Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{bag of dreams} 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Pashli'

 Status bag. 'It' bag. Ugh, don't those phrases just make you want to puke a little sometimes? I sort of hate it when gorgeous designer handbags get absolutely done to death. Don't get me wrong - it's because they're usually absolutely gorgeous and amazing, but it makes it hard for a girl to feel original, no? When every gal with a spare two or three thousand dollars is walking around with a Celine Luggage Tote dangling from her elbow, it takes away from the specialness, at least a little. But what if you just love that bag, like, more than anything, maybe ever? It's like saying Ryan Gosling is your favorite actor, and the living man you are the most attracted to on planet Earth. Join the club gf.

Blame it on street style blogs, or even blogs in general, but when a bag reaches grail status these days, it's no longer an insider thing. Blah, blah, blah, we all know this. So what's a girl to do when she has her eye on a bag that's already on the arm of people like Susie Bubble? I say, get over it and get off the internet. If you don't want to see your bag on everyone, don't look at everyone. I know that's kind of a cop-out answer, and maybe a stronger girl will refuse to buy such a bag - but I'm weak. 

A beautiful bag is a beautiful bag is a beautiful bag.

Which brings me to the point of this post - the 3.1 Phillip Lim 'Pashli.' I am a woman possessed. In my eyes, it's a beautiful cross between the Proenza Schouler PS1 and the Celine Luggage Tote. Cool detailing, manageable size and minimal branding. (A flap closure with a lock is also good for crowded subway rides.) Another reason this particular bag has really caught my eye is because I am craving a new 'work bag.' You know, a sophisticated, structured, grown up bag to take to the office and coffee meetings and other important events. Can't you just see it now: skinny moto jeans, pointed-toe flats, cashmere sweater, dark glasses - and that bag. Oohh I think I just got chills.

Anyway, this bag is $875. Plus tax. That's a lot of money any way you slice it. However, we all know the thrill of a great purchase. An epic purchase. It can change your life. I'm going to let this bag marinate in my imaginary wardrobe. I'm also going to start babysitting more, and just see what happens.

What do you guys think about dropping crazy dollars on designer bags (shoes, jewels, etc)? What do you think about dropping crazy dollars on fancy things when the rest of your lifestyle doesn't quite match up? Dear Santa? We all do it, don't we? Make occasional purchases beyond our means?

In my opinion, I'd rather save up for something like that myself (and maybe eat Top Ramen for three months) than ask someone else to spend that much money on me as a gift. Even Santa.

Ready, set, discuss.


  1. as amazing as it would be to receive this gorgeous bag as a gift I would not feel right asking someone to spend that much money on a bag for me! I would definitely save up for it myself. and even then I don't know if I would feel ok spending thousands for just a purse. But I'm sure at one point in my life I will haha cannot resist the temptation.
    omg this bag is so amazing!! every time I see it anywhere I just need to take a moment and look at it. now I sound crazy lol

  2. I loooooooove this bag, and I think it's totally reasonable to splurge on yourself every now and then. A piece like this especially is one that will age well, and it's not trend-driven so you can carry it season after season. I would never ask someone to give me anything this expensive as a gift, but if someone did, I certainly wouldn't turn it down. ;)

  3. this post is completely on point, I agree with everything you said and im so glad someone finally said what i've been thinking! I absolutely loooove this bag - i felt the same way about the celine luggage tote and i've been kicking myself wondering how every girl has an extra $2,000 for it! I think it is absolutely okay to splurge on a staple handbag every once in a while because it's an investment that you can use for years to come. Also with this bag being over a thousand dollars less than the Celine it is so worth it!

  4. This is an internal argument I find myself having quite frequently. I dream of dropping $800+ on a beautiful bag, but living in New York is probably what is most detrimental to my wallet. The rent and cost of living is absolutely outrageous and I think that is what keeps me from being able to save for the items I'm coveting most. But, this is the life I chose moving from Florida (where it's dirt cheap).

    I'm a big believer in living within your means, and unfortunately a 3.1 Phillip Lim bag is not within those (my) means.

    On the contrary, I think if you work hard and are saving your money for something specific like that then go for it! Whatever extra money you save is something you've earned, and it's very important to do things for yourself in that regard. I kind of make it into working toward a goal, and if I accomplish the things I want to accomplish, then I deserve a reward.

    People who spend flagrantly on items like that just don't seem to understand the work and value people like us hold on a pedestal. To me, it's not the dollar value that is important, it's the whole concept of working for something, and the great feelings that ensue once you've reached your goal.

    Okay, wow, sorry for that whole essay...but you did say discuss lol

    xx Olivia

  5. I freaaaaaaaking love this bag. thats all that I can say ! :)
    Much love, Gabriele. xx

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  6. I have a small philosophy when it comes to spending : Splurge on the classic key items and spend less on seasonal ones. I do not mind spending $$ on a handbag that i know i will still be able to use in 5, 10, 20 years time but for a pair of floral print jeans, no way I'm paying a lot. At the end of the day sensibility is what we all have (do we?) and maybe we would not end up with thousand over dollars of leopard print coats in our closets waiting for the trend to come back.. *Cricket sound*
    Just my ten cent opinion :)

    p.s. the bag will definately make a good work bag :)

  7. Oy, it's gorgeous. This lovely is a cool month's rent...but I might consider it. I've managed to have some great success at sample sales too. I personally think that beautiful bags are an investment. On the other side of that, I try to limit myself from buying too many, so that I get a chance to really love each one to the fullest, you know?


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  9. If I was going to splurge on an "it" bag, whatever you decide your it bag is I wouldn't ask for someone to buy it for me, I would have to save for it.

    But I think that you can find great leather bags for much less than designer bags go for so I have never actually had to drop that kind of money. I would rather have a new outfit or two than spend that kind of cash on one bag.

  10. i mean...i would LOVE this bag, but i also love paying my rent so some things have to take priority :) i spotlighted this bag when it first came out as I too was crooning over it and while i believe investment bags are worth it, i prefer ones you don't see all over the internets. my latest crush is actually the PS11 but alas...it's everywhere.

  11. I'm a self professed handbag FANATIC and if I could afford it I would probably drop any amount if I liked the bag enough. I've had my eye on the Alexander Wang Rocco for a while now but like the Celine, it's all over the internet. Have you seen the J.Crew Tillary Tote? It's been making the rounds on a few blogs but not as much as the Celine. I've seen it in person and it's a beautifully made bag and it's only $325.00. That's still alot if you don't have it but much more attainable than $875.00. Take care.

  12. oh i have waited my entire life for a balenciaga bag. i drool over them in department stores. my husband mocks me. i really want one. why? i think they are beautiful and it would be something i would treasure forever.

    i think there is something about that bag you always want that keeps you going. i work harder, try and earn more, graduated college, etc. with all hopes of one day buying some stupid bag because some day, i will be able to. i'm sure had i not bought a camera / had a wedding / moved 1000 miles away from my husband etc. etc. i could have had it buy now, or saved more, but it's more a dream i think. maybe not?

    i have a few nice handbags, 300-500 dollar price tags seem more reasonable, but they are still pricey. but i also keep my handbags forever and really care for them - since i start collecting nicer bags at 18, i have a rotation of about 6-7 bags. you get your money worth if you carry it for years and love it.

    anyway, i do love that bag. it's quite stunning.

  13. Great bag. My boyfriend bought me one just like it. I bought him a nice leather bracelet. http://bit.ly/KentonMichael

  14. That is indeed a beautiful bag! Particularly loving it in red! Swoon! I think if you work hard and save for something, or are lucky enough to have someone buy it for you (but again, only maybe after you've swooned over it for a long time and still really want it) you should be able to spend it on whatever you want... but only if you really truly love it, and not to simply buy the "it" bag. Where I live, buying designer only makes sense if you truly love it because a.)very few people even recognize designer anything (I learned this when my coworkers didn't seem excited or get why I was so excited when I got Burberry rainboots for my birthday... they didn't understand that these weren't just rainboots and that I had coveted them for 3 years prior to getting them!) and B.) I often assume fake when I see girls that are carrying a designer bag and the rest of them doesn't match up... granted, in this case they're almost always carrying a tattered pink chanel bag or the LV bag plastered with logos. So for me, it's all about buying what you love, and buying for YOU!


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