Every lady with an enviable, label-happy arm candy collection had to start somewhere. If you're just about to begin your hunt for the perfect opening piece, here, we've asked some of the metro's most stylish power women to wax nostalgic about the very first designer bags they bought with their own hard-earned money! Take their tips and invest wisely.
"A Louis Vuitton drawstring bag in red Epi leather! I was 14. My mom and dad both love LV and so I loved it, too." —Heart Evangelista-Escudero
"I bought a monogrammed Fendi Baguette in Hong Kong. It's a classic shape, and during that time, it was also an It bag that came in many versions. I'm happy they reissued it this year with a new long strap and I can't wait to get one!" — Jen Gerodias-Diaz, CEO of Snoe Beauty Inc.
"The first designer bag I bought myself was a small leather Michael Kors shoulder bag! I had found it in an outlet in New Jersey and was so happy to know the prices were much lower. I was still too scared to go for higher luxury brands like Gucci and Givenchy [then] so I started with my own MK." —Jasmine Curtis Smith
"OMG, I remember it so well—it was a Louis Vuitton Speedy 30! It was such a huge deal for me that I ran that bag to the ground by using it every single day for almost a year." —Jacqui Salonga, Senior Marketing Manager for Joseph, In Good Company, and CK Calvin Klein
"A mini Furla Candy bag 'cause it was on sale and it was so cute." —Loris Peña, Stylist