This time last year – I wrote a blog about a purse. It was about my decision to be authentically purple and choose an Aspinal purple croc leather purse over a tan Chloe Paraty Wallet. You can read the post here. It was absolutely the right decision at the time.
After six months however, the wear on the purse was much much much more then I had anticipated. The colour had worn at the corners. It had a glazed texture so there were a couple of scratches from just being in my bag. I understand wear and tear but six months? I am sorry but for the cost of the purse, I just did not think that it was appropriate. My previous purse was a Lulu Guinness patent pink purse that I had to retire because the zip broke. If not for that, I would have continued to use it. I have no issue paying a premium for a product but it has to last. Suffice to say – I took my Aspinal complete in the box and tissue paper and sold it. With the proceeds I returned to Chloe. After all – I am a matchy matchy girl and since I have the bag…
In a black bag with a black interior a coloured purse is key. The Marcie wallet shares the nod to equestrian styling with the rows of stitching, two gold coloured metal plates. The zip is large and robust with a large leather tassel which again has been finished in the gold tone. Inside the purse there are twelve card slots, which is double what I had in the Aspinal and a zipped coin section. The leather is the pebbled calfskin which differs from the bag which is a smooth calfskin. I chose the emerald green because it is good feng shui to have a green purse. I am not a feng shui devotee but in the absence of a purple or pink, green was the next best option. I have had the purse for six months now and I have to say it is wearing beautifully … that is to say, there is no sign of wear and tear.
It is funny when I look back at the post I did last year that I was so divided. The Chloe wallet was always the more functional wallet, but the Aspinal was the prettier. The older I get, the more I understand that with wallets as with life, function increasingly is a priority.