bag in person also at Nordstrom's, I knew I just had to have her. But, I am not going to pay full price! There are two selling on ebay right now for about 50% off the retail price... so I just need to get those authenticated. Thanks again!
It's hard to say. You might be able to find it cheaper, but who knows how long you'd have to wait and in what condition the bag would be in.
If you do a search for completed listings for "Kooba Talia" you'll see that the cheapest Talia in the last two weeks has gone for $399. Even though the bag you're after is white, I still think you're getting a good deal in the lower 300's.
I love this bag as well. I have seen the white, pink, grass and black all IRL and the leather is beautiful. I love white bags and this is snow white (not a hint of ivory) which I adore. Ironically, I was torn between buying this and a violet Lola. I went with the Lola and ended up returning her. My concern at the time was the same as yours - keeping it clean. Since I would have been buying it at full price at the time, I just couldn't do it. Good luck in your search!