Gorgeous DOSAIL bags in Shanghai

If I describe myself as a bag lady, it might conjure up the wrong kind of image, so I’ll rephrase that statement shall I, and rather say that I absolutely love handbags.

So, when on a holiday in Shanghai in March this year, I came across an amazing boutique (with an even more amazing name) I was in handbag heaven.

 

I give you “Dosail”.  A range of luscious bags manufactured by the fabulously named Shanghai Dreamlike Fashion Industrial Co. Ltd

 

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I was restrained and bought “only” two.  One for myself and one for daughter dearest, but left to myself in a no-limit-to-shopping-budget-world, I would have gone crazy and shopped up the proverbial.

These were our 2 bags…

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There is a huge range of bags for sale, prices are steep-ish but there appears to be a 15% standard discount if you haggle, which I did.

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Between my limited Mandarin and the assistant’s equally limited English, I understood that the bags are pre-waterproofed.  Each bag I looked at, they would instantly pour some water onto the canvas, so I presume it’s true.

Personally recommended –  I put my money where my mouth is!

I have had so many compliments on the bag since I got back to Delhi, which is always nice.

Obviously I didn’t tell them I blog or write reviews (hey, I battled enough with getting a discount, so there was no way I was going to try and go down the blogging vocabulary route…)

But I do so love my bag, and on a return visit to Shanghai, will be making a bee line for the closest Dosail shop.

They have a website which is only so-so (has a translate button for bits of it) but you do get to see some photos.

 

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Handbag heaven in Delhi

There may not be a glitzy shop-window.

There may not be a huge shop, but that doesn’t deter throngs of loyal fans and shoppers beating a path to Mr Battu’s outlet in New Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur district.  Down a narrow “gulli,” past shops selling planks of wood and sheets of plywood, it is easy to miss his unobtrusive shop.

Mr. Battu has as many foreign and diplomatic fans as locals, everyone of us in search of that perfect bag or belt or wallet.  Mr Battu designs and sells handbags and other leather accessories (such as said belts and wallets) and he also repairs bags, so if you have a beloved handbag that needs a little repair or TLC, Mr Battu is your man.

If you are like my daughter who found a buckle she liked in England and now needs the belt to accompany it, Mr Battu is your man.

If you are like my husband who needed some specialist equipment cases made…yes, right again, Mr Battu is your man.
His little shop is stocked to the gills with bags and bales of leather : on a recent visit I saw rolls of the most luscious coloured leathers – now I am trying to design that absolutely-must-have turquoise bag in my mind.

As an expert in leather with an eye for detail and style, if you want a bag making to your own specs he will happily do it, but he will also tell you frankly if the proportions are wrong, or if the “look” just won’t work.

He is scrupulous about his delivery times.  If it is going to take time, he will tell you upfront.  If he is running late, he will call and tell you –  qualities all too rare in Delhi salesmen.

Personally recommended without any reservation whatsoever – as my collection of Mr.Battu bags will testify.

I did not tell Mr. Battu that I write reviews and blog, and have obviously always bought my own bags and belts and wallets and…and…and…