I live in a small town where every fifth person is supposedly a millionaire (I read that in a magazine once). So it's not very uncommon to see Hermès bags (there is an Hermès store here). I saw a lot of Prada bags recently.
[quote=divnanata;1788886]I am now visiting in Taiwan and in the department stores I am overwhelmed with the choices. Almost every major brand has a boutique all in the same building: LV, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Dior, Fendi, Prada & Miu Miu, Botega Veneta, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Ferragamo, Celine, Furla, Coach and more. Oddly I have not seen locally in this town any YSL, Chloe, Balenciaga, Mulberry, Longchamps, Valentino, Kooba. Darn it on the Chloe - although there are three boutiques in the capital city of Taipei. The prices are exorbitantly high - much higher than in the states and when I point this out it never fails to crack up th SA's! Everybody carries a knock off of or a real LV or Gucci. I did see a fake Paddy with a tiny little lock propped up on a display in the shoe department!
Retail sales and domestic spending there is in the doldrums with record high credit card debt defaults. Also, the taxes are way too high... I found a diamante hairband there at Taipei101 for USD 50 ... saw it back in Singapore at USD5 ( yes , USD 5). Most of my Taiwanese friends do their shopping in the US outlets twice a year!. This is why I am told the Ferragamo, Dior and Gucci SA are particuarly nice to any Asian girls cause they know they have come with the intent to spend on labels!
I dont live there now, but I was visiting my Mom and relatives recently in Montreal and for some reason I saw a lot of Burberry more than anything, especially in the West Island. But here in Houston a lot of LV, Gucci etc and Coach
I am now visiting in Taiwan and in the department stores I am overwhelmed with the choices. Almost every major brand has a boutique all in the same building: LV, Chanel, Hermes, Gucci, Dior, Fendi, Prada & Miu Miu, Botega Veneta, Burberry, Marc Jacobs, Ferragamo, Celine, Furla, Coach and more. Oddly I have not seen locally in this town any YSL, Chloe, Balenciaga, Mulberry, Longchamps, Valentino, Kooba..
If you want to find YSL, Mulberry, or Valentino in Taipei, just go to Shin-Kwan Department store (that huge thing across from Warner Village). I think they're in the A1 building.
Yes, Taiwan is the land of the luxury brands, as is Hong Kong.
Here in Finland it's usually LV, Mulberry, Burberry, Longchamp and Gucci. Some bags, like Coach, are practically non-existent. Last summer I saw a lady with a Hermes, and that's definitely a rare sight in here.
I travel extensively, and purse watch wherever I go.
I've actually been seeing a slight trend towards non-labeled "fun" bags in Scottsdale, Minnesota, and NY seem to be heavy on Coach, Juicy, with Dooney edging in the under 25 set. MN just stopped with the american bags - 25+ carried them also. Scottsdale has a lot LV, Michael Kors, Gucci, and a mix on the other designers. In NY, I saw LV, Mulberry (amongst older women) and Gucci