One of my best friends E lives in Hong Kong and she told me about her favourite store Twist, which sells a variety of designer goods. She likes it because she finds it less intimidating then designer boutiques, and many items are on sale. After the poor service I received from the Miu Miu boutique in Hong Kong I was not in a rush to go back.
I went with my brother B to Twist one day when TLG was playing with his cousins (my brother grew up in a family of women and is well trained on shopping). To me the store was like a Kit/Mecca/Sephora for designer wares.
First I had a look at keyholders. B gave me a Burberry keyholder a few years ago. I didn't know about fabric protector back then and the keyholder became grubby with use. Also, the hooks were not that good and the keys fell out a few times :-/
I have been admiring my sister's Miu Miu Matelassé tote (she also has the Stage clutch, yes she has a very enviable handbag collection!).
With that in mind I chose the Matelassé calf skin keyholder.
Love the print on the lining of the box.
(click the photos for larger images)
As a keyholder is fairly small, it's nice to have a print (like the Burberry) or textured leather in this case to give it a bit of oomph.
The light lilac colour is so pretty, and it's complementary to the soft pink of the Chloé without being matchy-matchy.
I like the hooks better than the ones in the Burberry as there is no clasp to fasten, so the chance of keys falling out is much lower.
I cannot emphasise how soft the leather is. Sometimes it catches me by surprise when I hold it!
Finally I have something to satisfy my lemming. Is a Matelassé handbag in my future?
After choosing the keyholder I wandered to the handbag section. My last few handbags have been on the formal end of the scale and I'm hoping to get something more casual. Something I can pair up with jeans, but still suitable for the office. I considered the bow bag but it was a tad too big for my needs, and the zip and fold-over "flap" did not suit my clusmy self.
Luckily there is a bag in the collection that fits my bill.
First of all, I really really like the shiny grey colour. It's versatile without being boring. It has a slight "marbled" effect that I think works very well with this bag.
Here's a close up of the gold hardware.
Most of my handbags have flaps, so it's a nice change to have a bag which gives me super easy access to my belongings.
The strap is long enough for me to wear the bag cross-body. Handy when I need to lug TLG around!
The best thing about buying the bags from Twist? You can join their loyalty program when you spend more than $HK10,000 in one transaction and you get 10% off all purchases! The keyholder and the bag totalled just over that mark so I saved around $HK1,000 :-)
I think I should go on a handbag shopping ban for a while after my HK haul. I wonder how long I'll last?