Doris left me a comment on my previous post about the MO Outlet and I’m so happy to find another Cole Haan fan! I used to walk into the Cole Haan boutique in Starhill Gallery and drool over their buttery soft leather bags, but I’d walk out again, empty-handed, as I could not justify paying the 4 figures they were asking for.
You see, I went to check out prices online and they are so much cheaper in the USA! I’d feel cheated paying RM2000 for 1 bag which you can get in the USA for say $300 (RM1200) or even less. So, I abstained.
That is, until I discovered the MO Outlet in Cheras. Suddenly, these bags became affordable! Well, just…
This one caught my eye first. Its a bright fuschia in the pic but slightly more muted in real life. I love colourful bags so I didn’t mind that it would draw attention. Its a Cole Haan Alexa range, and is rather on the long side. There is no zipper at the top but there are zippers by the side. The no zipper at the top thing bugs me a little but with a bit of care, its actually ok. The straps are long enough to sling, which I like too.
Â The other I bought is also in the Alexa range. This one is large – it can fit an A4 file without problems. To be honest, I don’t know why I bought it then as it was really quite big. I came home and googled it and found it was supposed to be a diaper bag!! Wah luxurious mommies!
Anyway, I left it in my cupboard for a spell, and then tried to sell it, but to no avail. Then, I changed jobs and suddenly, I needed to tote around a whole lot of stuff – documents, stationery, wallet, cheque book… and this baby came in handy. Its lined in a tiffany blue nylon lining which is very unexpected, and has loads of compartments, which is of course, useful!
Both bags are leather. The leather is very soft and pliable and feels smooth to the touch. They are also both past season bags, but I don’t quite care LOL… They serve me well, and both together cost less than what 1 new one would cost in the store!
I’ve been carrying my black one everywhere for about 2 months now – dumping it on floors, swinging it around, and it still looks new, except around the corners. I guess this is what a good quality bag is all about! Yes, I love Cole Haan bags, and I’m dying to get more hehe…