The Bag Matrix 2.0

Vintage Kelly Vert Fonce in box leather GHW worn cross body .

Hoping everyone had a great Summer despite hurricanes and other natural disasters! May everyone be safe and sound now …

My first post here Nearly four years later, it’s high time to revisit, reassess and re-evaluate Function, Size, Leather, Weight, Maintenance and Colour.

I think it’s as important to affirm what still works and is relevant as discovering the changes and irrelevant. Here’s a quick summary:

Function: now mainly everyday casual – for which read cross body – and much less for smart and travel occasions.

Size: smaller bags since I have reduced further what I need everyday changing to a much more compact wallet/coin purse.

Leather: I used to prefer smooth leathers and this has changed because of my mainly casual everyday function and the smooth leathers in my collection tend to look too smart.

Weight: I am still obsessed with this factor and it’s easier because of my preference for smaller bags going forward.

Maintenance: my life changes has meant less and less time to maintain my bags which makes me sad. I really must tackle this soon.

Colour: I still love colour and the major change is that I have since become a lover of Hermes shawls. These provide all the colour and pattern interest I’ll ever need.

I haven’t had to commute in the longest time but when I do move then it really is full on and this means easy to wear, sling over the shoulder or better still cross body for hands free action bags. Any extras carried in as small as I-can-get-away-with tote and I can concentrate on everything else. And I still want my bags to look pretty special at the same time, never too casual, the same as my outfits. I’ve been obeying the LOVE IT rule and not compromising which has been the root of many if not all past errors of judgement shall we say.

While writing this post, I was contacted by a lovely reader with specific questions which I always welcome and we had the most interesting exchange about a first Hermes bag purchase. It’s not easy to choose! For me, after several mistakes on several different levels, I know my approach must be as follows:

  • I want to use my bags as often as possible which means they have to be practical and reasonably tough
  • I am trying to obey the rule that the bags must serve the activities in my life and not some imaginary life in my dreams lol as per Lady Sarah’s directive here
  • Beauty, fine materials, craftsmanship and practicality give me pleasure however it doesn’t mean I need to use a luxe bag for my swim gear ….

To be continued …..

Thanks for reading!


9 thoughts on “The Bag Matrix 2.0

  1. an

    Yes to all this! I accumulated so many bags in the last 10 years, and yet many life changes have occurred that my bag needs have also evolved. I want to avoid repeating purchase mistakes.

    1. silkpathdiary Post author

      Thank you very much for your input! I am also guilty of repeating purchase mistakes not just with bags but with clothes and shoes too. That’s why I really needed to keep myself on track and reassess regularly.

  2. lady sarah in london

    Your bag collection is the envy of the civilised world! I love reading about them and I think now you seem to have a beautiful shawl collection too. Very stylish, these things never go out of fashion…

    1. silkpathdiary Post author

      Too too kind! If I’d known that smaller bags would be the way forward for me, I would have jumped on the K25s and HAC28s when they weren’t in demand at all. I also never knew how much I would love and use shawls. It makes our wardrobe evolution more interesting!

    1. silkpathdiary Post author

      I really must show my swim bag 🙂 I’ll be taking photos to compare then and now. I’m also much less sentimental about my bags than I used to be, another part of life’s evolution I suppose.

  3. SA.

    Thank you so much for all the advice here and on our chat! 🙂 I am obsessed with weight too. I hate lugging around heavy bags, no matter how beautiful or functional. It just makes uncomfortable, especially when traveling or running errands. I cannot wait to read more!


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