Handbags have transformed from being functional into objects of lust — and not without a price. The cost of covetable bags have rocketed in recent years, and a price tag of $1,000 or more is no longer few and far between. The Birkin, the Stam, the Balenciaga Motorcycle...handbags have become status objects, and owning one that sells at an elevated price point is now associated with a certain level of class and affluence, whether appearance is reality, or not.
I've found myself drawn towards buying expensive handbags I can't afford, because the big price tag doesn't feel so unreasonable any more — am I jaded? Are you?