After some recent unfashionable allegations about L'Image Boutique selling fake Gucci handbags at high-end prices, I felt a visit to the Pavilions store, owned by Ana Divac (Vlade's wife), was in order.
Would there still be bags to be bagged up and taken home? Or would the shelves be filled with only designer perfumes and makeup collections?
Well, there are still bags to be had at L'Image, though the labels I saw were certainly not outrageous, at least not the ones sitting out on stools; I couldn't get to the ones in the glass cases. A couple of bags by Hype, which is sold online (Zappos.com, for less than $200) and certainly not an exclusive designer label, were available. The other bags were handsome, but I didn't see anything resembling Prada or Fendi.
Rumor is this store is shuttering right after the holidays. But inventory is high when it comes to perfumes and cosmetics. So, if there's a fragrance you've been buying there that you can't get elsewhere, the best bet is to buy, and buy now.
The sad thing is, the salespeople seem genuinely nice, and there are some lovely candles and gift sets, but someone really goofed when it came to managing this venture. It could have been a gold mine for cosmetics divas.