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
LG Fashion Week Day 5 Finale was a crazy zoo, filled with fashion thirsty men & women itching to catch a final glimpse of Canadian fashion. I mainly attended to support my talented friend & NYC designer Lauren Bagliore, then stayed for the finale closing show of the always entertaining designer Denis Gagnon. Lauren’s show was super edgy as expected, with a lot of cool draping and asymmetrical lines and all the models were wearing my favourite Camilla Skovgaard saw booties. I had a blast catching up with old & new friends and bumping into many of my most fashionable FY consignors. I debuted my Christian Louboutin Leopard Daf Booty Boots along with my orange Birkin & my new favourite Bleulab reversible jeans. Until next season…adios, my fashionable amigos.
OUTFIT: Bleulab Reversible Jeans (military green side), Lumiere blouse (Leigh & Harlow), Topshop trench coat, Hermes Orange Birkin, Hermes Constance belt, Hermes Collier de Chein, Hermes Clic Clak, Chanel watch, earring, necklace & rings, Christian Louboutin Leopard Daf Booty Boots
I enjoyed the Denis Gagnon show with Canadian starlet and FY consignor, Ivana Santilli & my old buddy Dru (R&B singer), previously of R&B group In Essence.
A lovely chat with a super calm Denis Gagnon before the show.
Lauren Bagliore’s finale walk after a super awesome edgy show!
@JayStrut x @GetJanet x @LaurenBagliore…backstage after her show.
With Zeina, the talented fashion stylist responsible for putting together the looks at Lauren Bagliore’s show and another one of my amazing FY consignors!