Never posted in this thread (AFAIK). For my daily driver, we have a safe and economical Subaru... but during good weather I have Edith ('03 Sovereign). She's the only woman in my life; beware the mollusk.
^Agreed. The Valextra printed/textured leather isn't my favorite of all leather types out there, but it's not bad. I've had several pieces in it over the years. I've noticed no major difference in quality from them, either, with their increased distribution/popularity, so at that price it's well worth it.
No good recs for the above, but for my own summer use I like interesting textile prints and materials. Soft, slouchy, relaxed fabric, canvas, straw, thin suedes or woven patterns, etc. Etro, BV, Marni (hello DesignerValet!) and Missoni do really wonderful Spring/Summer bags that are great for the beach, for travel, or for the Mediterranean. The older Vukmirovic-designed Trussardi 1911 are also fun.
Yes, I wouldn't recommend buying a used bag online from a major brand unless you had some experience; it could be a disaster given how many fakes are out there. This is especially true of Hermes; even used you'll be well north of $1000 for virtually any bag and so wouldn't want to risk getting a fake.Bottega Veneta is very nice; I love the styling and the quality (at least in my experience) has been very good. It tends to be a softer, more "relaxed" aesthetic than Hermes...
I didn't mean to sound snarky; I actually totally agree with you overall. I don't think these days that the prices of Hermes (at retail) can be justified by use or longevity or ANY reason except (1) you get it as a gift (2) you have so much money you don't care and (3) you REALLY want something that says "HERMES!" on it. However, you are correct, I have no issue with the quality AS SUCH; you'll find few cut corners on their bags and only the best materials. Pretty much...
Brand: Neil Barrett
Season: Fall 2012 or Spring 2013.
Color/Material: Royal Blue grained calfskin with black fabric lining. Made in Italy
Condition: New without tags; I got it during seasonal sales and just never got around to using it. The color is very unique and a lot more durable/versatile than you might imagine. Still very subtle, but more interesting than the usual black/brown.
NOTE: The buckles/front loops are adjustable and...
I've mentioned almost ad nauseum that Hermes prices are crazy. I posted the pic (and others) just as a reference image for the style. I'd never spend what Hermes is asking or anything close to it, especially given the large number of other very high quality makers out there with good bang-for-buck. I pretty much stopped even considering Hermes back a few years ago when I was in a boutique and saw a lovely calfskin messenger bag. I assumed it would be in the $3000...
One more bag:
Brand: Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection
Material: Black calf (vitello); gunmetal hardware; black nylon lining. Adjustable leather straps on back.
Other: Made in Italy; comes with the key to the lock.
Note: This is the higher-end, Italian runway CK; current season rucksacks are north of $2,000:
Two bags for sale; I bought these to use myself but they've just been sitting in the closet.
Brand: Italo Zucchelli for Calvin Klein Collection (Made in Italy)
Style: Large format triple gusset laptop briefcase.
PRICE: SOLD; thanks!
**NOTE: I also have a matching black CK Collection rucksack from the same leather and same season as the above briefcase. If interested, see below.***
Brand: Neil Barrett (season Autumn/Winter 2009)