Why I (think) I don’t like designer items

When I was visiting my best friend the other day, she mentioned going out of control and spending on a Louis Vuitton handbag, as well as a Coach one and a couple of Tiffany items.

I first told her how ugly I thought the logo of LV was, and then said that I never bought and will probably never buy anything haute couture designer intentionally just because it was a designer item.

She then countered that it was because I was still in frugal mode (even though I was almost debt free) and trying to save like mad, and I just got too used to NOT buying anything, period.

And she continued on to say that designer would be the last thing to buy on my mind being as it’s usually expensive, since I associate those names with luxury.

I told her that it wasn’t that I wasn’t spending any money at all. It was the TOTAL OPPOSITE and I recounted my spending spree of almost $2000 in the past 2 weekends.

But then it got me thinking. Why IS it that I don’t like designer goods? (Other than the fact that they cost an arm and a leg with half a kidney).

I thought about it some more and then it hit me.

I prefer unique, independent, preferably handmade designer goods

It’s why I went on a huge shopping binge on Etsy, it’s why I travelled to Toronto and ONLY purchased most of my clothes from independent designers like BIONIC or Girl Friday (wrap dresses).

It’s also why I bought that green purse from Concubine (concubine.ca) because I find it cute, unique, and not mass-made or mass-marketed.

I guess in my clothes, I love greys, neutrals and everything kind of plan and solid-colour looking with some metal hardware. But in accessories like purses, necklaces and shoes, I normally don’t like plain jane in my accessories.

I like wild, crazy, fun, classic, modern but bright kind of things because they make me happy every time I wear a piece that I know someone made, and for me to confidently know that I am one of the few (under a thousand I’d guess) who actually owns a piece like this.

That, and I get some killer compliments all the time about the necklaces I’m wearing, or the purses I own. Everyone thinks I bought them at some fancy shop, or that I spent a lot of cash on them. Which is partly true (like my necklaces), but they’re so unique, you can’t even find them in a store, which makes me love them even more.

I also know that someone made them. And it’s kind of cheesy, but a handmade item just feels more special than an industrial one. But if they looked exactly the same, I won’t lie, I’d buy the cheaper industrial version. But the beauty is that you CAN’T find industrial versions that look exactly the same!

That’s not to say that I will never buy a designer item, or wear a designer item, but I just seem to prefer independent designer items that are more unique and fun.

However, if the most amazing dress from Versace or Gucci came along and plopped itself in my apartment, I wouldn’t turn the poor thing out.

And I’d also spend good money on a designer item if I felt it was worth it. Like Christian Louboutin shoes (if I had the guts and the balance to wear those sky high heels).

But the truth of the matter is that the mix of my not wanting to spend a lot of money on good quality, coupled with my desire to buy independent designer goods (Canadian, American, Earthian, whatever), makes me avoid even going into stores like Chanel or Gucci, and running to stores like Cat’s Cradle or Propoganda on Yonge Street in Toronto. And that’s all even though I could afford it.

However as I was writing this I came across this Michael Kors Rehearsal Bag in the most amazing shade of grey…

Look at it. Simple, grey, supple, and absolutely breathtaking. But at $900+ (on sale nonetheless!!!) and originally $1500+ I can’t ever imagine forking over that kind of money for that bag.

If only there was a cheaper version.
What about you? Designer? Independent? A mix of both?

About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.