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Old November 23rd, 2010, 04:48 AM   #1401
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Not really. China levies huge taxes on luxury goods, so the wealthy ones go overseas to get these things, such as Hong Kong, Paris, and Milan.
So mall like IFC and Plaza 66 are just for the superich?? I noticed quiet a few groups of China nationals in Landmark Mall Hong Kong all with big luxury store shopping bags. I guess they are pretty big spenders in HK.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 04:55 AM   #1402
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So mall like IFC and Plaza 66 are just for the superich?? I noticed quiet a few groups of China nationals in Landmark Mall Hong Kong all with big luxury store shopping bags. I guess they are pretty big spenders in HK.
Obviously, malls hosting the likes of LV and Dior are not for the everyday peasant or even the average middle class. Don't think the typical office worker would be buying RMB30,000 bags on a regular basis.

Add to that the price difference, which drives hordes of mainland tourists to Hong Kong to buy the same bag at a significant discount. That's why there are crowds in HK while in most other places, these luxury establishments are deserted.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 05:04 AM   #1403
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Obviously, malls hosting the likes of LV and Dior are not for the everyday peasant or even the average middle class. Don't think the typical office worker would be buying RMB30,000 bags on a regular basis.

Add to that the price difference, which drives hordes of mainland tourists to Hong Kong to buy the same bag at a significant discount. That's why there are crowds in HK while in most other places, these luxury establishments are deserted.
How big is the price difference between China and Hong Kong? Must be pretty big for them to travel all the way. I guess its pretty similar to what we have here in Singapore where all the rich Indonesians come to shop for luxury goods.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 05:19 AM   #1404
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How big is the price difference between China and Hong Kong? Must be pretty big for them to travel all the way. I guess its pretty similar to what we have here in Singapore where all the rich Indonesians come to shop for luxury goods.
It's huge - the tax levy is quite big in China, and the luxury brands don't always price the same item equally across locations. Hong Kong is a relatively short trip for them and a cheap flight than going to Milan.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:42 AM   #1405
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Obviously, malls hosting the likes of LV and Dior are not for the everyday peasant or even the average middle class. Don't think the typical office worker would be buying RMB30,000 bags on a regular basis.

Add to that the price difference, which drives hordes of mainland tourists to Hong Kong to buy the same bag at a significant discount. That's why there are crowds in HK while in most other places, these luxury establishments are deserted.
i heard poor chinese women save up like months of wages to buy lv bags
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:54 AM   #1406
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i heard poor chinese women save up like months of wages to buy lv bags
Well, there's also a sizeable middle class now. Even the poor woman would not be able to give up a few months of her wages so often to buy a whole collection.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 08:05 AM   #1407
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i heard poor chinese women save up like months of wages to buy lv bags
I'm pretty sure that is happening everywhere around the world. There are people who just cant resist owning a LV bag.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 08:09 AM   #1408
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Well, there's also a sizeable middle class now. Even the poor woman would not be able to give up a few months of her wages so often to buy a whole collection.
yea like i remember when i used to live in shenyang back in the day i knew a lot of people that were like basically like dirt poor but are now pretty rich

when i visit they're driving like bmws and buicks while i live in the us and drive a honda civic my mom bought me lmfao
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 08:50 AM   #1409
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I'm pretty sure that is happening everywhere around the world. There are people who just cant resist owning a LV bag.
Yup all the girls are wearing LV now since the introduction of this style:



The price is cheaper by quite a margin because of the thin fabric and simple interior. Even ordinary university students could afford this easily pricing at only about 1000nzd, i believe you could get this bag in US for about 500usd.

Just look so good on asian girls, long hair, thin legs, wearing a sweater top, mini skirt + boots + this LV bag in winter..
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 08:52 AM   #1410
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Someone like this deserves a LV so much! Sorry for going off topic, couldnt help it whenever i see someone mentioning LV bags。

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 08:59 AM   #1411
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I would think Asia has gone a little LV crazy!! Same situation in Singapore too. If you walk down Orchard Road you will be able to spot at 10 people carrying the same LV bag as the one you posted.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:02 AM   #1412
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Ok let get back to the IFC topic:

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I would think the cladding will be finished by year end!
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:05 AM   #1413
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Yea i think i might be a bit awkward when you have the same style of bag especially when the pattern on the bag is the same too But i think this is a good trend, i like it. LV should continue to introduce more affordable bags.

I see a lot of Chinese girls wearing these bags on girls overseas, i hope to see more girls wearing them in China in future.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:13 AM   #1414
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If i'm not wrong there is a less popular white design with the same cutting right? Unless the one i saw was a fake.........
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:22 AM   #1415
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So the point out of all this is these malls are not designed to be crazily crowded and busy like the wet markets. Usually upscale malls like to provide a sense of space and comfort.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:25 AM   #1416
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More IFC pictures:
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:33 AM   #1417
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They did a good job with the piazza landscaping but I'm surprised there are no benches or areas to actually sit down and enjoy the space. It's bad enough the retail is sunk below street level already.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:36 AM   #1418
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They did a good job with the piazza landscaping but I'm surprised there are no benches or areas to actually sit down and enjoy the space. It's bad enough the retail is sunk below street level already.
I like the piazza too. BTW do you know whats on top of the malll? It cant be the Ritz-Carlton pool because it is indoors.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:36 AM   #1419
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Here's a piece of nostalgia - the site before the tower started popping up :



Source : http://www.pbase.com/markowich/image/69473980
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The area looks totally different now with IFC and SWFC!! The circular pedastrian bridge is not there either!
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