CC 122: The First-Time Birkin owner

In today’s installment of wardrobe Confessionals, we satisfy a first-time Birkin owner who just recently snagged the bag of her dreams in the midst of the pandemic. This confessor comprehends exactly how fortunate she was to be able to snag her holy Grail, as well as thanks to a booming service plus a great bonus, the bag of her dreams was a reality. A generally wise shopper, this collector did spend well above retail to get the Birkin she desired from a reseller.

For the most part, this confessor is a wise shopper, selecting to purchase bags that are within the budget plan of money cost savings that she puts aside, not her long-lasting investments. though she is a true bag enthusiast at her core, this collector comprehends the difference between want as well as need, as well as will only get things after her other obligations are fulfilled. checked out the full CC now as well as don’t fail to remember to submit your own.

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Age: 29
Gender Identity: Female
Location: Singapore
Occupation: investment Banker
Industry: monetary Service
Salary: $200,000
Household Income: $200,000


Are you a PurseForum member? Ja

How lots of bags do you own? 19

The confessor’s bag cabinet

What bags are in your collection? From newest to oldest:

Hermès Birkin 25 Noir Togo RGHW

Hermès Lindy 26 Noir Clemence GHW

Chanel medium CF in 21S increased Clair Pink LGHW

Chanel little messenger 21S Light Pink

Hermès Kelly wallet To Go increased Confetti Epsom PHW

Celine Box teen in Camel

LV Pochette Metis

Dior book carry in Houndstooth

Celine Belt Micro in Light Taupe

Prada Re-Edition Nylon Sling in Black

Fendi Baguette in White

Diorama Patent leather in metallic increased Gold

Fendi Peekaboo in Black GHW

Chanel medium CF in Black Caviar Leather

LV Cluny BB

YSL buying carry Bag

Longchamp Le Pliage in Black in 3 different sizes

How much is your collection worth? most likely $80k though I am not as well sure considering that I bought all of my Hermès from resellers, my number may not be the actual cost from the store.

What is your a lot of costly bag? Hermès B25 for sure. I paid close to 2.5x cost in the us (I don’t even want to talk about the premium I paid vs. the cost in France lol) from the reseller. I’m still not rather sure why I did that. perhaps a blend of lockdown as well as work anxiety produced this “f*** it, I deserved this” mentality.

Noir B25 with RGHW has always been on my top top top creme de la creme wishlist. as well as I really believed I would get it only for my 35th or 40th birthday or something. I was extremely fortunate that service was thriving during the pandemic as well as I got a decent bonus at the beginning of this year to be able to fund the purchase.

What are the most crucial brands or pieces in your collection? By logic I most likely must state the B25 since it’s the most costly one, however I’m gonna state my Chanel CF black caviar is the most crucial piece in the collection. I bought B25 on a whim when I just occurred to be in a much better monetary state. however with the Chanel CF purchase, it was a journey. It took a great deal of patience as well as diligent cost savings as well as I’m not the most individual person in the world to begin with however in the end, it’s worth it (plus if you see what’s happening with Chanel cost boosts just recently that kind of justifies me buying Chanel as early as I can).

What age did you get your very first designer bag, as well as what was it? 21. I bought a Longchamp Le Pliage complied with by a YSL buying carry a couple of months later.

Her very first bag, the Longchamp Le Pliage.

Is there a certain bag you are looking to purchase next? increased Sakura Birkin 25 in Swift leather as well as GHW and/or Jaune Ambre Kelly 25 in Epsom leather as well as GHW (my bag collection is quite boring: black, white, beige, pink perhaps it’s time for something YELLOW).

Any specific bag that holds a special emotional value? Longchamp Le Pliage, my very first ever top quality bag from my internship salary. It was a milestone of itself. I’ve always liked fashion as well as designer items. whatever I checked out from vogue (I bought when or twice a year when I was in school) or saw from Devil uses Prada (cheesy lol) however I didn’t come from a rich family, we are comfortable, though buying designer pieces is just never our thing. One time there was a Le Pliage trend in my high institution that a lot of of my girlfriends had at least 1, however I didn’t. during that time I felt a minor peer pressure for not having one however fortunately, no buddy of mine shunned me since of that. When I lastly landed an investment banking internship as well as had some money to spare, my brain went directly to the Le Pliage. It was 3-4 years late however I didn’t truly care since it felt soooooo great as well as satisfying at the exact same time. I still have the bag (plus 2 a lotmore in different sizes for travel/business trips) as well as don’t plan to offer it ever.

Do you feel like your bags modification people’s perceptions of you or exactly how you’re treated? I would lie if I stated no. The treatment I got from strangers, hotel, restaurant, shop staff, are different when I’m with my Birkin vs. when I’m with my ordinary Muji canvas bag.

Have your bag-carrying habits altered considering that Covid? Inte riktigt.


How frequently do you get new bags? It modifications every now as well as then. I had one year where I didn’t get new bags in any way since I directed all of my cost savings on investment/trips. I had one year where I bought 7 new bags in a year.

Has the Coronavirus pandemic altered your buying habits or general mindset towards luxury? Lite. I put aside a lot more of my cost savings toward liquid investments which indicates a lower proportion for other spending.

Which stores do you regular the most? most likely Chanel as well as I have a great connection with my SA.

Do you ever get second-hand bags? Where do you get used? No. however I believe I must at some point since you can’t keep growing the collection with restricted area however I am always reluctant to do this, as cheesy as it seems there are always some memories connected to every bag.

Do you offer old bags to pay for new purchases? No. however I believe I must at some point since you can’t keep growing the collection with restricted area however I am always reluctant to do this, as cheesy as it seems there are always some memories connected to every bag.

Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase a lot more bags? earlier in life? Yes, as I have elaborated earlier. Nu för tiden? No. I feel like I must really stop buying new bags without rehoming a few of the older/rarely utilized ones. I’m progressively conscious of the squander issue triggered by extreme consumptive behavior.

Do you think about your bag purchases investments? Aldrig. The cost boost justifies why I must get specific bags I want as early as I might however I genuinely don’t see buying them with the sole intent to offer later on at a higher price. I’m staying with the normal investment vehicle.

Who influences your buying decisions? Myself however I would state watching somebody on YouTube reviewing the bag kinda assists in my decision-making process. So perhaps myself as well as YouTube influencers?

Are sales partner connections instrumental to your shopping? I would believe so, yes. since I don’t have an SA connection in Hermès as well as I am extremely very reluctant to develop that connection on the basis of buying stuff I don’t fancy, so I had to pay a premium from a reseller.

Why do you take pleasure in shopping, beyond just obtaining something new? My very first English book (I’m not a native English speaker) was not Harry Potter however it was Confessions of a Shopaholic (no kidding). The book has deeply influenced my teen years. There’s this quote from the book that I love: “A guy will never like you or treat you in addition to a store. If a guy doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. as well as a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even understood you needed. as well as when your fingers very first grasp those shiny, new bags…”. SÅ SANT

Have you ever felt like you got inferior service at a store or shop because of your appearance, ethnicity or gender? Not that I’m conscious of.


Who pays for your bags? Me, myself, as well as I.

Do you set aside a budget plan for your bag purchases? When I have something in mind/top of my list, yes. however I never knowingly set aside a specific amount of my income per month just solely for purse purchases. It’s part of my cost savings pool which includes money as well as long-lasting investments. Bag purchases must be taken from money proportion only. That’s the only method I can be prudent as well as accountable in all of my shopping.

The Taboo Topics

Have you ever bought a counterfeit since you couldn’t pay for a designer item? I resided in China for 2 years so yes, obviously. Not timid about this at all. two times, 1) a City Balenciaga for work, that didn’t last long, regrettably (the leather was peeling everywhere) most likely since it was low-quality replica (ridiculously inexpensive so no wonder); 2) a Gucci Marmont as a request from a friend.

Do you ever hide purchases from your considerable other? currently single so there’s no requirement for that. however even when I’m with someone, I never hide my purchases. I was lucky that all of my exes were extremely respectful to the truth that I earned what I owned.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to pay for a bag? Is paying 2.5x a lot more than the retail cost a crazy thing?

Do you believe your buying is ever a problem? have you ever felt like you were having a hard time with a buying addiction? No. I believe I might skiljer sig fortfarande mellan “vill” såväl som “behov”. För mig är handväskor, skor osv. “Vill alltid” oavsett hur desperat jag vill ha det. Det indikerar att jag kan så bra som bara kommer att få det när alla “behov” såväl som andra skyldigheter är uppfyllda. Jag tror att jag är i fred på mina egna förmågor och hastighet i att köpa nya handväskor.

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