CC 150: The functional Collector Favoring Polene

In today’s installment of closet Confessionals, we meet a collector in their late twenties who loves bags but has a pretty functional attitude towards them. CC 150 began their collecting journey just before university when their mommy passed down a Louis Vuitton Neverfull. From there, CC 150’s collection has grown to include a few other Louis Vuitton bags, with the palm Springs tiny being sentimental thanks to when it was purchased.

Despite a penchant for Louis Vuitton, CC 150 favors Polene thanks to its stylish, quality bags that fly a bit under the radar. This confessor is also a fan of pre-loved bags, having snagged a Chanel Jumbo Flap from the secondary market. also realizing the value of the resale market as a way to sell off bags, CC 150 has reached a point in their journey where shopping isn’t seen as a problem. Bag purchases are well thought out and budgeted for at this point in CC 150’s life. read the full CC below and don’t forget to submit your own!

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The Basics

Age: 29
Location: HK
Occupation: Recruitment
Industry: Banking
Salary: $80,000
Household Income: $160,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? No

How lots of bags do you own? 20+

What bags are in your collection? Polene One Nano in about three colours for my summer and wintertime variations, Number 7 and Number 10 in stunning burgundy color, my much-loved camel Umi (love this), primary tiny in dual-tone (absolute stunner for the summer), and two great work bags Cyme and Le Cabas.

Except for Polene, I have the Louis Vuitton palm Springs tiny which is my a lot of worn bag out of the whole collection, Chanel Jumbo classic Flap that I gotten pre-loved, my stunning Gucci GG ring Bag in deep maroon, Louis Vuitton Josh backpack and Louis Vuitton tote bag.

How much is your collection worth? It’s priceless ?

What is your a lot of expensive bag? Chanel Jumbo

What are the most crucial brands or pieces in your collection? Polene, I feel that the brand is just so subtle and sophisticated that it lights up whatever you pair it with. rather than being out there in your face, I love how the quality feels so luxurious (even a lot more than my expensive bags) that I keep going back to my Polene collection.

What age did you get your first designer bag, and what was it? 18, I inherited my mom’s Louis Vuitton Neverfull before I started university.

Is there a certain bag you are seeking to purchase next? I’m looking forward to what Polene comes up for this year and also the Balenciaga hourglass b=Bag is something that has caught my eye of lately.

Any particular bag that holds a special sentimental value? My palm Springs Mini, I got it from my first paycheck. whenever I look at it my heart is full that I made it so far yet miles to go.

Do you feel like your bags change people’s perceptions of you or how you’re treated? Definitely, I live in a city that is brand frenzy. If you are a 20 something carrying a Gucci, LV, or Chanel bag here it’s considered to be a status symbol. Let’s not even get me started on the Hermès collection that you see on the street, you want to see bag fashion don’t go to Paris come to HK and specifically go to the central area.

Have your bag-carrying routines changed considering that Covid? Definitely, I used to be inclined towards carrying tote bags but over these past 2+ plus years, I feel that my cross-body bags have been my much-loved companion.

The Shopping

How often do you get new bags? about 5-6 a year.

Has the Coronavirus pandemic changed your shopping routines or overall attitude towards luxury? Definitely, I’ve gotten much choosier in the sense that initially, I would choose brands that were getting IG popularity but these days I focus a lot on the quality, craftsmanship, and uniqueness.

Which stores do you frequent the most? I love to shop pre-loved, so The RealReal is a great place where you can get some good deals though I do suggest you get the bags authenticated from a third party, otherwise crushing on Polene’s web site is my much-loved past time.

Do you ever get second-hand bags? Where do you get used? The RealReal plus there are tons of IG consignment shops locally, I rely on a few of them that I’ve used in the past to sell the bags that weren’t getting enough use.

Do you sell old bags to pay for new purchases? Definitely, if you aren’t using a bag for over 6 months I would absolutely consider selling them.

Do you ever feel societal pressure to purchase a lot more bags? Yes, I believe we live in an era where your social status or how people treat you or even see you depends a lot on the accessories that you are carrying. There’s a lot of peer pressure but it’s crucial to just sit down and reflect if shelling out half of your monthly salary on a bag would yield returns or not.

Do you consider your bag purchases investments? My Chanel, LV, and Loewe Puzzle bags for sure but also I feel, psychologically, when you start treating them as an investment you tend to take pleasure in them lesser than you must in reality.

Who influences your getting decisions? Social media.

Are sales associate relationships instrumental to your shopping? only for jewelry.

Why do you take pleasure in shopping, beyond just acquiring something new? shopping is therapeutic but then again so is having a respectable savings in your bank account.

Have you ever felt like you received inferior service at a store or boutique due to your appearance, ethnicity or gender? Yes

The Money

Who pays for your bags? Self-financed

Do you set aside a budget for your bag purchases? Definitely, the max I would stretch for any elegant purchase would be $3,000 USD.

The Taboo Topics

Have you ever purchased a counterfeit because you couldn’t afford a designer item? Nope

Do you ever hide purchases from your significant other? yes absolutely but the kind of relationship that my spouse and I have, I tend to tell him within that one week of purchase (I’m horrible at keeping secrets).

What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to afford a bag? sell a few investments that I had in shares, depend on me would not do it ever again. The stocks have trippled up considering that then.

Do you think your shopping is ever a problem? have you ever felt like you were struggling with a shopping addiction? In my early 20s maybe but now I’m very particular about how much wear I would get from it rather than just getting things for the sake of it.

The rest Of It

Any other expensive hobbies or passions? Investments, risky business.

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