One day, out of nowhere, my bag buddy buzzed me.
“I’ve been meaning to ask. PST or GST?!”
Good thing I’m a bagaholic because I sure as hell know she’s not referring to Goods and Services Tax. She’s referring to the iconic Chanel Petite Shopping Tote and its larger counterpart, Grand Shopping Tote. There have been countless debates on this and let me share with you my thoughts.
First, perhaps, let me show you what I think of the already-capacious PST. I have a navy blue caviar with silver hardware Petite Shopping Tote acquired a few years ago in one of Chanel’s summer collections. It is rather odd that such a colour is selected for summer but that’s another debate for another day.
For the past 3 days last week, I’ve been on the run commuting from home to the city for some rather intensive training. My days were long and hard. I leave home at 7am and I am not back until it’s dark (I know, that’s not saying much given it’s already autumn here). So, I needed something lightweight that could hold all the necessities and yet hardy enough to withstand the forecast of wet and gloomy days. It also needs to keep my hands free if I needed to be standing on public transport.
It’s really no surprise that the PST was selected. The leather is caviar, calf skin and it is extremely durable. When I first purchased it, it was understandably stiff and hard. Over the years of gentle and loving use, it has softened beautifully and is absolutely pliable. The other beauty to the PST is that it does not sag. This is how much I have managed to pack into my PST. On some days, it’s like a game of Tetris!
1. Big fat purse (perhaps a review one of these days is fair)
3. RMK compact powder & Chanel Pink Explosion blush (don’t ask why they happen to be there) and myriad of lipsticks and lipglosses. Don’t ask.
4. Tiny water bottle. Good for only a couple of small sips but enough for when I just needed that sip.
5. Hello Kitty umbrella (THANKS TINE!) It’s my most favouritest umbrella like EVAR in the whole freaking world because it’s small and it’s HELLO KITTY!You should never dream of commuting in Melbourne without an umbrella despite a sunny forecast. Melbourne weather changes just.like.that.
6. Notebook, pen, small jewelry pouch, tissue holder, wet wipes, zip lock baggie of cottonbud/tampon/hair tie/hair pins, tiny bag of medicines and handcream
7. Car keys with memory stick and flash light
8. Mickey Mouse card holder (really, it’s myki – software development joke)
9. Ear phones and battery pack.
You can see that the PST itself is able to hold almost my entire life minus the kitchen sink. Let’s be honest, how many of us really do need the kitchen sink when we’re on the run?
Potential PST owners will be pleased to know too that due to the shape of and size of the bag, it does not sag despite the amount of items packed in.
So, on my 5’3″ and size 8 (AUS), size 2/4 (US) frame, it hangs on my shoulder just right and my arm hangs over the bag very comfortably.
I will admit that I do not have a GST but I have had a great opportunity to play with one while I was assisting my sibling in procuring one when Chanel had not yet established a boutique in Perth. She, a much smaller human, decided to go with a GST and when it was hung on her, I thought she could most probably fit herself into the bag.
You probably could tell from my train of thoughts that I am trying to steer you towards the PST for multitude reasons.
1. Price. A smaller bag, hence a smaller price. Easy peasy. One can argue that you only need to pay a little bit more for a much bigger bag. I’ve always fallen trap into it in the past but I think I’ve learnt my lesson. Do you really need that big a bag? Would you be better off saving those extra few hundred dollars towards another bag? Or shoes? Or scarf?
2. Your back will thank you. Having a bigger bag really means you’re tempted to stuff it to the brim thinking I-might-need-this-in-an-alien-attack. Look, there could be life form out there but I’d like to think aliens are more intelligent than to bother with us silly humans who are so set on self-destruction. But, that’s just me.
3. It hangs just right. I’ve spoken of how my arms fall over the bag comfortably and unfortunately, it’s not the case with the GST. Because of how wide the base is, I found my arm flopped over the top of the bag in the most awkward manner. Again, it’s just me and my frame. It could look perfectly gorgeous on someone who’s a lot taller than me.
4. No saggy bottom. The bane of most bag-lovers. The Louis Vuitton Speedy is notorious for it. So notorious that bases have been developed just to curb this. As mentioned earlier, because of its small size, there’s barely any saggy bottom to this. However, I’ve seen SO many saggy bottoms in GSTs.
At the end of this, it feels like I’m writing a very haphazard business case in convincing you to go for the PST. But, bags, like perfume, fashion and makeup, is a very personal thing. I’m sharing what’s worked extremely well for me in the hopes you’ll make the right decision to pick the perfect bag for you.