Actually, it’s more of an anti trend

The status handbag goes hush

As any respectable bagista will tell you, there’s a fake designer bags new trend in handbags. Actually, it’s more of an anti trend. A non trendy trend, if there is 1:1 replica handbags such a thing.

After several years of splashy, logo fied bags filling our collective consciousness as must have items, quietly luxurious bags are enjoying something of a renaissance. Shoppers with cash to spare and lots of it are choosing to spend top dollar on bags known for true quality dolabuy , not fleeting celebrity. Bags with global names such as Nancy Gonzalez, Bottega Veneta, Hermes and Leiber. And bags that are secret treasures made in Chicago, such as Diego Rocha’s.

“People are moving away from classic logo and status bags because they want something more subtle, more discreet,” said Milton Pedraza, chief executive of the Luxury Institute, a research firm that studies America’s rich. “And I think that’s indicative of an uneasy economy. People don’t want to be flashy anymore. It has become trendy to not carry a trendy handbag.”

But if you’ve got the cash, why not flash?

“A lot of people don’t want to show off their wealth unless it’s to other wealthy people,” Pedraza said. One way to achieve replica louis vuitton bags this subtle display of fortune is to invest in a piece that is branded, but not with a logo.

Take Hermes’ Birkin 1:1 replica handbags , a bag that has been around since the 1980s and has been seen on the arm of influencers such as Victoria Beckham. Its shape is recognizable to those who know it, but it also looks anonymous to the uninitiated. (The Birkin starts at about $8 aaa replica designer handbags ,000 and can cost upwards of take a breath $50,000).

Many of Bottega Veneta’s logo and hardware free designs are discernible to those in the cheap replica handbags know because of their trademark intricate leather weave.

Language of logos changing

“People see bags as an indicator of status, and bags don’t need to have a logo to serve that purpose,” said Wendy Krimins, general manager at Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue. “Other than Chanel bags, the best selling bags don’t scream logos anymore.”

Even formerly showy brands are changing. Stroll through Neiman Marcus’ drool inducing handbag department and you will see fewer brazenly branded bags and more tempered totes than in the recent past.

And buyers are snapping replica designer handbags them up. The number fake designer bags of consumers buying luxury handbags priced at $400 or more has doubled in the past five years, according to the NPD Group, a retail information provider.

That number includes Erika Maschmeyer, 27, a Fake Louis Vuitton Replica Bags financial analyst in Chicago, who wanted her next bag to be big enough to tote shoes to the office. She owns four Louis Vuittons and didn’t want another logo bag.

Her choice? A plain black Prada bag with gold hardware. Not entirely subdued, but not overt either.

“My ultimate bag would be an alligator Hermes. Even if I could afford one, though, I still might high quality replica handbags china not buy one,” said Maschmeyer. “They can cost as much as a car, and Designer Louis Vuitton Replica Handbags I don’t know if I can get over that.”

But there are those who can. And do. The wait for a custom made Hermes bag is as much as fake louis bag two years and sometimes more.

For a speedier (and more affordable) option, Chicago women have been turning to Rocha, an up and coming local designer, by way of Brazil, who specializes in exotic skins such as crocodile, python and even mink. They run from $500 to $2,000.

That’s a deal, comparatively.

“It’s an investment for customers,” Rocha said. “They are very serious about bags. They want something they can wear every season. They don’t want something that is identifiable by the season and year.”

He often uses skins in neutral colors so they coordinate with clothes a woman already owns and clothes she has yet to purchase.

Exotic skin bags are seen as the ultimate in luxury because of their rarity there’s only so much skin to go around, after all. And no two bags are identical, which appeals to wealthy shoppers, who prize uniqueness. They’re both timeless and, right now, trendy.

“Exotics are Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica expensive, but they wear so well. They just get better with age. I have a Nancy Gonzalez bag and it looks just as beautiful as it did four years ago,” said Krimins, naming a Neiman’s best seller, which tops out around $3,800. And there’s nary a label or an ounce of hardware to signify the brand.

Some new generation designers intend to keep their bags similarly understated.

“I want to make bags that last a lifetime and are classic, like the bags that came out at the turn of the last century and are still relevant,” said Lisa Kingsley, a handbag designer and stylist who splits her time among Chicago, New York and Mexico, where her exotic skin bags are handmade by leather artisans.

By classic, she’s referring to Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton bags in their more sedate forms.

“I’m so anti flash,” Kingsley said. “I don’t think people should have to buy a bag every year and chase trends.. If I was ever to buy a bag again, I would get a Bottega Veneta, because it’s beautiful, well crafted, timeless and discreet.”.

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