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Diana-May Kirori is a content creator who currently lives in Paris. MASA

My first luxury: A Louis Vuitton bag

At home during the coronavirus pandemic, Diana-May Kirori splurged on her first designer purse

Shopping for designer goods is about more than beauty, workmanship and cost. It’s an emotional experience that often comes with a personal story. In this series, women recall a singular piece and a moment in their journey into luxury. 

Diana-May Kirori, 26, is a full-time content creator, traveling the world and buying bags along the way. She’s currently living in Paris.

When I was growing up, I’ve always loved clothes and my mom has always liked shopping but I never looked at it as fashion. I just looked at it as clothes. 

The older I got, the more into fashion I got. The more social media became a thing, I started following more influencers and I was really more so introduced into fashion through the internet rather than my mom. I feel like a lot of people are introduced to fashion through their parents or someone that they live with.

I didn’t really get into luxury until college and even then, I wasn’t buying it. I didn’t buy my first luxury bag until we were in lockdown for COVID-19. I was like “Why not?” I was home. I wasn’t spending my money on anything. I was actually saving up because my best friend was going to get proposed to and I was going to be the maid of honor. But they didn’t get engaged when we thought they were going to get engaged and I’m like, “I’m spending my money.”

So I bought a bag. It was my first designer bag: The Louis Vuitton Multi Pochette Accessoires. It’s the one with the pink strap or the green strap. I wanted it so bad. I would always track it online because it always sold out. I even looked at resale websites because it’s usually just cheaper resale, but it was so much more expensive on resale. The more I looked the more I found out that it would always come online at like 11 p.m. Eastern time. That’s when Louis Vuitton would restock. I don’t know if I just got lucky or if that’s always the case.

I think in-store shopping experiences are definitely more exciting. I do love buying luxury when I’m in a different city in Europe because it’s cheaper. I just can’t believe the price difference off the bat and then you get the Value Added Tax back. Listen, I’m saving like a thousand dollars. I bought a Gucci Jackie bag in black when I was abroad, too.

I’ve been creating content full time since January. I was in real estate marketing before that in Chicago. I’m just in Paris for three months and then off to my next city, wherever that is.

Liner Notes

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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