My Thoughts on Choosing Bags
I love bags! Way back when I was in College, I am not particular with brand names, as long as it looks nice and within my budget, with no hesitation… I buy it.
Then when I started working, I learned about brands like Guess, Marithé et François Girbaud, Aldo, CLN etc. then some office mates introduced me to Mango, Zara, Nine West and the like.
Then as time goes by I learned about Charles Keith, Kate Spade New York, Tory Burch, Coach, Furla, Michael Kors up to designer bags like Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent and other French bags.
I also learned to spot fake bags from authentic ones.
From colorful designs, my taste evolved to classic simple designs.
One of the things I love doing when in malls is looking at the bags of passersby or mall goers. At Greenbelt, I always like to do window shopping from outside of these designer bag’s stores.
Here’s a confession, I had a fake bag from Divisoria before, as far as I can remember the brand was Longchamp. I think I got it for only P300, authentic ones price starts at $95 up to $2000 (depending on the style).
At that time, I didn’t know how to spot a fake one yet until someone was looking at my bag and has the look of disgust. Oh! ramdam mo yung tagos sa kaluluwa yung panghuhusga sa’yo.
From them on, I told myself that I will not buy fake bags anymore. I told myself to purchase good quality bags and don’t just base it on brand names but rather purchase within my capacity and lifestyle.
I always tell my friends (those who can afford expensive bags) whenever they tease me to get one that I need to have my own car first before buying a luxury bag kasi ang sagwa na naka LV ka tapos commute commute ka lang via jeep. If you will search for Givenchy, Prada and the like, their prices ranges from P50,000 and above tapos bitbit mo sa jeep? Nakakatakot! Ang biro ko pa nga, kahit authentic bag ko magmumukhang fake kapag ako may bitbit hahaha.
Yesterday, I was doing some online window shopping and I saw that Kate Spade has a 25% discount on any purchases. I excitedly looked for bags on sale and saw these two.
It’s now okay to purchase internationally as long as the items are not above 10,000 if you want it to be Tax free. But unfortunately, Kate Spade New York does not ship to the Philippines 🙁 sayang!
There are a lot of online sellers now that sells luxury bags a little cheaper compared when you buy it at stores here, but if you don’t know them personally ang hirap magtiwala plus if you don’t know how to spot a fake one maloloko ka.
Sometimes they use original picture of the items pero pag dumating na sa’yo, fake pala. That’s why for me, I’d rather buy from the store pa’rin or their official site to be sure it’s authentic.
For me, it’s better to buy original bags kahit walang brand name as long as maganda ang quality. Rather than pipilitin ang may tatak tapos Class A,B,C or anything na fake naman. Sabi nga asa nagdadala yan.
Bags are one of women’s weaknesses, better to be knowledgeable and practical in buying one. Good luck!