Show Us Your Purse

Who? Monica Pappas, COO of Vegas Passport

Location: Vegas Passport offices

Handbag? Dior quilted leather frame purse

Are handbags status symbols? I do think that handbags can be seen as status symbols as they are often a great reflection of your personality.

What does this bag say about you? My bag is simple and understated, yet refined and classic, similar to how I would describe my personal style. My bag isn’t about showcasing a label, it’s adding a polished touch to my look that carries all of my must-have items.

If someone found your bag and looked inside, what would they think of you? That I’m prepared for anything. Running a VIP nightlife concierge and hosting company, I always need to make sure all the bases are covered and go the extra mile to make sure that I am prepared for any last-minute mishap.

What’s the most important item you’ve carried in your bag? Business cards. In Las Vegas, and especially in the nightlife industry, you are constantly meeting new faces and making new connections. It’s important to exchange information because you never know when that person may be a great resource in the future.

What’s the strangest item you’ve carried in your bag? A steak from Smith & Wollensky. I was out with my family and we were going to see a show after dinner. My mother wanted to save her leftovers, but I didn’t want to carry around a to-go bag all night so I wrapped up the steak in a napkin and put it in my purse.

Tell us about the first special bag you owned. I actually made one of my favorite jewelry boxes into a purse. I glued a handle onto the small, rectangular box and it transitioned perfectly into a purse. I carry it all the time and get so many compliments.

Knockoffs: Love ’em or hate ’em? Hate ’em because it puts the importance on the label, instead of a style you like. The bag you carry doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be something you like. You might find your favorite bag at a department store or at a discount retailer.

Image is … a refection of your inner beauty.

What’s in your bag? Business cards, cash, large bills, double-sided tape, sewing kit, FlipCam video recorder, small first-aid kit.

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