Belen Echandia sample sale

  1. I just received this email. And, look, special favors for PF!!! :yahoo::wlae:

    """So grab your diaries, because the Belen Echandia sample sale will be held on our website from Monday 3 December at 10am to Wednesday 5 December at Midnight GMT.
    Most of the handbags offered will be one-offs and there are even some items which have never made it into production so you will have a very unique piece.
    As a thank you to Megs, founder of the Purse Forum (www.purseblog.com), Purse Forum members will have a special half-day head-start on everyone else.
    We will be taking orders from Purse Forum members from Sunday 2 December at 10am EST. Contact us for more details."""
     
  2. I gasped when I saw this!! I wonder how their prices would be :nuts:
     
  3. Thanks so much for the info.! Based on what others have posted from past sales, the prices are marked down 30%.
     
  4. Who is this sale through? Jackie had told me that they weren't doing another sale until January.
     
  5. I got the info through an email from Belen Echandia. Here's the whole thing...


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    News
    * Belen Echandia bargains
    As Belen Echandia has grown, it has been necessary to make more and more 'samples' to send out to buyers and journalists. Although largely in great condition, in some cases perfect, we do not feel happy selling this merchandise to customers at full price.
    So, we considered what to do with it. We give some of it to charity and we give a little to our friends and colleagues. And we have decided to start a new tradition at Belen Echandia - we are going to offer some of these samples to our customers at a very low price. In most cases bags will be marked down by between 30 and 75%.
    So grab your diaries, because the Belen Echandia sample sale will be held on our website from Monday 3 December at 10am to Wednesday 5 December at Midnight GMT.
    Most of the handbags offered will be one-offs and there are even some items which have never made it into production so you will have a very unique piece.
    As a thank you to Megs, founder of the Purse Forum (www.purseblog.com), Purse Forum members will have a special half-day head-start on everyone else.
    We will be taking orders from Purse Forum members from Sunday 2 December at 10am EST. Contact us for more details.

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  6. I just looked at the bags for the first time, and they look gorgeous. Can anyone tell me if the bags feel heavy? I use a botkier bianca right now, and I wouldn't want anything heavier than that. I usually don't like buying purses online for that reason, but I really like the Take Me Away, Love Me, and Stroke Me styles.
     
  7. Is there a code or a special place on their website to go?
     
  8. I don't think there is a code or anything. Based on past experience, you email Jackie (I can only imagine what her inbox is going to look like :p) and she will let you know if the bag is available.

    Sounds to me like there are going to be a few bags that have done the media rounds and a few one-offs that never made it to production.
     
  9. Okay, here is the email they sent explaining it all:

    Hello everyone,

    As you can imagine our office has been inundated this morning with requests
    for information about the sample sale and how the pre-sale for Purse Forum
    members will work.

    First, just to clarify, these bags are the bags of which we made
    between 1 and 3 pieces for use our press and wholesale agents. This is the
    first time we have held such a sample sale and many of these bags are from
    our previous Spanish collections, with a few pieces from more recent
    collections.

    In many cases you will not have seen these bags before and colours
    include many not currently available on our website, including mottled gold,
    canary yellow, apple green, dark fuchsia pink, aquamarine blue-green, light
    kiwi, dark kiwi, orange dusky pink and chocolate croc print.

    Most are in excellent condition and none are second-hand but they
    are ex-display, so in cases where the bag is a little worn or faded for
    display reasons, this will be noted.

    The sale will begin at 16:00hrs PST (19:00hrs EST, 14:00 Sydney
    time for you Ying) this Sunday 2nd December for PF members. You must write
    the code: Purse Forum in the message field and we will be cross-checking
    membership before delivery.

    Some of the prices will be so amazing you will not believe it.

    Please note that free delivery does not apply to sample sale or
    3-day sale bags and will be charged depending on country of residence.

    Please feel free to pass on this email to anyone who requests it, or post it
    for others to see.
     
  10. Fellow BE-lovers......
    I too just got this update on the sample sale and wanted to share with you my take on this upcoming sample sale.

    I am somewhat hesitant to write all of this, but am only doing so in order to make sure that expectations are being met by all - both BE AND TPF members. Unhappy TPFers are a sight to behold and I do not want BE to be put in a difficult and awkward position.

    BE did change production facilities awhile back and these bags may have been manufactured from a different source. The lining as well as the hardware on these sample bags will more than likely be different from the current bags that many members have gotten and posted on this Forum.

    Earlier this year, I did purchase a BE bag from an on-line retailer here in the States - and though I loved the shape of the bag, I was not keen on the lining, hardware, or the strap of the bag. It didn't meet my expections of a bag at the pricepoint. Thus, I returned the bag. IF the bag were at a sample sale price - than I probably would have kept it.

    Thus, just be aware that the bags from previous seasons will be different. This is their first sample sale - they were so kind and gracious to offer a presale to us - and I want it to be a positive experience for everyone.

    I have not meant to offend/annoy/sway, etc. anyone. I think BE is wonderful!
     
  11. Oh noooo...HH AND BE...!!

    I really want a BE.

    I have a Thickskin on the way. This forum is really dangerous.

    I MUST stop :angel: (but I'm having so much fun:devil:smile:.
     
  12. ^^dcblam, you made an excellent point (and thank you for sharing your experiences). It's wise for all of us to go into this Sample Sale with our eyes wide open...I'll still be excited to see what they have to offer :yes:...
     
  13. Very true. A sample sale is just that, a sample that may not be in 100% new condition. The company is trying to be as transparent as possible and I commend them for that. I wish there were images available of the sample bags.
     
  14. I'm sorry.. i'm new at purchasing from samples, and i was wondering how this specifically works. i'm a bit confused :shame: