Relax – be proud of your handbags

This motto is a far cry from what I remember when I started my fashion career years ago. While working for a magazine I met a woman who filled her Celine luggage bag with tissue paper so that it wouldn’t warp and rubbed the dirt off it with a spat thumb like she was rubbing chocolate. on a toddler’s cheek. When she placed it on a table, it was as if Zazu was introducing Simba to the world. At the time, it gave me a pang of heart. I couldn’t afford a Celine tote, and even though I could, I didn’t have the mind to treat it so carefully.

But maybe the time to treat bags with preciousness is over. I debated getting my Vuitton schlepper fixed, but I also looked at old photos of Mary-Kate Olsen and her dented bags, especially her famous mint-green Balenciaga tote from the early 2000s, which remains in the the iconic fashion forum history. Olsen, then in love with the bohemian, wandered around town with her motorcycle bag stained with a bull’s-eye of red wine stained on its bottom. The dirt from the bag was so infamous that it appeared in a profile 2005 in W magazine. “The version she wears today was originally mint green, but it’s so drab, covered in spots, pen marks and even a piece of chewed gum, it almost looks gray. “It explains my life,” Olsen says with a sigh, when asked about the deplorable state of her beloved accessory.

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 a more casual pair of 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, she treats it like a used car salesman’s over-padded briefcase.

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