Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I hate Louis Vuitton monogrammed bags


I was reminded today just how much I dislike Louis Vuitton monogrammed bags. When I say I was reminded, I mean I saw a woman with one which made me think "gosh, I still really dislike Louis Vuitton monogrammed bags".

I simply cannot understand why anyone wants to walk around with someone else's initials emblazoned over their stuff. Particularly when the design of said initials is ugly. And the bag is ugly too. Its like these people consciously think to themselves "I don't know what a nice bag looks like, but this Louis dude seems to be famous for it so I will trust him." The monograms are then supposed to serve as a defence. The My Bag Is Nasty But Louis Said Its OK So Its OK defence.

Designer bags are more likely to be stolen because theives know there are more muppets than you out there that will buy it off them. Also your bag will look like everyone elses - what happened to being unique?

Then we need to consider the fakes... I can't decide who is more stupid, the person that spends hundreds of dollars on an ugly bag or the person who buys a plastic fake copy of an ugly bag.

I am not anti designers, per se. It is a real skill to design beautiful clothes, bags and shoes. Its just the blind followers that annoy me. Because not everything designers make is nice. I refer you back to exhibit A for proof; the Louis Vuitton monogrammed bag.

I can't afford designer stuff myself. My wardrobe follows the quanity not quality rule of fashion. My new boots and dress from Target make me feel smug - they are pretty AND cheap.

So stop being a follower people! Go out and find a nice bag and if you want a name on it, put your own. At least that way when you lose it it will be returned.


45 comments:

Jen said...

Even worse are the ones with the faux graffiti on top of the monograms! Then there were the white ones with the rainbow-coloured monograms. Yuck.

Melissa said...

oh let me speak in favour of my designer bag. I LOVE it and I saved up for it for a year (£300). and I use it nearly every day (have done for 5 years) and it doesnt have a brand name or logo on it and I take it to work (its a messenger bag) and it will last for years, and its great quality, high quality materials, and I love it love it. perfect bag. reward for me for doing well at work - puts a smile on my face every time I use it.

and ecologically - better to buy one handcrafted bag (with environmentally friendly tanned leather!) that lasts you a lifetime than loads from cheaper retailers that fall to bits.

but yeah, those monogrammed bags aint got no alibi, they fugly.

Anonymous said...

How do you feel about those bags with the stupid little leather dog dangling from them? or the similarly expensive purses, keyrings and umbrellas to match? I cannot for the life of me see why middle-aged women like myself boast and titter about them! THEY ARE VERY ORDINARY BAGS WITH A USELESS LEATHER DOG DANGLING!

Em's mum said...

Anonymus was me Em. i forgot to put my name.

@EmVicW said...

Yep, dislike them too. For the same reasons... ugly boring bags seemingly justified by a dog hanging from them. Seems overly Japanese in concept to me.

Jen said...

Melissa, is yours a Mulberry perchance? If so, I have the same tan leather one! And I should point out I'm not against designer bags in general. I covet many an expensive handbag and have a couple of beauties, but it's the obviousness of LV bags I have most problem with.

Nicole said...

I hate them, too. I like to pretend that the LV is actually not a monogram, but the roman number 55. That's not much better, but it gets my imagination going. What does the 55 stand for? The numer of 10 Euro bills someone paid for these bags? Years you have to carry it until you can afford a new bag? Hmmmm....

@EmVicW said...

Jen I agree. Mulberry is a weakness of mine, purely because they make beautiful bags of high quality without any conspicuous "IT'S DESIGNER!!" labelling.

Nicole I *love* that idea. I shall play the 55 game next time I see one (IQ of the owner?)

Melissa said...

no, its a bally bag, mine (the one with the red and white striped strap?), but I know the mulberry one of which you speak and I have my eyes on it in case I should ever need another one....!

joan said...

Last for years?!---that's marketing bulls**t. My mother spent her hard earned money on a $1000 PM Saleya Damier LV bag. Nine months later, it shriveled and the LV store in our country does not want to do anything about it. They simply sent a letter saying that if you put it near a humidifier (which my mother never did) it will shrivel.

I personally don't care about branded bags (and I totally agree with you... the LV design is yucky).

But I do care about my mother, who has single-handedly raised and educated 4 children. Sometimes she likes to treat herself with luxury brands. So I say, "why not? She deserves to do whatever she wants with her money". The problem is, these companies don't deserve the patronage of good women.

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Anonymous said...

U people are ridiculous! Only those who could not afford a real LV would say such awful words...

Jody Jones said...

Sorry, Anonymous, but those brown monogrammed LV bags are hideous. I have seen so many bags, wallets, key chains with that logo in those awful colors, and I just don't get it. I could afford them, but I'll never own one because they are UGLY.

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mutyalarao said...

I was shocked to find this 'really-boring' design bag in bag in macys for $3400! That was outrageous! I mean I heard these LV bags are 'premium'. But never expected that the most vapid bag of all would be priced a good three grand! Unable to holdback my curiosity about whats behind these two silly initials, I bumped into couple of blogs of like this and found there are plenty of people who still wonder and also hate like me...

Anonymous said...

Anyone who dislikes a Louis vuitton bag simply cannot afford them. Bottom line. No matter what you say they are priced for what they are worth! They are made out of good quality and will never compare to a $20 bag from target!

Anonymous said...

A BUNCH OF HATERS!!!

Anonymous said...

Cant afford designers bags esp. Lv monogram, then dont get jealous or hate when u see others carrying it. We have money to buy, so be it ugly or nice...it's BRANDED ...it's designers. It has gotta a name. ..not some cheap bag who copies designers bags. Oh yeah. Please recycle those cheap "environmental friendly bags" to the market when u buy ham ! U probably look uglier than any of the bags...try to hv a nice life lady.

Anonymous said...

Oh by the way... I just bought an artsy LV MONOGRAM -and lovingggggggggggg it. I carry it with pride and am proud of it!!!

Ahhnee said...

I have two LV bags, its much more than the design they are a symbol of quality, great and expensive taste. No one here is going to tell me that when they see someone with an LV bag that in their mind they are wondering how much $$ was spent on that bag. I sport my LV's with pride because I know that it isn't something that EVERYONE can get. That may not be very humble of me but I am sure you all spend money on something that I think is ridiculus but you think is grand!

Anonymous said...

Do you dislike them, or is it that u maybe can afford them.. I never heard someone not liking LV, I am pretty sure if u had one you wouldn't think the same.. I love mine

Anonymous said...

That is why you hate them. You can't afford them. And so you bash them. People who can afford them, like them and not because they just want to show that they can buy designer bags. I have 3 LVs- monogram speedy, hampstead and multicolore alma. They are gorgeous and well made.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree with this - people buy them to show off to the world that they can afford designer (which is a grotesque way to wear designer clothes), but the irony is that they're not unique because every woman who earns more than 20kpa and her dog seems to have one...

Anonymous said...

Oh honey let me tell you!!! When I see a person at the mall or wherever, and they are wearing an LV bag I think 'wow this person is so fake and trying to act rich'. These bags are no different than a North Face jacket. Everybody has one. Also I find it so funny when people say something like "you all are jealous just because you can't afford one." Honey, some people have priorities! Some people would rather pay for an education than buy some boojey-a$$ bag!!! I'm sorry that you wasted your money to buy a "fashionable" pursey... But don't hate on other people because they are not buying a pricey mainstream bag that looks like sh*t. Whatever helps your self-esteem. :) P.S. they don't make you look rich, just desperate. :)

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Anonymous said...

Different strokes for different folks I suppose. But only real fashion lovers know the beauty of an LV bag. Only real LV lovers and owners know the craftsmanship and quality of these bags as well. The monogram canvas is classic and very chic in my opinion. And yes, I do own a few LV items because it's what I like. People buy what they like. It's really as simple as that. I can't think of one person who spends a ton of money on a bag just to impress someone. If they do, they need their heads checked. Louis Vuitton is classic, classy, and iconic. I'm not gonna say most people who don't like it can't afford it, although that has been the case a lot of times.

Anonymous said...

Yeah and I'm sure your LV bags are of the Epi line and monogrammed.
Congratulations on affording a $500 leather quality bag that is machine stitched (not handmade) with an extra $1000+ of brand name marketing. Hope you're having fun with your ugly initials low end peeling/cracking bag.

Unknown said...

It's not about being jealous or not havin the money to afford a Louis. Take my case for instance: I had a Louis Vuitton speedy a few year back and was in love with it b/c it was my first designer handbag. I grew out of it because the fact that Louis Vuitton was a more common designer handbag I've seen than any other designer handbags. I started hating the square patterns yet alone I hate the monogram pattern. So I sold it for something that was more classy, less understated (popular but not loud) and more gorgeous, a Chanel. Just 2 interlocking Cs on the bag is enough to say "wow, that's a Chanel without it looking overly tacky." So i switched from being a Louis girl to a Chanel + Balenciaga girl. Luis is not classy to me as what majority of the world might think. No haters please this is just my honest opinion. So it's definitely not about being jealous or no money to afford it... Louis Vuitton designs are just really tacky.

Unknown said...

Another thing... Ppl say its about quality and lasting for a long time, but what about the bags with Vachetta leather (ie. handles)??? Over time they turn dark and look really dirty. I've seen them worned down and it's really not cute.

Anonymous said...

As much as I can't stand the look of Louis Vuitton monogram bags... I like that they're an instant identifier for people who are impressionable rather than stylish. It's like a big sign that says "I can't possibly think for myself, and you know exactly how much I paid for this." How handy for these designers that they're being paid to have scores of sheeple doing their advertising for them!

I'll keep my Rebecca Minkoff and my Mulberry, and you'll have no idea, will you sweetie? No.

Anonymous said...

totally agree,I mean I dont mind people getting designer bags and I didnt like coach monogram but it was ok,but when i saw LV its the epitome of ugly,ugly monogram,ugly volour,ugly style,i mean i will pay that much for a bag i like or that seems good but LV is the ugliest of the lot,i like coach better now.lol...but no one can convince me that an ugly bag is that expensive or i should get it,you know these design houses think we should give all our money to them,but sorry cant convince me its only a bag after all.

Anonymous said...

The reason I don't like LV bags and accessories is because of what they represent. There are a lot of clothing and fashion items that are, for myself and a majority, are visually unappealing and over-priced. However, the LV bags stick out because they are easily recognizable. Perhaps what irks me about them is that so many women (and perhaps men) hanker after these bags despite having a mountain of credit card debt, a low to moderate income, no health/auto insurance, etc. If you have the money, then by all means dress up as gaudily as you can. But if you don't, then should you really? I blame marketing for creating the mentality that one's not whole without product XYZ. I blame the government for allowing it's citizens to put their wants before their needs. It's not a free country anymore if we're mostly owned by the Chinese and have to start wars to secure our commercial rights. Anyways, I'm ranting like an old man on a porch. (It's also a pity for France; to have names like Descartes and Poincare usurped by Vuitton. Quel dommage.)

Anonymous said...

Be careful; Fashion is a fickle mistress. Many of her lovers end up burned and in debt. Best to check if those bangles you wear are not fetters instead.

Anonymous said...

I hate LV & Gucci. They ugly, nothing special. I like Longchamp, Furla and some other less expensive and better quality brands.

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Anonymous said...

Hate any bag with monograms plastered all over it.
Think of people who could be fed and housed for a month with the price of these bags. Not only are they ugly it is wasteful and stupid

denise fletcher said...

All LV products I have seen are meticulously and beautifully crafted though still overpriced IMO. I have LV bags and wallets but none from the monogram or damier lines. The monogram bags are beautifully crafted as is everything from LV, but mercy, the colour and the print is ugly beyond words. The damier line is quite attractive but like the monogram, is too ubiquitous for the price you pay. The notion that the only people who hate LV bags are those who can't afford them is malicious and inaccurate. LV makes some gorgeous bags that anyone who appreciates aesthetics would fall in love with... and some hideous bags that LV itself should be ashamed to be associated with.

debbie MAXWELL said...

I always prefer to do online shopping when buying Louis Vuitton bags, as they are obtainable right here on the Web for much smaller amount than retail charges.

Anonymous said...

LV. Bags of any sort are the " luxury bag " equivalent of Mickie D burger. I HATE THEM WITH A PASSION. It has nothing to do with " not being able to afford an LV." It's just that the real bags are so common and the fakes are so ubiquitous that carrying an LV has no meaning anymore. Sorry, in serious luxury bag land it's Hermes or go home.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and let's not forget the supremely beautiful and low key Anya Hindmarch Bespoke Ebury in Croc. Never heard of it? GOOD.

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Anonymous said...

Sorry ladies, but nothing says "lower middle class" quite like a bag with some designer's logo stamped all over it.

hellsingblackbutler said...

The reason we buy these bags is because they last for years and I love the look of the patina leather old and new. Designer bags aren't for everyone though and I'd never "look down on" anyone who didn't wear them. That being said, I do think it's a little arrogant to bash thousands of consumers who buy the monogram canvas just because you don't like them. I get that it's annoying to see all of those people who ONLY like these bags to show off that they can afford designer, but just because you can't afford them doesn't mean you should be trashing the monogram canvas. The Louis Vuitton bags go good with almost anything, that's why a lot of average women buy these bags. Why you think is ugly thousands of other people think is trendy. So I'd think a little bit more and do a bit more research the next time you want to go off on a hate speech, and on a purse

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with paying for quality but they're simply ghastly for people lacking any degree of class or style.

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