I featured my gorgeous Ted Baker Layally Bag in many outfit posts, but I wanted to review it separately and share my thoughts on designer bags and if I am happy with my purchase or if I regret it 2 years later.
I've always had my eye on a studded Michael Kors Selma, but seeing everyone with a fake version of an MK bag really put me off it. I wanted something I haven't seen on anyone before and I decided to go for the Ted Baker Layally. It is not available anymore and I am pretty sure that there has never been a fake of it on the market, so it's quite a rare bag.
I don't have a huge budget for clothes and accessories, so it was a real investment piece for me. It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't too expensive either at £225.00. It is a 2 in1 design as well, as the pocket on the front unclips and becomes an envelope clutch bag which is fab!
I personally don't have a problem with people spending thousands of pounds on handbags. It's their money and if I had the means, I would probably have a Chanel bag too. It's nobody else's business how much we spend and what we spend it on (unless the person would rather buy a handbag than feed their kids, or sth like that, which is obviously sick).
So, we're clear on that. Now let's discuss if the bags are actually worth the money. I assumed that every expensive bag is very well made and durable etc. Well... unless you do your research, you can end up disappointed. Most designer bags will be fantastic in terms of quality, but if you want a piece that will last you forever and you're spending good money on it, you definitely have to think about how durable or scratch resistant the material is, or if the colour will show dirt easily.
That's the reason why I am writing this blog post. Don't get me wrong, I adore my TB bag- it is stunning, but... I am also disappointed with it, as the leather shows every single scratch and the back of the bag is now out of shape and slightly bent, which is a shame. I love how soft the leather is, but I didn't expect it to get ruined so easily. I do use the bag almost every day though, so I guess that it's understandable.
Everything else so far has been great and all the hardware looks perfect (except a few scratches) and the handles are still going strong, even though I carry my heavy SLR in the bag quite often. The lining inside is still intact, with no tears or signs of wear. It's just the back of the bag that is now damaged, plus the bottom of the front pocket. It isn't too obvious indoors, but in daylight, you can really see the scratches. The main zip and all the inside ones are still working perfectly with no signs of giving up anytime soon. I guess it's very well made, despite the soft leather being so prone to scratches.
So the question is - did I make the right choice? I think I did. I am still obsessed with the Layally and I would probably buy it again and just be more careful to prevent so many scratches. I think that most designer bags (whether on the lower or higher end of the spectrum) are made to last for years, if not decades, so you do get your money's worth. I know that most of my cheap bags would have handles falling off already if I used them as much as I use this one.
How do you feel about designer bags?