to shop / recent sales and musings (aug 2019)

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I’d been looking for a minimal baseball cap and found the answer at Everlane (referral link)! It is unisex, lightweight, and I like how it is not shallow. They are not a staple item and the colors get updated whenever they come back in stock. Of course I got it in black. It also comes in white, light grey, and light olive green.

I tried the day glove in leather and reknit. They felt the most comfortable sizing up, however, I did not like the style on my feet. I also noticed the reknit had a very slippery and thin bottom sole. Those aren’t anywhere near the Rothy’s, in case you were wondering.

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I’m really loving this season’s Uniqlo extra fine cotton shirtdresses (mentioned in my last post). It makes a perfect weekend outfit; I’ve found it a little too casual for work. It also has drawn random compliments from strangers. I got it in both stripe colorways (one is a brighter blue and the other is a darker navy blue) and light blue. I hang dry once I take it out of the washing machine and it dries mostly unwrinkled. It fits true to size for an oversized fit — I would recommend not sizing down. The pockets are also deep enough for water bottles, mini umbrellas, sunglasses, etc.

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If you’re interested in something by J.Crew, check Net-a-Porter (US, Europe, Australia), Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and 6pm . (I was surprised by the 6pm! They are owned by Amazon via Zappos.) Prices are not uniform across the board, which can work to your benefit.

My interest with J.Crew goes up and down so it is inevitable that something from a past season catches my eye and sold out, and monitoring popbacks is tiring. I was happy to find this Liberty chamomile red floral shirtdress (Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew, NAP US, NAP FR, NAP AU) and the buffalo gingham shirtdress (Nordstrom Rack, J.Crew) at other shops at reasonable prices. (I’m really into shirtdresses at the moment.)

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Ferragamos are my work and dress shoe of choice. My recent discovery is that all the European boutiques seem to default to the wide width of C for whereas the US retailers default to B. I prefer C only for patent styles. When the sales kicked off last month, I found deals thanks to the European sale prices + favorable exchange rate + free express international shipping. The wide width threw off my plans. Thank goodness for free returns! On a similar note, Bloomingdales is having a pretty good sale and some items get an extra 50% off. Ferragamo sale shoe selections update throughout the day. Gilt also has a pile of Ferragamo shoes but it’s disorganized. I avoid final sale when it comes to Ferragamos because I go between two sizes, even if it’s the same style.

There are still a lot of Repetto deals to be found, especially if you have tiny feet — Farfetch, 24S, Gilt, Shopbop. And Webster has one pink gingham pair for a huge discount (code on top of page). Watch out for final sale as well.

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I really like the APC Meryl quilted bag. They’ve brought it back this season in black, navy, burgundy, and a tan brown, but you can snag it in brick (red? orange?) on sale. There are also some sale bags at Shopbop and APC, but slim pickings.

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If you like Muji and Ikea home goods, you may or may not have discovered Yamazaki Home. As someone who loves white everything, I love their minimalist, thoughtful style. Their products are also carried at Bloomingdales, Amazon, Container Store, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, etc. Prices can vary. I admire more than I’ve actually purchased. If you like to hang clothes temporarily, I have a few of these over the door valet hooks at home. You do have to see if your door would scratch when you close it though.

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Hermes had a popup sale at Short Hills, NJ recently. A friend graciously gave me a ride. It made me think of the Paris soldes from years past (previous). I don’t remember the prices for the Paris sale, but this sale was 50% off US retail. I am the owner of a few more silks (as is my father). I need to research scarf rings. I was about to purchase Hermes scarf cards on eBay, when I found them in PDF on the internet.

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My favorite Drunk Elephant product is the C Firma vitamin C serum. It comes in a very mini 0.27 oz as well as the full 1 oz size. Late last year they released a limited edition midi size (0.5 oz) and included it in the Get Even value set. I’d never used such fresh C Firma before that. I went to look for more but Sephora and Drunk Elephant are sold out of the set. However, it’s still available in Sephora stores in JCPenney stores in the US (locate store and order) and at Space NK UK (they won’t ship to the US).

2018 thoughts on bags

Updated: Bao Bao Issey Miyake added

Every year I intend to write ‘year in review’ posts. Somehow time escapes me, so let’s see if this works this year. I plan to write on different topics. First up: bags.

I go through periods of times of buying no bags and then bam! I get a few. I bought a few recently, mostly black bags.

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  • The spendiest purchases were driven by Hedi’s takeover of Céline. I couldn’t get myself to Europe soon enough, so I managed with duty free shops in Seoul. Prices are comfortably below US prices and the # of stores are somewhat plentiful. I went to 4 duty free boutiques – 3 in Seoul and 1 in the Incheon airport! For the most part, what I purchased is what I have wanted to purchase for years but the opportunity and urgency never arose. I have no regrets with my purchases, although I have yet to use all of them. I have invested in Samorga inserts for most of them.

I am hesitant to buy Céline secondhand online. It’s hard to assess the structure of a non-super structured bag on the internet. Or for example, the Trio was quietly redesigned in recent years where the straps that connect to the purse were reinforced. This isn’t apparent in most online listings. I wouldn’t want to buy an older Trio. I haven’t sold any of my Célines, but the resale of some of them look roughly the same as duty free. It’s a no lose situation, in my opinion. Some of the classic Phoebe Philo designs are still around but now don the new Celine logo (no accent over the é) and new colors.

Image: Celine

  • (Updated: Can’t believe I forgot to include Bao Bao!) My friend Pam got me into Bao Bao Issey Miyake bags. At some point, they were super hard to buy in Asia. Almost everyone and their mom has one, it seems. They are popular with the older crowd. The brand is Japanese, but I found these bags much better stocked in the US and sometimes on sale/discount! I have four of the totes in different sizes (Prism or Lucent) and got the last one when I was in Tokyo. I highly recommend these for its lightweight, low maintenance, easy to pack (flattens), and uncommon style (at least outside of Asia). I think I’m done for now!

Prism Tote in a Japan-exclusive color

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to shop / {sale alert} all the apc half moons…

The half moon is still my favorite A.P.C. bag by far!

Row 1: grey smooth $235; Carole navy blue $247 (different color, similar style); blue suede nubuck $277

Row 2: beige embossed $273; caramel brown $273; tan (sand) embossed $259 (slightly more here and here)

Row 3: military khaki python print $350; Luna black $353; yellow smooth $282

 

to shop / shopping directory: where to buy apc handbags

Last updated July 9, 2017

Here’s a full directory of where you can find A.P.C. bags on the internet.

  • (*) denotes non-US stores.
  • (**) denotes sale items (as of press time)
  • (***) denotes future sale potential (either markdown or store-wide discount)

A.P.C. is French. It is cheaper in France (as of the current exchange rate) especially if you can obtain a VAT tax refund, however, do not underestimate the ease of finding what you want in the store. I’ve stopped by the Rue Royale boutique and Le Bon Marche shop in Paris and they barely had any bags out. But I also didn’t ask if they had anything in the back (I was just browsing).

I currently have two half-moon (demi lune) bags. They are both textured, embossed like saffiano leather, as reviewed here. I love them and have no plans to expand the APC family as of this time. The colors/texture for this style may be seasonal, so if you love something, don’t wait!
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