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High and Low + Mitsu’s Bag Check!

New look for the Doll. I hope to tweak it more, but I’m absolutely pathetic when it comes to coding. ^_^;;

The current window display of a Gucci store in Shinjuku

High + Low + Everywhere

It’s very common to see gals carry brand bags. While other brand is not thought of as much, brand bags are very popular. Boys tend to buy them for their girlfriends on birthdays, anniversaries or Christmas. Tokyo and other big cities have a large resale market (although fakes do exist), many of my Japanese friends admit to buying resale to stay cheap or from getting their brand from their boyfriends. Egg last year’s Christmas survey said most were asking for a bag from their boyfriends. A professor at my school said Japanese high brand stores often ignore Japanese women going into shop since they are only looking and will not buy for themselves.

Ever since arriving in 1978 and transforming itself during the boom era of the 1980s, Vuitton is a very strong brand in Japan. Currently the Japanese account for 55% of Louis Vuitton sales. If you’re curious, I suggest this great book: Louis Vuitton Japan: The Building of Luxury.

I find the percentage slightly amusing, since many Japanese and Koreans look to go to Guam or Hawaii for the cheaper luxury goods (as I said earlier in my heading to Japan entry). Luxury houses based on regional currency fluctuations against Europe tend to price their goods lower in certain markets and higher in others. Currently Japan and Korea are the most expensive places to buy brand.

While Vuitton reigns supreme, there are several medium brands that are edging into the market. Much as I hate to admit it, Kitson’s sparkle bags are roaming Tokyo ever since they opened up their store in La Foret in Harajuku. I personally think most are hideous, but they’re really taken off with gals.

A gal couple in Kyoto. Her with her sparkle Kitson bag.

Also, just like in the mainstream Western media, Japanese are picking up on the high-low trend. Blenda, Nuts, Jelly and Ageha use American/British celeb style to showcase 109 + brand (most as bags). Ageha is a totally different story (more in the Agejo FAQ), but high brand is definitely in right now for gals.

Mitsu’s Bag Check

This was asked by malignita, and I have been meaning to do this ^_^;;

I am a big brand whore. I thoroughly admit I lust over Chanel and Louis Vuitton like it was made out of strawberries, champagne and orgasms. This is not my whole collection. I also like the jewelry and sunnies, but I’ve been collecting for a very long while.

Everyday Mitsu

My beloved 2.55 Chanel classic jumbo.
A Christmas present from my man in 2007. It’s my everyday bag when I’m not in school..

1. Lip Service digicam case with Cybershot Power Kitty inside
2. Chanel Compact done by Glam Baby
3. MAC new lipgloss
4. Pillcase done by Bling Me
5. DECO lighter
6. Comb
7. free tissues featuring Momoeri and Sakurina
8. Louis Vuitton Indigo Vernis Cles – my train/bus pass holder
9. Clorets gum
10. AU replacement phone
11. Louis Vuitton Indigo Vernis wallet – my credit card and ID wallet
12. Yen wallet – Louis Vuitton Perforation Line Limited Edition 2005
13. Louis Vuitton Indigo Vernis agenda – point cards, purikura and sched

School Mitsu

Louis Vuitton Damier Graphite messanger
My messenger was bought in Guam ❤
Nyampire was a present, me and 2 other friends carry them ❤

All the stuff shown earlier and…
School notebook bought from LoFt
Eraseable Pilot pen
Chanel sunnies
Hello Kitty Calculator done by Bling Me
Eco World Dell Mini laptop

Louis Vuitton Underground

Okay, here’s my confession: I am complete and total Louis Vuitton whore.

It was my first brand I got into and there’s still a corner of my heart that is imprinted with LV. So when I found out LV had opened their first underground store in Ikebukuro, I had to visit. It’s on the basement level of Seibu near the Sunshine City exit.

Quick secret snap of the inside.

The store itself is laid out like a chic warehouse with a crane done in LV logo. It’s crazy. Check out Verbal’s blog for more pics of the inside.

Did I buy something? Of course! But sadly not for me. Although it was hard to lay down the new leomonogram line.

The pink bracelet looked hot with a monotone look I was wearing.

Instead I opted to buy my man his birthday present.

A wallet in LV’s most supple leather: Nomade

Sure it’s hot, but where’s my sexy? 😛