This is a bit overdue, but I promised a while ago to comment more on my new Alexander McQueen bag.
Last November I went with my friends J. and B. to Las Vegas and we wandered into the Alexander McQueen store, where I became hopelessly obsessed with this bag:
The “Obsession” print was from the Fall 2016 collection. I loved it.
What I didn’t love, however, was the price: $2295, which was way too splurge-y for the moment.
We left Las Vegas, bag-less.
Fast forward two weeks: B. called me and said that Alexander McQueen was having a fire sale on many items and I should check the site from the Las Vegas store.
She sent me a link to a Flickr stream and I had to scroll, scroll, scroll through until I hit the jackpot: My bag was there for a song.
I called the store immediately and it was mine.
A few things about the bag:
The printed calfskin is beautiful. For reference, this feels and looks almost exactly like one of the patterned Vuittons.
The bag itself is about 8 inches wide, and I can easily fit in my old Marc Jacobs continental style wallet.
The chain strap is heavy, and the monogram hardware is also high quality.
It won’t photograph well, so I’ll have to describe the interior, which is where the bag isn’t quite as nice. The interior is black and suede-like. There’s a slim pocket that would fit credit cards but not much else. The rest of the inside is open space. While this is larger than a lot of clutches, I’d rate the capacity as being able to hold a wallet, phone, lip gloss and keys, but probably not much else.
Since I got the bag in late November, I’ve used it a few times.
I took it with me to Kauai in early December and used it exactly once. Even though we were staying at a nice resort, the dress code was still pretty casual and I felt slightly silly carrying such a wild bag while wearing a maxi dress from Old Navy.
(Here’s a back shot of the dress; Spouse was kind enough to hold the bag while I opened this champagne).
Ironically, I saw another woman carrying a similar McQueen bag that night at the hotel, except it was a plain black one, essentially the same style hardware but without the pattern. It looked more classic and made me re-think whether I should have bought something so trendy, but for the price I got a great deal and I still love the pattern, even though it will always scream “Fall 2016” to those in the know.
Since then I’ve worn it twice when going out to dinner. I could have used it more but in general, I am quite lazy when it comes to switching out my bags and it always seems easier to lug around my giant everyday tote rather than make the effort.
Final thoughts: I like the bag, but it’s not my favorite. The pattern is unique, and I was thrilled to score my first Alexander McQueen bag for such a great price. This is not an everyday bag, though, so I’m going to need to make a concerted effort to go to places that require bags like this.
Cocktail party, anyone?