Here’s a random question for you: which brands do you covet most — but haven’t pulled the trigger yet and made a purchase? If there’s a brand where you finally DID pull the trigger after drooling for a while, did it live up to the hype in your mind? In general, which brands do you stalk the most, whether for workwear or weekend? (We got into this a bit on our fun discussion of how you’d spend lottery winnings!)
It’s been a helluva week for me personally (hooray for 6+ hours in the hospital on Monday for my toddler’s surgery for adenoids) — so let’s have a fun discussion today. What brands do you covet the most? If you’ve made a purchase, did it work out well for you — or was it a purchase that was driven largely by this long-standing desire you had to own SOMETHING, anything from the brand? For my $.02, these things never work out well for me. I can remember years ago really wanting a Kate Spade bag, and finally pulling the trigger in person at a sample sale — and then being horribly disappointed because the bag wasn’t 100% of something that I would have wanted had I more time to consider it. It was a glossy red patent leather bag with a bow on front — very short straps and a very slim bag, far slimmer than the other bags I normally carried at the time. None of my usual stuff would fit into it — and the lipstick red patent (and bow!) just didn’t feel like me. I’ve had at least one other Kate Spade bag over the years (gifted by a friend who was moving, if memory serves), but it didn’t really become a favorite either. I had a similar experience when I bought my LV, a black Epi leather Alma bag (pictured at top) — no logos, just a gorgeous, classic bag; the only way I finally talked myself into making the purchase was by “using” money I’d been gifted from my aunts and grandmother over several birthdays and holidays. I still love the bag (and happily think of my grandmother and aunts every time I carry it) — but I rarely do carry it because I hate carrying bags by the handles. (And I’m so confused — why is it for sale at Banana Republic now (affiliate link)? So odd.) I have yet to buy a second LV bag — and honestly have shied away from the whole 4-figure bag thing because of it!
Today the biggest purchase today that’s tempting me is the Brooks Brothers ruana in the sale that was $698 and is now $139. I have three thick wool ruanas, all recently purchased — I totally don’t need another one! — and yet… I’ve wanted a BB one for forever and this one has leopard print! (And FINE, I just bought it. And a belt. And a blue/red scarf. At least they’re not final sale…)
How about you, ladies — what brands are you drooling over? What purchases have lived up to the hype — and which ones haven’t? (A similar question: are there any brands that you stalked and hesitated and wondered and, having made one purchase, you now buy anything else from the brand without hesitation because the purchase was everything you hoped it would be?)