Ask The Bagaholicboy #74 – Retail Hide And Seek

Q: Hi Bagaholicboy, ever wondered why the SAs at Raffles City Shopping Centre’s Kate Spade hide all the goodies? I’m still perplexed as to why they carry other small items for Jack Spade and the Par Avion collection but don’t really display them. I left my number behind so they could call me once the Kate Spade Par Avion Cosmestic Case arrived as I intended to get it as a gift and in the end I got it from their boutique at Takashimaya Department Store instead. Again I had to ask for it as it was not on display. Just a baffling question for you to solve.

A: Dear Kelvin, the answer is simple. They simply ran out of space. As much as I love Kate Spade and the fact that they carry Jack Spade at the Raffles City Shopping Centre boutique, I also understand that their boutique is too small, compared to their immense range of bags and accessories. 

Jack Spade used to have its own display case for their small leather goods, but it is now gone as well. And as to why the Kate Spade Par Avion Cosmestic Case at Takashimaya Department Store was not on display as well, I suspect it is due to high rentals in shopping malls. Look at it this way, if you have to grapple with high rents every month, it would make more sense to display and hopefully sell the higher-priced items first right?

Nevertheless, don’t let this stop you from going back again. I always ask to see the full range of Jack Spade bags and accessories whenever I pop down to their Raffles City Shopping Centre boutique and the SAs always happily bring everything out, even if I do not buy anything in the end.
Love, Bagaholicboy

Image: Kate Spade

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  • From The Bagaholicboy That Hails From Singapore says:

    Thanks Ellen, glad you loved it!

  • Ellen says:

    Hmm strange. Oh well, thanks for your reply anyways.
    One more thing, I really loved your piece in the November issue of Catalog! Very witty answer and it made me grin, so I tore out the page to keep it haha. That’s by the way how I found out about your blog.

  • From The Bagaholicboy That Hails From Singapore says:

    Hey Ellen, this is highly unlikely. I know that the Par Avion Cosmetic Clutch is available definitely, I saw it myself at their boutique at Raffles City Shopping Centre and it retails for SGD110.

    As for the Par Avion Nikolette as far as I know it is not available in Singapore yet.

  • Ellen says:

    Hi Bagaholicboy,
    Your blog is so much fun to read and a great source of info, my compliments! I can spend hours going through the older entries heh.
    Anyhow, was wondering whether you have any information on when the Par Avion collection will be available in SG. I’m confused as I called the Taka outlet just now and the lady said they don’t have items from this collection YET. Then I read this post and my understanding is that they did have the cosmetic case at Taka?
    To be more specific, I’m dying to get my hands on the Nikolette flat clutch.

  • Shihui says:

    Hey, how much is the Kate Spade Par Avion medium shopper? Is it available in Takashimaya too?

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