My Purse Collection Ranked

As you guys all know by now, I’ve been so fortunate to have had quite a few purses in my life. Lately I haven’t been buying and selling as many bags as I have had in the past (thank goodness) so my collection has been pretty steady. And since a reader asked me how I would rank the purses currently in my collection, I thought why not? So here are the rankings of all 20 bags that I currently own from least favorite to favorite.

20) Longchamp backpack: I purchased it on impulse last year and have yet to use it >.< . I’m not a backpack person but I thought it might be useful with a toddler or when traveling. I’m keeping it around just in case but if I don’t use it this year I’m selling it.

19) Everlane Form Bag (reviewed here): I never use it because it’s just too large for my needs. I much prefer the mini form bag (see #7) on this list. This bag is also on the chopping block.

18) Longchamp medium tote: I use this for times when I don’t want to carry the larger Longchamp tote, but tbh those occasions are kind of rare. We’ll see how long I keep this one.

17) Lululemon Crossbody/fanny pack (similar here, but mine is smaller and in black): I bought this bag a long time ago and it used to be my music festival bag. It can be worn both as a crossbody bag and a fanny pack, it’s waterproof, and it has a ton of pockets for organizing. I still sometimes use it for hiking or other times when I don’t want to have to worry about a bag. I’ll probably keep this indefinitely since I plan on it being the last fanny pack I’ll ever buy.

16) Longchamp Weekender: I used this as my hospital bag and plan to use this as my “personal item” the next time I catch a flight. Also just got this at the end of last year.

#15 and #13

#15 and #13

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15) Everlane Foldover Crossbody (reviewed here): I love using this crossbody when traveling since it’s pretty discreet yet can hold a ton of stuff if you need it to. It also can double as a clutch when going out.

14) PB 0110 Circle bag: I just reviewed this bag here and as much as I love this bag, there are so many more bags that I love before it so sadly it gets pushed down to number 13. And as much as I love the quality construction of the bag, the circular shape is just a trend, I know. But I still plan to keep using this bag indefinitely.

13) Balenciaga Work Bag: I used to have a lot of Balenciaga bags like this (it’s actually the bag that got me addicted to high end purses and started my former PurseForum addiction). I’ve sold them all a long time ago, but recently purchased this bag used on the Fashionphile (because they go for such good prices now and due to some nostalgia). I don’t think they’ll ever come back in style (they’re sooo 2000s) but I’ll always love them!

12) Hermes Bolide (reviewed here): I love this discreet Hermes bag and to me it’s the definition of understated luxury. But since it’s currently so low on my list here and it’s so expensive, I’ve decided to return it to Fashionphile using their buyback program. It just didn’t make sense for me to keep something that I didn’t love love love, especially since we’re trying to do FIRE.

#10 and #7

#10 and #7

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11) Acne Studios Musubi bag (reviewed here): I just got this bag at the beginning of the year (from TheRealReal), but this bag has made my top ten list. I love the sturdy leather, the great useable design, and its unusual shape. The more I use it the more I fall in love with it. Plus it fits a lot more than my usual “just essentials” daily bag.

10) Chanel small crossbody flap : I purchased this bag in London at the end of our Europe trip last year. This is probably the most useable Chanel I’ve purchased and I use it when going out. It holds just the essentials and can be used dressed up or dressed down. And unlike the regular flap bags, which have a strap length that at the longest makes for a short awkward crossbody, the chain on this one is long and it’s a very comfortable crossbody length. Plus there’s a strip of leather that makes carrying it crossbody comfortable (instead of having the chain dig into my shoulder and leaving marks).

9) Longchamp large tote: This bag has been my travel workhorse over the last decade. I’m planning on replacing it with the weekender (see #16) since this tote is starting to wear out (the nylon corners are usually the first to go and mine are starting to have tiny holes in them). But I plan on still using it until pencils can fall out of the corners (like my friends’ longchamp tote).

8) Everlane Mini Form bag: This is my current obsession and also the newest addition to my collection. I just reviewed the bag here and I mean it when I said it was one of the best crossbody bags I’ve ever purchased.

7) Fendi By The Way bag: I recently reviewed the bag here even though I’ve had this bag for over 3 years and it’s probably the second oldest bag in my collection (the oldest being #9 above). Even though it was never a popular style, it works really well for my lifestyle (durable leather, easy to organize inside and multiple ways to carry it).

6) Everlane Day Market Tote (reviewed here): My most used item in my closet period. This is my work tote and all around “haul-anything” tote. You can see how it’s worn after 100 days of wear (and it’s taken a beating).

5) Chanel Medium Flap (featured in the post comparing vintage Chanel caviar leather to new Caviar leather): This was a gift from my mom on my 30th birthday so it’s the one bag I would never sell. And now I plan on passing it on to my kid eventually (hope she likes Chanel!). I only use this bag for special nights (mostly at weddings).

4) Celine Small Cabas Phantom (reviewed here): This is my fancy tote that I treasure and baby. I use it when I want to look a bit more polished but still have to carry around a lot of stuff. I think a good dupe for it though is the Cuyana structured leather tote (I reviewed their original classic unstructured tote here).

3) Celine Nano Belt Bag : I’ve always loved the design and shape of the Celine Belt bag (and have purchased the Mini, Micro and now the Nano size—I’m like a crazy Celine Belt bag Goldilocks). I unfortunately sold my Mini bag before I started seriously blogging but I reviewed the Micro Belt bag here and did a comparison post between the Micro and Nano here. Now I have just the Nano and it’s the perfect size for my essentials without weighing me down!

2) Celine Soft Cube (reviewed here): This is the second most used bag in my collection after the Everlane Market Tote and it’s because the Soft Cube is a super functional bag. I like the crossbody strap (that’s a good length on me) along with the two top handles (which is how I carry it most of the time). The leather is durable and the inside is spacious enough for my essentials and then some. The only thing it’s missing are some legs to keep the leather bottom from touching the floor (not that I put it on the floor).

1) Hermes Lindy (reviewed here): This was my holy grail bag for over a decade, and I finally purchased it about a year and a half ago. And it was everything I had dreamt it would be. It’s my second Hermes bag (my first being a vintage Kelly that I had in my collection awhile ago), but I love it as if it was my first. This bag is a lot more functional for me than the Kelly was since the Lindy is a more casual bag. I love that I can carry it two different ways and even though it’s a high-end bag the leather is durable and not fragile at all. It’s the best of all worlds: functional, luxurious, and discreet.

Whew, that was some bag blog post! This is for all my bag-loving readers out there! I never really realized how many bags I had until I started to write this post, but 20 feels like too much. I think I’ll be selling some of those on the lower half of the list. How many should I cut my collection down to?

PB 0110 Review: The AB38 Circle Bag

Am I speaking in some kind of code? Lol, nope PB 0110 is just the name of the bag and accessories line founded by a guy named Phillip Bree. I first found this European brand through some of the fancier boutiques in San Francisco and noticed the quality construction of the bags. The leather on the outside was beautiful and the sueded interiors felt luxurious. I also loved their minimal but unique style of bags with no overt branding. But with prices starting in the $500 range, I wasn’t willing to buy and try them.

Then I wanted the Mansur Gavriel crossbody circle bag, but wasn’t sure spending $795 on a trend item was really worth it. So when I found the PB0110 circle bag on the RealReal for less than $200 (with some TRR credit), I jumped at the deal. Not only would I fulfill my desire for a circle bag, but I would get to finally try out this lesser known European brand.

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PB0110 Review

First a quick note about their production practices. They don’t tout themselves as an ethical company per say but their values and production practices do qualify them as such (except if you don’t believe using leather can be ethical then they are not). Their main value is in making quality bags that are meant to be cherished and used for a long time. In fact, they have a blog called Beloved Objects that focuses on the founder’s and designers’ oldest and most cherished items. They want one of their bags to be your beloved object, and you can tell they make their bags to last. They source their vegetable tanned leather in Belgium in a factory that’s been tanning since 1873, their suede leather for the interior in Poland, their hardware in Italy, and their zippers in Germany. You can read all about their materials here. The bags are then made in multigenerational family factories in Poland (you can read about that here).

some outfit inspo with this bag

some outfit inspo with this bag

 

Now all of this sounds fine and fancy (and maybe justifies their high prices), but how does it translate to the actual bag? Having tried out their circle bag, I can say without a doubt that yes, these are quality bags. And it’s the details that make all the difference. Their zippers are some of the smoothest I’ve ever used on a bag, and it’s especially important on an awkward shape like the circle bag. No snags or stops when trying to zip this puppy up even when it’s full to the brim and with one hand. The suede interior is smooth and doesn’t flake off like in cheaper bags. And the outside vegetable tanned leather is stiff but still supple (and feels so much better than Mansur Gavriel’s super stiff vegetable tanned leather). Veg-tanned leather does scratch a bit more than chrome-tanned leather but the veg-tanned leather is meant to show a patina with time. Veg-tanned leather is also better for the environment (using tannins from natural sources like trees), and much harder to do, takes longer, and is usually done by hand. Veg-tanned leather is also hardier and more durable so it makes sense PB 0110 only uses the best veg-tanned leather for their bags (and it shows).

PB0110 Review
PB0110 Review

As for the actual bag itself, it’s called the AB38 bag because it was designed by their designer Ayzit Bostan (they name all their bags after the designer and a random seeming number). I love that this bag has a pretty unobtrusive top handle along with an adjustable crossbody strap. The inside has one small flat pocket that could maybe fit credit cards. Since there are no other dividers or pockets, things do get lost to the bottom pretty easily within the bag (like my keys). But I guess that sort of comes with the territory when using a trendy yet impractical shape like a circle bag. The zipper does come out pretty wide so it’s easy to fit things in, and it fits all my essentials (though the sunglasses case just barely). Overall I’m happy with my purchase and look forward to using this bag more this spring and summer!

I probably wouldn’t recommend buying PB0110 bags brand new since they’re an obscure brand with poor resale value (plus it’s better to buy leather items secondhand). Also since their items are meant to last it means that these bags are usually still in great shape when you find them pre-owned. The RealReal has a pretty good selection of them for sell here (and they even have this circle bag in black here) and the prices are even better when they go on sale!

Anyone else try a bag from PB 0110 and what did they think?

Acne Studios Musubi Mini Bag Review

So as I mentioned before, this Acne Studios Musubi Mini bag was my one purchase for the month back in February and I purchased it secondhand (and for 20% off) at TheRealReal. I’ve been eyeing this bag for over 6 months and I still loved the look, so I decided to go for it. And I have to say, I have zero regrets!

I first was influenced to wanting this bag via Eva Chen’s Instagram (darn you Instagram) but when I polled y’all on stories only half of you guys liked it (which also truthfully sways my opinion). I myself was intrigued but wasn’t sure if it was cute or just too much. And I’m so glad I did hold off on impulsively purchasing right then and there because it gave me time to ruminate on it and now I know I really do love it. Also, during those 6 months, I got my favorite Celine soft cube bag (which I still really love but am currently letting it “rest” so I don’t wear it out too soon) and realized I love leather bags that look soft and pillowy. So I was pretty sure when I bought this in February that I would love it.

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acne musubi bag review

If I had a choice, I might have gone with the tan colored one, but since the black one was what’s available on TheRealReal, black it is! As for the quality of the calf leather of the Acne Studios bag, it’s really gorgeous. Comparing it to the calf leather of my Celine soft cube bag, I would say the grain of the Celine bag is slightly finer but not by much (but the Celine bag also retails for $700 more). And while the Celine bag is lined with calf leather, the Acne bag is lined with lambskin making the inside buttery soft but also helps keep the bag light (lambskin is lighter than calfskin).

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Since I’ve been using this bag during the rainy California winters, I first protected it with some Chamberlains Leather Milk No. 3 (reviewed here). It gave the leather a slight sheen, due to the slightly waxy formula that’s meant to repel water, but the bag has held up in downpours with no issues so far. Also the durable calfskin has held up great with zero scratches or nicks.

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The interior of the bag is divided into 2 sections with a zippered pocket divider. It’s perfect for keeping my things organized with my wallet and phone in one section, my keys in the zippered pocket, and everything else in the other section. The bag closes easily with snap buttons at the top, but I’m also not too worried about the security of the bag when wearing it over my shoulder or crossbody because the thick top handle tends to hide or cover the opening of the bag.

Currently all my bags have pretty thin crossbody or shoulder straps so I love the thickness of the Acne Studios strap and top handle. It makes carrying the bag super comfortable. Also the long crossbody strap is adjustable via some pegs on the sides of the bag that’s hidden by the mini knots.

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Acne studios musubi mini bag review

Having never tried Acne Studios clothing before, I wasn’t sure what to expect about the quality of these bags. But I have to say I’m quite impressed (and this is coming from a long time bag lover). These made in Italy leather bags are really beautiful and durable. Also the design is different enough so even though it’s a pretty minimal black bag, it’s not plain or boring.

Also the word musubi refers to my favorite rice ball snack (and in Hawaii, my favorite spam rice snack) which maybe makes me love the bag even more. But the word also works for the tying of the Obi sash on Japanese kimonos, which is what Acne Studios was referring to. Either way, I love this snack of a bag and can’t wait to get over 100 good wears with it!