I have a weakness for Coach purses. I treated myself to my first Coach when I graduated from college, and have carried them almost exclusively ever since. But lest you think that I have more money than sense to spend that kind of money on a purse, I'll freely and fully admit that the styles I tend to like in Coach bags leans toward the conservative, and I have no problems at all buying them at an outlet store or even *gasp* eBay. I do research the model number and the serial number if I buy from an eBay seller, though. Luckily, the bags I like are the ones that are least likely to be copied. I've never been a fan of the "Signature" series items. Just put the name on the hangtag, but the hangtag had better darned well be there!
Sometimes, though, I am unfaithful to my handbag love. While shopping online, I ran into a good deal on an Etienne Aigner bag that was in a style I liked at a very good price, so I bought it. And while it's a good handbag on its own, the leather did not have the same feel as a Coach bag, and I found myself wishing I'd held out for a Coach bag, just so I could have that wonderful feeling leather again.
I tried to make it work out with Etienne, I really did. We lasted just over a month. Then I had a reconciliation date with my Coach Legacy small bag I use when going to bead shows, and the attraction was too strong to deny. I found myself scouring eBay listings to find a welcoming bag, and I found it in a Bleeker Medium Hobo Bag in Chocolate Brown. It arrived today.
Alas, poor Etienne. It was a fast, but brutal breakup.