You might think that our never-ending search for Inner Balance™ usually involves something from the self sacrifice, spiritual, philanthropic categories. So we’re delighted to show you a piece that strays far from anything charitable or sacrificial in nature. In fact, here we’ve found a piece whose meaning lies in its lack of meaning, providing all the Inner Balance one could need to sleep soundly at night after buying into the pointlessness.

Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld is a fashion mogul, and for someone in the business of selling luxury goods in a down economy, we were at once surprised and enlightened by his positive outlook:

“I can be interested in a $20 million diamond I will never buy, without desiring the diamond. If you want only things you can afford, it’s boring too. It’s great to see things you may not buy – because you don’t have the money – but it is very ugly to think they shouldn’t exist because you cannot buy them.” via

So there you have it. There world is at once made better with the beauty, albeit pointlessness, of luxury goods, including thousand dollar purses. Karl, we’re glad you’ve found the meaning of your existence, and we’re quite sure many out there are as well. For those of us who can’t afford your goods, we’ll keep dreaming.

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