12 May 2011

Diary of a Net-a-Porter purchase

Ever since laying eyes on the gorgeous image below, I had become mildly completely obsessed with finding a big, bucket-y tan leather tote just ike it. Something big, something "relaxed". Something I could fit kid's jumpers and drink bottles and cossies and towels and bunny rabbits in.

I currently use a very old Anna Sui purple shopper/tote (a "perk" from my magazine days) for all those times we need to schlep stuff - The beach, trips to the in-laws, random Sunday afternoons at the park... I stalked all my favourite designer-y online shopping haunts - Shopbop, Luisaviaroma, Bluefly (great for designer handbags at 20-50% off!), The Outnet, even Saks, and Barneys online. Then, finally, Net-a-Porter. Despite being somewhat of an expert online shopper, I was (until now) a Net-a-Porter virgin. But I was most interested to see what all the fuss was about, so in a quest for the perfect tan leather kid's-stuff-schlepper-carryall-tote, I found myself clicking "add to cart" and waited patiently for the infamous, black-boxed experience to unfold. Here's what happened next.

6 May, 2.27pm
Click, click, click and one Vanessa Bruno "large laser-cut leather tote" was mine (I would post the link, but she has since sold out). It ticked all the boxes, had the essential "smooshy" factor and was the perfect size. Yes, they charge £30 for delivery, but as an online shopper, you just have to get used to factoring this in. I affectionately refer to it as "convenience tax". It's certainly cheaper than flying to Europe!

8 May, 9.32pm
An email! "Dear Louise, Your order has now been shipped. DHL will deliver your order between 9am to 5pm GMT, Monday to Friday. If you are unavailable, DHL will leave a card so you can contact them to reschedule. Thank you for shopping at NET-A-PORTER.COM." I'd heard Net-a-Porter was as quick as Shopbop (around 3 working days), so my excitement was palpable. Yes. I'm a bit materialistic like that.

12 May 10.24am
A nondescript brown package arrived this morning and I signed for it. Even Mr Tonic walked past the box on the table and exclaimed (with a hint of mockery/sarcasm): "Ooooh. Net-a-Porter." Indeed. And here she is and I looove her. She's beautiful and soft and oh-so smooshy...

(above) That's her, chillin' at TT HQ. And the best bit? She's small enough to use everyday. So the moral of the story? There's a good reason Natalie Massenet (Net-a-Porter's gorgeous 45 year old founder) is a multi-millionare. Mind you, being married to a "French hedge-fund manager" can't hurt. But I highly recommend shopping on Net-a-Porter. They have a truly amazing (and highly covetable!) range of stock and it's all, quite literally, right there at your fingertips. If you can get over the shipping cost, you will not regret it. 


  1. Very Very nice Louise!!

  2. Devine devine devine

    major handbag envy happening

  3. hi Louise

    beautiful beautiful bag - I love NaP too BUT beware some of their prices for US clothes are ridiculous and we can get them much cheaper direct from the source in US...xo

  4. Fab Vanessa Bruno store in Hawthorn, Melbourne set up by the Gorgeous Fiona of Cactus Jam fame.... Bruno bags are memorable...I love that you have one.

  5. gorgeous bag. I had my first net-a-porter experience last week too - finally bought some hunter wellies - and I couldn't believe how quickly they arrived!

  6. Ooh la la! It's lovely! You have such EXCELLENT taste! I'm envious!

  7. Such a gorgeous and practical bag! I just love the idea of receiving something in a beautiful black box (I am a bit of a box freak). Love anything pretty with an angle. So have to shop there one day! Enjoy your weekend. x anastasia

  8. $803.23! How on earth can you afford that, pretty and useful as it may be?

  9. They sometimes offer free worldwide shipping.something to look out for


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