Update: LVoing Louis Vuitton

In my earlier article LVoing Louis Vuitton: How much is too much to spend on a bag? I had written about considering purchasing a Louis Vuitton handbag. The bag my husband eventually bought for me was the Speedy Bandoulier in black (actually navy but totally looks black), size 25.

The Speedy b 25 is small enough to wear formally at night, as well as to carry during the day if I’m not lugging a lot of stuff around. It fits my bulky wallet, sunglasses, spectacles, cosmetic pouch, phone, keys.. and has room left over. Speedy bags are very roomy despite looking small.

However, I have had issues with the bag strap. Before a year was up, the strap started getting unclipped and my bag would just slide down. When it hit the pavement a couple of times, I took it to the store. It was under warranty, so they sent it to Paris. I got the strap back a month later, but soon after the edging on the strap started to peel off. Needless to say, I was horrified. I removed the entire edging, and although I did a fairly neat job, I could not bring myself to carry it like this. I kept the strap away and now carry the bag by the handles.

The straps on my other LV bags are going strong. It’s only been this one. Moisture in my cabinet? Indian weather? Who knows what’s to blame! The bag by itself still looks perfect though – not a scratch. The leather is like iron. And it looks good carried by the handles, so I’m not in too much pain.

I’ve recently ordered a funky Kate Spade bag strap to wear with my little Speedy b. I’m hoping it will last me a few years – probably longer than the LV strap!

 

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I ordered it online and had it delivered to my brother in San Francisco. When he flies down to Bangalore he will bring it down for me. I can’t wait! I’m as excited as though I’ll be getting a new bag!

TIP: If you’re bored with a bag and haven’t been carrying it much, simply change the strap to give it a new, funky look, and you’ll love carrying it all over again. Keeps the excitement alive without breaking the bank.

 

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Cleaning Stains from your Damier Azur LV

Diwali season = cards! I love gambling, and I love dressing up in saris for the card parties. And now, with Diwali just a few days away, parties are in full swing. I wore my Eva Clutch for the first time at a lunch bash. It looked great with my sari, and I had a lovely time. When I reached home, drunk and broke, and emptied my purse so I could put it safely in my dustbag, I noticed a small red stain. Oh damn! How did that happen!!?? I cursed the appetizers and the ketchup, wondering what fell on my bag and how was it I didn’t notice – and that’s when I realised… it was colour transfer from this sacred thread the pandit had tied around my wrist during a puja. So it wasn’t just a ketchup stain, it was dye, and it was never going to come out.

But guess what. It did!

I went online and browsed through a number of tips. I’m consolidating all those tips here, so you can try them out if you ever stain your Azur LV.

1. As soon as you drop something on your bag, wipe it off immediately with baby wipes. So it’s a good idea to always keep a sachet of baby wipes in your bag. The sooner you get rid of the stain, the better the chances that the stain will come out.

2. Take a regular eraser and try erasing the stain. Some stains will come off easily with this.

3. Rub with a damp cloth.

4. Take some soap on a toothbrush and brush the stain gently. Wipe the area afterwards with a damp cloth to remove all traces of soap. A lady on purseforum said she saw a sales assistant try this on a damier azur bag that had been brought in by a customer.

5. Take a magic eraser and cut off a small corner. Wet that little piece and squeeze out all the water as much as you can. Then, gently, start scrubbing the affected part with the eraser, in small, circular motions. If you scrub it too hard on the blue check print, the blue colour will start coming off. Try to limit the erasing to the white portion only. This is what finally removed my stain.

6. Try using make-up remover, or alcohol-based toner. You could even try bag cleaners made by other companies. I have a bag cleaner by Coach, and if the earaser hadn’t worked I was going to try that.

7. If you want to go a step further, try acetone or nail-polish remover. Chances are this can damage the blue/grey print so use it very carefuly and sparingly, to remove only the stubbornest of stains that you haven’t been able to remove by other methods.

8. Other things I would try would be applying Clorex bleach or diluted Vanish on an earbud, and gently rubbing the affected area with that.

Any more tips guys?

The Eva Clutch

Eva Clutch, worn cross-body with the chain hanging out front

My husband, my dear, dear husband, bought me TWO Louis Vuittons!!

Now, excuse me while I pause to shriek in delight….

As I wrote in my previous post, Raj, my husband, my dear, dear husband, initially bought me the Speedy b that I had asked him to get. When he was in the store, the Azur Speedy caught his eye. He went back a second time intending to buy me that. When he consulted the sales lady, she guided him in the direction of the Eva, which is what he ended up buying. It was supposed to be a surprise, but because he just cannot keep anything from me, and because he lurvvves me, he blurted it out on the phone to hear me… what else… shriek!

I have been researching the Eva clutch with maniacal intensity and have decided that I love what I see. It’s versatile as it can be worn formally with the short chain or casually by hooking on the long strap. Both straps can be removed and it can be carried as a pure clutch, but its much prettier with the chain. The chain can also be worn in a couple of ways, the strap can be made longer and shorter, and basically I can create a number of looks for the clutch. I can also chuck it into my Neverfull or Speedy b and use as a wallet or cosmetic case.  So I’m going to be using this baby all the time, that’s for sure.

I have a Bottega knot clutch which is pink, and I don’t get to carry it around that much. I certainly do use it, but somehow I tend to take it to more formal occasions. If it’s just a lunch out with the girls, my Bottega stays in my closet. I can, however, see myself taking the Eva out with me a lot, which is great because its just so much more bang for the buck.

The Azur is probably not the ideal colour for nights out although I just might be able to pull this off as a contrast. At any rate, we do get called for a lot of brunches and I can definitely carry this with me for formal occasions during the day, if not at night. The Mono Eva or the Eva Damier Ebene, which are both brown, are more appropriate if you are looking for something that you can also easily carry off at night as well as during the day.

For me, well, this will do jes fine! 🙂

LVoing Louis Vuitton – How much is too much to spend on a bag?

My dear, dear husband is in Hawaii at this moment while I sit in Bangalore babysitting my, well, baby. I’m so jealous, but keep telling myself that I didn’t want to go anyway, travelling with a baby is no fun, and he’s going to be at work anyhow – yes, it’s a work trip. A conference calls him to paradise. There is however, one thing he can do to make me feel better about not being able to join him, and its called shopping – for a Louis Vuitton.

So I have been doing some reasearch into Louis Vuitton handbags, and boy, are they marked up in Bangalore. I have identified three bags:

Artsy MM

Audaceuse PM

Speedy Bandouliere 25

Now the prices in Bangalore are 1.8 lakh for the Artsy, 1.7 for the Audaceuse PM, and 1.56 for the Bandouliere – and they don’t have the orange one, which is the one I’m in love with.

Speedy Bandouliere

In the US, the Artsy works out to be 1.54, the Audaceuse PM is around 1.44, and the Bandouliere is 1.33.

If I buy it in the US instead of in Bangalore, I will be saving 13k or 250 dollars at the least, and over 500 dollars at the most. In Hawaii, I’m hoping, there’s going to be even more of a saving, so I’m getting excited. I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to shortlist the bags, and now that I’ve brought it down to three – actually 2, to be honest (I’m thinking of dropping the artsy. I tried it out at the store here, and the handle wasn’t very comfortable), I’m feeling better.

I’ve also been obsessing about the Multicoloure Alma, in black. The thing is, I think it looks fabulous, but I’m really not so much of handheld handbag kind of person. I’m unfortunately too much of a slouch to pull off such a crisp look, and I’m afraid that I may buy it, but end up not carrying it around enough – and I don’t want that. Also, although I think its a fun, kind of funky bag, it does look flashy with the Logo jumping out at you like that.

I am a novice to LV, the store opened around three years ago in Bangalore, along with other high end brands, and that’s when the city women started slowly going nuts over Louis and Bottega and Jimmy Choo… Up until then I’d roll my eyes in disbelief and disgust when I’d hear the price of any of these bags. What! USD 2k for a bag? Are you kidding me? What kind of person would even want to have one. There’s no way in hell I’d ever go in for something like that. And then the designer culture trickled into the coutry. Magazines starting carrying pictures of socialites flaunting their Guccis and Chanels, and the trend started going mainstream. And when slowly one by one all of my friends started carrying LVs and I started noticing others carrying them, I couldn’t help but think awesome it looked.  Before I realised it, I wanted one. Then I had to battle my own doubts about actually spending that kind of money on a bag. Buy jewellery instead, said my mother. It lasts forever, you can give it to your daughters.

Buy shares, said my husband, they appreciate.

Ridiculous, I told myself again and again. I’m never going to get sucked into something that’s nothing but clever marketing.

And then I got to the supermarket and see this lady carrying around a huge Neverfull tote, and I was in lvoe.

I have one LV, the Neverfull, in Damier Ebene. It’s a great first time buy, IMO. It’s great for everyday use, and its large size also make it perfect for travel. I have been using it constantly for three years now, and it still looks beautifully new. So I have convinced myself, quality over quantity, and now that I’m taking the plunge once more, I need to constanly justify my decision – again. It does seem like a hell of a lot of money to spend on a bag, doesn’t it?