Barcelona, FASHION, Loewe, Shopping, Uncategorized EUROTRIP: LOEWE NAPPA LEATHER ALA TOTE 11 September 2010

Many of my shopaholic girl friends had already told me that Loewe is much cheaper in Spain, since it’s a Spanish brand. By the way, you pronounce it “loh-eh-veh”, said super duper quickly. Anyway, Loewe is, in my opinion, the #1 brand with the softest leather. Other brands just don’t come close. A close second is Balenciaga, but that was mainly for their first few seasons – now the leather is a lot firmer/stiffer and requires helluvalot of wear-in before it softens.

Considering my rabid obsession with super soft, smooshy leather.. you’re probably wondering why I haven’t bought a Loewe leather bag before. Simply put – the styles didn’t suit me perfectly, and they are freakin’ expensive! You pay for the quality and suppleness of the leather, despite the styles themselves being fairly basic with not a lot of bells and whistles. So for years, I always just wandered their boutiques, touching and stroking and lusting over the leather.. but never buying anything.

Until we were in Barcelona 😛

As luck would have it, they had a new style in stock: the Loewe nappa leather Ala tote. I ran to the bags like a crazy woman and started stroking them in delight. The style was PERFECT. Utterly simple and basic, it’s just a plain ‘ol tote. Specifically, I loved the perfect medium size and the way it sits on me, and I love the drop length of the handles, and I love how the handles are thin (I don’t like thick straps as they fall off my narrow shoulders). Most of all……….. the smell and feel of the leather.

Napa leather is one of the lightest and thinnest in the world, measuring at 0.7mm. These bags are made with lambskin with organic dye, and the smell of the bag is INTOXICATING. I just keep leaning over to breathe it in, and giving it a stroke with my fingers, resembling just the kind of lady you quickly pull your kids away from.

It smells soooo goooooood! And most of all, it is ultra, super duper light-weight. After all, it’s just really thin nappa leather with some lining on the inside and that’s it. Oh, did I mention it’s also the cheapest of their bags? Their only style I like, and it’s the cheapest one… SCORE 😀 I was a very good girl though and put it back on the shelf so I could “think about it over the next few days”, to Chris’ surprise. He’s the perfect bag shopping partner – patiently stands there (albeit looking a little bit lost) whilst I swoon over the bags, gives his opinion on all the bags I try on, touches and inspects the bags, then urges me to buy it if I like it – perfect husband material 😛

4 days later, I was still loving the bag, so we went back and picked it up!


LOEWE!

Happy shopping bag 😛

Loewe nappa leather Ala tote

Ridiculously buttery soft

Love the shiny gold tag

A really nice size on my frame IMHO!
 

The bag on display in the Loewe boutique window

Stock photo


48 Comments

  • rainingumbrella posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:34 am

    I love how you describe it as buttery soft. It looks amaaazing. I would want the red one because that’s sort of my statement colour 😉

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    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

      They don’t have one but they do have a bright coral/orangey one which was gorgeous too, I was sooo undecided between the 2!

      Reply
  • pishako posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I love the blue! It’s gorgeous!

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    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:25 am

      It’s a nice muted deep turquoise which I like , pretty versatile with my outfits IMHO 😛

      Reply
  • claypot posted on September 11, 2010 at 5:23 am

    This is a pat-on-the-back comment for Chris for being so patient with bag-shopping! Stellar effort! And great colour with the bag.

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    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:26 am

      Hehe yeah… it was v nice (and patient!) of him

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on September 11, 2010 at 5:40 am

    oh nice!! looks roomy enough to store baby toys and miscellaneous things when the time comes!! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      Haha not sure yet, depends how much stuff we wanna lug around 😉

      Reply
  • littlemisskeira posted on September 11, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Loewe is LOVE! 😀

    Would you know how much is a basic Amazona going for in Spain?

    I am loving this brand more and more… tsk tsk :X

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

      Ooo not sure.. perhaps call their boutique there and check? Should be cheaper than retail in US though!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:22 am

    were you saying this is gonna be baby bag?? 🙂

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    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      It’s nice and light so good for a baby bag, but the gorgeous soft leather might get destroyed if the baby pukes on it 😉

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:34 am

    I love how you describe it as buttery soft. It looks amaaazing. I would want the red one because that’s sort of my statement colour 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:24 am

      They don’t have one but they do have a bright coral/orangey one which was gorgeous too, I was sooo undecided between the 2!

      Reply
  • 8balldecline posted on September 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    such a nice colour!

    i’m thinking i’d really like a balenciaga now.. let me know if you ever sell any of yours! 😉

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    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      I will be doing a big sale on my bags/clothes/shoes over the next few weeks, once I gather my stuff and photograph it all! Will post about it on my blog before selling on eBay 🙂

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      • 8balldecline posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

        oh really? if only i had hundreds of dollars to spare right now.. :/
        do you do lay-by? haha

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  • pishako posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:53 am

    I love the blue! It’s gorgeous!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:25 am

      It’s a nice muted deep turquoise which I like , pretty versatile with my outfits IMHO 😛

      Reply
  • claypot posted on September 11, 2010 at 5:23 am

    This is a pat-on-the-back comment for Chris for being so patient with bag-shopping! Stellar effort! And great colour with the bag.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:26 am

      Hehe yeah… it was v nice (and patient!) of him

      Reply
  • princesszhing posted on September 11, 2010 at 5:40 am

    oh nice!! looks roomy enough to store baby toys and miscellaneous things when the time comes!! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 12:02 pm

      Haha not sure yet, depends how much stuff we wanna lug around 😉

      Reply
  • littlemisskeira posted on September 11, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Loewe is LOVE! 😀

    Would you know how much is a basic Amazona going for in Spain?

    I am loving this brand more and more… tsk tsk :X

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 3:38 pm

      Ooo not sure.. perhaps call their boutique there and check? Should be cheaper than retail in US though!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Niiiiiiice husband, does he also pays for it? 😀
    that’d be even more awesome! 😉

    /www.shanghaishopgirl.com

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 12, 2010 at 2:29 am

      He did, but since we’re married it doesn’t really make a difference who forks over the cash now, heh!

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:22 am

    were you saying this is gonna be baby bag?? 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      It’s nice and light so good for a baby bag, but the gorgeous soft leather might get destroyed if the baby pukes on it 😉

      Reply
  • 8balldecline posted on September 11, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    such a nice colour!

    i’m thinking i’d really like a balenciaga now.. let me know if you ever sell any of yours! 😉

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

      I will be doing a big sale on my bags/clothes/shoes over the next few weeks, once I gather my stuff and photograph it all! Will post about it on my blog before selling on eBay 🙂

      Reply
      • 8balldecline posted on September 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm

        oh really? if only i had hundreds of dollars to spare right now.. :/
        do you do lay-by? haha

        Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Nice. I didn’t know that Loewe was a famous brand. I will keep an eye out for it.

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    • beverly posted on September 12, 2010 at 2:30 am

      It’s more of a boutique brand (like Balenciaga) than wide-spread (like LV, Gucci).. GORGEOUS leathers though

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 11, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Niiiiiiice husband, does he also pays for it? 😀
    that’d be even more awesome! 😉

    /www.shanghaishopgirl.com

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 12, 2010 at 2:29 am

      He did, but since we’re married it doesn’t really make a difference who forks over the cash now, heh!

      Reply
  • ragdollstitches posted on September 12, 2010 at 2:52 am

    That’s a nice colour! I love the display, so pretty! 🙂

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    • beverly posted on September 12, 2010 at 5:07 am

      I just adore the colour, and the display made me want to buy the bag, heh!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on September 11, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Nice. I didn’t know that Loewe was a famous brand. I will keep an eye out for it.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 12, 2010 at 2:30 am

      It’s more of a boutique brand (like Balenciaga) than wide-spread (like LV, Gucci).. GORGEOUS leathers though

      Reply
  • ragdollstitches posted on September 12, 2010 at 2:52 am

    That’s a nice colour! I love the display, so pretty! 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 12, 2010 at 5:07 am

      I just adore the colour, and the display made me want to buy the bag, heh!

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Am I the only person who noticed you took this at home? You went back to your Shanghai apartment before Moscow? (Uhh sorry if this sounds weird but I just happened to notice you took the photo with the same home background, bookcase and the shelf thing on the floor) ~ Jessie

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

      Sharp eyes! We are back in Shanghai now hence I just took those pics..

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Dress and bag

    you look so hot in the tennis style dress and bag….perky boobies too girl….you naughty babe!!

    Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Am I the only person who noticed you took this at home? You went back to your Shanghai apartment before Moscow? (Uhh sorry if this sounds weird but I just happened to notice you took the photo with the same home background, bookcase and the shelf thing on the floor) ~ Jessie

    Reply
    • beverly posted on September 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm

      Sharp eyes! We are back in Shanghai now hence I just took those pics..

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on September 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Dress and bag

    you look so hot in the tennis style dress and bag….perky boobies too girl….you naughty babe!!

    Reply
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