Michael has been wanting to buy me a designer handbag for some time, but I was never much of a designer girl—until I stepped into the Christian Dior shop in Zurich. It was there that I discovered I’m a Dior girl…
Let’s go back a bit (or a lot). Up until fairly recently, I bought most of my clothes in the sales, always on the look out for absolute bargains. Even if that meant they weren’t even the right clothes for me. I would buy stuff because it was cheap and then they would hang in my wardrobe hardly getting worn. Eventually, I would pass them on to friends because they didn’t really do it for me. Not just clothes, but handbags and shoes too.
Michael, on the other hand, was always into the good stuff. Quality and luxury over quantity. And he would often try and encourage me to be the same. It’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve started to change. Yes, I still love a bargain, but now I won’t just buy it willy nilly. I’ll give it some proper thought. So, I’ve slowly started adding quality items to my wardrobe; more luxury brands than before.
Several years ago, Michael and I were in London and he really wanted to buy me a pair of designer shoes. Specifically, he’d always wanted me to have a pair of Louboutins. So we went to Selfridges on my birthday (coincidentally my birthday falls on Boxing Day when all the sale start lol) and had a look. It was during the time that I’d gone off stilettos—I’d actually given away all my heels and opted for more comfortable shoes (GAWD…I sound like an old fuddy duddy lol). Anyway, for that reason, I steered clear of the Louboutins (much to Michael’s dismay) and he bought me a pair of Jimmy Choos instead. And I must admit, they are the most beautiful, exquisite shoes that I’ve ever owned. Here’s a couple of photos of them. Gorgeous, right?
I think perhaps that was the tipping point…when I started to take more notice of designer goods. Michael, on the other hands, was already there lol. He loves high quality, luxury designs and actually has quite a few jackets (he has a real soft spot for jackets!) of his own. He bought me a Canada Goose jacket a couple of years ago. At that time, it was the most expensive coat in my wardrobe.
Anyway, he kept asking me what designer handbag I would buy if I could have any one. I looked online, saw quite a few that were quite nice but none that really appealed to me enough to spend that sort of money. But then…Switzerland happened…
As I mentioned in a recent post, Zurich is full of high end designer, luxury, stores: Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Prada, Burberry, Dior, Moncler, etc. I thought perhaps that I might be a Burberry girl and so we went into the Burberry store to have a look around. We only spent a few minutes in there, to be honest. I didn’t get the vibe at all. I found the energy to be quite lack-lustre, so we left (I still like the Burberry print though!)
And then we decided to go into Dior. We had to wait a few minutes until we were allowed in because they limit the amount of visitors they let in at any one time. Once the next sales assistant was ready, we were let in. And the young woman who received us was so beautiful I just had to tell her! I clearly made her day. She had the most exquisite face and she was so warm and friendly. Her name was Mo and if I remember correctly, she was half Nigerian and half Austrian. We clicked immediately. And I also clicked with the brand.
It was the first time I’d ever seen high end designer goods that I could quite easily have bought it all! Clearly, I’d need to win the lottery several times over to be able to do that though lol. And then I had an emotional moment with a particular handbag…
The moment I laid eyes on the Dior medium Lady-D-lite bag in blue (Multicolor Rêve d’Infini Embroidery), I knew I’d found my designer bag. It was really weird—I actually had a real intense emotional feeling in my heart and stomach. Mo got quite emotional too when I explained it to her…
On that day, I chose to wear a particular necklace that I’d inherited from my MIL. The necklace has a kind of five pointed star on it—exactly like the star on the Lady-D bag. I can’t explain it, but I think my MIL was there with us that day. Jackie (MIL) always wanted Michael and I have to the best things in life. She knew that we couldn’t have kids, so we deserved to be treated, and to treat ourselves, whenever we could. So I think she would have wanted me to have the Lady-D handbag. Michael wants me to have it too…when we’re ready to spend, that is! Let’s just say it’s very expensive. But one of these days, I know it will be mine and I shall cherish it. After all, a Dior handbag is an investment piece.
Even though Mo knew we wouldn’t be purchasing anything on that day, she was still the kindest, sweetest sales assistant I’ve ever met. She brought us coffee and water, showed us all around the shop, explaining where the Lady-D bag‘s name came from. Yes, you’d be right if you were thinking of the late Lady Diana. I had the most wonderful time perusing the Dior goods on offer. There were the most beautiful dresses for sale, one of which I could totally see myself wearing. It was an exquisite denim dress that would look stunning dressed up or down. And all the shoes (and the tote bags) were irresistible.
So that’s it, the story of how I became a Dior girl. Let’s hope one of these days, I won’t just be a Dior girl in the perfume I wear (J’Adore Dior, by the way). Stay tuned.
Oh and by the way, the story about the Louboutins continues…more on that next time!
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