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Now, what exactly is a luxury bag? An accessory, yes. And a pricey one at that. But with the (often exorbitant) price tag comes the assurance of quality. And wait, before you delve into a detailed discussion of how you can find a much cheaper alternative to a designer purse that will not compromise on quality either, I will be the first to admit that a certain segment (maybe even a pretty large one) of the price is due to the brand name.
Yep, you caught me red-handed in the process of trying to ascribe to popular marketing jargon. BUT? With the quality and the brand name comes one more thing that's a significant fixture of sustainable fashion – permanence. Designer bags are meant to be used and reused – their prices are justified by the cost per wear! And serving as the antithesis of the murkier fast fashion industry, luxury bags can be passed on for generations. In fact, while a rip in your high-street faux leather bag will be the end of its life, a rip in your Balenciaga can be easily repaired both by Balenciaga itself or any local handbag spa. Unless, that is, you're of the opinion that the rip in question actually adds more character to your punk-chic BBag.
On a more serious note though, many luxury bags were actually born out of the concept of sustainability. The first Balenciaga Motorcycle bags, for example, were crafted by Nicolas Ghesquiere out of leftover leather from his jacket line in 2001, and elevated by Kate Moss to the massive popularity it enjoyed in its heyday (and continues today). A considerable number of designers' purse silhouettes, like the Proenza Schouler PS1, or the Mulberry Alexa, also benefit from the worn-in look, again stimulating the ideal of reusing your bags. But if you're rooting for the most sustainable options there are, without sacrificing the style and "oomph" factors, fear not! I have you covered – here are the most luxurious bags you can find right now, while "wearing ethics on your sleeves", let's dig right in!