Buying a Mansur Gavriel bag isn’t your typical online shopping experience; it’s a full-on battle. If you’re not armed with the proper weapons (multiple forms of technology, i.e. a phone, tablet and computer) and a foolproof strategy, you will undoubtedly meet defeat in the end. The coveted Italian bucket bags induce frenzy upon release, selling out most of their inventory in mere minutes. (Not to mention that the brand won this year’s Swarovski Award for Accessory Design at the CFDA Fashion Awards and plans to launch ready-to-wear and footwear in the near future.)
My first attempt at buying the Mansur bag ended in tragedy. I was severely unprepared, not even knowing the style or color of the bag I wanted — rookie mistake! Needless to say I came out empty-handed. I was eventually able to secure one soon thereafter, but the hunt for this “it bag” didn’t end with me. As another cycle of bags was released, our entire office was in combat for one. It seemed as if we were all in the line of duty. One person constantly refreshed the website, while others made their final style selections before the sale went live.
Those of us who already owned a bag jotted down orders in preparation to help navigate the sale for others. We were fully armed and not willing to accept defeat. (Spoiler Alert: We were all able to get a bag!)
Local fans of the brand will no longer have to jump through hoops for a piece of the collection. Specialty store Tootsies will begin carrying the bags Friday, July 24, including all sizes of the signature bag, as well as totes, backpacks and cross-body styles. Tootsies will be the only store in Houston stocking Mansur Gavriel.
Until then, browse the collection and secure your spot on Tootsies’ waiting list here.