October 19, 2009
Christian Louboutin, Prada, Gucci, Fendi -Singapore's top designer brands can be had for less at Cavallino. TAN SU YEN checks out the merchandise MISSED the Club 21 sales? Can't bring yourself to pay full price for a Louis Vuitton carry-all? There's always the option of second-hand designer goods at a fraction of the original price, if you will only get around to the idea."People can accept second-hand apartments and second-hand cars, so why not second-hand bags, Christian Louboutin Shoes and clothes?" asks Henry Poh of designer seconds store Cavallino in Tanglin Shopping Centre.Mr Poh's tiny store, which the designer-conscious regularly check out, specialises in top of the line designer brands like Christian Louboutin, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi and Ferragamo, and with good reason. Another reason for carrying these brands is quite simply because that is where the demand is, especially for Christian Louboutin Shoes and bags.Says Mr Poh: "These are Singapore's six major brands and they will always have a certain status. A shop like mine allows the brand-conscious consumer to sell her existing designer items and upgrade to something better. And those who want to have a feel for designer labels can get it at a cheaper price."The operative word here is "cheaper" because the merchandise at Cavallino is by no means cheap. If you covet a Christian Louboutin handbag in reasonably good condition, be prepared to fork out at least $ 600. Prada bags start from about $ 150 while Louis Vuitton accessories like pouches start from about $ 80.But those are just general guidelines. Much depends on whether a bag or pair of Christian Louboutin Shoes is from a seasonal collection, or if it is part of a line of perennials or basics.Happily for bag-lovers, the karmic woes that afflict used Christian Louboutin Shoes don't seem to apply to used bags.