The Attack Of The Monograms

October 28, 2009 at 23:06 13 comments

I am an anti-monogram woman. This probably has something to do with my hypothesis that it is very Singaporean to, if you got it, to make it damn obvious that you got it so that no one will ever question if you got it or not. And that’s why Singapore is so rife with monogrammed bags. It’s not so much about the bag as having letters that say “THIS IS AN LV BAG. I HAVE AN LV BAG. SEE???”

The problem about making the letters the important thing is that the letters are the easiest thing to fake. That taints the whole gamut. The fake is tacky and the genuine is questionable. And I suppose that’s why the L and the V, the kissing Gs and the Siamese Cs tend to really piss me off.

To be fair, though, it’s not just The Monograms that do it for me. I still remember the day one of my nurses turned up in a top plastered with font-size-fifty CIVEMGHYs in a dozen places.  

But then, in the life of every crusader comes a day when words are eaten. My day has come in the form of the Louis Vuitton Mini Monogram Sac Mary Kate. That’s this little beauty. Or, rather, not. I’m pretty sure this particular picture shows a fake because its listed price of US$390 is way too low. But you can’t tell ‘cos the monograms mean it’s the real deal, see?

I have yet to meet the actual lady in person, because she’s still in my favourite shop in Melbourne. I’m wondering if I should make her mine. You see, I’m intending to get her for a nice work bag, because she’s pretty and versatile and roomy, and will probably force me to wear my classy clothes and real leather shoes before strutting out of the house with good posture and sangfroid. Then I will be all ready to exude quality and beauty, oui?

Does it work that way? I don’t know because I’ve never had a spiffy work bag Tim Gunning me out of my Monday sweater tops and frumpy-schmumpy skirts. My Chanel Sharpey isn’t awake at those times and my Prada doesn’t have that kind of JD. 

Listed price of the Mary Kate is A$999.95 and it’s in excellent condition. And discontinued, so it’s not like I’m gonna suddenly see a dozen popping up over the Fruit Farm. Canvas, with big pockets in front and behind, plus a snap front pocket. She sounds like my kind of girl.

I’m gonna decide over the next  five days.


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. flaneurvric  |  October 29, 2009 at 00:32

    A 4-part comment:

    1) That is a lovely bag.
    2) You already exude quality, beauty, and other types of awesomeness at work.
    3) If you need more Tim Gunn, I will happily assume a look that is both quizzical and critical while telling you to “make it work.”
    4) Good luck with this important decision!

    • 2. Katie  |  October 29, 2009 at 23:19

      Thank you, Vric. I am very touched.

      And on a different note, I will think of you every time I see a sink or a ‘No Spitting’ sign at work, as a reminder to see ordinary things through different eyes.

  • 3. purplejake  |  October 29, 2009 at 04:46

    If you love it and can afford it then go on, splash that cash!!! Why are you hesitating? An old family friend once told me: ‘if in doubt, cast it out’ and unwittingly saved me lots of money over the years, although Husband would definitely question that last claim, I’m sure. …

    • 4. Katie  |  October 29, 2009 at 23:21

      I think I love it, but I never intended to! And I guess I can afford it, but it’s new to me to spend this kind of money on bags. Would you get it, if you were in my shoes?

  • 5. Monty  |  October 29, 2009 at 22:06

    LOL. You giving in to the dark side!

    • 6. Katie  |  October 29, 2009 at 23:22


  • 7. apparently orange  |  October 29, 2009 at 22:22

    Dang – now i cant carry my mary kate ;)

    • 8. Katie  |  October 29, 2009 at 23:23

      But yours is orange, right? So it’s still OK. :P

  • 9. Purplejake  |  October 30, 2009 at 01:38

    To be honest, the big sticking point for me would also be the price, so I don’t really know how to answer that one! Not fair – you turned the tables on me! Have you got a birthday or other celebration coming up where you could offer it to yourself?! Or ask some very generous and well off relly to do the job?! No justification required in that case!
    Ha – successfully wriggled out of answering that one, methinks….

    • 10. Katie  |  October 31, 2009 at 21:58

      Haha, clever girl. Guess what – when I emailed the lady who owns the store, she took over a hundred off the price… so I really think I will get it. I find myself thinking as if I already own it. I guess I should listen to myself. Justification: it will be how I spend my on-call earnings!

  • 11. Purplejake  |  November 1, 2009 at 18:49

    I think your name is written all over that bag. It belongs to you already. Now quick – before someone else snaps it up!

    • 12. Katie  |  November 2, 2009 at 14:19

      I have just sent an email saying I WANT IT!

      • 13. purplejake  |  November 5, 2009 at 04:24

        Woo hoo!

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