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Friday, August 22, 2008

Handbags For Young Ladies

Photo: Washington Post

While a close friend and I sat munching on quesadillas during lunch last week, she happened to notice the number of young ladies (by young ladies I mean 12-15 yr olds) who were carrying what appeared to be rather expensive handbags. My dear friend asked me two questions: 1) Are they authentic bags? and 2) Who would buy such a young girl an expensive designer handbag? Once I determined they were, in fact, the "real deal" (one of them was toting a Valentino Patent Leather Nuage!?!), I then tackled my friends second question. The rest of our lunch hour consisted of a friendly debate as to whether or not pre-teenage girls should be allowed to own designer handbags.

This is not the first the I've discussed this issue with a friend. A former girlfriend of mine routinely bought her daughter Louis Vuitton bags at the ages of 9-11. To say this boggled my mind would be a huge understatement. I was floored to be perfectly honest. I view these bags as pieces of art that should be treasured and respected. Owning them requires a certain level of maturity that helps us appreciate their worth, and, frankly, I doubt even the most level-headed, studious 12 year old could truly understand what owning a $1000 handbag entails.

With this in mind, I set out to find suitable alternatives to the expensive designer handbags I know many of us might be tempted to buy our daughters. Here are my personal picks, and all of them are priced under $500. Enjoy!

1. Coach Zoe Patent Top Handle Pouch: $198 - Patent leather exterior, zip top, measures 8.5 x 7. Available in black, chestnut, petrol and crimson (pictured).

Miu Miu Small Nappa Pouchette: $355 - Smooth, metallic leather exterior, zip top, measures 8 x 6 x 3.5. Available in dusty pink (pictured).

Lucky Brand Leather Fold-over Bag: $168 - Leather exterior, adjustable shoulder strap, fold-over flap with pocket, dual front pockets, measures 13 x 11 x 3. Available in dune (pictured).

Dooney & Bourke Girly Barrel Bag: $165 - Signature "Girly" pattern, dual top handles, zip top, interior cell phone pocket, measures 11x 5.5 x 5. Available in black, khaki, red, moro and mocha (pictured).


2 Responses to "Handbags For Young Ladies"
  1. Anonymous said...
    Friday, August 22, 2008

    really? you're suggesting that bags less than $500 are more "suitable" for tweens than those "expensive" designer bags?

  2. Dania P. said...
    Friday, August 22, 2008

    I would never tell anyone what to do with their money. If a mom believes her daughter can handle carrying a $1000 and up handbag, that is certainly her prerogative. I don't happen to agree with it, but I respect it. I was merely suggesting that perhaps a young lady could be started off with a moderately-priced designer bag (I used $500 as my cut-off price) instead of diving head-first into Louis Vuitton and Chanel. If you'll notice carefully, 3 of my 4 suggestions are priced under $200. I don't think these girls should own a closet full of said handbags. Maybe one or two as gifts for special occasions or for academic achievements.

    Hope that clears things up a bit.

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