I cannot pretend otherwise: I have done a bit too much shopping this summer. It’s just after TWO years of not doing ANY shopping AT ALL, it is nice to be able to buy what I want. Within reason. My wardrobe is still more Zara than, say, Phillip Lim. To be honest, after 24months of moderation, I find it hard to spend a lot of money on any single item, although the sales this summer have been my downfall. The reductions are so good, and the quality so worth investing in.
Which brings me neatly to Desa. Last November I was in Istanbul to check out some hotels and stores for LLG. I had been directed to Desa by the concierge at the Park Hyatt who told me that they made leather goods in Turkey for Prada, and many other European luxury houses, and that the quality of their own label leather pieces was just as good at a fraction of the price.
We hotfooted it over to the Nisantasi store, where I fell in love with a leather panelled dress (but couldn’t justify the purchase), and made a note to write up the label. So it was a complete coincidence when I got a call a week after I returned from a UK publicist to say that there was this great new store opening in London…Ha! I said, I know all about it…I finally got around to visiting the Hampstead store with my sister a few weeks back. And my poor wallet took a battering.
There’s an amazing 60% sale on – (it’s online too), and I left with a bag, a leather cuff & two blouses. Oops. Most of all I love this brown leather Skyline Shopper, (usually £295, now £177.) It’s the most amazing buttery leather, incredibly soft, and extremely well made. It’s practical too, with a wide webbing strap and lots of interior pockets. I’m not supposed to buying any new bags, but the quality of this was so good that I broke my rule – it honestly looks & feels like a bag that costs five times more than I paid. Yay. Win.
Then, whilst my sister was buying up the store, I thought I may as well try on two tops that were also 60% off in the sale. The one on the left is a military cut olive washed silk (£100), and the navy one on the right ((£80), which had zero hangar appeal, but once on is super flattering (slightly blouson, but cut on the bias so it comes in at the waist). I love it so much that I am contemplating buying a second one in case I spill something on it. (Very likely, unfortunately, given my motor skills.)
I’m really pleased with all four things I bought: I’ve worn them all continuously, and would much rather these two tops than four for the same amount on the High Street. (I’m trying to be a bit more considered in my purchasing, going for quality not quantity.)
There are two Desa shops in the UK: one in Covent Garden & one on Rosslyn Hill in Hampstead. Def worth a look before the sale ends – or go online at www.desa.uk.com Failing that, there are over seventy Desa stores in Turkey…