I've not been looking at Kate Spade for awhile and the only reason why I walked into the store was to accompany my friend. The first photo was taken in the Portland store and I love the wall design! It's so cool! In fact, I am really liking Kate Spade's latest collection. She's wowed everyone again with her unexpected style and twist in designs but with the same feminine bows and bold quirky design lines that we are all familiar with.
Just to back track a little, my friend who lives in London was asking if I wanted anything from Chanel since it's about SGD$1,000 cheaper. So when I was in Hong Kong, I scouted around a little and I saw a slouchy lambskin design in Hong Kong but it was still pricier than in London so I called up the stores in London but alas, it was a seasonal product that is no longer in production or available.
So this Kate Spade bag that I chanced upon looks almost similar except the leather isn't as buttery soft as the one from Chanel but at a fraction of the price. The staff said that I could enjoy a student's discount of 15% because I look like one (big grin) and generously put it on hold for a day (there were only 2 left in the store) so that I could think about it. I landed up flying back to Singapore before I could return to the shop and mulled over it for a couple of days before I contacted the shop again.
The service was excellent and I was literally blown away because they not only decided to extend the discount to me though it was way past the date, they delivered it to my friend's house for free and yes, I bought the last one in that store and because they had my records, I settled everything seamlessly.
Here is my Chanel look alike until I find the exact same one that I really want :P It's a quilted pebbled calf leather slouchy bag with light gold chain straps. My Mom loves it too so I'll leave it at home so that she can enjoy using it as well :)
For those who are traveling to the States, Tiffany's and other U.S brands like Kate Spade is
cheaper in the U.S and they do offer some styles that aren't available in Asia. Kate Spade however does sell products specifically to Asia only as well.
Depending on the taxes prevailing for the city that you are in, Tiffany's for example in Portland is on average 20% cheaper and the recent exchange rate is to our advantage. Of course, Oregon is tax free so you will get the most savings in Oregon. Without the 15% discount, the same bag that is selling in Singapore is retailing at about SGD$880 I believe which means that you'll save SGD$293 if you buy it from Portland or order it from online. It's still available online and in a cream color as well.