I prefer designer brands because they are top quality, last a long time and are timeless. They are cool even if they are old. If they are taken care of, they hold their value well and can be sold.I do!!
More so in my youth, but I have a few splurges/gifts from my 20s/30s I use. I tend to change my mood a lot, so I change up bags a good bit. I favor timeless shapes and styles, so plan to carry these for years or pass them down to grand-daughters or DILs (assuming we'll be here that long. Maybe I can barter them for sugar in a few years LOL)
2 Tory Burch
1 Vintage Louis Vuitton handed down from my MIL
3 Michael Kors (and a wallet)
2 Le Pliage
1 Badgley Mischka
And more tote bags than is healthy or needed! LOL
I don't consider myself a "designer" person in that I need the *name* (I did when I was young, though) but I do believe in getting what you pay for. All the above bags I have had for decades and probably cost less than all of the cheap bags combined I've bought over the years that fell apart, were too trendy or that I just didn't like anymore. Most I have gotten at discount stores like TJ Maxx, on sale, or as gifts.
I have 2 daughters so they can carry mine and can eventually have what I don’t sell.