Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Kardashian Kollection at Hannahs

As an avid watcher of the Kardashian Klan, you can imagine my delight when I heard that Hannahs were going to stock the Kardashian Kollection handbags! And unlike other let-down designer brands working with cheap retail stores (hello World Made Me Do It for Number One Shoes) the girls actually present an affordable and totally cute range of handbags for all styles.

Way down here in good ol Aotearoa we usually miss out on major US brands, or, much like TV shows, we get them all too late. This time we’re on the receiving end only a month after the Kollection was launched, and it’s available in stores that aren’t just in Auckland! Huzzah!

Remember my excitement when Topshop clothes were going to be stocked in Karen Walker in Wellington? That was just for a high-street brand. And truth be told I haven’t been in there since the opening. The selection is hand-picked, seemingly to match the high-priced items that fill the rest of the store, and rotated so often you’d have to run down there on the morning it is changed over to get any item you want. But how would you know? It’s not obvious on the website. So unless you’re running in there week after week, possibly for nothing, you might find yourself disappointed and purchase-free. That is no condition to leave a store!

What I love is that the handbags are readily available on the Hannahs website, they show all the colours and the entire range, AND you can sign up for updates on incoming items! How great is that? They’re practically doing the shopping for you! Just sign here : )

The Kardashian Kollection (the whole shebang, not just handbags) was made for Sears, and it’s supposed to be affordable and accessible. And the range does not disappoint. The (slightly Gwen-esque) Bale clutch (I just about wrote “Klutch”) is only $70. The Anaconda satchel bag is (totally cute and on trend and…) only $80. The one I want is the Tots handbag and it will only set *you (*me) (*my holiday savings) back $100! Brilliant.

Don't even think about it, this one's mine!
Like commenters on the Topshop post noted, this is not “high fashion”. These aren’t Hermes Birkin bags. They are not even Guess (although I would suggest that Guess long ago lost a whole lot of style credibility while maintaining their high price). But these girls are right up there with the glitz and glamour of L.A and they know good fashion. They’re not just selling these bags on their name (which, when it’s that big, would be easy to do) – have a look for yourself and see how cool the range is.

This is fashion for the masses, with a hint of extravagance. Love it!

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