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CC 204: The Collector Whose Luxurious Love Was Inherited

We’re right here with a contemporary installment of Closet Confessionals, checking in with a younger collector hailing from Washington, DC! A lover of baggage at her core, CC 204 developed an appreciation and love for luxurious from her mother and her grandmother. The truth is, it was CC 204’s grandmother who gifted her the primary designer bag in her assortment.

That bag, a classic Gucci bag from the 80s, was used as soon as and tucked away in its mud bag ever since. Today, it stays a part of CC 204’s assortment, sitting alongside one other classic magnificence—an lovely Chanel that she bought again in 2015 for simply $500!

A younger however good shopper, CC 204 is aware about her spending, checking in with herself typically as buying addictions do run in her household. Nevertheless, CC 204’s monetary targets are by no means interrupted by a necessity to purchase one thing new, and she or he’s capable of store and save for the long run in tandem.

Learn the complete CC beneath!

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Fundamental Bio

Your Age? 26
Your Gender Identification? Feminine
The place do you reside? Washington, DC
What’s your occupation? Genetic Counselor
What trade do you’re employed in? Healthcare
Your annual wage? $101,000
Complete Family Revenue? $121,000
Are you a PurseForum member? No

Onto The Baggage

What number of luggage do you personal? 21

What luggage are in your assortment? From luxe designers, I’ve an Hermès Evelyne TPM in Lime that I am keen on, a one sequence Chanel satin night bag with fake pearls (and really worn corners now!), and a pre-1992 classic Gucci canvas bag with bamboo items within the gold {hardware}. I additionally rely non-designer luggage in my assortment quantity, although, like my micro-tote made fully from Capri Solar packets and my grandmother’s honeymoon current, a Fifties alligator bag. The Capri Solar bag will get extra compliments than all of my different luggage mixed!

My mother was a giant Coach fan in her late teenagers/early 20s, which impressed my very own Coach accumulating with my allowance/job cash as a teen, so many of the the rest of my assortment are Nineteen Nineties-2010s Coach.

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How a lot is your assortment price? $7,380

What’s your most costly bag? Undoubtedly the Hermès, though the Evelyne TPM nonetheless looks like a deal in comparison with different lovely luggage from Hermès. My Chanel night bag has probably appreciated probably the most out of any of my luggage, although, as I purchased it for round $500 in wonderful situation in 2015 or so – onerous to think about this being attainable now!

Do you ever remorse any of your bag purchases? If that’s the case, which of them and why? Whereas I considerably remorse a few of my now very out-of-date 2000s Coach purchases, it’s been enjoyable bringing just a few of my “out-of-date” luggage again out with Y2K changing into a development once more (i.e. my sizzling pink terrycloth Juicy Couture “armpit bag”).

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? I used to be gifted the classic Gucci once I was 14. My grandmother wore it as soon as for a marriage within the 80s or 90s and left it in its dustbag ever since. With my rising curiosity in vogue, she supplied to let me take it dwelling. If outlet Coach qualifies, I purchased my first little Coach bag with birthday cash once I was too younger, most likely earlier than age 12.

Is there a particular bag you wish to buy subsequent? I’m unhealthy in that I don’t have a wishlist – I purchase what I like and might afford, so I’m open to something as my subsequent bag! As I develop my bag assortment, I do wish to deal with luxe supplies, however I’m largely ambivalent to the model it comes from.

Do you will have a ‘holy grail’ dream bag you’ve at all times wished to personal? I’m cliche in that I hope to sometime personal an Hermès Kelly. The tough half for me is which one I’d wish to purchase, as a result of I really like the concept of a Kelly 25 sellier in a vibrant colour as a lot as a Kelly 32 retourne in a darker impartial, however even with my new wage I don’t see myself having the ability to afford a couple of.

Any explicit bag that holds a particular sentimental worth? Every bag holds a unique particular feeling for me. I really like carrying a chunk of my mom’s or grandmother’s historical past with me. I additionally love how the satin Chanel jogs my memory of the monetary self-discipline I wanted to have the ability to purchase it on the time, and the way my Evelyne represents my capacity to help myself exterior of the monetary abuse I grew up surrounded by; they’re my indicators that I’ve made it and that I’m going to be okay.

Do you’re feeling like your luggage change individuals’s perceptions of you or the way you’re handled? Sure, completely. I wish to dine solo at costlier eating places, and I really feel like a few of my costlier luggage have loaned me a credibility that my younger look typically calls into query. I in any other case don’t need luggage to vary pals’ or strangers’ perceptions of me.

How do you maintain your luggage? I’m cautious with them in that I attempt to put them of their dustbags, attempt to keep away from the rain or publicity to sunscreen, however I additionally love carrying them and take a look at to not stress an excessive amount of. My Chanel has horrible nook put on, which looks like a sin on-line, however in actuality doesn’t trouble me. A few of my leather-based luggage have mild scratches on the surface or scratched-up interiors, however to me that simply makes them look used and beloved.

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On Buying

How typically do you purchase new luggage? At any time when I see an excellent deal on a secondhand web site, when the chance arises (just like the Etoupe Evelyne TPM I hopefully grabbed from the newest Hermès bag drop!), or at any time when I’ve sufficient in financial savings and stumble throughout a lovely bag in-store. As a result of I don’t have limitless earnings, although, I attempt to restrict the quantity I browse in-person or continually refresh the Hermès web site.

Do you favor searching for luggage on-line or in-store? Why? I’ve most well-liked on-line buying lately, given the poor stock in-store in the previous couple of years. I additionally really feel like on-line buying gives a lot extra publicity to lovely classic luggage which are now not obtainable in-person.

Which shops do you frequent probably the most? In DC we’ve got a beautiful array of consignment shops, that are most likely the place I frequent probably the most – Secondi in DuPont and Ella Rue in Georgetown are my most frequent. Bodily shops for the most important manufacturers are concentrated additional away from the place I dwell, so I’m going much less typically, however like to go each few months for a day trip on a break day. On-line, I have a look at too many various websites, however Fashionphile is my most frequent – the wishlist function is a enjoyable solution to dream about attainable future bag purchases, and stock is up to date typically.

Have you ever ever returned a bag after buying it? Why did you make that call? Sure – I purchased a pink espadrille Chanel flap bag within the mid 2010s. I used to be not thrilled with the standard and situation of the bag (it was pre-loved) relative to the value, so I returned it. In fact, if I had stored it, that very same bag now sells for 3x what I paid. 🙂

Do you ever purchase second-hand luggage? The place do you purchase used? Sure – Fashionphile and Yoogi’s Closet have been my go-to for secondhand luggage. I belief their authentication and situation descriptions probably the most, although I’ll at all times run any Hermès by bababebi.

Do you promote outdated luggage to pay for brand new purchases? No. I solely promote luggage once I haven’t used them for a very long time and really feel another person wish to purchase them. I lately re-homed a cylindrical Gucci bag and it rapidly offered to a brand new proprietor who was far more excited than I used to be to have it!

Do you ever donate or reward your outdated luggage? If that’s the case, to whom? On a regular basis! I’ve donated some modern manufacturers to thrift shops prior to now. Extra lately, I’ve loved donating my occasionally used luggage to my condo constructing’s buy-nothing group.

Do you ever really feel societal stress to buy extra luggage? Considerably – Instagram pushed me towards the Balenciaga Hourglass and the Bottega Padded Cassette just a few years in the past, however as soon as I held the baggage in particular person, my curiosity dwindled (a daily Bottega Cassette remains to be on my radar, although). That have alone is making me think about pivoting again to extra in-store buying; you possibly can’t really feel a bag’s high quality or match in your life-style on-line.

Do you think about your bag purchases investments? Completely not, although I wish to joke with my accomplice about how a few of my luggage have out-performed his investments.

The “funding” thought normally is a bit difficult to me. I’m unsure I must justify the acquisition of one thing I take pleasure in as needing to realize financial worth to be worthy. I’ve additionally seen sure manufacturers co-opt the time period as a advertising and marketing software to make luggage seem extra fascinating. Moreover, it makes me consider the reseller challenge plaguing a whole lot of well-liked manufacturers – snagging an Hermès bag from the shop with the only goal of reselling it’s a smart financial funding for the reseller, nevertheless it makes the buying expertise for these of us who genuinely take pleasure in luxurious considerably extra annoying than it ought to be. Lastly, I take pleasure in investing in my retirement, so once I consider investments, I consider that separate side of life.

Do you observe the newest vogue traits when deciding in your subsequent buy, or do you favor traditional types? I attempt to deal with classic-ish types. With the amount of cash these items price, I wish to take pleasure in them for so long as attainable.

Are gross sales affiliate relationships instrumental to your buying? They don’t seem to be. To be sincere, I’ve been afraid to start out a buying relationship with a Gross sales Affiliate. My worry of judgment is powerful – although I do know I can afford the gadgets, I costume properly, I converse politely, and the ache of getting been judged prior to now is a robust deterrent. Once I was at a Neiman Marcus out-of-state lately, one SA explicitly instructed one other SA inside earshot to not trouble with which dressing room she put me in as a result of I “can’t afford something” anyway. I’m unsure what it’s about me that triggered that response. Given I solely buy groceries in particular person on days once I’m attempting to take pleasure in and loosen up, it may be discouraging. With how essential SAs will be in acquiring extremely sought-after gadgets, I’ve been attempting to construct up the braveness to attempt once more, however I’m attempting to determine if it’s price it or not.

Do you take pleasure in buying past simply buying one thing new? I do. I fear it is perhaps an issue typically, however I don’t have debt exterior of my pupil loans, and I can save greater than sufficient for retirement, so I hope I’m okay.

Exterior of that, I take pleasure in being out and about. It’s enjoyable to dress up and make a day trip of one thing.

Have you ever ever felt you obtained inferior service at a retailer or boutique attributable to your look, ethnicity or gender? Unequivically. I look a lot youthful than I’m, which appears to equate to “broke” to some individuals. On high of that, I’ve seen that I obtain considerably higher service once I’m accompanied by a person. Shopping for one thing often makes the inferior service magically disappear, however I attempt to keep away from shopping for from SAs who deal with me poorly.

What are some components that will dissuade you from shopping for a bag, even in case you prefer it? I can’t purchase a bag if I can’t pay for it comfortably and near-immediately. I don’t need extra debt apart from pupil loans! I additionally gained’t purchase a bag that’s high-maintenance – like suede scares me.

Is there a model you outright refuse to purchase? Why? Probably not, no. I’m open to something that isn’t blatantly felony or blatantly poor high quality.

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On Budgeting & Perceptions

Who pays in your luggage? All of my luggage, apart from the Kate Spade Caviar bag I used to be gifted and my mother’s/grandmother’s hand-me-downs, are bought by me with my very own cash. I can solely dream of my accomplice sometime changing into a handbag husband.

Do you put aside a price range in your bag purchases? No. I’ve a high-yield financial savings account with all cash above my emergency fund, free to make use of for no matter. I simply attempt to be semi-thoughtful in regards to the “no matter.” 🙂

When my accomplice and I strategy marriage and shopping for a house, it will probably change.

Have you ever ever bought a counterfeit since you couldn’t afford a designer merchandise? I hate to confess this however sure – and I by no means thought I’d buy a conterfeit. I wished to attempt a method earlier than shopping for the true bag, so I bought two counterfeits secondhand (sure, there’s a secondhand counterfeit market that’s open in regards to the offered luggage being counterfeit). I’ve no clue what the RepLadies imply after they declare duplicate luggage are 1:1, as a result of one of many counterfeits seemed utterly terrible, and the second solely seemed good for just a few makes use of, after which the {hardware} coating started to bleed into the “leather-based.”

I’ve not purchased any since, don’t put on them anymore, and refuse to contemplate shopping for or carrying counterfeit after following The Faux Birkin Slayer. I do suppose that normally, an increasing number of Chanel counterfeits shall be produced and offered with their speedy value will increase and lack of corresponding high quality will increase.

Do you ever disguise purchases out of your important different? I could disguise quantities, however I don’t disguise the purchases. 🙂

Have your folks or household ever criticized your bag-buying habits? If that’s the case, how did you reply? No, for which I’m grateful. My mom and grandmother obtained me into luxurious vogue, and although they now not purchase luxurious items, they recognize the look and high quality of a few of the gadgets I put on, and all of us bond over it. My accomplice thinks it’s foolish, however because it doesn’t interrupt our monetary well being/targets, he doesn’t trouble me about it.

Have you ever ever made a big sacrifice to afford a bag? If that’s the case, what was it? No. I wish to save for a Kelly sooner or later, throughout which I’ll most likely dine out much less to accommodate, however I’d hesitate to name that important!

Do you suppose your buying is ever an issue? Have you ever ever felt such as you had been combating a buying dependancy? I fear in my coronary heart of hearts that it is perhaps, as a result of a few of these gadgets price a substantial amount of cash. I come from a household of buying addicts and, at instances fear that I’m subsequent. However I even have recognized and medicated anxiousness, so a whole lot of it looks like simply fear. As a result of I nonetheless pay my payments, save for retirement, and don’t have bank card debt, I attempt to remind myself that I’m okay.

Let’s get private…

Every other costly hobbies or passions? I really like attempting new-to-me eating places and sometimes lean towards tasting menu spots. I’m a daily at just a few Bib Gourmands in DC, and as soon as I settle extra into my new job, I hope to take month-to-month or bimonthly weekend eating journeys to New York. Journey is the opposite costly passion, however the grownup world of PTO (and a world pandemic) has held that passion in test in more moderen years.

What’s your best worry? No monetary security web. I spent a part of my childhood in poverty and don’t wish to relive that worry and uncertainty.

Which residing particular person do you most admire? Most likely my kind-of mother-in-law (my long-term accomplice’s mom). She’s probably the most empathetic particular person I do know. She additionally works onerous, saves cash, and actually enjoys breaks and day off mindfully, which is one thing I nonetheless battle with!

What or who’s the best love of your life? My accomplice is the best love of my life. It’s been a privilege to develop collectively, and I couldn’t ask for better help.

What’s your favourite journey you will have taken up to now? Solo touring Japan is troublesome to beat. Meals is very seasonal and fairly priced. I might retire in an onsen. Plus, the classic buying in Tokyo is unreal!

Any parting phrases you wish to share with our readers? Not each 26-year-old has a Birkin!! Additionally, you will be financially wholesome and love luxurious luggage – the 2 usually are not mutually unique.


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