Because I live down south, I was glad that the much-awaited Leilanie’s House of Bags is now open. I’ve seen the manse with the replica of a pink Hermes being constructed, the huge billboards and banners along the highway, the newspaper ads … how can I not go and take a look?
Secondly, am curious to know who Leilanie Calderon is and why she has all these pricey bags. The building where her store is was used as the campaign headquarters of Paranaque City Mayor Jun Bernabe during the May elections. Are they in any way related?
Anyhoo, It was a good exercise ogling at all the Louis Vuittons and Chanel cambons in this part of town.The staff says most of the authentic designer bags on sale are owned by Leilanie. Naloka ako
One thing that will make this store a conversation piece and a tourist attraction this part of Paranaque is the headturning building matched by ostentatious decor inside
For the customers, there is even free shoe polishing, free wifi and cellphone charging. I noticed the owner’s pictures placed in some spots. Hmm, she’s pretty
Took quick shots of the authentic designer bags on sale with the iPhone. I wasn’t sure if they were going to reprimand me or not.
The Chanel rack (in the range of 50 to 100 thousand pesos ++) with a few Goyard (50 thousand up) and Balenciaga (69 thousand ++). A mix of pre-owned bags and brand-new.
The Hermes bags were in a special gilded cabinet (two hundred thousand pesos ++)
LV had the most number of bags on display, from twenty to one hundred thousand ++. Oh well Virginia, I have my own share of authentic bags but I’ve resisted buying an LV if only because every Juana totes it. We don’t anymore feel special
Same with the Chanel flap bags (!!) and accessories (popularized by Jinkee?) This has prompted Gretchen Barretto to say: “I like Lanvin and Chanel accessories, but am not into Chanel too much anymore right now because everyone has it. (Preview Magazine, July 2010). Still, Leilanie had a few Chanel bling-blings and sunglasses on sale.
They had an extensive selection of Coach bags and I liked it since Coach is one of my favorites. Mid-priced but still well made
Other bag brands spotted: Marc Jacobs, Prada, Ferragamo, Burberry and Gucci. There were one or two pieces of Bottega Venetta, Etro and Christian Dior.
Kitschy meets tacky. As impressive as the first floor was, the second floor was a complete fail. The latest model authentic Longchamp were sold side by side some low-grade replicas and ninety nine peso blouses from Bangkok. Leilani should have been consistent with her message. The least I would like to feel is have doubts whether she’s selling me a real one or a fake. There’s some gossip going around now in shopaholic Manila about a socialite who was apprehended by immigration in some European city. They accosted her for lugging along a fake designer bag when she knew she bought it from the expensive label’s flagship store in Manila. It is said that the socialite has since sued the store. Moral lesson: if it’s authentic designer bags, we’re probably better off buying in Hong Kong, Paris and elsewhere.
But I can almost feel her. This Leilani is a total baghag slash shopaholic!
Leilani’s House of Bags
191 Aguirre St. Phase 2
BF Homes, Paranaque
Tel. No. 975-9301, 0917-8033174