Bagaholicboy Muses #152 – Updates From Orchard Road!

Since it was first day of the decade today we decided to head on down to Orchard Road to do my usual rounds but not before partaking in lunch and a movie. Both were exceedingly good; loved my Sarawak Black Pepper Beef Burger at Burger Bench & Bar and James Cameron’s Avatar certainly lived up to all its hype. And since we only had limited time after the movie to shop, I decided to concentrate on my ‘holy trinity’; Paragon, Ngee Ann City and ION Orchard.

At Paragon I spotted some new pieces from the Spring-Summer 2010 Mens Prada collection, including the longer version of the duffle above (almost SGD4000) and an open tote with the same 3 stripes for around SGD3000. Nice, but since it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for I’ll be heading back in a week or two.

Next we headed to Ngee Ann City and I zoomed in on Chloé but sadly the one I was eyeing (the Chloé Hedda) had already sold out. The Birkin-esque Chloé Marlow (shown above) was still available and at only SGD1500 or so after discount, a good deal considering it’s full leather. I did catch sight of the Loewe Amazona Weekender in Denim which I’m still lusting over, but at over SGD3400 I still need to give it some thought.

It was busy as usual over at Louis Vuitton ION Orchard, and while I was there I saw new pieces that included Monogram Vernis Animaux Coin Purse Bunny (SGD775) that I’m hoping to get one day, as well as the bag charms (yes, they come in Bunny, Rooster, Squirrel and Bird as well at SGD540 each). The new Louis Vuitton Couture Key Holder wasn’t bad either, though at SGD355 a pop I did find them a tad pricey.

Over at Bally I checked out the Bally Busy-B collection, which is basically a collection that’s made up of coated PVC bags and SLGs that aspires to compete with other brands and their entry-level pieces (think Vuitton’s Monogram Canvas and Loewe’s Anagram). Take the Busy-B Satchel in Black for example (shown above) which retails for just SGD1009.

And if you need something to ‘roar’ with you into the Year of the Tiger, check out the Bally Busy-B Tiger collection, a special limited edition set of 3 bags that’s only released in Asia. The biggest of the 3 measures almost 45 cm across and retails for around SGD1600 or so.

But the single bag that left the deepest impression on me was the YSL Besace Flap in Metallic Gold that was on sale at only SGD1500 or so after discount. And while it was much too small for me, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a classy satchel. Also available in Metallic Silver, both bags employ dyed lambskin leather which is heated at high temperatures to ‘crack’ it. In a word? Lovely!

Images: Bally, ChloéLouis VuittonPrada & YSL

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