Marc by Marc Jacobs messenger bag
I was never the same since the summer 2005 when I failed to buy MJ’s calfskin pink messenger bag. I reckoned, hey – this is Marc, there will always be more messenger bags, I can always buy a better, newer one next season. Little did I know that there would be no more cheap messenger bags for the next 5 seasons..
I started to hunt the old pink messenger bag like a madwoman and found it several times on ebay but it was too popular and the price for secondhand one went up the original reaching 450 dollars when the original one was only 298$. So I bitterly gave up till last week when I accidentally found a brand new winter 2008 collection MJ messenger bag that is too fabulous to miss. It’s only 298$ and its calfskin leather and it’s black with white stitching and it’s messenger!!! It was love from the first sight!
Seibu Shibuya sells it for 54600yen so buying it on shopbop.com will be cheaper even with shipping and custom taxes. According to Japan custom tariff table http://www.customs.go.jp/english/tariff/2008/data/42.htm the total custom tax on a leather handbag is approx. 8000 yen. Since dollar got weaker it became cheaper to buy stuff online in US stores and import it to Japan. ^-^
P.S. Yay!! I got my bag and guess what! The custom tax was only 2500 yen so the total cost of bag for me was 41400 yen which let me save 13200 yen! Oh, I love this math! ^-^