A new wave of women willing and able to splash the cash
Chinese shoppers are snapping up designer bags while the Irish get to grips with a new frugal lifestyle, writes Celia Larkin
Coming to a luxury department store near you is the Charge of the Handbag Brigade, led by a new breed of luxe-brand customer, the Chinese fashionista.
The designer handbag used to be the prerogative of the blonde-bob brigade. The territory was owned by the well-heeled ladies who lunch. For them, it had to be Chanel or Hermes.
Then the bag became the 'must-have' accessory of teenage society. Not for them the quilted, chain-handle Chanel classic; nor the cumbersome Hermes, complete with padlock. No, they went more for the Guccis and Pradas, all with buckles and belts.