I just read an article about mall chain stores beginning to carry purses that cost upwards of $300. I don't get the designer handbag thing. I'll admit, right now I'm wearing pants from New York and Company (which is still called Lerner in my heart), a shirt from Old Navy, sandals from Wal-Mart and am carrying a purse from Target. I should stop this post right now because I've probaby already made a different point: I'm no style icon. I couldn't spot a pricey purse if you swung it under my nose. But I just don't get why a store would have a market for a purse that costs maybe ten times more than the average price of an item in their store.
I like nice things; who doesn't? I will splurge on an item occasionally. But if you are buying the purse as a status symbol, wouldn't you still want to buy it somewhere where you will get the best value for your dollar? If you don't care about having this season's fancy purse, buy it at an outlet store or on sale at establishment that specializes in that designer in accessories in general; they should have a discount section. If you want the most current thing, again wouldn't you want to go to a store that specializes in accessories or has a reputation for having the latest, coolest, most current coast-to-coast thing?
Don't get me wrong, mall stores are where I spend most of my clothing money. But buying a $300 purse at a store where the average price of an item is $38 (per the article linked above) just leaves you with a really expensive purse, not a status symbol. Unless maybe they are going to carry Coach and... ok, that's the only fancy purse line I know. But if it's not a brand that is already considered covetable, what is the point of paying $300 for the purse? And what makes those purses so expensive anyway? Are they impervious to the jelly and boogers that small humans will wipe on them? Are they indestructable or perhaps do they contain a jet-pack for when you're late to work?
I just don't get it. Good luck with the new mall placement of pricey purses. I'm concerned it will be a bust.