I never cared for bags. I usually borrow my bags from my younger sister who loves them or my fashion forward bestie Jo. Sometimes I get bags as gifts or hand me downs and that’s pretty much what I use. I don’t even care for brands, I just think of bags as bags. I even use “generic” and “freebie” (without a brand or label/promotional item) bags. Give me a backpack and I am good to go.
Then came something I was not really prepared for. My trusty Jansport (this one is original, a gift from Jo) backpack totally gave up on me. I was using one of my other bag/s, for everyday use. It was a beige longchamp that was a gift from my aunt. She got it for cheap in Baclaran and bought a lot of those bags to give last two Christmases ago. I got one. Of course I know that my new bag was a fake one. But I am still happy and thankful.
After weeks of using my replacement bag an acquaintance came to tell me: Um, your bag is a fake. I never would have thought that you brought a fake bag. You should get an authentic one.
I was too stunned to speak. I kept silent.
After that incident, I was starting to look and be more aware of bags. I still use the fake one. It is still functional, and still a bag. But, I started looking at the internet for bags.
Apparently, the bag I am using is a fake longchamp le pliage medium long handle in beige. Thanks internet. Next, I wanted to know how much the real one cost. It is $125 converted to peso it is 5,536.88php. Pricey.
Next I looked for the “newer” longchamp bags. I kind of like this: longchamp neo medium short handle.
So looked for its price again on lyst. It is $158 or 6,998.61php. On local online resellers on Facebook however it costs 2,800.00 to 4,500.00php. Why such differing price? How do I know if the item is authentic or not? How do I tell the difference?
The colors they sell also differs from the longchamp site, they even have different names like cuir, neo, fantasie,heritage…etc. I am so confused.
More so here in our country where everything is labeled authentic and everything is not quite what they seem. That alone is enough to drive me nuts.
Maybe this is why I don’t understand the fascination behind bags. Sigh.