My husband just got me a beautiful Furla purse for Valentine's Day.
Anyone who says the quality of the raw materials used to manufacture that, is no different than something at Walmart .. is well, simply wrong.
I find that designer items come with a quality guarantee that you simply cannot get elsewhere. If a wristlet I got at Target busts after a month of use, I wouldn't be surprised. This doesn't mean I don't own 'brandless' items, it just means that I don't expect much from them.
Having said the above. My daughter is 5, and has designer purses, and guess what.. she knows their value and treats them very well. If she wasn't gentle on designer items, I wouldn't buy them for her.
Here's us last weekend, she's sporting a Vera Bradley mini purse and that's the Furla DH got me