I agree! everything you wear tells people a little more about what kind of person you are, and what kind of mood you're in for that day. Personally, I think that cheap/basic bags (and shoes!) say you aren't bothered with what people think, and on some days this is okay, but it shows you don't put much thought into yourself. Clothes are always changing, but good accessories last a lifetime; an expensive bag says you are confident of your style & yourself!For me, it is both a fashion statement and an extention of who i am. I express myself through what I wear and my purse is my favourite accesory. It not only expresses my personality, but it contains little bits of who I am. It is essential and I feel completely naked without it.