My fashionistas, I love mademoiselle Chanel and everything she had ever designed and created for fashion. Gifts from Chanel are welcome, any day! Because everything I use for fashion is actually bought by me (unless stated otherwise), not with anyone’s credit card or cash. But blowing my hard earned money on Chanel bags are not my cup of tea no matter how long (truth is 3 and a half years) I had been eyeing on the vintage quilted Chanel messenger bag. I am usually that very sensible when it comes to shopping. Soon after I spotted this Chanel-esque quilted messenger bag online in Zara on sale, I found a tempoary solace- this pouch-y rectangular quilted shoulder bag with a chain strap, in black is in a lot of ways high-street label’s answer to luxury high-end brands. They are sold out overnight means they are this good and versatile!
Now before I share more information about this newbuy, I need to deal with my “sensible” issue while shopping. There is nothing unsensible about buying a designer handbag if one has the money, other than the word “unsensible”, which is nonexistent. The need for self-deprecation and explanation is null and void. After all, feelings of guilt about buying nice things for oneself are most medieval, and a modern, self-independent and most importantly financially independent woman such as me should not waste your time with such nonsense. My rational is, if I can manage to keep aside the money worth a Chanel bag, I would rather —
First of all, (We are selfish)
Contribute to our yearly holiday fund and visit one extra country with that money, spend some quality time with my partner in another unique or exotic location to revive our relationship in a new light, know more about a new culture, if possible learn the language too, gain experience to share with the world and collect wonderful memories for life along the way.
Secondly, (We are not that selfish)
Help my Jhorna Mashi who currently lives in Kolkata, India, struggling each day to save up every single penny that her son, husband and her combined income just to buy a small piece of land on which she can then build two rooms that she passionately and rightfully wants to call her ‘own’ home. Jhorna Mashi was sent to my parents’ home by my late grandmother when my mother got married some odd 39 years ago with an intention to help my mother with her domestic works (a common practice in Indian sub-continent) and to raise her future children. To the rest of the world, Jhorna Mashi is our nanny but to me and my siblings- she is our Mashi (Bengali for aunt) who looked after us unconditionally in both my mother’s absence (when she went to college to study and later to school to teach) and presence. I have promised to contribute financially to her struggle of building a ‘home’ and I will to the best of my ability. So, this is the concept of “getting my money’s worth” means to me.
As for this new buy- bag, I absolutely liked it because of its multi-purpose usuage. Recently I realised, I have way too many black clutches or party bags in my wardrobe (calling for another One Time Fashionista Sale soon-ish) but no black tote (the one I owned earlier is sold out now) and messenger bag in my collection at the moment. A black tote can wait, let me enjoy this quilted messenger bag for the moment which has the power to cheer-up any outfit.
The difference: Unlike Chanel‘s traditional quilted messenger bag, it doesn’t feature an external logo stamp. Instead of gold-tone shoulder straps, it comes with a silver-tone strap with a black leather shoulder support patch.
Top tip: Personally, I would recommend every woman having one black messenger bag in the plain or quilted leather because the seasonal colours and patterns change, as the name suggests, every season and therefore might seem dated to you in six months’ time.