Especially my handbag investments.
Think about it:
One good, designer bag can last you DECADES and can be the foundation not only for endless ensembles but for your personal style as a whole — it’s not a decision I recommend you take lightly. The last thing you want is to shell out months of hard-earned savings on a bag that constantly needs maintenance or that’ll feel out-dated in a year or two. Or — worst still — something that doesn’t feel like “you”, even if it did back when you bought it.
It can be nerve-wrecking to try to predict what wardrobe investments you’ll actually use and that you’ll get a stellar “pay-per-wear” value out of. It seems like such a waste to spend $1.5k on a bag you won’t use for 10+ years… at least to me.
But get your designer bag decision RIGHT and the options are endless.
One good designer bag can turn even the most inexpensive outfits into chic ensembles others will race to copy. It’ll travel with you. Work with you. And handle abuse with luxurious ease because many of them are meant to LAST (though not all designer bags — always do your research before you buy!).
But, if you’re anything like me, it can take you AGES to decide on a design… Almost exactly a year ago the Gucci Dionysus started popping up all over from NYFW to Paris and beyond.One of the first — now heralded — designs from Gucci’s new, eclectic creative director Alessandro Michele, this bag is a decided shift from so many other designs on the market.With a structure and size similar to Chanel’s Boy Bag (down to its weighty but not uncomfortable chain strap), this bag costs less than HALF the price of the Chanel — a refreshing break from so many of the luxury bag brands that keep amping up their prices every. single. season (I’m looking at you Louis Vuitton!).
Now don’t get me wrong, this bag is still a MAJOR investment. But compared to the Chanel Boy Bag, it’s actually an attainable one!Inspired by the Greek God Dionysus (God of Wine, Fertility, and even Ritual Madness), the front buckle is composed of two tigers heads commemorating Dionysus’ transformation into a tiger in order to cross a river (now called the Tigris) and save a nymph.Structurally this bag is one of the most beautiful bags I’ve ever seen in person.
The pewter chain and front buckle are a beautiful hue that catches the light as you move. Last year when I first saw this bag I loved it but didn’t obsess over it… I mean, I did have another major bag crush at the time (still do…).
But then I started seeing this bag on Pinterest…
And I began pinning it to my Style Inspiration board…
Because this may be one of the most single-handedly photogenic bags I’ve ever laid eyes on. I’ve never seen a bag come to life so much on camera — the pewter details, luxe layers, and accordion pleats were MADE to be photographed. Just look at my first outfit post with mine if you don’t already see what I mean.
The photographer in me couldn’t resist this bag…
And neither could the style blogger in me…
But this bag is also surprisingly practical (though please always remember to waterproof any suede components to protect them from damage!).
In order to open the clasp, you need to release a button hidden on the side of it — a unique feature that helps keep your contents safe and sound inside, something I especially appreciated on the busy streets of London a few weeks ago!Inside there are three main compartments, two large spaces for bulky items like wallets and keys, and a smaller zippered compartment in the center that was perfect for slipping my passport into while we were abroad earlier this month.
This bag also has an exterior pocket on the back perfect for holding an iPhone (I love that I don’t need to actually open my bag to slide out my phone!) as well as a hidden front pocket. Lift up the front suede flap and you find one final thin compartment to stash anything secret into — most people don’t even know it’s there until I show them!After I saved my pennies for months and finally caved and invested in my own Dionysus, the question I was asked most by friends and readers was about the chain strap: is it comfortable?
I’m a huge fan of chain straps — I think they look more luxurious and polished than a leather strap, like a piece of jewelry almost. And I’m already used to wearing them.
But even I’ll admit I was scared of this chain strap. The Gucci Dionysus isn’t a ridiculously heavy bag on its own but add in your daily essentials and I worried the chain would bite into my shoulder (especially if I wore something strapless!). But while we were in London the temperature was in the 90s for at least 2 of the days and the only hot-weather blouse I brought was a halter neck so I held my breath and prayed that I wouldn’t curse the bag by the end of the day.
But I honestly didn’t mind the chain strap at all! Even on my bare shoulders. For 9+ hours. In the heat. With no air-conditioning in sight. I figure if the Dionysus can pass that test than I can at least safely recommend to you that you aren’t likely to be bothered by the chain strap either.
But again that’s my opinion.
The good news is that the design of the Dionysus’ chain strap allows it to be worn as a long shoulder bag or doubled up as a handbag or a shorter shoulder bag. The versatility the chain gives you in terms of how you can carry it REALLY makes this bag an exciting investment for me. Not to mention easy to tote around with you all day.But let’s go ahead an ask the expert, shall we? Loving my pug Apollo like I do, I just had to get his approval before I decided to keep the Dionysus.He inspected it carefully and gave it a good solid sniff…Thought about it…Before declaring he completely approved.
Nothing like a pug-approved designer bag to make you feel confident about your handbag investment, eh? I really can’t wait to share this bag with you over the coming months.