I found myself wondering recently whether people divide into two camps--those that squeal with delight at the thought of anything purple and those that can't begin to imagine ever wanting anything in purple.
It seems that purple is probably the most polarizing color there is in that regard (with the possible exception of pink, which some folks love and others loathe. That may have to do with its associations with a certain kind of girliness.) I seldom hear people express strong opinions about blue, or green, or brown, but purple? I have a colleague who is very vocal about her love for purple--most of her wardrobe and accessories fall into that spectrum. And, until recently, I would have put myself into the "purple? no way!" camp.
My wardrobe has a conspicuous absence of purple. If I were asked, I'd say that I don't look good in purple, that it tends to make me look sallow. But I think that is just an excuse--it doesn't explain the absence of purple in my home décor, in my accessories and jewelry, etc. And it doesn't explain my lack of purple in my rather extensive Tom Bihn collection--I have plenty of colors in my bags, totes, pouches, and straps, but until recently, no purple. So the love of others for plum was a mystery to me. The excitement over UV dyneema left me cold. And aubergine in ballistic? No allure for me.
But the pull of a Tom Bihn bag? Now that was gravitationally strong enough to overcome my aversion to purple. My first foray was the purchase of a plum cordura ristretto a couple years ago--it was the only color in stock, so I bit. It's a really nice bag, but once I made my steel and cork Imago my everyday carry, the plum ristretto got gifted without any trace of regret to my daughter. (And she is definitely a purple person.)
It was the news that the Imago was being discontinued that led to my purple epiphany. I realized after a bit that I couldn't take the chance that the Imago replacement would be as perfect for my purposes as the Imago, so I needed a backup Imago. And by then, the only choice was aubergine/hemp. I admit it, I hesitated. Would I really use a purple bag as an everyday bag, or would it be another plum ristretto situation where I'd end up not using it and giving it away?
I started to carry the aubergine Imago to work. Definitely purple, but a kind of rich, slightly reddish, jewel-toned purple. Come to think of it, a beautiful, life-affirming, sassy kind of color. What at first was my tolerance of the aubergine turned into a warm appreciation. And then, I bought an olive and UV Side Effect. And you know what? The UV started to speak to me, too. Me, a card-carrying anti-purple person was seduced over the line into the purple-appreciating clan.
I knew the transformation was complete today when I had to order a couple of outfits for a trip I'm planning. And I realized that a purple mockneck sweater was the perfect complement for a jacket I was planning to take. So, the transformation is complete. I will soon have a purple item in my clothing repertoire, and can no longer call myself a purple-hater, or even purple-indifferent. Maybe next time a purple Tom Bihn item appears, it will be me squealing with delight. Stranger things have happened...