I have a lot of baggage, and you may as well or know of someone who has. The “baggage” I am referring to is not to be misconstrued with being emotionally damaged, but rather designer leather goods. Possessing designer accessories today is more than just for function; it is a lifestyle, a status quo, a right of passage in the luxury world. Before getting my hands or the funds to acquire designer pieces, I always had a deep appreciation for the aesthetics of leather goods as a whole. I always felt that having a strong leather piece was a statement to elevate a look and make it completely cohesive.
In the late 80's and early millennium the state of leather goods were mainly focused on women. Ladies always want to travel in style, whether its for work or leisure. The handbag a female travels with on a certain day is one of the main accessories that make her outfit cohesive. Designers put a lot of thought, and study the market, dissecting what exactly a woman looks for when purchasing a handbag; innovative colors and shapes, even small details like hardware. They also take in consideration how the modern woman is shaping the world. This same approach is now being delivered to the male demographic.
Observing the fashion industry today, no one can negate the fact that it is a multi-billion dollar machine. Now I know you’re thinking, "What is your point with the baggage claim statement?" Afore mentioned, I pointed out that women (for obvious reasons) like to travel in style. Men have also hit that plateau of becoming more fashion conscious and are more eager to travel in style as well. In the past decade, huge fashion houses focused on leather goods as the entry product for both male and female consumers to the luxury goods market. Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Hermés, Christian Dior, Saint Laurent, Céline, Bottega Venetta, Prada, Valentino, Chanel, Balenciaga, Fendi, Gucci, and Goyard have all noticed that leather goods make up probably between 60-80% of their business (with the exception of Goyard because they are exclusively focused on leather goods) and will create them catering to the growing market and ever changing demographic. There is no piece that is specifically for one or the other. Both men and women have the options of duffle bags, briefcases, city bags, wallets, clutches, etc. Their worlds have meshed making the category of leather goods a very important factor for not only fashion houses but also for today's fashion explorers.
When walking in major cities of the world you will most likely see the modern day Fashionista handling their luxury leather goods. We listen to the music that we do because it connects with us. This also applies when a consumer acquires a luxury piece from any of the high-end labels I mentioned prior because they want to feel connected and affiliated to the brand. One can purchase a random leather good from a boutique that is relatively affordable and durable. However, the men and women of today care more than ever about the way they look. Even to the smallest detail like a wallet!
If you are thinking about acquiring a piece, do some research first and see what brand connects to your personality, lifestyle and most importantly wardrobe. I guess having baggage does not always have to be a bad thing.
Written By: Delroy Smith
Edited By: Frendy Lemorin