The Temptation Of Hunting Designer Bags: Once You Start, You Cannot Stop…

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Owning a designer bag is a dream for every girl – it’s like wearing clothes, without one will make you feel naked. But there’s also a trap, you see, designer brands make you feel like you’re hunting for a bag, but the truth is: ‘they are actually hunting you’. I call it: ‘The Domino Effect’, once you hit the first stone, the second will soon fall, then the third, there’s no stopping. You bought your first Chanel bag? Okay, it’s time for the second…

One of our friends, Bren, lives in California. One day she decided to shopping spree, and because she will be traveling to Hong Kong, Singapore and Europe soon, why not get the most out of the trip, uhh right? It started innocent – a little bit of shopping, just one or two designer bag(s) and no more…

Well, you know how she ended up? See it yourself:

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That all? Yes, all in one trip and it certainly is possible. By the way, this is what I call: ‘a very productive shopping spree’. How many iconic do you count? Want to listen to her full story? Then read on…

Nowadays shopping is a skill to learn, the government should introduce this subject at school, I will be the first one to sign up. I mean: ‘How many times you bought something and end up regretting’. Count that all up and you will know exactly how much money you could have spend somewhere else. (somewhere else, not save =p)

But anyways, Bren is a veteran shopping garl, she was doing an extensive research about prices, tax-refunds and sizes before swinging her credit card. So it’s true what they say: ‘Preparation is more important than action’.

So Bren was doing research and then accidentally stumbled upon Bragmybag.com. She knew what she has discovered – a site with valuable designer-bag information for bag obsessive girls (like herself).

Not long after her discovery, she dropped her first question. And if you ask the right question, you will get the right answer. Here are a few of her messages:

Can anyone tell me if the price WOC classic quilted in USD is current? I’m thinking of getting one in the next few weeks if price is under $2k. I’m in SF. Thanks! Ps this is an amazing site!!!!

I’m so conflicted on which bag I want. I’ve narrowed it down to Diamond CC, medium classic flap and boy chanel flap. However could you tell me what us the measurement for the medium boy flap? I went to the boutique store in SF and really like the diamond CCas the SA called it but not sure if I want a seasonal bag vs a timeless. Any thoughts? Thanks for your help. You’re amazing! Been sending my friends this way. Xoxo

Thank you! I’m headed to HKG and SIN in November. By chance, would you know how much the trio crossbody (not with chain) in regular and large cost? I’m assuming it cost more than USD but I saw another site that someone purchased it 6900hk (regular size) which is less than US. I am going to be in DC in a few days and thinking getting it there but can wait if it somehow prices in SIN & HK are significantly lower than here in the US. Thanks! (Still haven’t gotten my crossbody! Did finally get my trapeze though!)

I’m looking to find a celine trio. I live in California but will be in DC in a few days then in Hong Kong and Singapore first week of November. Where is the best place to purchase one? DC has lower tax than CA and not sure what the prices are in hkg and sin for regular and large trio? What do you think? Thanks so much! You girls rock.

Let’s dive in her thoughts and strategies, here’s basically what she did:

– Research which bag you will be hunting for (narrow down to your taste)
– Check out the latest prices and tax-refund (why pay more if you can get less)
– Go to your local boutique to touch, feel and see the bag with your own naked eyes (better to meet the bag in person than on pictures)
– then write a long wish list (with back-up plans in case something go wrong and so on)
– And then happy shopping…

Though Bren asked numerous of questions, she and her friends already made a long wish list:
– The Chanel WOC
– The Celine Trapeze Shoulder Bag
– Another Chanel Bag (Classic Flap, Diamond CC or Boy?)
– Hermes Herbag Zip Tote
– Another Chanel season bag
– The iconic Givenchy

Here’s a part of her message when she was in Singapore:

In Singapore for holiday and the SA at the chanel boutique advised the following prices in SIN dollars: jumbo $7250 Camella WOC: $2580 Crossing time medium: $3490 and Medium Flap is $6510 not including the 7% tax yet. Not sure if there are same prices you have listed already but its today’s price I got. I do have a question. Based on your info, the crossing time in USD is $2600 before taxes. If that is the case, after conversion ($3490 SIN = $2799.58 USD) the price is about the same after adding the 8.75% San Francisco US tax. Is that right? There is a 7% tax in SIN but there is a refund you can claim in Singapore. So if this is true, the statement about SIN is more $$ is not true? I might just buy it here tomorrow before I leave if that is the case.

After Singapore, she went to Paris, the dream city of every shopping girl. But she didn’t want to waste time there, with determination, she went straight to the jackpot – The Hermes Herbag Zip Tote.

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Now, let us bang you on some facts about the Hermes Herbag Zip. A few of our members waited one whole year (on the waiting list) to get this bag. Bren was lucky, the SA had one in the color she liked. Paris is full of surprises…

Out of curiosity, I asked Bren one last question: ‘which bag will you be using as an everyday bag?’ And she answered…

‘As for your question on my everyday bag, that’s a hard question though the functionality of the Givenchy Antigona is better since I can practically throw everything in there. I actually change up my bag often so I can pick and chose which one based on mood and outfits’

Then she ended up saying:

‘I can’t wait to go back to Paris… Merci Beaucoup!

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To Buy or Not to Buy: A pair of Rag & Bone Boots

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Rag & Bone boots are a celebrity favorite, but are they worth the hype? That’s a question I ask myself every fall. Not that I’m influenced by celebrities, but after looking at women like Jennifer Garner and Katie Holmes wearing them, sometimes I can’t help but feel slightly swayed.

I love the off-duty aesthetic of Rag & Bone boots. They’re well-crafted, but when it comes down to hitting the “buy” button, I always hesitate because of the price. Are they worth the money when so many other brands like Sam Edelman and Vince Camuto also make great contemporary ankle boots at a fraction of the cost? It’s like owning any luxury item; imitations and knockoffs will always exist, and I still go back and forth on buying a pair because I think there are other boots that are worth the splurge over these. How about you?


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Emily Ratajkowski Wears Jimmy Choo Sandals Off the Red Carpet

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Here’s model Emily Ratajkowski, striding in to a business meeting of some sort in NYC in a gorgeous grey pair of Jimmy Choo Lance Sandals. We see these on the red carpet all the time, but it’s unusual to spot a celeb donning them in broad daylight. You can find a very similar pair in a metallic silver leather finish.

We recently reported that Jimmy Choo will go public (albeit in a limited way) this month on the London Stock Exchange. So ladies, if you’re no longer content to simply fill your closet with Jimmy Choos, you’ll soon have the opportunity to add a little Jimmy Choo to your portfolio.

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Lots of Furry Things are Coming to a Shoe Near You

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Brian Atwood Genie Suede and Mink Fur Sandals

It’s all in the details with for these furry shoes, and you can bet to see furry pom-poms, furry t-straps and basically fur in lots of unconventional shoe places. Fur accessories are nothing new to footwear, but this season more designers are capitalizing on this furry add-on than in the past. This is a fun way to jazz up the ubiquitous black winter pump (even though it will cost a pretty penny), and if you care to go bold, I’m sure you can figure out which designers chose to use an eccentric dose of colored fur (cough, coughBrian Atwood and Sophia Webster). Expect to see a lot of fuzz in the gallery below.

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National Handbag Day Spotlight: MICHAEL Michael Kors Susannah Quilted Bucket Bag

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MICHAEL Michael Kors is among the most classic of American handbag brands; its simple, sporty, luxurious silhouettes are beloved by fashion lovers all over the country. Today, as we count down to National Handbag Day, we’re proud to showcase the MICHAEL Michael KorsSusannah Quilted Bucket Bag, available through our NHD partner, Bloomingdale’s.

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The Susannah is the third in our series of five special handbags and it’s a perfect piece to get anyone through a midweek slump. The neutral color and carry-anything shape make this bag an ideal piece to take to work, but the soft construction means that it’s also casual enough to be a polished weekend option.

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The quilting gives the Susannah a touch of texture, while the gold hardware ups the glamour quotient just enough to turn a few heads. Michael Kors has done as much as any other American designer to define the country’s accessories aesthetic, and this bag is a perfect example of the casual glamour that the brand has come to represent.

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