Think I might get a Black City for Christmas... but I'm scared.

akillian24

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.... of wear & tear.

I'm not super hard on bags, but I don't baby them either. I've never had a Bal bag, love the look - and would thoroughly enjoy adding one to my collection - however in doing my research there seems to be durability issues with black Bals? Either fading, turning green, worn edges, etc....

Am I better to opt for a different color? Thanks in advance. :confused1:
 

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I think black is the best bet cause it hides most wear really well. Especially wear on the handles (like darkening).
 

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The 2010 were gorgeous, deep dark black with nice leather. Go for it.
 

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^^ Second this. I LOVE my 2010 black, more than any other black. No issues with fading or greening yet.
 

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Yay!! I feel significantly better now. Phew! Would ya'll believe I don't have a single black handbag? I always start out looking for black.. but then end up getting whooed by some other color - reds, purples.. beige..... it's pathetic!
 

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I think black is the best bet cause it hides most wear really well. Especially wear on the handles (like darkening).
YES! Rubbing and scratches don't show up that much either. It's so nice not worrying about dirt with a black Bal.

A black City is classic :tup:
 

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I love this picture of Nicole Richie with her Black City. It is a 2005 bag, but she is still photographed carrying it recently. It may not look new (and even a little too worn at times), but it still looks chic and classy IMO. If all my other bags had to go, I would keep the Black City. As far durability goes, I wouldn't "throw around" any $1000+ bag and expect it to last, lol.
 

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I love this picture of Nicole Richie with her Black City. It is a 2005 bag, but she is still photographed carrying it recently. It may not look new (and even a little too worn at times), but it still looks chic and classy IMO. If all my other bags had to go, I would keep the Black City. As far durability goes, I wouldn't "throw around" any $1000+ bag and expect it to last, lol.
Haha Cathy, not like we haven't tried, right? (to throw them around.) Black is the best! My entire collection of (hate to say how many, but LOTS) of Bals are all black. Well I do have a few browns, but blacks are always the ones I use the most. Currently carrying my 06 black pony hair city with pewter hardware. But I do LURVE that LE 2010 lizzard embossed black city, CBarrus (just giving it a rest);) I am going to have to post a pic of those two side by side.
To the OP, GET THE BLACK. You won't be sorry!
 

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Haha Cathy, not like we haven't tried, right? (to throw them around.) Black is the best! My entire collection of (hate to say how many, but LOTS) of Bals are all black. Well I do have a few browns, but blacks are always the ones I use the most. Currently carrying my 06 black pony hair city with pewter hardware. But I do LURVE that LE 2010 lizzard embossed black city, CBarrus (just giving it a rest);) I am going to have to post a pic of those two side by side.
To the OP, GET THE BLACK. You won't be sorry!
Yep! All my BBags are black or brown:biggrin: And, I picked up the NM LE in Noir, too:graucho: Glad you are still loving Miss Lizzy!
 

akillian24

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Ya'll are the best!!! I'm not only not-scared now - I'm trying to figure out how I can wait until Christmas in order to see if Santa (DH) was able to get one!

And - even crazier is that while I've scoped out Bbags for a good 8+ months - I've never seen one carried in my area ... until last night!! It was the black city with GGH or RGGH..... I think the latter.
It was even more gorgeous IRL than pictures. The leather looked snuggly and I think it's fate, LOL!

I was asking for GSH, but this RGGH (even though I don't typically wear gold) is stuck in my head..... .... I suspect they are both amazing!
 

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OMG, you so need a Bal Black. I LOVE mine with all my heart. I have a City with GSH as this is my preference for HW, but I think every hardware looks good on Bal Black.

If yours does ever fade there are many ways to fix that over in the Maintain/Care threads.

Seriously, I adore mine, you really do need one, hee! You will truly love her, she is one sassy naughty number.
 

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I love this picture of Nicole Richie with her Black City. It is a 2005 bag, but she is still photographed carrying it recently. It may not look new (and even a little too worn at times), but it still looks chic and classy IMO. If all my other bags had to go, I would keep the Black City. As far durability goes, I wouldn't "throw around" any $1000+ bag and expect it to last, lol.
ITA. Black city is really my most used and loved bal. A total classic.