Bags Groove (Miles Davis)

I should probably get a second job as a designer bag specialist. It’s Fadelinah’s birthday and knowing what a bag freak she is, her desired gift is a no-brainer. Either that or the ultimate collectors’ set of The Sims, and there is no way I’m going down that road. Hate those stupid little people!

Prior to any big ticket purchase either for myself or others, I tend to do my own research of the particular item. So for one who’s more accustomed to using Braun Buffel wallets till they become all tattered before changing to another, designer carriers is not my forte. Through some online browsing and visits to a few boutiques, I learnt a thing or two about what set bag freaks delirious. And bear in mind I’m not togged in designer wear when going into these boutiques; my preferred method since I only buy from sales staff who bother to assist me out of duty and not based on how I’m dressed. The irony that some of these sales staff hardly made it pass their O levels yet acting like they own the freaking boutiques.

I checked out the following brands:

  • Longchamp
  • Kate Spade
  • Coach
  • Burberry
  • Tod’s
  • Loewe
  • Gucci
  • Louis Vuitton

Alright, one can either buy the real McCoy from any of these boutiques or just head to Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur for a bad knock-off. And trust me, the latter is easily recognised. I’ve seen women dressed to the nines yet sporting fake branded bags. The keyword is symmetry, though some Korean factories have managed to churn out AAA-grade replicas. So why not just purchase the Korean ones you might ask … well the stitching and bonding method themselves are also dead giveaways, even the metal elements. Out of the eight, Coach, Burberry and Louis Vuitton feature a lot in the fakes market. A cheaper alternative would be to get one from its country of origin, like asking someone going to the States to buy a Coach or Tod’s on your behalf. Either that or order bulk online. You would need to gather a group of equally bag-crazy people for the second option. Buying through Ebay or any online auctions is a risky affair since most of them are fakes even if the sellers claim they are authentic, lest they have the sales receipts as proof.

Back to the boutiques … Coach has a somewhat pasar malam atmosphere with its large crowd and Louis Vuitton tend to have a long queue outside the entrance guarded by a doorman almost every time. I felt like I was in a J.Co Donuts & Coffee queue while waiting to enter. Most of the sales staff in these boutiques were doing their own form of segregation as expected, either ignoring you totally or hovering really close as if a bag was going to be stolen anytime soon.

First of all, if I really couldn’t afford it I wouldn’t have bothered stepping in. The very reason why I never entered Hermes. THE bag to have it seems is Hermes’ Birkin. Then again, you can either buy the bag or a car for the same amount of money.

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~ by blackcadillac73 on January 16, 2008.

12 Responses to “Bags Groove (Miles Davis)”

  1. *LMAO* @ “Hate those stupid little people!” That’s the funniest comment I’ve heard about The Sims.

    I’m no bag aficionado, but they’re definitely good gifts for women, whether they’re into bags or not. And you’re right about Petaling Street’s bags – bad quality! Like I said, I never was a bag aficionado, so I couldn’t tell the difference until I took them home and made comparisons. Oh, no time to make comparisons – the strap was only good for one use. Koyak habis. Waste of money.

    Eh, yea @ those sales people. Usually the ones who stick to me like leeches are the ones who make me leave the store pronto.

  2. Like a broken record, let me reiterate … I HATE THEM!

    Apart from the bad copies at Petaling Street, the peddlers can be real assholes.

    Whereas for the boutique sales staff, sometimes I feel like grabbing one of their items and running around the whole store so that they’ll think I’m trying to steal it. The look on their faces would be priceless. πŸ˜›

  3. So what did you buy in the end? Or did I miss that in the post? I’m no bag enthusiast as Fada would know. I’d carry any bag that I can stuff Divya’s nonsense into. But am just curious.

  4. hey! i wrote comments but either they disappeared or you disapproved it coz of any possible inappropriate content hehe

  5. Aiyah … so such thing lah. I don’t disapprove friends comments … only ‘anonymous strangers’ who think I don’t know who they are.

    Been having the flu courtesy of Divya’s good pal and not been checking my blog for a while. By the way, the birthday girl has yet to make a decision on which bag she wants. If she doesn’t decide by Sunday, I’ll get her NTUC’s plastic bag. πŸ˜›

  6. Errmmmm…for your info, I already have ALL of the Sims expansion packs ever produced? Why would I need TWO sets of games?
    Now I’m sorta thinking twice about the present, considering the fact that I only end up carrying the same old bag, using the same old watch, the same old wallet, while the many other bags/watches etc are left collecting dust.
    How about that really nice destinee thingy? πŸ˜›

  7. Sims freak what .. you probably want to set up a Sims temple at Angkor Wat with the extra set.

    As I had always emphasised … designer bags are useless. You’re better off getting an Ipod Classic or PSP Slim or Asus EEE. Things I can also ‘tumpang’ to use. Hint … hint … πŸ˜›

    Destiny’s Child I know, Destinee I don’t.

  8. Ok, sorry Ramli but have to sabo – I have to help my friend out here so here’s the link :p

    http://www.destinee.be/thefourcs.html

    Just remember the 4 Cs – Cut, Colour, Clarity and CARAT hehehe

  9. Too late! She already fell in love with a particular British check pattern.

    Bought it last night. πŸ™‚

  10. hehe next time Fada!

  11. eh what is this i hear about The Sims Complete Collection??? *jealous*. anyway, speaking from a salesperson’s POV, sometimes when they stick to you like leeches, it’s highly likely someone from management is watching so must be a little ‘ON’. but usually when a customer tells me ‘he’s just browsing’ i’ll leave him alone. on the other hand you have the customer who’d stamp his feet and claim ‘lousy service’ when you’re not rushing to his side following him around the store like a puppy.

  12. At least say “Excuse me, can I HEPT you?” lah, so that customers know help is at hand if needed rather than feel like a sheep being watched by a wolf.

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