What’s In My Bag: My First Designer Purchase and the Vestiaire Collective

At some point in my teenage years, I vowed that the first thing I would buy with my first salary would be a designer handbag. Preferably a classic Chanel. Reality soon kicked in and with it the realisation that I’d slightly overestimated the size of my first paycheque and somewhat under-appreciated the price tag on that Chanel. Fast-forward two years since that first paycheque and this little friend has made it into my life instead.

I made a commitment at the end of this summer to buy fashion sustainably going forward. And one of the mantras of all fellow conscious consumers is that the greenest clothes are ones that already exist. Put this in combination with the price tag issue, and suddenly all roads clearly lead to the Vestiaire Collective. If you haven’t heard of it, it is the place to re-sell designer items. Vestiaire check the authenticity of each product before it is shipped to the customer, so you can have absolute peace of mind as a buyer too. And, despite the thrifty concept, the process still feels luxurious – the items do feel pre-loved, as Vestiaire calls them, rather than second-hand. I couldn’t be happier with the shopping experience.

My aim was to replace my well-loved Zatchels staple with an upmarket equivalent. One that would elevate an outfit but still look casual enough to use as an airport sidekick. After some serious umming and arring, I opted for this drool-worthy perforated camel Chloe Drew. An it-bag with a twist (holes, to be specific). And here’s what’s in it.

1/ My Phone(s) – Because I’m a millennial and like, what is life without the permanent glare of a (not so) miniature screen in your face. No seriously, what is life without it – I don’t remember?

2/ Kindle – Because I like to be able to whip out my ugliest, most useful little reading device like a side-arm to kill boredom in queues / at airports / on the tube. Also because I vowed to read more as one of my New Year’s Resolutions (original, I know).

3/ Card holder – Because you can’t avoid paying for stuff, even when wearing a fancy handbag. This one’s from Ark – a present from my friend Kate, who is also an incredible photographer and whose blog you should definitely check out (especially if you speak Russian).

4/ Notebook and pen – Because you just don’t know when that brilliant idea’s gonna hit you / when you’ll remember that thing you forgot to add to your to-do list / when your buddy’s going to say something ridiculous that you need to remember to quote on their wedding day. Also because physically crossing stuff off lists is so much more aggressively satisfying than checking a tick-box on my Evernotes lists.

5/ Sunglasses – Because I live in a super sunny country and you just never know when the sun’s going to come out. One of those statements is true.

6/ Perfume – Mostly because I love the novelty of how tiny this one is (the Maison Louis Marie No.4). I just like carrying it around. I very rarely put it on. My lip balm is more useful, but it must have rolled out of this shot.

Can you tell I’m pretty pleased with my purchase? (/myself?)


    • curatedtheory
      February 10, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Thank youuuu!

  1. Terka
    August 12, 2019 / 10:41 am


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