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    When it comes to clothes, I want quality and value for money,
    Especially when I buy high-end items!

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    Most of my stuff there aren't large logos on them, but I really enjoy Dolce and Gucci. They've lasted me for years and years. I bought a gorgeous green Dolce polo today for Black Friday and a Hoody that was $200 off the original price so I did well today I love my new stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylet3 View Post
    Most of my stuff there aren't large logos on them, but I really enjoy Dolce and Gucci. They've lasted me for years and years. I bought a gorgeous green Dolce polo today for Black Friday and a Hoody that was $200 off the original price so I did well today I love my new stuff!
    Enjoy!

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    So it turns out I went back to Holt Renfrew this afternoon... This time for my mom though, she wanted to look at the purses that were on markdown for black Friday sales. She never splurges on herself at all, but I met with the GM and he gave her an extra discount on a really nice magenta/fuscia Marc by Marc Jacobs purse. I managed not to buy anything today! I'm done shopping for a long while...
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    Marc by Marc Jacobs is a nice purse. The regular Marc Jacobs purses are made in Italy. The Louis Vuitton (MJ is the head designer for LV) are predominantly made in Paris. But some are made in Italy, Spain, and Germany. The Marc by Marc Jacobs are made in China. But, they are made with quality leather and are finished with very nice interior fabric, stitching, hardware, and details. The reason for the significant price difference is that they are assembled in China.

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    I didn't know that cruisin, thanks! Being a guy, I don't know much about purses (but there are lots of guys who do!), She really wanted Micheal Kors but there wasn't anything on sale so she didn't get that, that being said, yes that Marc by Marc Jacobs purse is still a very nice purse, it was a nice shade of pink/purple which is what she loves and she got an extra 20% off the sale price just because the GM offered it to her. She's not a Holt Renfrew type of shopper. She's either at Value Village or Wal-Mart buying stuff for herself. That or it's the Disney store and Toys R Us for her grandkids. They're her world, but their mother (my sister and I use the term loosely) is another story... that being said I'm glad I was able to convince her to splurge on herself for once in her life. The Louis Vuitton purse I bought for her a couple years has probably been used less times than she has fingers on her hands.

    I'm glad Holts had their mark down sales. The Dolce & Gabbana hoody I bought was $200 off the original price, the Dolce and Gabbana polo was 150 off the original price, so I figured when are they going to be marked down that much again? I had to. The same hoody is $615 at Harry Rosen (a luxury men's retailer in Canada for those who don't know) so I got it at half the price!

    Neimans and Saks didn't have much in the way of what I was interested in.

    ETA - crusin, MJ is no longer the head designer for Louis Vuitton. He left the company earlier this year to focus on his own companies.
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    Did not realize Jacobs left LV. It was just last month! I think it was a foolish move. And I don't thing either will benefit. Jacob's own lines have been strange, as far as garments. And I don't see Ghesquière being able to keep up for LV. LV is considered the premier luxury brand, why leave? I have a few of the Damier LV bags. I use them all of the time. Also have a few Mark Jacobs quilted bags - LOVE them! I do take care of my $$$ things. Walked into LV at SH and one of the sales persons said, that bag has been discontinued for a few years - how long have you had it? I said 5 years. They called every sales person in the store over and said - this s how you take care of our bags. I got quite a giggle out of that.

    Love D&G. Unfortunately, what I love is in the $1,000s.

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    Well it seems like you are clearly quite tiffed! I have a Dolce & Gabbana wallet but don't really have much else in terms of accessories. Just that wallet which is very different leather than any other wallet but I love it Some of the Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci prints are absolutely uh... not so my thing, but to each their own! My Prada shoes rarely come out and aren't made for Canadian winters Mom takes out the LV bag even less. I bought at their boutique in Seattle.

    As for MJ, I'm not entirely certain why he left LV, perhaps a bit of burnout with everything going on with his lines and whatnot? I'm not entirely certain. I'm debating whether to do Boxing Day at Holt Renfrew in Calgary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylet3 View Post
    As for MJ, I'm not entirely certain why he left LV, perhaps a bit of burnout with everything going on with his lines and whatnot? I'm not entirely certain. I'm debating whether to do Boxing Day at Holt Renfrew in Calgary.
    Yeah, I don't get it. LV is a pretty good gig. The Marc by Marc Jacobs clothing line is hit or miss. His skinny jeans are fabulous! A bit more high waisted than other manufacturers and a bit more stretchy. So, since I have virtually no hips or a butt, they stay up (with minimal pulling them up ). Some of his dresses, tops, and sweaters are great. But, some are just what was he thinking? The couture Marc Jacobs line is a bit more bizarre and structural. Some of it I like, some…? What he was doing for LV was his best work. Maybe he wants to do that under his own name. But, why hasn't so far? Don't get me wrong, I think he's an amazing designer. But, I hate the silly animal stuff he does. His price point (even for Marc by Marc Jacobs) is too high. What teen would be buying a pair of ballet flats with ears and a nose at $300 +? He should be more aware of his market, even with his lower end line. Which is far from low end!

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    I'm not entirely certain with MJ. I don't really pay attention to his lines all that much, leaving LV to me would give up a lot of the prestige that would come with that as well, that being said, my guess is he wants to really start to focus on his own line and get that really out to the forefront even moreso than it already is. In regards to the animal stuff, have you seen some of the hideous floral stuff that Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci do? I can't believe people would be caught dead in those prints label or no label!

    I've got my eye on a pair of purple suede Manolos but that will be AFTER I pay of my VISA fully hopefully by April
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylet3 View Post
    In regards to the animal stuff, have you seen some of the hideous floral stuff that Dolce & Gabbana and Gucci do? I can't believe people would be caught dead in those prints label or no label!
    I kind of like some of the D&G Florals. But, I like the lace better.

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    Personally, I like "bling" to some extent, but it depends on the circumstance, a lot of my clothes are either solid colors or a very simple design. I like having the labels and only want to draw attention to myself when I really want to show off but most of their lace dresses are a bit better I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kylet3 View Post
    Personally, I like "bling" to some extent, but it depends on the circumstance, a lot of my clothes are either solid colors or a very simple design. I like having the labels and only want to draw attention to myself when I really want to show off but most of their lace dresses are a bit better I think.
    Totally LOVE this: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Dolce-Ga...&cmCat=product

    & this: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Dolce-Ga...&cmCat=product

    Love these too: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Dolce-Ga...&cmCat=product

    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Dolce-Ga...&cmCat=product

    But, I can't afford any of them so…

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    Gorgeous! Your best investment, however is a fabulous tailor, who could make any of the clothing at the above links for a fraction of the price. It might not be perfect or exact or with the designer label, but my tailor rocks and the clothing she has made for me is arguably nicer than anything I could have purchased, more original, much less expensive, and MUCH better fitting (I am very petite). Consider it!

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    Cruisin, there was one or two that I wasn't fond of, I guess what I'm saying is floral design, big swooping flowers on dresses I am not a big fan of in general. Most of the lace dresses you picked out looked to be very elegant and form fitting.

    I officially surrendered my credit cards today to a close confidante, and she won't be giving them back to me until I'm out of debt either.
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    $6300 for a polyester dress? That's absurd.

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    Ach! I just lost my entire post! I started writing about weird YSL and Italian leather thrift store finds in the Bay Area, an orange leather Prada triangle with a big sign in front of it reading "THIS IS OUT OF SEASON", and Coach/Prada/KIRKLAND matching leather bags at an infamous flea market. All lost! I'll muster up the energy later.

    For now: If any of you ever visit SF, see what the current designer retrospective is at the De Young Museum. I've gone to the Vivienne Westwood and Gaultier exhibits, but I missed Balenciaga and YSL exhibits. One can wander through decades of designer history for hours, and they change it up every few months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    $6300 for a polyester dress? That's absurd.
    Agreed. However, the workmanship is amazing. There is a D&G store at the mall. I've gone in and looked at their dresses. Torture!

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    Most I've paid for any one item is $900 after taxes and currency difference was $900 for these:

    http://www.barneys.com/on/demandware...velvet&index=0 and now I discover they're on sale... as I write this...

    Oh well! Tell me about torture! Walking in Holts and seeing marked down Dolce & Gabbana I immediately caved! I'm in trouble when Edmonton gets its new Holt Renfrew store in a couple years
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    You could have a dressmaker sew something very similar, in silk, for a fraction of the cost of that polyester thing.

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