Ever since right around 7th grade (2004, eleven years old) when some of my friends were lucky enough to be given Coach wallets and small purses, I have had a penchant for the brand. All the Coach bags I can remember back then were canvas with colored Cs on them, much like this wallet:
Back then, a wallet like that or a small purse went for around $100, if memory serves. Every year for Chanukah, my dad’s parents used to send me $60 in a card, which was a huge amount of money to me back then. That combined with the $20 I would get from each set of grandparents for my birthday the following month was going to be my ticket to a Coach purse the year I first developed the interest. I had a serious look at the display at one of the mall’s more upscale department stores, but for whatever reason, I decided not to make the purchase. Maybe I realized $100 on a purse was ludicrous for an eleven-year-old who did not regularly carry a purse. At any rate, it’s been nine years and I have never owned a Coach bag.
This past May when I was at the mall with a friend, we decided to stop into the Coach store, just for fun. I was worried we would be looked down upon for being young and as such unlikely to have the money for a purchase, but the saleslady who spoke to us was really quite nice.
“Are you girls shopping for yourselves, or someone else?”
“Ourselves, but we’re only dreaming,” I told her. She was a good sport about it and said she had been there. Come to think of it, I don’t know why a saleslady, even if she IS a Coach saleslady, would earn enough to buy designer purses. I’m a firm believe in the fact that we can never really know a person’s story, though, and maybe she has a husband who also works, maybe she owns this particular store, or maybe she has inherited a sum from a dead relative. The list goes on.
Anyway, while we were in the store, I saw this beautiful bag:
The picture does not remotely do the gorgeous rose pattern justice, and I cannot even begin to tell you how soft and exquisite the material feels.
See, I have the money, but want to save. The price of the bag is not only $298, it’s $298 plus waiting longer to head over to Australia after I finish university. And really, what’s waiting a few more years when I’ve already waited eight?
That being said, I found a matching wallet for $38. That was a bit harder to resist, and by “a bit”, I mean “a lot”.
Nevertheless, I resisted and am no longer considering the purchase. Someday, however, perhaps in the next three years, I will finally indulge myself. With a fully-fledged bag, not a wallet-sized appetizer. Hopefully the Coach designers will come up with something even more spectacular, something that will blow the allure of those roses right out of the water. I don’t want to regret my decision not to buy into the pattern that has rekindled my love for the brand.
What do you think of Coach and/or this pattern? Is there anything you’re trying to resist buying?