Ever Wondered Why Designer Handbags Are So Expensive?

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I never really thought about designer handbags or how much they cost because I spent the last 30 years in the Navy. For most of my career, I had to buy a black leather handbag with a gold clasp that I bought in the uniform shop. But I recently retired and I am now working in the civilian sector.

I found that I couldn’t just have one black handbag. I had to get different colors and styles of handbags that would go with different colors and types of suits. And you just can’t buy a discount store handbag. If you are going to buy an expensive suit, you really should go with a designer handbag. So, I looked online and in department stores and was just astonished at the numerous designers, styles of handbags and the wide price range. Coach, Gucci, Burberry, Christian Dior and Prada are to name but a few. Wow! I saw bags that cost $2000 and apparently that is not all that expensive.

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I quickly realized that these handbags were way out of my league and reluctantly bought my handbags at discount stores. But my curiosity got the best of me and I started searching the internet to find out exactly why designer handbags were so expensive. What made these bags that cost anywhere from $200.00 to $2,000 better than the discount handbags I bought for $18.00. After looking at numerous websites, I found that all the articles had about the same information.

Designer handbags deliver what they promise – they are made to last. They are made with the highest quality materials whether those materials are leather or a rare fabric. There is a lot of hard work involved in the making of a designer handbag. From the initial design, to the material that fits that design, to the actual construction. Whether it is a leather handbag or a unique or rare fabric, a lot of attention is paid to each step in the process. These handbags are hand crafted by individuals who have been extensively trained and the finished product is quality tested. These are not cheap synthetic materials run through an assembly line. There won’t be any inconsistencies or imperfections.

The hardware that goes into these bags is genuine, from buckles to strap rings, to the chains. The zippers of designer handbags are smooth, can be easily opened and last longer than any of the common bags. I actually went to Dillard’s and opened and closed a Coach bag and then compared it to my discount bag and found that the zipper was cleaner and smoother. The stitching is consistent throughout the handbag and the thread used matches the color of the handbag. Designers do not compromise on the materials used in their handbags or the process used in the construction. The handbags are a reflection of their names and reputations.

A great deal of attention is also focused on the interior of the handbag. What are women most likely to carry in their handbags? Designers have done the research. Designer handbags take into account the occasion and what women might need to carry on those occasions. I looked in my handbag and there were very few pockets if any for easy retrieval of my keys, phone, sunglasses, lipsticks and more. I have to dig everything out to find one item. Very annoying.

When you buy a designer handbag, you can be assured that you are getting your money’s worth. You can pay for those discount handbags that might last a year or you can spend the money on a handbag that will last 20.