We do apologize sincerely, but there is a very good reason things have been slow this week here at the purse blog. After 2 months of separation, the resident love birds Megs and Vladi have finally been reunited in the central European country of Germany. Yay! Weather’s nothing to be excited about, but emotions certainly are on the high side — things are just fabulous. Aside from all the time spent together, we also felt highly compelled to pursue our passion in fashion and do some shopping slash browsing through Europe’s major cities to check out the latest trends and goodies in the handbag market. First stop on the journey: Cologne, Germany.

Aside from its monstrous, intimidating and impressive, almost 760 year-old Koelner Dom (left) and the beautiful Rhein River, there also appeared to be quite enticing shopping opportunities, potent enough to pull a whole lotta moolah out of foreign (and local) pockets. Getting off the ICE, we immediately found ourselves in the very center of town, right by the gorgeous Dom. After a quick detour into its chilly, ginormous nave, we headed right for two of our favorite, exorbitantly pricey Parisian Haute Couture fashion shops: Hermes and Louis Vuitton. Despite having forgotten to shoot pictures of evidence, you can believe us that those two stores are placed within one store of each other (separated by a Chopard store), conveniently located right on the plaza facing the Dom. This venue does ensure exposure to heaps of international visitors, either dropping by to get presents for the loved ones at home, or willing to indulge themselves with high-class goodies.

Louis Vuitton Pochette AccessoiresWe first strolled into the LV store. What had already captured our attention from the store front was Louis Vuitton‘s seemingly different Monogram Cerises line of bags. The colorful cherries exemplify a fresh and intriguing homage to Louis’ traditional signature monogram canvas — right in time for the fruity and fun spring. While the two of us don’t seem to agree on much at times, we both found the Louis Vuitton Sac Plat completely over-the-top — it seemed to lose LV’s sophistication in the cherry tree. However, Megs immediately fell in love with the $355 Louis Vuitton Pochette Accessoires for two reasons: first off, rather than taking away from the classic monogram that everyone seeks, the cherry only added a zing to make the pochette unique, and secondly the cherry came just in time to add a spring fling to an unwavering Louis Vuitton simple-style. Other than this new Monogram Cerises line, the store seemed a little small and showed a large focus on travel gear, like the Annette travel bag we previously featured. You think you are paying a lot for Louis bags in the US? Thanks to the lousy exchange rate, buying a bag in the US is a bargain, considering that you’d pay 25-35% more in Germany.

Hermes Kelly BagSaving the best for last, we then set foot into none other than the creme-de-la-creme Hermes store. Although my girl was dying to buy a bag, she couldn’t — for obvious reasons. What is remarkable about this store was the overall feeling of the sophisticated and high-class ambiance. Within the two floors, we did check out the vast variety of one-of-a-kind couture clothing and accessories, ranging from ashtrays to jewlery and beach towels. For a mere $450 you can get the towel wet, sandy, drained in sun screen and splattered with seagull droppings.

Just like Samantha on the infamous Hermes Birkin Bag search episode on Sex And The City, my girl immediately scoped out the hardware to see first hand the bag that even people who are rich and famous are only privy to purchase. To our disappointment, the Birkin Bag really is that rare and you really do have to be put on a waiting list if you’re approved to buy one. We still fell in love with the Hermes Kelly Bag, that went for a modest EUR 14,000 — gasp. Like Samantha, we felt empty without the Birkin Bag, but Hermes still managed to impress us and prove that they are in a league of their own.

On a side note, we did run into a local aution house, that happened to sell 100% authentically fake Gucci bags for a mere 15 Euros a pop, leaving us extremely tempted to buy all five of ‘em. Just kidding.

Overall we had much fun doing what we do best — tracking down the handbags that leave every shoulder unempty, every wallet a little lighter and every girl happy. Stay tuned for next week’s report from Paris, the fashion capitol of the World.

  • billyjoe

    ummmm……

  • vixen

    You can’t go wrong with a simple, classy Hermes bag. (I don’t like LV so much.)

  • Spicepearl

    Hi! That nameless green bag you saw in the Hermes store window (http://www.purseblog.com/images/hermes_bag_large.jpg) – I think it is called the “Hermes Bolide” also formally known as the “Buggati Bag”. Great site by the way :o)

  • sophia

    I sent an email to Hermes asking how one gets on the waitlist for a Birkin bag. They wrote back telling me that they cannot meet the demand for the bag because it is made by craftsmen; therefore, they no longer have a waitlist and bags are sold on a first come first serve basis. The skeptic in me wonders if this is true. I noticed that your post is from nearly one year ago – could they have changed their policy?

  • SpoiltBitch

    I love the LV cherry bags, my brother took me shopping (for my bday in 2 weeks) and said I could have anything I wanted and I almost picked the cherry bag but I opted for 2 D&G tshirts instead but who knows I may get it they are so nice and the cherries are so adorable!

  • Delphinium

    I am planning to buy a Birkin bag and have decided to go for 35cm Hermes orange. I called Hermes where I live and was told that there were 2 Birkin in the shop – a customer cancelled the order. One was black and one was blue. What I’m trying to say is that the best thing to do if you want to buy a Birkin bag is to call Hermes from time to time because they might have a cancellation, and if you are not fussy about the colour, you will own a Birkin in no time!! As for me, I just have to be patient waiting for my orange Birkin to turn up!

  • Milly Anderson

    I just bought a Hermes Birkin bag in the color blue and the color black. I love both of them they costed over $10,000.00, but if you go to the store and you have a Black American Express Card, you can shut down the store and shop buy your self and have only you and people you want in the store. Which is so cool!

  • Catherine

    I may be bring nieve but this website http://www.createursdeluxe.com seems to have Berkin and Kelly bags avaiable.

  • Catherine

    Opps, I spelled available wrong. Sorry

  • Helen

    If there is such a ‘waitlist’ for the Hermes Birkin because they are made by ‘craftspeople’ (today they are not made the way they started, by just one person, it is much more of an assembly line, much done by machine), then why does ‘creatursdeluxe.com’ have a zillion of these bags? The wait list is part of the ‘myth’ of Hermes to keep the public wanting them. If you truly want a craftsperson to make your handbag, look to April in Paris in San Frncisco. Ms. Amblard was trained by Hermes in Paris and is one of only a few in the WORLD who still makes handbags by HAND from beginning to end. Her handbags are EXTRAORDINARY.

    • my

      where is this lady located? Name telephone number?
      i love bags and need one!!!!

  • barbaraleddy

    i have my mom’s favorite bag, it’s a pretty old one but i would like to see if it can be fixed or upgraded…the handle broke and i’d like to carry on the fashion that my mom had…please reply as soon as possible..i will be in paris on the 10th of dec 2006 thank you so much for your time..

  • jojo

    hi

    can u plz send me on me e-mail the latest bags of each brand ??

    thank u ^_^

  • Jack

    I live near Cologne and I’ve been there often; the Vuitton-boutique isn’t that spectacular, rather small..

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    I’m spending the weekend with my parents, who flew in from New Brunswick on Wednesday, my brother who recently came back from Texas, and my boyfriend! We’re going to check out a huge new mall and go out for dinner tonight, then relax tomorrow.

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    Best you should change the post name About Hermes and Louis Vuitton: A trip to Cologne – PurseBlog to more suited for your subject you write. I liked the the writing all the same.

  • Naggy

    These are major classics that you just cannot miss in their home country. (ipad)

  • KY

    I would love to have a Hermes bag! (ipad)

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  • YY

    Is anyone knows there is a couple(chinese) living In Germany, which they could sell you a Birkin bags.

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