We can’t always afford full price designer items. In fact most of the time I can’t afford any full price designer items, end of. A lot of my nicer items were gifted to me for big birthdays or Christmas’s by my parents if they had a particularly good bonus from work. The other ‘less expensive’ designer items from brands like Kate Spade/ Michael Kors, (and I say less expensive because it can still be quite pricey) I bought in outlet malls in the USA. Therefore, those items are doubly cheaper than they would be if I had bought them in the UK and not on their gorgeous sale rails.
My issue with Gucci at the moment is that everything they are producing is very seasonal. For example, I’m tired of seeing those Gucci red and green stripe sneakers and Gucci fanny packs. The reason why people aren’t yet sick of seeing the Marmont bag yet (maybe bloggers are because it is the blogger bag of the moment) is because it’s much more expensive than the trainers therefore it’s more exclusive. The more we see an item, the more we don’t want to see it. I’m scared that the Marmont may go the same way. I hope not because it is cute, but time will tell. If people are still hyping this bag up next summer, I’ll bite my tongue.
I’ve never been ashamed to save money where I can and occasionally cheat the rich designer house out of another £2k blown on a handbag. Because, really, who the fuck at my age has that kind of money to blow on a bag? The truth is designer good are marked up at an astronomical price. So much so that the amount of money it actually takes to create a Chanel 2.55 vs. what Chanel actually sells it for may make you cry. Therefore, I’m all for decent dupe. And fuck anyone who makes you feel ashamed for not being able to afford these designer goods full price – that’s just snobby.
One of the most coveted bags of this season and perhaps this year is the Gucci Marmont velvet bag. The Gucci Marmont retails for £1,260 on FarFetch’s website meaning that it costs more than 3x my rent. There’s no doubt it’s a gorgeous bag and if you want it then go for it. But I reckon it’s a trend bag and not a classic like the Chanel black flap. If you’re only ever going to invest a couple of times in handbags over your lifetime, make every bag a classic. That way you’ll wear it every season, every year, every decade and still look stylish. But burgundy-purple velvet doesn’t suit summer or spring and velvet goes in and out of fashion fast. If you’re after a trend bag but don’t want to splurge then a dupe is the way forward.
“Fuck anyone who makes you feel ashamed for not being able to afford these designer goods full price – that’s just snobby.”
You can buy the Gucci Marmont dupe I’m wearing in the photos for a whopping £16.88. Or, the real deal from FarFetch at £1,260. At the end of the day, it’s all down to personal preference. This designer it bag is a miss on the investment list for me. What about you? Would you invest in the bag? Or choose something more classic and less seasonal? Let me know in the comments!
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