and with the extra 30% off they came to 303 or something. I got these back in October or so and am LOVING the newspaper bag, but have not used the brown messenger. I have another black Cole Haan messenger I use. I probably should have passed on the brown guy, but could not help myself.
For anyone spotting this at a later date, from my professional opinion as softgoods industrial designer, the stuff at Vaja is untouched for quality, design, craftsmanship/execution. Expensive, but worth it… if you fall into the right income bracket. And there is no BS logo or name recognition baggage with the package. Straight design.
So the company I work for does some pretty high-end stuff and we are consistently regarded as the top tier company in our product category. But our prices are driven by material choices, complexity, and manufacturing processes. We don’t just throw on a high price tag to give the feeling that we’re above the rest. There’s a logical reason behind our pricing.
I guess I should understand the luxury market better than I do…but how in the hell is a sued-lined alligator skin purse worth this much? I know, there are custom gold accents, but please. 2 grand, sure. 4 grand is pushing it, IMO. But 12? Are they pricing it just so the rich can justify the purchase? Is it all just marketing, giving the impression that it’s worth a lot? I remember an instructor telling me that he didn’t start selling paintings until he added a zero at the end of all his prices.