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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

Celia Larkin

Published 01/01/2012 | 05:00

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.

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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.

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