If I buy this bag, I will give up shopping for the year.
It is an extravagance, not a necessity, but I am filled with an absolute certainty that with this bag, I wouldn't need to buy another for as long as it lasts.
My history with bags is fairly disciplined. I currently use this -
and a grey bag in a similar style nearly every day, for work and play.
When I don't need such an roomy bag, I switch it up for this Topshop bag (bought 2 years ago) -
and a long strap leather vintage saddle bag.
When I require even less room, I use this purse (bought 3 years ago) -
Since I was gifted the blue Longchamp last year, I haven't felt the urge to buy a bag at all. All all bags are in regular rotation and some of them are frankly battered for it. It would pain me to lose any of them.
I don't own any bags older than these - they all wore out, or I gave them away (usually gifts).
And yet the Mulberry Bayswater I am eyeing now isn't quite a casual covetous moment. I first saw that bag in 2005 in a shop window, and hey, instant love. As a typical poor undergraduate, it was waaaay out of my budget to even consider it. But I thought, "When I get out there and start working, I'll come back for you."
It's enough of an extravagance for me to think that if I buy this, I ought not buy anything else for the year (unless necessary, like, if my flip-flops snapped, undies etc). I wonder if I can stick to that kind of commitment. Technically it's a no-brainer - I have more clothing than I need and I love them all.
I'm still thinking, I'd loathe to break such a promise. Is any bag worth this kind of headache, this risk of failure?
Image of Mulberry bag from mulberry.com