I recently received the most recent Louis Vuitton catalog, I am sure this has everything to do with the fact that I have purchased from them in the past (as well as my husband on my behalf) and it got me thinking about how some people snicker at the fact that I own such an expensive bag and some people totally get it. Let me start with how I acquired my first Louis Vuitton (a Speedy 30). I LoVe bags, I mean I have an issue with accessories in general, but I really love a fabulous bag-which is why I had never put a lot of thought into the large investment a Louis Vuitton would take; I was a quantity girl-the more the merrier-and that rule obviously wouldn’t apply if I had expensive taste. Then one day I got the itch and it inevitably had to be scratched! So, I started looking at styles, high end consignment stores and weighing all of my options. What I came up with is that I wanted my first LV to be a classic LV style and be mine! Hmmm, this wasn’t going to be a small investment, but determination prevails as we all know! I am lucky in my profession that I collect a lot of Nordstrom Notes so I saved them and found a work around to use those notes in the Louis Vuitton store in the Chicago Nordstrom (if you decide you want to do this, please don’t tell them I sent you as it took some finagling!). I started to save my pennies…or Notes in this case and made the purchase once I had accomplished the goal of enough notes to pay for the bag. Let me tell you this felt good! I had accomplished a goal and it was through work nonetheless. I received the beautiful bag a day before we left for vacation so I of course promptly changed bags!!
Let me get on with the point here. When deciding to purchase this bag and explaining to my husband why I “needed” it-here is what I came up with:
1) Louis Vuitton has been around forever and isn’t a trend item, it will stand the test of time.
2) If and when (which I did) I have a daughter, I can pass this bag on to her.
3) It is an investment piece.
4) We both have things we like to spend money on, mine just happens to be a bag.
4) I wanted one!
My case had been made and after all, we weren’t spending cash on the item, so he agreed to not disagree with the purchase! So many times I hear people snicker or object to such a purchase. That is okay, you don’t have to agree with my obsessions or purchases but please keep this in mind- I probably don’t share your all of your interests or invest in the same pricey purchases that you do! Electronics, cars, sports/sports equipment and jewelry just to name a few are large purchases that many make yet people often do not equate these purchases to an item such as a Louis Vuitton. Why? Does it bring you joy-check?! Do you intend on keeping it for an extended period of time if not a lifetime-check?! Do you use it very regularly/daily-check?! Does it not go out of style or change models often-check?! Some of the above mentioned items don’t necessarily fit all of these criteria the way a Louis Vuitton or other classic bag do. My husband for instance loves his electronics and he admits that these go out of date much more frequently than my large purchases- so he just calls it “even” and doesn’t complain!
The bottom line, let’s respect each other’s LoVes and move on! You LoVe golf clubs and fishing and I LoVe fabulous bags and clothes; together we keep commerce alive!