Hi Guys and a happy Tuesday to you all! This week I am taking it slow due to the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, so while some of you are anticipating a post everyday, well, just know I need to relax people ( 🙂 ). Today, I decided to write a informal guide for buying designer brands and their care. So here goes:
My very first designer purchase was in Tokyo, Japan (See HERE). I believe it was in a Louis Vuitton store either in Shinjuku or Ginza shopping districts (sorry, this was over 13 years ago). It was a beautiful monogrammed Papillion and I was in love with it. It wasn’t until I came back to United States that I realized I paid more because of all the credit card fees and dollar to yen conversion rates that day. It was a blow since I was still in college, but my supercalifragilisticexpialidocious sister allowed me to pay her back in monthly payments.
Then a few years later, I made another mistake. I bought a pair of beautiful silver Sedaraby D’orsay Silver Formal Shoes by Manolo Blahnik and didn’t take good care of it. The purchase was in United States so the price was more reasonable, however, I didn’t realize how fragile these shoes really were. While with the Louis Vuitton handbag it was easy, every time I would wear these high heels, I would notice a scuff mark or a stain. And guys it hurt like a breakup.
Now over a decade later, as a follower of many fashion and lifestyle blogs, inthefrow and The-Atlantic-Pacific being my favorite inspirations (gotta give credit where its due) and through experience, I get tips and tricks about where to buy designer brands and how to take care of them. So today, I thought I’d merge the two topics together in one post and help my readers in case they are interested.
To purchase designer brands on their travels is everybody’s dream. Who wouldn’t want to buy a Burberry Scarf in London, or Dior Slingbacks in Paris? I know I would love to do that. However, do know to pay for that dream, you have to budget in extra fees that you don’t pay at home. In United States, there are department stores and websites like Nordstorm (see HERE), Barneys (see HERE), Saks 5th Ave (See HERE), and Neiman Marcus (see HERE), where you can shop for designer brands. However, there are great international sites, where you can purchase pre-loved or on sale items. My personal favorites are Vestiaire collective (see HERE) and My Theresa (See HERE). I have bought from both these online portals and not only are the prices endorphin-inducing, but you are assured these are 100% authentic items. I endorse both these websites.
* Do know your European size (usually smaller than the US sizes) before you purchase shoes and clothing. It will save you the inconvenience of returns. Go to a department store and try on different European designer shoes, and you will know what I am talking about. I always order a size up.
For Pakistani clothes for weddings and important occasions, I also usually like to shop designer. Unfortunately, I have not heard of any second-hand opportunities (beside the Bargain Basement sale in Lahore once a year), where we can purchase designer clothes like Tena Durrani, Sania Maskatiya, or Misha Lakhani at a lower price. So to make purchases, I budget in the full price and fees and then go to designer websites and social media pages to contact them.
Designer pieces, although made of luxurious fabrics and embellishments, are fragile. I have had numerous Tena Durrani digitally printed silk pants rip at the seam because I gained some weight. The shoe horrors I mentioned above. So what should you do?
- For clutches and jewelry, always keep them away from food and keep them in the dust bag. This prevents from any stains to develop through moisture and prolongs the life and look of the clutch.
- For shoes, please walk like a lady (or just be careful. lol) when walking to an event or for you New Yorkers, on the street. The scuff marks appear out of nowhere, sometimes even the moment you look away :). To protect the soles, I cover my designer shoes with sole guards (see HERE). I have heard of people keeping them in dust bags and shoe boxes, but I like to see the colorful pieces I own, so I keep them on the floor of the closet. And I have seen no damage.
- For clothes, I recommend also be careful if your heart rips like a Tena Durrani digitally printed silk pants ;). Order a size up, if you feel your weigh fluctuates, and always, always dry clean. I have worn pret collections to work and even though I dry clean them, I don’t hang them in a garment bag. However, with formals (or bridals), I would recommend keeping them in a garment box or bag.
* Do try to have an organize closet with each section allotted. This will prevent any stain transfer, lost items, and it just looks neater.
Well, guys, I hope I have given you some tips that you can go away with after reading this post. Let me know what you think and do share some of your experiences with me. Happy Shopping!!!