Where: His shop on Mercer Street in New York
Price: Enough to make me paranoid about liquids and rough surfaces
Know how to not feel remorse after a large purchase? First, be irresponsible. But then, do your research as follows:
1. Get caught many times at work looking at purseblog and netaporter and polyvore, as opposed to looking at income tax laws. But really, who would blame me? And I'm still employed so w/e.
2. On a trip to New York, when you realize that 40% of your travel companions (with whom you are sharing a small apartment) are big poops, pretend to be sick and then sneak out later and spend the entire day visiting every place that sells bags. Make sure that your intended purchase is not going to end up chilling in the discount bin in a few months. Compare the prices, see if you could fit your laptop in the bag (in a pinch only!), get turned off by the cruddy service at Bloomingdale's.
3. Get your short-list together. I was down to:
OMG those look cute in miniature.
Then I realized that this was my first bag purchase that was a lot of money (for me), and I decided to go with the most understated of the three. Understated for me involved golden hardware, a keylock, pyramid studs all over the place and a bowler shape.
So I went with the Rio, and I am very happy, and it was fun to visit the line's actual store, and I pet it and lovingly put it in it's dustbag when it goes to bed each night. Just kidding, but I do pet it.
I'm trying to cut back on quantity of shopping and instead do a bit more quality. So I've got my mind on a Balenciaga next or possibly the large PS1 (which they carry at the Bay, shocking.) But I'm waiting at least a year! Or at least six months. Or at least three.