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
I was so excited when Global TV aired this amazing segment on my store and told the viewers that Fashionably Yours is the “Best Store in the city”!!!!!! It brought a ton of fabulous new customers and consignors to my online store and visitors to my Toronto store this past weekend. Lifestyle reporter Minna Rhee of Global TV visited Fashionably Yours to chat with me about resale designer bags and showed viewers where to get Authentic Luxury for Less. Keyword, AUTHENTIC!! Don’t be fooled by stores selling counterfeit goods. I scour the world for luxury goods and have some of the best & most prestigious consignors from all over the globe. Each item goes through an intricate process of authentication before an item is up for sale in my store and we even offer a 100% Authenticity Lifetime Guarantee. If you are ever unsure, feel free to reach out to me and I will do everything my power to get you the answers you need to protect you from throwing your hard earned money away and putting it in the pockets of a slimy criminal! Click here for our Fashionably Yours Authenticity Guarantee & a brief guideline on how to decipher the date codes on Chanel, Louis Vuitton & Hermes bags.
If you’ve never been to my store, be sure to either visit us in person or check us out online at fashionablyyours.com. New items are added daily and we offer FREE SHIPPING in North America. And for those of you that are in the market for a Hermes Birkin bag,we just got a beautiful brand new 2010 Birkin in Iris (yes, just like Khloe Kardashian’s) which will be up for sale online shortly. Stay tuned for details of this bag on the Fashionably Yours Online Store and be sure to follow @shopFY on twitter for up-to-the minute updates & luxury new arrivals.
Oh and don’t forget, there’s 2 more days to get an additional 15% OFF ALL ONLINE PURCHASES at Fashionably Yours. Use coupon code: GLOBAL15 upon checkout. xoxo
Check out the full segment from the Global TV website below. This clip includes the interview with Tiffany & Co & Flare Magazine’s fashion director Liz Cabral at Holt Renfrew.
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.
Toronto Living TV visited Fashionably Yours last week and the host, Bhargavi Mungamuru shopped and got a mini FY makeover from yours truly. Toronto Living is your weekly guide to the best of Toronto – fashion, shopping, restaurants and the arts. Catch this episode on Toronto Living tonight @ 9pm on Channel 10. Repeats on Wed @ 1am & 11am, Friday @ 8am and Sunday @ 10:30pm.
Ironically, I have known Bhargavi for over 5 years, back in her PR days @ Fox, so it was a pleasure to kick it with her and catch up. Thanks Bhargavi for shopping @ Fashionably Yours!! xo