When looking for an investment piece, I consider a handful of qualities to be key. Craftsmanship, functionality, and timeless design.
For me, the craftsmanship has to be excellent. Sure, you'll pay a premium upfront. However you find yourself reaching for these pieces, season after season because they look better with age. It feels very satisfying to own something beautiful with a patina of memories aging gracefully.
I invested in a Balenciaga lambskin purse with my first grown up paycheck. Ten years later I grab this purse and get the same pride and appreciation for the artisanship as day one.
In Los Angeles your car is your locker. In San Francisco you are your own sherpa. Hard to feel glamorous walking uphill, battling the SF wind, in heels plus a bag of groceries and scalding coffee. Shoulder straps are a must. As is a roomier handbag for your Himalayan supplies.
I also generally avoid large logos. It's tough to be timeless with obvious branding.
This Trapeze is proving to be beautiful. I'm loving the sturdy shoulder strap and the contrast of the refined suede flap front. The structured base makes digging around for keys a thing of the past. The bold shape is architectural and I predict will be a favorite of mine for years to come.
Hip, hip, CELINE!