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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published September 16th 2014
Leather handbags and coats at amazingly reduced prices

Nothing screams fashion like a handbag.

Even a highly intelligent woman such as Hilary Clinton is quoted as saying "handbags are like a deep psychological need. ...I have this Ferragamo hot-pink bag that I adore... I mean, how can you be unhappy if you pick up a big pink bag?"

Of course like you I want to say: "Well what you need to do is make sure everyone in your realm has enough money to buy a Ferragamo handbag, or sell yours and give the money to charity." But for the purposes of this story I'll let it sit because I have also become quite enamoured with great leather hand bags.

Most bags are half their retail price but many are much less

In China earlier this year I watched my travel companions pay big bucks for copies of famous brands such as Prada. Burberry Gucci, Saint Laurent, Salvatore Ferragamo, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes. It really made them happy but I guess being fakes they won't be so happy in five months time when they start falling apart. The bags that is.

A good real leather bag lasts and lasts and looks the same forever. Some might even say it's an investment.

Not having the finances for Ferragamo I didn't think I had much of passion for handbags until I walked into Siricco Warehouse in South Yarra.

Suddenly I was in bag wonderland. Lines of glass shelving tiered with shelves of leather bags in every size, colour and permutation.

But what were equally inspiring were the ever so desirable prices, which I shall get to in a minute.

This is the old-fashioned kind of outlet shop up above the warehouse where leather goods were being packed off to retail outlets.

It would be easy to miss. There may have been a small sandwich board outside. When we walked in we knocked on the glass door only to be gestured with a finger pointing upstairs.

We walked up the flight of steps (there is also a rickety lift) and into the outlet.

At first sight it went on and on as far as the eye could see. The area was so large that it took a full 20 minutes before we happened across a staff member who gave us a nod and then we continued on our merry way taking in the smell, feel and look of endless leather bags.

We picked them up; we carried them around for size. We smelt them and oohed and crooned over them.

My poor companion. Every time she found a great bag I grabbed it and said: "I have to photograph this for the WeekendNotes readers. They just have to see this."

Which is why this article is a bit heavy with photographs but fellow bag lovers are bound to understand.

There were lots of brands but two that stood out for me were County Road and Pierre Cardin as normally these two are so pricey.

Later researching the company I found that some of their other stock might include Mandarina Duck, Prada and more.

There was every style; shoulder bags, totes, hobos, backpack styled, baguettes, satchels and clutches.

I am afraid I was so captivated with the handbags I didn't take huge note of the leather jackets. But there were huge long racks of them for both men and women. I did note there was a lovely assortment of colours and styles.

My long-suffering friend, restrained once again from her own shopping held one up for me to photograph for you.

You seemed to be able to pick up leather jackets here from about $80 up. I gather prices are cheaper in the warmer months. Again there were many lengths and styles.

There was a long, leather, Pierre Cardin organizer that I just doted on that probably had about 32 pockets for credit cards and would make a great Christmas gift at $60.

I did not see any damaged stock so if there were any issues they were miniscule. I think it is more of a place to sell off excess or last year's styles. But unless you are a vegan my sense is that leather never goes out of style and much of the stock were classics that would serve you well for many years.

As I said this is bag wonderland. So as well as hundreds of handbags, there was a staggering variety of luggage. A lot of it was Samsonite and about half the price you might pay if were buying it retail. There were some snazzy items. There was also corporate stuff such as sachets and ipad covers.

I didn't much look at the shoes but my camera did rest on this great pair of boots. Although researching later on line I discovered that there might be some chances of picking up previous season Gucci shoes here. Still expensive but half the retail price.

Men are also well catered with "man bags", luggage and next time you need a new leather belt this is the place to go. There were belts here from $10.

There were also a number of accessories and unrelated stock. There were fascinators, and hats (good for the Spring racing season), umbrellas, scarves, leather purses of every description and even writing notebooks with Andy Warhol designed covers.

There were also plenty of gloves from short ones through to elbow length. A favourite of mine were the soft leather red gloves with dainty buttons at the top. The leather gloves were from $25 up and beautifully soft. Again great place to stock up with Christmas presents or to get your gear early for next winter.

So back to my newly formed bag fixation. I think bags are a sign of many things. It shows a lot about a woman. Her earning power, passion for fashion and taste. I think perhaps it is also the sign of having broken through the glass ceiling or even some other curtailment. In 1994, the Lady Dior became a sensation after Princess Diana took to sporting it around town after she separated from Prince Charles. It is also not surprising that bags have got larger in the last couple of decades as women's earning power and prestige in the work place has increased. So Hilary can show off her pink Ferragamo as far as I'm concerned.

And are there any other great places out there for cheap leather bags?

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Why? Handbags to die for
When: Open to the public Mon to Sat 9am -5pm
Phone: 98262011
Where: 42 Claremont Street South Yarra
Cost: There are items here from $5. Honestly.
Your Comment
Unbelievably cheap for that part of town, where some suits can fetch as much as $5,000.
by Matthew (score: 3|2407) 2883 days ago
The leather jacket is beautiful, and very good price.
by Bastion Harrison (score: 4|12626) 2883 days ago
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