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Old 10-23-2013, 03:42 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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And why should anyone care what you think about what they are wearing or carrying? Your opinion is important because________________ (you can fill in the blank at any time).

If you are concerned with what people are wearing, are you willing to pay for it for them? Your opinion plus $0.47 will buy a postage stamp but that's about it.
Ouch! The truth hurts, huh?
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:29 PM
 
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I carry mostly coach with a few louis vuttion and vera bradley thrown in. Yes they have logos and yes i'm very happy with them. I don't buy my bags because of everyone else I buy them for me. I don't care what others think of my bags as I adore them and collect them. Designer bags bring me a lot of happiness in life and I carry all of mine with pride! Currently thinking about investing in a kate spade bag and maybe a MK bag, also wouldn't mind a lilly pulitzer tote. It's not what everyone else thinks of your bag it's what you think. You are the one buying, no one else... so buy what you like and be happy.
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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Currently thinking about investing in a kate spade bag and maybe a MK bag, also wouldn't mind a lilly pulitzer tote.
Interesting use of the word "investing."
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I carry mostly coach with a few louis vuttion and vera bradley thrown in. Yes they have logos and yes i'm very happy with them. I don't buy my bags because of everyone else I buy them for me. I don't care what others think of my bags as I adore them and collect them. Designer bags bring me a lot of happiness in life and I carry all of mine with pride! Currently thinking about investing in a kate spade bag and maybe a MK bag, also wouldn't mind a lilly pulitzer tote. It's not what everyone else thinks of your bag it's what you think. You are the one buying, no one else... so buy what you like and be happy.

I like Kate Spade also. I have some very cute Kate Spade handbags. I have a bright plaid summer satchel and a gray flannel winter small tote that I get compliments on. She is another stylish, fun, mid-price bag designer. I also love some of the Lilly Pulitzer tropical prints (perfect for beach totes!), and also the one Vera Bradley graphic black and white print for summer. Unfortunately, there are many, many handbags that I love....
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Old 10-23-2013, 05:37 PM
 
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Interesting use of the word "investing."
It works. Not all investments go up.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:34 PM
 
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Well, just jumping in here....haven't read the whole thread.

It used to be Coach made some very nice leather handbags, and I still have some of the older brand. Then they changed from Coach leather to Coach Handbags, or something like that. The newer trend was/is fabric handbags with leather trim, and that awful CC logo

Their purses are now mostly cloth with some leather trim. What I hate is how the purses show the dirt so fast. At least with an all leather purse you could wipe it clean with leather cleaner, but no way to clean a mostly fabric purse, especially one in lighter colors. I don't know if I would call it "ghetto", but it does give away that you can't afford to change your purse XXX's/day!
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:47 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Their purses are now mostly cloth with some leather trim.
Not exactly. Now coach is big enough to change their product mix by store. Some stores only get cloth logoed bags. And others get only leather. I have a mix of both types of stores nearby.





I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:54 PM
 
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Yes. And the last time I tried to get Coach to repair one of my purses (again!), they gave me a hard time, talking about how long I owned the bag and "wear and tear." The bag had the same problem twice, despite the repair. I started to go over the store's head, but I just said forget it. Trust that I will not be purchasing another Coach bag.

Speaking of Coach:

Coach 22: Can a handbag be ‘luxury’ if everybody owns one?
Interesting article. I have to say -- even though I don't carry a purse anymore (although I have some old denim jeans I might make a bag out of....) I can totally see how having outlet stores cheapens a brand. I also think being on a home shopping channel does that too. A brand becomes too out there, too available and for a while that's good, and then it's too ubiquitous and that's bad.

I can remember several years ago I took a flight back to Pittsburgh, and our stop at Las Vegas the flight picked up a whole lot of women carrying Coach bags. I actually thought there was a convention of some sort for Coach.... It was practically every woman.

But I've seen this devaluation of other products, too.

Krispy Kreme donuts -- they were busy storefronts and then they put their donuts in grocery stores and the stores lost business, and a number of them closed. Warm Krispy Kremes are a delight -- cold -- not so much. And the donuts are not in stores anymore.

I could think of more but Ghost Mine is starting.....
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Interesting article. I have to say -- even though I don't carry a purse anymore (although I have some old denim jeans I might make a bag out of....) I can totally see how having outlet stores cheapens a brand. I also think being on a home shopping channel does that too. A brand becomes too out there, too available and for a while that's good, and then it's too ubiquitous and that's bad.

I can remember several years ago I took a flight back to Pittsburgh, and our stop at Las Vegas the flight picked up a whole lot of women carrying Coach bags. I actually thought there was a convention of some sort for Coach.... It was practically every woman.

But I've seen this devaluation of other products, too.

Krispy Kreme donuts -- they were busy storefronts and then they put their donuts in grocery stores and the stores lost business, and a number of them closed. Warm Krispy Kremes are a delight -- cold -- not so much. And the donuts are not in stores anymore.

I could think of more but Ghost Mine is starting.....
Agree, Coach products are so ubiquitous now, the brand is devalued by the higher end consumer. However, I'm not sure if the company profits are suffering. They are manufacturing more cheaply (in China) and selling higher quantities through more channels. It seems like this is a product that could burn out, like Krispy Kreme. Or maybe it will just become another classic American staple, like Levis and Nike. Another product that is everywhere now is North Face. I remember buying North Face many years ago in specialty ski/outdoor sport shops - I wore North Face only for skiing/hiking. Now everyone is wearing a North Face jacket, and carrying a Coach purse...LOL

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Old 10-23-2013, 09:18 PM
 
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Not exactly. Now coach is big enough to change their product mix by store. Some stores only get cloth logoed bags. And others get only leather. I have a mix of both types of stores nearby.





I am on my phone, please forgive the typos.

If you are talking about outlets that's not even close to true. Now I do believe that some outlets get more MFF then others. I have two outlets within 20 minutes of me. One caters more to the MFF bags and one has MFF bags as well as boutique bags. Both outlets have a mix of leather and cloth. It was the same in the last state I lived in as well. That outlet had both MFF and boutique items and a mix of cloth and leather.
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