Nearly every woman in the room exhibited a very obvious designer handbag slung casually over her shoulder or dangling neatly from her arm.
I say 'very obvious' to emphasise these were not subtle bags, like you might shop from minimalist (albeit also very popular) labels like The Row or Khaite.
Instead, I’m referring to monogrammed Louis Vuitton canvas and huge metal adornments reading YSL.
I mean – picture FENDI printed in screaming capitals.
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By the time I was home from the day, showered and ruminating in my bed, I couldn’t help but mention my observation casually to another friend who had also joined me at lunch.
"Did you notice nearly everyone today carrying a designer handbag?" I quizzed over text.
My eyebrows were raised when her reply came back the following morning.