100k on handbags and built shrine to worship them in Would YOU splurge 100k on handbags? Socialite Caroline Stanbury did, and built this shrine in her home to worship them in.
(Shame she can't afford a decent pair of jeans!) Caroline Stanbury has special room in her 8million home for her handbagsWalk in wardrobe with mirrors has at least 25 bags by Hermes and ChanelEach item organised by colour and designer, including regular and clutchPictured isn't full collection and other shelves contain 200 pairs of shoesBy You might know her as the glossy haired 'It' girl with a bona fide aristocratic background, a woman regularly linked with the coach outlet sale gilroy rich and eligible including, for a time, Prince Andrew and footballer Ryan Giggs. Or perhaps you have seen her as the glamorous socialite turned entrepreneur on the gloriously lightweight Ladies of London, a reality TV show that revels in the tribulations and jealousies of the capital's coach outlet atlanta fitness 'elite' lunchers. But Caroline Stanbury has another, altogether different claim to fame, one which is guaranteed to set jaws dropping to the parquet even in the super rich Surrey commuter belt where she has her 8million home. Scroll down for video Caroline Stanbury, pictured with 16 of her designer handbags from collection, at her 8million home in Surrey SOCIALITE'S FAVOURITE BAGS FROM HER JAW DROPPING COLLECTION 1) Two Celine mini luggage totes: New 'It' bag 2) Two Hermes Birkin 40cm: A Hermes classic 3) Chanel small classic flap: Popular for decades 4) Chanel Boy: Unique take on a classic design 5) Hermes Lindy: Functional, but chic 6) Celine luggage tote: Bag that carries it all 7) Hermes Constance: Perfect shoulder bag 8) Nancy Gonzalez crocodile tote: Playful pink For at the heart of her mini mansion is a very special room, virtually a shrine. And it is dedicated to a quite outrageous collection of handbags so expensive that just one of them would keep the average household running for several months. 'All my friends think my collection of designer handbags is ridiculous,' Caroline admits. 'Cem, my husband, thinks I'm crazy to have so many.' He has little chance of avoiding them. Taking pride of place in their imposing hallway stands a sculpture that pays homage to her near obsession: a cast iron statue in the shape of that most desirable of female possessions, a Hermes Birkin bag, a monument to a thoroughly modern collection. Housed in a custom made walk in wardrobe with full length mirrors, velvet lined window seats, Venetian glass dressers and cashmere soft cream carpets, are at least 25 bags by Hermes and Chanel. Caroline is understandably shy coach sneakers outlet of pricing the collection, but it is not unreasonable to guess they are worth a cool 200,000; the basic cost of a Birkin is 5,000. She even has two Hermes Kelly 28cm bags, which could cost anything up to 25,000. But the price of this and other luxury bags can rapidly reach the stratosphere depending on size, on the materials used and if there are any customised alterations. The bags visible here are not the whole of her collection even at a conservative estimate they are worth nearly 85,000. Every item is organised by colour and designer, including regular and clutch sized Birken and Kelly bags in pink, burnt orange, tan and jade green. 'I've arranged my collection very carefully and I prefer no one touches them, but I am not overly precious,' she says. 'My bags get well used, but not always well treated.' Sixteen more shelves groan with literally hundreds of shoes by Tom Ford, Gianvito Rossi ('the most comfortable shoes you will ever wear'), Chanel, Givenchy and Valentino (so chic, apparently.) There are stilettos, sling backs and pumps in every colour and style imaginable an array worth 100,000 all glittering beneath spotlights.
'I must have 200 pairs of shoes, which I don't think is that many,' she says. 'I don't buy from coach outlet coupons babies the High Street, because I want things to last.'.
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