You consider yourself to be fairly stylish and fashionable, and you have a love of luxury goods. We’re with you. There’s nothing like quality handcrafted goods in a world of mass production. Luxury goods are made to last with premium materials and quality craftsmanship, and they make you feel good to use them. Here’s our guide to investing in the best, most sophisticated goods that money can buy.
1. Consider where the product is made
Let’s face it – luxury items are usually not mass produced in China or India. There are exceptions to every rule, of course, but they are usually made by smaller companies in areas of Europe, or North America. The reason for this is because luxury can’t be churned out. Luxury items are carefully made, with individuals in mind. Our luxury bespoke products are made in the U.S.A., for example, by people that you and I might know.
2. You should consider who is making your luxury goods
You want to feel good when using your luxury goods, not guilty. You don’t want to be feeling like people weren’t paid a fair wage to create your product. After all, you don’t want your pleasure to be someone else’s misery. Do a little research, and make sure that people are paid a fair living wage to make your items.
3. Consider the materials used
Luxury buyers should consider what materials are used to make the item. If you are purchasing a handbag, where is the leather sourced? Make sure it’s a reputable source, and that they are using premium materials.
4. Support small local shops and boutiques
You may want to consider supporting smaller local shops and boutiques instead of shopping malls. When you buy at shopping malls and big chains, you are putting money into the pockets of large conglomerates. When you buy at local boutiques, you are supporting your neighbors and friends, and reinvesting in the creativity and passion of your fellow community members.
5. When you buy luxury, things last longer
Ask yourself, would you rather have one luxury tote that you love, or three cheap bags that are only OK? The disposable fashion trend is gone, and now, minimalism is in. People would rather have fewer, nicer things. It may seem more expensive at first, but when you buy luxury items, you come out on top. Not only will these things last longer than bargain goods (which you have to buy over and over again), but you will love your luxury item more.
6. Never buy knockoffs
For some people, knockoffs can be tempting. They are cheaper than the real thing and still carry the brand name. To the untrained eye, they are almost the same as the real thing, but cost a fraction of the price. We say, don’t do it. Counterfeit items cost companies money, and rip off designers and artists who spend years perfecting their designs and their craft. When people buy counterfeit, it means that these artists aren’t getting paid fairly for their work. Don’t be fooled that counterfeit doesn’t hurt anyone. It’s not a victimless crime. That, and every time you use your counterfeit item, you will know the item is fake, and that will impact how you feel about it. Our quality bespoke items are authentic and relatively affordable, and will last longer than any knockoff that you buy on the street. So, the next time you plan to make an investment or purchase something new, consider these luxury buying tips as the result can last for many years to come. #BeauSatchelleBlog