Monday, May 5, 2008

Buyin' Large

There’s nothing more fun than scoring big deals on designer stuff. It’s why you haunt the Saks and Barneys outlets at Waikele and are first through the doors when Neiman Marcus has a sale.

Add a new stop on your sale circuit – Luxury Exchange. The unassuming little boutique tucked along Kapiolani buys and sells handbags, shoes, jewelry and other items from brands like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes and others. The inventory is tightly edited – only the top brands, in like-new condition, are accepted. And prices are 30 to 40 percent less than brand new.

From cute Tod’s bags for $200 to the roll-shaped Louis Vuitton Papillon bag for $649 (rather than the $920

www.leichic.comyou’ll pay retail), the inventory changes every day as some items are sold and the store buys or consigns others. And while everything is “previously owned,” that doesn’t necessarily mean used. An Hermes Birkin bag on the shelves comes with the receipt – proof of purchase from the Waikiki Hermes in December. But it’s offered for more than the retail price – since someone’s already conquered Hermes’ years-long Birkin waiting list.

You can browse what’s in stock 24/7 on their website, and the owners personally inspect and guarantee every item they buy or sell, as well as have it authenticated by online consumer advocate

Which means the deals are real.

www.leichic.comLuxury Exchange, 725 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite C108 , in The Gallerie at Imperial Plaza , 808.589.6000,

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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