Dear Tina and Kelly,
Bagsnob.com is simply awesome! Your verdicts are dead right and the sense of humor always makes us smile! Believe it or not, you are THE style queens who have a great influence on all our bag purchases… 🙂 Could I ask you for a huge favor? My cousin and I do not like or buy LV at all, but the only bag that has caught our attention is the Mahina. The stores have been pushing it as a classic, but we look to you for advice. If one were to own only one LV bag (we absolutely hate the monogram canvas) could it possibly be this one? In other words, does it have your stamp of approval?
Wish you a wonderful and successful 2008 !
Rhea & Pia
Dear Rhea and Pia,
Thank you for supporting us, it is readers like you who make it fun for us! As for the LV Mahina, I will concede that the bag itself has all the trappings of a classic. The comfortable hobo shape and drop on the top of the bag appeals to my practical side. I do like the sumptuous size and appreciate the meticulous etchings of the LV monogram on the leather. The Mahina style does make it different than the dreadful original monogram but unfortunately, it is still a bag full of monograms which we do not like. I ask myself why they don’t just make their bags in plain leather, but then again, I am not their customer and that is why they will never try to appeal to my taste. Is this better than a monogram canvas? Well, yes and no, leather obviously gives it value but it also jacks up the price to $3750 in this case. By itself, I could possibly endorse this bag but considering the price the answer is a definitive NO. You said it yourself, you do not love the LV Monogram so why would you spend almost 4 grand on one? If it still moves you, it is available at eluxury, it is currently sold out, which doesn’t surprise me, but their boutiques will have it in stock.
The Bag Snobs