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First of all you will have to excuse my infrequent postings of late–thanks to AT&T I’ve been without internet capabilities at my apartment for the last week.  

But I don’t hold grudges, so let’s move on.

I recently picked up the newest big-name guest designer item at Target, a bag by the brand Gryson.  I LOVE it.  It’s black, shiny, has gold hardware, and best of all, doesn’t look like it cost only $50.  The first thing my roommate said when she saw it was “Wow, cool bag!” in a high, excited register that only dogs can understand.

“Thanks” I say, “I got it at Target.”

My roommate has always insisted that she can never find good things at Target, while I on the other hand, have found numerous cheap and chic treasures.  The Go International idea is fantastic.  Who else besides celebrities, heiresses, or someone who married into a very rich family could afford to buy brands like Proenza Schouler, Gryson, Rafe, Libertine, and Jovovich Hawk? 

As an example, here is a picture of the bag I purchased at the price of $50:

Now here is a real Gryson bag available at the Elements boutique in Chicago:

And the price of the real McCoy?  A whopping $1295.00.  For less than 1/25 of the price of the real thing you can get one designed by the same designer, that looks just as good (if not better in my opinion), but is maybe made out of synthetic leather instead of “slate pebbled leather with navy patent leather detailing.”  

Example #2:  Here is a picture of the Proenza Schouler bustier look shown on their Fall ’05 runway.  I don’t know what it retailed for, but it was probably the price of a small child or a private island:

And here is a bustier they sold at Target under the Go International line for around $60:

See, not quite the same thing, but pretty comparable, and you won’t have to sell a kidney to get it.

Whatever.  I’d rather shop at target and be able to have extra cash around to put into my new fabulous and cheap Gryson for Target bag.



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