Buy a purse or feed a village for a year? What to do..

September 16th, 2007

Hideousness at its best Well, I have heard of ridiculous things in my life, but buying a purse for $52,000 takes the cake (for now). Introducing the Louis Vuitton Tribute Patchwork purse. It is a purse made of “recycled” Louis Vuitton purses. Yup, it’s hideous. Yup, the ticket price could feed a starving village in a 3rd world country for a year. Yup, it is all over the news.

I read that there were only 4 issued to the United States. Singer/actress, Beyonce, bought one. Doesn’t that kind of say: “I have more money than I know what to do with. So, instead of helping needy organizations like children’s hospitals or Aids research, I am going to go buy something that I will wear maybe 2-3 times and then put into my closet.” How sad. When fashion takes precedence over world hunger/welfare, we have reached rock bottom.

To all of you that have forked out $52,000 for a purse, think about this: When you sling this bag over your shoulder, think of how many mouths you could have fed or vaccines you could have bought with what you paid. A little bit of leather and a label might be important to you. A rumbling tummy, lack of sickness, and fresh water are important to others. Yes, you have earned the money and the right to buy that purse.

That $52,000 could have built a family home in a poor community. It could have fed many that are homeless. It could have bought coats and blankets for those that needed them. It could have bought books for those that want to read. It could have built a church. It could have bought medical supplies. It could have helped save lives.

Fashion vs. humanity. What a funny world we live in.

3 Responses to “Buy a purse or feed a village for a year? What to do..”

  1. sahmcal Says:

    I totally agree with your blog. I think it’s really sad that there are people who are so self-centered and would blow thier money (even if it’s hard earned) on something so frivilous when there are so many people who are struggling and even dying when all of it can EASILY be prevented by someone’s caring heart to want to help these less fortunate people. All for a STUPID BAG! Grrrr!!! This infuriates me! I hope they feel good about that bag because they sure have “earned” it!

    *Signing off with a very pissed off attitude about how the world works

  2. Cynthia Says:

    It IS a cute purse (LOL)! There’s no way I’d spend any extravagant amount of $$ on a purse. In fact, I don’t even carry a purse. I own a small one that I use on vacation, but other than that I just carry around a small wallet…. I’m weird that way. I just find purses are another thing to try to keep cleaned out so I chose not to have one.

  3. Amy Says:

    Some purchases are made as investments. The hope is that they will appreciate in value over time. Just like insurance companies purchase Picasso paintings etc. as investments. They may also choose to display the paintings for public appreciation or in the case of a very collectable Louis Vuitton purse, one might carry it a few times, but likely it will be carefully stored as an investment that will appreciate in value over time. That is why the purse cost so much and why so few were made. It is not simply vanity. Why are paintings worth so much? Why is anything worth anything? Because somebody wants it. Because it is unique. Just offering another perspective. And, yes I agree with you that this could have feed and helped many. I wish more people would value human life and the quality of human life over selfish investments. Maybe the question for those who can afford such luxuries is, How much is enough?

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