Accessorize is a British retailer of women's accessories. This store specializes in shoes, jewellery, bags and headwear, and aims to bring inspirational and well-priced accessories to the high street. The brand also engages in seasonal themes, such that it offers an individual take on the latest trends.
I especially like the bags, wallets and footwear that are sold at accessorize. However, the prices are really steep, and after buying a few times from here, I realise the "made in china" quality isn't the best quality for their price range. Despite their high prices, they regularly have sales.
I recently bought a wallet from them, after there was 70% discount. I was really happy with my buy, and although the quality isn't that great, the price I paid for it was pretty good. I wouldn't feel so bad if it spoils in the near future, because I didn't splurge on it.
A tip to buyers is that you should wait for their sales. The prices drop pretty drastically, and the items become more worth it, in my opinion.
Their price tags became longer. The digits seemed large, an amount my own wallet could barely hold. It was akin to placing Miu Miu right smack in the middle of Sheng Shiong wet market. The items they sold are indeed rather nice, albeit not that amazing. Accessorize boosted accessories that had intricate details or fine linings. Their Halloween accessorise last year was rather impressive. The price tags for them weren't horrendous either. Unfortunately, it wasn't a permanent instalment.
I remembered grabbing the spider rings and delicate lacy masquerade masks to the cash register nearby. They were the last piece items there! t's texture was certainly one that requires several weeks, months or even years to complete. It enhanced my Halloween outfit with a touch of sophistication thanks to this intricateness. .
However, the price tags didn't really match the surrounding neighbourhood stores. Do rectify this pricing situation and abide to our weeping wallets pleas.
Alternatively, you can wait for the sale periods to commence before purchasing. Accessorize is also good for last minute shopping, so in the event if you ever need something that is trendy and pretty urgently, Accessorize would come in handy.
Other than this advantage that the brand has, I would argue that anyone who really wants to buy their products would be able to find similar yet cheaper versions at any other places in Singapore.
Furthermore, their bags are overpriced, from $20 for a tiny cardcase to above $100 for a decent sling. Talk about rip off. I never bothered to set foot into Accessorize again.
Call me when there's a sale going on here, and perhaps I will think about it.
But after taking a closer look at each product, or rather, scrutinizing it (i'm a careful buyer) i start to find the products rather common. You can easily find similar products at Diva or Aries or even Bugis Street at much lower prices. Furthermore, they do not label their products with their brand name, which I thought was a pity because their brand is somewhat established in the local market. I wouldn't mind paying $70 for a Charles & Keith bag but I definitely wouldn't pay $70 for an unlabelled bag.
The whole combination of selling every female's favourite products all under one roof is a great concept, visual merchandising is well-done but definitely more potential to grow if its products are reviewed.
But I guess this is because they included the shipping fees, plus the currency exchange rate, with 1 pound approximately worth 2 Sing dollars. Their designs however, are really nice and colourful. I only ever purchased a pouch from there because there was a discount, but the quality is not bad, 6 months later it is still in pretty good condition, though it already has some threads coming out. If you have a lot of money to spare, I would recommend it. Otherwise, I would say have fun browsing.
Everything there seems grossly overpriced, with bags with patterns that scream 'Bugis Street' costing around approximately $100. Some clutches that are pretty plain does not even look like its worth of ~$20. And 1 Christmas trinket to hang on your tree costs about $5 - imagine the total cost to decorate your whole tree!
While my friends always walk into the shop in a trance-like state, I find myself fiddling around with the accessories, waiting to move on to the next good shop more deserving of my attention.
Accessorize generally retails accessories for female - think accessories with a girly, and excessively feminine theme. In fact, I hardly see any studded or spiked accessories in Accessorize despite the fact that they're heavily in trend now, so I suppose Accessorize deserves some credit for sticking to the base theme of the store.
It would make a very good gift store for a girly female friend, as floral prints, butterfly prints and polka dots are pretty much every where in the store. As gorgeous as their bags and accessories may be, the prices at Accessorize always intimidate me. A backpack can go up too $80+, while typical rings can cost up to more than $20. Not very wallet friendly for the average student, I would say.
However, I do own a few accessories from Accessorize. I have a plastic ring which retailed for $12 in accessorize, only to find that the same ring came in a pack of 3 different colours for only $17 in Diva. Talk about a rip off.
Accessorize does host a few sales during sale seasons, and I suppose that would be the best time for accessories lovers to get their fix from Accessorize, as several items go on sale, and prices are slashed, which definitely makes for an incredibly worthwhile purchase.
An expensive place if not for the sales. I won't recommend impulse buys at Accessorize, because they can be costly, and chances are, you'll find similar ones elsewhere for much lower prices.