When Target introduced their designer lines for Target (i.e. Lilly Pulitzer for Target), I should have been excited. I love designer clothes and handbags; I love Target but….
Designers for Target? In my mind, these are two great things that should never be paired. In the 80’s, Jordache Jeans were hot commodities. If you weren’t wearing designer jeans, you may as well just turn around and go home. The tighter the better and lycra was not involved! Recently I saw Jordache Jeans at Walmart, and I was crushed. My entire childhood was reduced to under seventeen dollars. If I see Sasson at Walmart, I’m turning up!
Of course this is bitchy but it’s meant to be. I want my designers to be unattainable for most, even myself. If you follow me on Instagram (of course you do), you know I love expensive handbags. Specifically, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes. Can I run out and buy a 2,500-15,000-dollar bag on a whim? Heck not. Can you? Most likely, no. I have to think it over, save, or wait for a milestone birthday to strut into LV and leave with a bag. The fact that I have to weigh the pros and cons, watch videos and decide on a bag, makes it sacred. If Chanel partnered with Target for an affordable line, I would not succumb. I don’t want it if everyone else can have it. I know, I’m a brat but I’m just being honest.
I think of Michael Kors, Kate Spade and Coach as entry level designers. These are bags and clothes I can buy at Steinmart or with a coupon at the outlet. This is not to say I won’t buy pieces, I will. I love my Michael Kors watch for instance, but my days of buying a Kors handbag are over.
In Boca Raton, FL (where I lived for many years), children carried designer bags. I saw a tween with a Speedy 35. Maybe it was her mom’s at one point but seriously? Her friend had one too, so clearly they were making a statement. I usually steer clear of a bag I see lots of teenagers carrying. My MCM took a big hit when I saw kids parading around school in MCM backpacks and totes. Perhaps they were designer imposters? Still, once a designer becomes too commercialized, I feel like it becomes undervalued. I know I’m not the only one, but maybe the only one who will admit it? What are your depraved and mean spirited guilty pleasures? Spill the tea!