Bagging It II

Yesterday I posted about my choice Louis Vuitton styles. Today I address the icons, the ubiquitous, and why I will never buy a Louis Vuitton Neverfull.

the icons

I touched on my obsession with the Louis Vuitton Monogram Pochette in the opening of yesterday’s blog post. I have the ultimate passers remorse as I never purchased the gateway drug to many a Louis Vuitton habit and you know what? The Monogram Pochettes are harder to procure than the Murakami collection circa 2003. The pricing for the style has only skyrocketed on the secondary market and do you know why? Supply and demand. Nobody wants to sell their Pochette and the singular person who is willing to stands to make a profit.

The latest stills of the Gossip Girl set show one of the main characters carrying a vintage Louis Vuitton Papillon.

Credit: Getty / Jose Perez/Bauer-Griffin

The Papillon and it’s cousin, the Ribera, were two other LV styles that disappeared from both the brand too soon. During the aughts, I loved that I did not see it on the crook of every elbow. And now? I want it more than ever. The price has increased likely due to lack of availability on the market. After the HBO Max Gossip Girl series airs, I see the value only skyrocketing, as it was carried by one of the primary characters in the series. XOXO.

During a recent episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County, I noted a recent addition to the cast carrying the Louis Vuitton Ellipse. That is how the television show had me longing for LV icon bags of days past. This truly underscored the notion of how we want the things that we cannot have and though I could purchase this bag via the secondary market, I do not love the idea of not purchasing a designer handbag from not-the-designer’s boutique.

the ubiquitous

When I was waiting in the luggage section of the City Center Louis Vuitton location, I suddenly heard a commotion coming from the front of the store. A group of five women clad in FDNY sweatshirts moved the noise through the store proclaiming which merchandise was already theirs.

“Where is my bag?!”

“Is that your bag?”

“That’s my bag!”

“I have the larger size!”

“It’s my bag!”

The group of women stopped at the Neverfulls which were displayed in the luggage section where Jamie and I were waiting for a sales associate to pull a Keepall Bandoliere 55. The chatter went on for about ten minutes and the group left the store and I was left with a headache. Nobody in the group was carrying a handbag; the bags ostensibly were at their homes.

All that is to say that that was the moment when I felt the Neverfull jumped the shark. I previously suspected that there was a huge saturation of the designer bag, which was only underscored by this group of ladies. It is my hypothesis that the resale value is diluted by the ubiquity of the bag.

I have a few thoughts about which styles – some in similar shapes and therefore similar functions, and some completely different – one could pick in lieu of the Neverfull:


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