I was recently asked to give my expertise on “How to Buy the IT Bag” featured in The Toronto Star’s “The Kit Magazine”. The photos of me and my little puppy Chloe were shot on location at Fashionably Yours, my Toronto Designer Consignment Boutique. They asked me to show them some of my favourite iconic ‘It’ bags in my bag collection, including the Celine Mini Luggage Tote, Hermes Orange Birkin 35, Hermes Red Kelly Bag, and a few of my rare Chanel Flap bags. Shout out to Glynnis Map from The Kit for the interview. Check out the feature below…xo
OUTFIT: Armani leather pants, Talula silk blouse, Red Vintage Blazer, Christian Louboutin Leopard Daf Booty, Chanel Necklace, Chanel Mini Phone Case, Hermes Constance Belt, Collier de Chein & Clic Clak
The Kardashians, the Olsens: overflowing from the arms of celebrities, socialites and the rich and famous are gorgeous—and painfully pricey—designer handbags. “The handbag is, without doubt, riding in the front seat with the statement shoe,” says pursehound and owner of online and in-store Toronto consignment shop Fashionably Yours, Janet Han. “Every designer is trying to get a piece of the multi-billion dollar designer bag pie.” The former celebrity stylist (she’s worked with Beyoncé, Rihanna and Fefe Dobson) owns more than 100 handbags (!!!) and carries luxe labels in her store at a fraction of the cost.
Han suggests you consider these four points carefully to find your perfect purse purchase—or sell the ones you have the strength to part with, smartly:
1. HARDWARE. “Consider what kind of jewellery you will wear with the bag. Tone-on-tone buckles and zippers are subtle and versatile.”
2. BRAND NAME. “Most handbags go on sale once the season ends and lose value—Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermès never (almost never) go on sale. Even decades from now, these brands will hold their value.”
3. SHAPE. “Choose a classic shape that suits your body and fulfills your needs, both for function and fashion.”
4. LEATHER. “The softer the leather, the more expensive—and delicate—they are. Lambskin leather bags retail for slightly more than caviar leather, but caviar leather tends to have a
higher resale value.”
Read more about handbags on TheKit.ca
Global TV News visited Fashionably Yours to chat with me about all the wonderful authentic luxury designer bags available for sale in my store and some of my favorite FY finds. The segment was inspired by the launch of Tiffany & Co‘s newest handbag collection and the popularity and obsession with the ‘It’ handbag. Lifestyle reporter Minna Rhee interviewed Flare Magazine‘s Fashion Director Liz Cabral at Holt Renfrew, discussed $4000 Celine bags, then wanted to show viewers that they can get luxury for less at Fashionably Yours, where we offer hundreds of authentic designer bags, discounted from 30% – 80% off retail prices. Check out some behind-the-scenes clips from the shoot. A big huge shout out to Minna Rhee, Sandy (the camera man) and Global TV News for taking the time to feature my store. xoxo
To welcome all of the new Global TV viewers, Fashionably Yours is offering 15% OFF ALL ONLINE PURCHASES at FashionablyYours.com. Use discount code: GLOBAL15 upon checkout. Expires Nov 1/11. Now that’s 15% off already drastically reduced prices and includes Chanel & Louis Vuitton!!
GetJanet x Minna Rhee (Global TV Lifestyle Reporter)
Getting miked up. Rocking my new favorite Alexander McQueen leopard skull scarf.
OUTFIT: Bleulab reversible jeans, Topshop asymmetrical blazer, Alexander McQueen scarf, Hermes Constance Belt, Collier de Chien & Clic Clak, Chanel watch, Gucci purse, Camilla Skovgaard saw wedge boots
My dog Chloe, the Fashionably Yours luxury security dog as they call her at Complex Magazine. wearing Gucci collar & camo hoodie.
On day four of LG Fashion Week in Toronto, I just wanted to be warm, having froze the night before. I almost didn’t make it to the shows after a jammed packed day @ShopFY. We’ve been booked back to back with consignment appointments which happens every time the seasons change. I was in desperate need of a hair cut so I ran over to see Daniel of Salon Daniel, not only one of the city’s best veteran stylists, but truly one of the most charming people I have ever known. He takes the pain out of cutting my hair. After a little snip, I headed over to the LGFW tents at David Pecaut Square watch the Bustle & Valk show.
OUTFIT: Jumpsuit (Fashionably Yours), Elizabeth & James blazer with fur collar, Celine Leopard Luggage Tote, Christian Louboutin Red Suede Lady Daf 160mm Platform Shoes, Hermes H Wide Clic Clak, Hermes Medor Watch & Bracelet, Chanel Vintage Necklace & Earrings.
Just a tiny little snip snip.
Jessica from Michael Kors. Hot shoes gggirl!
Red hot Christian Louboutin Lady Daf x Charlotte Olympia
Hermes extra wide Clic Clak, Hermes Medor watch & cuff, Chanel vintage necklace from Fashionably Yours
With singer/actress @CoryLeeMusic & @ShopFY blogger @JayStrut. I styled one of Cory’s first music videos years back and even made a cameo appearance it. These days you can catch her acting in Degrassi The Next Generation.
One of my favorite Fashionably Yours’ consignors, Julie Yoo from I Miss You vintage boutique in Toronto.
With Lindsay of Faulhaber PR & Sonny Fong of Vawk who put on a super hot show.
I’ve always been a fan of the Celine Luggage Tote but was never so inclined to buy one until a recent visit to Barney’s in NYC. I stopped dead in my tracks when I first laid eyes on this stunning bag. The sales associate advised me that the bag had only been sitting on the shelf for 30 minutes before low and behold, I walked through those doors. Whether or not that was true, I couldn’t stand the thought of the sleepless nights I would have without this beautiful new found Celine Leopard Luggage Tote. I proceeded to dish out the $3500 so we could be together forever, then took a couple memorable photos from my hotel room in NYC. You’ll probably be seeing a lot of this bag around here. xoxo