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Friday, October 10, 2014

Mahina Love // #NationalHandbagDay

In honor of National Handbag Day, I'm doing a post on one of my most favorite and oldest bags in my designer collection. As stated in a previous post, I've always had a thing for purses. When I turned 16, I got a Coach bag and there was no turning back. As I started to work for minimum wage, I was able to save up enough to buy a few Marc by Marc Jacobs bags, which took up a good majority of my handbag collection at the time. Of course, as I got older and my style changed, I developed a better eye for fashion and designers. Over the years, I have been able to expand my collection to designer bags such as Saint Laurent, Céline, Chloé, Chanel, etc. Some have been gifted over birthdays and Christmases, others, I have saved up for on my own. I love all my bags and make sure they're kept clean and maintain their shape to ensure a long life of beauty and use. A post on my entire collection will have to wait for another day because for this particular post, I'm honoring just one that I find to be quite the classic.

The Louis Vuitton Mahina XS bag is a limited edition bag that is now discontinued and can only be purchased through pre-loved/consignment retailers. This was a gift from my father in August of 2008. I was seventeen at the time and I'm now twenty-three but still in love with it as ever. Normally, someone's first "Louis" would be a 'Speedy' or a 'Neverfull.' I've had my fair share of LV bags, five in total. The first was a Multicolore, then this Mahina, Patchwork Denim, Damier Ebene, and lastly Epi. I've consigned three of those bags, only leaving me with the Mahina XS and Epi Neverfull, but I don't mind. Other LV pieces in my collection include the 'Multicolore Koala Wallet,' 'Classic Monogram Passport Cover,' and 'Denim Key Pouch.' You can say I've got a thing for Louis Vuitton. Read more to get additional details on this bag and shop mentioned/similar pieces below.
Featuring: Louis Vuitton Mahina XS. Production Year: 2008, discontinued. Material: Calfskin with perforated Monogram pattern.

Photography by: Marco Panlilio

Here's a shot of my Mahina sitting between the majority of my collection. My other bags, such as the 'Damier Ebene Speedy 30,' 'Multicolor Aurelia,' and 'Patchwork Denim Pochette,' were consigned because they just didn't suit me anymore. They sat in their dust bags rather than taken out to breathe. They've all gone to a good home now so it's a win-win. I'm definitely a lot more careful when I'm investing in a new piece. When I'm shopping for a purse, I look for something that will be easy to wear, classic, simple, and styled multiple ways. I also try to expand the colors of my collection because I'm guilty of "CBBS," chronic black bag syndrome. I am immediately drawn to black bags but I know that it's not practical to only have a collection made up of black, although that would be one heck of a collection. I try to look for bags in the style I want with a color that emphasizes the beauty and fine craftsmanship that went into the construction of the bag.

What I love the most about this bag is the subtlety of the classic monogram. I love the beauty of it's shape and it's perfect size, used both casually and formally. The straps can be shortened or lengthened to suit your preference. It's inner lining is suede with a flat pocket and cellphone pocket. The fact that this is a limited edition bag makes it that much more special to me. This is definitely something that will be in my collection for many more years to come, if not forever. What's your favorite bag in your collection? Let me know! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Obsessed with that bag! Loved the way you have styled it! XO, Nicole @

  2. Love this hangbag and I can't wait to see your full bag collection post one day (:
    Just wanted to know do you still hace your black and white celine bag? Haven't seen it in a while xxx

    1. I consigned it actually! I had a hard time using it on my arm because it would get so heavy, so I sold it to fund other purchases, haha.