Sunday, September 25, 2011

Miu Miu double act

I visited Miu Miu a few times, both in Sydney and in Hong Kong, when I was searching for a wallet. Although I didn't buy a Miu Miu wallet, I liked what I saw in the store, and I was keen to get something from them.

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.

 Photo: Twist

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?


  1. Ooooh, I feel a lot of love for your new handbag. Grey is such an easy colour to work with too. I have never been sure about key holders but that may be because I have never considered one from Miu Miu. Seeing yours, I probably won't need much convincing to get on board!!

  2. Oooh, I love, love, LOVE that bag! Very nice!


    I am so JELLY

    Love, love these purchases, GAH.

    Long straps are the BEST for hands free activities, so good.


  4. Hey! How much was that keyholder?

  5. lovely! can never go wrong with miu miu!! I will definitely check out Twist next time - never heard of it before.

  6. The key holder is so pretty! Love Miu Miu, I just bought a new wallet from there during my Europe trip! Shame about the service in the HK store, I didn't even bother to look at designer goodies whilst I was there because the lines were so horrendous (never used to be like that!)

  7. Seriously gorgeous purchases! I love the colours of both of them, but especially the keyholder. It even LOOKS buttery soft!

    Right now I am lemming Miu Miu glitter shoes! :(

  8. Gorgeous new bag, you're making me super jealous!

  9. Lovely bag!! and the key holders.. awe....
    Also love the beauty products you purchased!
    Can I go to HK with you next time? lol

  10. I love Miu Miu bags. I need to check out Twist when I ever I go to HK. A 'Kit/Mecca/Sephora for designer wares' sounds like heaven for me!

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