As I mentioned in one of my previous posts, my favourite Porsche Design product range is the luggage. I think I have a thing for luggage in general- I love the way the smooth leather comes together in the form of a beautiful handbag or luggage set. I like feeling the edges of the bag and running my hands over the metal handles. It may be a slightly odd obsession but quality luggage just stands out and is a classy accessory to any outfit.
Porsche Design's luggage is set apart from what you'll find in other stores for a number of reasons. First, like all their products, an enormous amount of thought and attention to detail has been put into every item you'll pick up.
Aluminum protectors provide protection when pulling it over curbs and up or down steps, so you won't get any nasty looking scuffs. And every part of the luggage (wheels, buckles, you name it!) is replaceable at the store. It's nice to know that if something breaks, it's easily replaceable and you won't need to go out and buy a whole new bag. Leather handles ensure that your hands won't get cold while carrying your bag down the sidewalk in icy Jozi (or European) weather.
The colours are also something special. The handbags come in colours suited to the particular season we're in.
The blue is simply gorgeous, right?! It's not only the exterior that looks good. Inside, you'll find handy compartments and bright lining so that you can find your belongings easily. If you walk into a business meeting with one of these babies, how can you NOT be taken seriously?! Add in one of their signature pens, and the deal's as good as done.
I urge you to go to the store yourself and pick up one of these bags... pictures just don't do them justice. I take no blame for imposing any luggage obsessions on you!
If you've read my previous blog posts, you'll have a pretty good idea of what the brand's all about. I thought I would give you an in depth overview of the watches, as these are the most premium products in the Porsche Design range.
Firstly, the watches aren't just watches. They're "timepieces".
In my previous blog post, (read here if you missed it), I gave you a small teaser of what Porsche Design is about. Today’s blog post will hopefully allow you to live the Porsche Design Experience, just like I did last week.
The bloggers’ cocktail party kicked off with an introduction to Michael Griffin. He is the man who brought Porsche Design to South Africa. Michael is one of those people who just seem larger than life. He’s only 33, and he has run some huge businesses, including SA’s flagship Nokia Care Centre and the Motorola Intelligence Centre, which is the largest distributor and repair facility in Africa. One could say he is lucky, but I don’t think it’s luck. It’s clear to me that he has the insight and passion to make things happen. It’s tough to be an entrepreneur and put money at risk. Getting a stable salary and working for someone is obviously the safer option, but that limits where you can go.
Michael fell in love with a pair of Porsche Design Adidas shoes and when he realised that he had to go overseas to get these, he decided to meet with the head office in Germany and bring the brand to South Africa. When the owner/manager of a store is passionate about their product, it shows. He is really “hands on” and gets involved with all aspects of the store management, from customer service to shop fittings.
Who would've thought that the swanky looking store in the affluent Hyde Park Shopping Centre would have a product that I would be interested in buying and can actually afford? Often we make this presumption. We'll like what we see in a store window and gaze warily inside. There seems to be an almost magnetic force that repels us from entering because instinct is telling us we won't be able to afford anything in the store, so why bother?
I have to admit that before last week Thursday, I hadn't set foot in the Porsche Design store despite frequenting Hyde Park on an almost weekly basis. I would think to myself, "if I can't afford the car, what makes me think I would be able to afford anything in the store?"
Boy, was I wrong.