We know there’s something kind of silly about reading a profile of one of the world’s most powerful women and pulling out the lone quote about handbags, but we’re a style site, and when that quote is awesome, nuanced, and spot on as this one — well, we just can’t help ourselves.
Harper’s Bazaar profiles Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in their latest issue, and while they touch most of the more weighty aspects of her life (WikiLeaks, whether or not to smile at Hugo Chavez, gender issues in politics), they also ask her about her handbag fetish. And Clinton’s response is delightful.
She’s known for her pantsuits, but her staffers say nothing makes her happier than a good handbag. “I do love a good handbag,” she agrees. Can accessories be the great uniter of women? “I think they could be either a great divider or uniter,” she replies. “I’m on the uniter side. I think no one should make fun of anyone else’s handbag choices.” She warms to the topic. “I think we should be united in our support of one another. Because [handbags are] like a deep psychological need. It’s a desire to kind of organize and contain that which is important to you in your daily life. I have a philosophical view about this, and I have this Ferragamo hot-pink bag that I adore. My view was that I would carry it around only in spring, but it makes me so happy, I’m even now lugging it around in January. I mean, how can you be unhappy if you pick up a big pink bag?“
Emphasis ours. And while our happy color isn’t pink — she has a point. Fashion should be about what makes you (and you alone) happy. My “pink handbag” is bright coral lipstick. What’s yours?