I’m a complete snob about handbags. I will happily shop for cheapo trendy clothes at H&M, Zara, and Forever 21, but I don’t buy cheap handbags. On the flip side, I hate anything ostentatious and covered in logos, so my bags tend to be very well made yet subtle.
I’m also a snob about discount store shopping. When the new TJ Maxx opened on 98th and Columbus, I was not ecstatic like some of my peers were. We already have a Filene’s Basement and Loehmann’s on the Upper West Side. Why do we need TJ Maxx? I hate picking through racks of disorganized clothes.
However, once again (a la Crocs) I’m a bit of a hypocrite. I pop into these stores occasionally to look for bargains for my boys, because they certainly don’t need nice things. Their clothes are covered in holes within 30 minutes of the first wear.
I happened to walk past the purse section and noticed this bag. Now I have to say, I sort of like it! It felt really supple and of good quality, too. It had a long strap so you can sling it over your body. It’s by Donald J. Pliner, the purveyor of rather dowdy dress shoes. At the full price of $240 I would never consider it, but the citrus and aquamarine color at $119 was sort of doing it for me.
Am I crazy?