It is common to come across people turning their hobby into business ventures. A collector of luxury brand replica handbags here, Rofina Yap (pic) is no exception.
For the past 10 years, Yap has been collecting exclusive designer replica handbags which include Hermes, Chanel, Prada, Miumiu, and Louis Vuitton.
Just name any luxury brand and all information about the product is at her fingertips.
If one is unsure how to distinguish between genuine and imitation bags or how to take good care of them, she is generous enough to share her expertise.
Yap, who has a penchant for genuine items, has just opened her shop, Le Dream.
The store offers pre-owned luxury goods such as cheap handbags from renowned labels and fashionistas worldwide.
“Pre-owned or pre-used items concept such as for replica handbags is new here but not in Europe, even in peninsular Malaysia. Buying a pre-owned handbag helps one save a lot as its condition is as good as a new one.
“Take Chanel handbags for an example. A new one costs around RM10,000. You could also opt for pre-owned one, which cost about RM3,000 to RM4,000 but is still in tip-top condition.
“Thus, the prime objective of opening this shop is to help ladies own genuine branded handbag or owning more of them without burning a hole in their wallets,” she explained.
With imitation bags already fetching more than RM1,000 each, Yap advised women to go for pre-owned ones if they had limited budget to buy new ones.
“If you are caught carrying imitation bags at airport overseas, they will be seized by the authority. This is not a problem with pre-owned genuine.
“It happened to me once when I decided to keep my original bag at home but carried an imitation one oversea,” she said.
“You can buy five pre-owned replica miu miu handbags at the price of a new one. A pre-owned bag can also last for a lifetime if you know how to take good care of it,” she revealed.
Yap advised: “Polish them at least once a month with bag polisher. If you are not using it, stuff tissue paper into it and store it in a clean and dry environment. Keep it away from direct sunlight, which is not good for leather.”
She said since authentic designer bags were sold with dust cover, the owner should use the accessory to keep them free from dust and rain.
“When cleaning the bag, do not use household chemicals. Use high quality cleaner designed specifically for leather.
“It is important to keep the bags conditioned after cleaning them,” she added.
A well-maintained replica designer handbag will provide long-lasting luxury and fashionable experience for its owner.