27 February 2011

Should I Buy A Louis Vuitton Speedy?

I need your help people! I find myself in a little bit of a predicament and would like your opinion. I have wanted a Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 in the damier print for quite a while now and decided I would finally purchase one for my birthday, which is coming up.
The bag is.. £455 ($730).. :(

These bags are renowned for their excellent quality and for lasting years and years; if I do buy one I will not purchase another bag for a (long) while. By the way, most of the money will be money that I have actually worked for as opposed to 'birthday money', before anybody says anything :)

The bag itself is not leather apart from the handles and trimmings. All of the reviews I have read about this bag are positive with the only downside being the fact you have to wear it on your elbow or carry it.

Having said all that, I still don't know if it's worth the cash.. what do you think? (I am half hoping everybody tells me to buy it but I'm not going to hold my breath..)

(P.S. I know what it says in the Quran about people who spend unwisely, I just doing think this is unwise spending. Also, fakes are out of the question.)

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Louis Vuitton bags are definitely a good investment with their good quality and they are very long lasting. It wouldn't be spending unwisely if you truly make use of the bag.

nina said...

assalaamu aleykum sis! i recommend this bag alot. i have speedy 30 in damier azur (the white version of this) and i am in love. it will last with you forever inshallah and u can wear it with anything. even mine is smaller than the one u are thinking of buying mine is like bottomless pit :D so easy to use, goes with anything and easy to clean. i´m dreaming of damier ebene 35 also. it´s not too flashy but really good quality. i totally recommend :) girl´s best friend ;)

Leila said...

£455 for one bag that isn't even that nice? :P Seems to be that's a big waste. Whether or not it's long lasting. I'm sure you could get an equally amazing bag for much less.

julaybeeba said...

my philosophy is...if you really want it....its not haram...and it won't put you into debt, then i think you deserve it so i say go for it.... :)

Stylish Muslimah said...

Mmm, this is better than expected :) 75% of the answers so far are perfect lol.

The Modesty Movement said...

I can't phathom spending that much on one item. I always think of ALL of the things I could buy with $700 plus dollars, and in all honesty, sister to sister, I don't think that particular bag is that great looking. My 2 cents for what it's worth :)

Yukirat said...

It's alright, but in truth, I see them all over the city so it does seem a bit conformist. I'd be okay with spending that much if I donated 2-20% of that price to charity within the month.

Nazzirah said...

assalaamu aleykum sis!I think You should purchase it as a birthday gift for yourself,especially if your working hard to pay for it.

Stylish Muslimah said...

Yukirat: Wow, great minds think alike lol! That's what I had been planning to do!!!!!

Suslique said...

as salamu aleykum.

i can't justify for myself such an expensive non-leather bag. i tried, but i cant:) sorry:)but on the other hand i'm unemployed so yeah, there you go lol

B said...

I think you've already decided..

I don't particulary love it, esp since it can't be carried on your shoulder which is completely impractical.

But if you love it then get it :) Then again, I am a buy now worry later kind of girl. Up to you :) xx

Anonymous said...

I always wanted one too! Then the brand become this huge fad, and almost everyone has a similar bag, then it lost all its appeal to me.

If you really want one you should get it.

Anonymous said...

i think you should get yourself the bag. its your birthday and i am sure you deserve it! treat yourself especially if you have been a great muslimah all year. which i am sure you have.

Stylish Muslimah said...

Last anonymous: Aw your comment made me smile, it's cute :)

Stylish Muslimah said...

Yeh, I get the leather thing and having to carry it on your elbow but, I dunno, I just want it!!

Anonymous said...

Insha'Allah, you'll make the right decision.

Imran

(ARE YOU CRAZY?? $700 FOR A BAG??)

Stylish Muslimah said...

Imran: Lool. I prefer to call it £455.. I know it's a lot but they are excellent quality bags, surely that counts for something..?

lala said...

wooooow, girls got expensive tastes!! :) masAllah! i dont think its super cute but i am not stylish either, so thats probably a good sign lmao!

Anonymous said...

assalamualaikum,

I know how it feels like when ur having a craze on sumfing you really want to posess...but honestly 700$ for a mere bag...that will be too much..u know how many poor people there are in this world..just think what a poor person life will be if you just donate that $700 to him....
I think if you get it, it will be like showing pride and besides Allah has said we should not have too much attachment to worldly things...and besides there is nothing like birthdays in islam..
I wont deny to u that i also but things like crazy but i always measure the worth....

Shahela

Stylish Muslimah said...

Shalela: I don't see how owning this bag equates to pride.

Well, everybody has a day of birth and I don't really see the problem in acknowledging that you are another year older.

Each to their own, I guess

Salaam

Stylish Muslimah said...

Imran: The price doesn't go down too much so that's a pretty good idea. If it did, I wouldn't be thinking of getting one :)

Salaam

Stylish Muslimah said...

Imran: The price doesn't go down too much so that's a pretty good idea. If it did, I wouldn't be thinking of getting one :)

Salaam

Shahela said...

assalaamualaikum again,

i have been following your blog for quite a long time and i find it very interesting...but to be honest to you...i think you choose whatever is right for you...Birthdays are not celebrated in islam!! you can go ask any alim or mufti for advice on it....but am not making it or as you said 'Each to their own' !!! well...thats not right muslimah!!!! understand your deen and plz dont propagate false information...if any online muslimah find this as being righteous in islam just because of you...then may ALLAH SWT forgive you...
it is much better to say that i know birthday celebrations are not allowed in islam...but i like to celebrate it and may allah forgive me....that'll be correct!!

May ALLAH swt forgive us all...

assalaam
Shahela
Shahela...

PS: Sorry if i gave a lecture..just thought its righteous!

Stylish Muslimah said...

If your greatest worry in life is if another Muslim acknowledges their birthday, you need to get out more :)

Salaam

P.S. I haven't told anyone to celebrate anything.

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Wicked Witch said...

Sister, if you want it, just get it.

Shahela said...

salaam,

sorry for any advice i gave....
my last comment and view for your blog..
thanks and sorry!


shahela

Luisa Meek Orr said...

No Way 730$ for a bag is outrageous!

Labella Iman said...

If you can afford it, it's not a waste of money. everyone has an idea of what's "wasteful" but they usually consider it wasteful according to THEIR means, not yours! So yeah I love LV bags, i actually plan to get a speedy 35 as well but in the traditional print! Any who I think it's worth the investment, i know a woman whose mom got the LV bag when she was my age (21) and now she is well in her 50's and still has the SAME bag and it's in mint condition!

And who cares who thinks it's nice or not? if you like it thats all that matters!

Candice said...

So did you get it/ Are you getting it?
I'm mostly curious and don't have much of an opinion on it! :)

Stylish Muslimah said...

Candice: I got it today!!! I loove it :))) I took ages to decide in the shop whether to get it or not but after much deliberation, I decided I might as well as I have wanted it for ages.

The bag is MUCH nicer in real life than in the pictures, they really don't do it justice. Anyway, if you're thinking of getting one, I would definitely recommend :))

Salaam
Xxxx

Mariam said...

Assalam Aleikum..
Hii.. i'm mariam from Brazil and
I think that.. If you pay zatak and do charitable .. So Allahu yalam..

Ahh... Or you can pray 2 raka2 and ask for Allah about the bag. What do you think??

after you tell us if you purchased or not ok?!!

Ma3 Salam

Stylish Muslimah said...

Mariam: That's a good idea, but I have already bought it lol :D I love it!

Salaam
Xxx

Anonymous said...

Why not buy a cheaper bag and donate the rest of the money to some poor muslim family. Get real , you know you want the bag just because its LV, not for the "quality". Its funny people on this blog will have debates about whether listening to music is "forbidden by god" ..yet turn around and post about buying lavish non-essentials. Wonder what your prophet muhammad would have to say on this purchase haha.

Stylish Muslimah said...

Anonymous: You sound like a non Muslim so I'm not going to get into a religious debate with you. But I will say, so what if I want to buy it because it's lv? Islam does not forbid the spending of ones wealth, as long as they spend within their capabilities. I work hard for any money that I get and I do not see the wrong in treating myself now and again.

Perhaps you should remove yourself from your high horse and analyse your own contentious personality.

Anonymous said...

Assalam walaikum!

I'm Rabia from Saudi Arabia. I'm a new Muslim and I love LV bags, eventhough I don't have one (yet). I go to Madrasah and our teacher, wears a lovely LV Trevi bag and it's a lot more expensive than a speedy. She comes and goes in a posh BMW. Does it make her a bad Muslimah? I don't think so, she helps a lot of Muslimahs and may Allah bless her and reward her efforts in Jannah Insha'Allah. If you have peace and your niyat is pure, and you don't intentionally disobey Allah's commandments and the Prophet's (pbuh) teachings, then I say it's halal. I may be new in Islam but I know that Allah knows our hearts and He is the One who knows best.

Anonymous said...

I am ready to buy this bag too! But I can't decide between this and a Burberry. LV is so popular so I think I will get the LV. You should get one too. Sometimes you have to please yourself too and Allah will not punish you for that. He put you on this Earth for you to be happy. And if you're happiness includes this purse, which you will pay for with your money you worked for, than I say go for it!

Aminah said...

WAS

I'm late to this conversation but I would suggest buying off ebay with a cc. You can find one gently used for a fraction of the cost. Just make sure you have buyer protection. Just FYI.

Anonymous said...

salaamalaikum,i love LV bags.im planning on buying an alma amarante!!!!it is expensive but i have been wanting to buy it for the past 3 yrs!
zenab