Mary-Kate Olsen is on to something with her battered handbags


Even more abandoned is his large Kelly bag in black leather, whose background has changed from black to gray with stripes. Olsen wore it everywhere: all over in relaxed sweatpants and a fur jacket as she has Starbucks coffee. In some cases, she has used it to hide her face from the paparazzi. Although the bag costs over $ 10,000 (£ 7,000), she treats it like a used car salesman’s over-padded briefcase.

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In a way, the worn bag is a movement of power, akin to the growing popularity of the £ 19 wired Apple earbuds over the £ 119 AirPods. Even those who have the funds to buy AirPods, like celebrities Bella Hadid and Lily-Rose Depp, still opt for wired headphones. As I noted in a December 2019 article, the lo-fi option has become a status symbol. “Whatever the reason, Hadid’s choice to flaunt these classic threads seems oddly luxurious. The choice suggests that she can’t bother to keep up with the latest technology and prefers the simpler things in life, which is, oddly enough, the true measure of success.

Of course, there are times when a rude bag doesn’t evoke glamorous recklessness. If you are going to a job interview, you probably won’t want to carry a bag that looks like it was chewed on by a dog. You also don’t want your bag not to be fixed. Taking good care of a bag helps of course, but if your pouches or tote bags get scuffed in the process, don’t worry – it’s not the end of the world.

Dragging a designer bag to death exudes a carefree attitude. Who else can bother to be so careful? I wear it like a fragile tote, not because I don’t care about my clothes, but because I have a life to live and, honestly, places to be! True luxury is wearing something expensive over and over again. Besides, the purpose of clothes is to tell stories in the end. Every hit on a bag has a story, whether it’s a loud party or a boring commute to work. And all of that wear and tear is deserved and means the bag – and its wearer – has truly lived a lifetime. That has no price.

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