I had no idea what a big deal Coach purses were until today. On Facebook, I said:
“My status as a tomboy is confirmed. Accessorizing a purse is something that would never cross my mind.”
The comments were almost instant – a total of 15 – including my Mom and one of those ‘friends’ from high school that never really was, if you know what I mean.
I went into the store out of curiosity, and to help a friend pick out a bag for her daughter. Coach bags are huge for high school girls these days, wouldn’t ya know.
I’ve never been a girlie girl, and it’s a world that fascinates me in many ways. I will pay $300 for the latest electronic gadget – but a purse? No way. Just not in my view of the world.
My Facebook status update was meant to simply convey this. Not judgement to those who naturally accessorize stuff (I wish I had this ability, but I just don’t).
The employees in the store were very serious. We watched them get searched before leaving the store at the end of a shift. Yes, that’s right. Bags are opened for inspection, jackets are taken off and searched to insure no theft has taken place.
I remember a similar practice when I worked retail at Eddie Bauer in the Charleston Town Center years ago, but it was not as intense as what I saw tonight. These are important purses after all, that come with their own serial number.
This all seemed like a good bit of fun until I read this article in Harper’s Bazaar and saw the damage the counterfeit industry does to the world. From a social justice standpoint (yes I believe in it), I can’t use these pictures, because someone might create a counterfeit bag and use the proceeds to fund human trafficking. So, fun over, photo off of Facebook page (along with the comments).
Learn, learn, learn.