Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Here at Racked, we're dedicating this week to the kind of fantastical shopping that most of us only get to experience in dreams (or at 80%-off sample sales). Taking a page from casino parlance, we'll be talking a lot about "whales," those big spenders who feel perfectly comfortable dropping tens of thousands of dollars every night on roulette, or, in our case, on Cartier. Welcome to Whale Week 2013.
- Hermes Vintage Constance bag, $26,996 at Matches
- Lanvin Happy Bag in navy, $23,000
- The Row Python Tall Day Tote, $19,000 at Barneys
- Tiffany & Co. Cornelia lunch box in plum, $13,500
- Gucci Bold Bamboo Pink Crocodile Top Handle bag, $24,000
- Proenza Schouler PS1 Extra Large Crocodile, $30,000
- Zagliani Tomodachi Bag, $18,353 at FarFetch
- Marc Jacobs Classic Croc Mini Stam, $22,000
- Burberry Medium Alligator Leather Bowling Bag in pale tan, $20,000
Any decent whale has her money invested where she can see it: hanging on her arm. And when it comes to fancy handbags, which material reigns supreme in the rarefied world of five-figure purses? Crocodile, darling. Click through our gallery above for nine five-figure bags, from The Row's $19,000 tote to Tiffany & Co's $13,500 lunch box. And why let the real whales have all the fun? Let your inner whale be heard and cast your vote for the one you'd snag if money were no object after the jump.—Nicola Fumo
· All Whale Week 2013 coverage [Racked]
· Olsen Sighting! Inside The Row & Damien Hirst's Bag Launch [Racked LA]