Kathryn Bernardo, one of the country's most stylish stars, has a practical approach to buying luxury items.
In her vlog on YouTube dated December 27, 2020, Kathryn said, "More than shoes, mas nag-invest ako sa bags kasi mas nagagamit ko siya while traveling...
"Once in a while, I treat myself with a bag kapag feeling ko deserve ko siya or pag birthday or Christmas, pero once in a while lang naman.
"Hindi naman siya basta gusto ko, nakukuha ko na siya in a snap. You have to work hard for it."
Not one to induge in buying luxury items on a whim, Kathryn emphasized, "Pag bumibili kasi ako, gusto ko yung parang years from now puwede ko pa rin siya magamit.
"Hindi naman ako mayaman na hindi ko na siya gagamitin next year. Gagamitin ko siya for life.
"So I make sure yung mga binibili ko yung magagamit ko kahit medyo tumanda na ako or something."
The 24-year-old Kapamilya actress also revealed asking the permission of her mom, Min Bernardo, when she fancies something expensive.
She said, "I have to ask my mom, kung okay ba sa kanya. Dapat good mood siya."
Here are her most favorite designer bags from her collection.
This Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandoulière bag in Empreinte leather that Kathryn bought five or six years ago is her first-ever luxury bag.
She recalled, "Nag-start lang ako nung medyo tumanda na ako, sa bags. This one, binili ko pa siya sa isang mall dito sa Manila.
"Hindi ko alam kung bakit yung first bag ko, red yung pinili ko. But I really recommend if you're gonna buy your first bag, mas yung neutral colors or black, yung mas magagamit mo."
PurseBlog.com pegs the price of the bag at USD3,050 or around PHP147,000.
PALM SPRINGS MINI MONOGRAM
Kathryn prefers small bags over large ones. And this Louis Vuitton Palm Springs Mini Monogram Reverse Canvas backpack in brown is her favorite travel buddy.
She said, "I love this kasi feeling ko ang young, pag nag-papants ako 'tapos blazer. Ang cute niya with those outfits."
Kathryn promises her niece Lhexine Alcantara she can use this bag when the right time comes.
She said, "For me it's very classic and puwede ko siya ipamana sa pamangkin ko years from now kapag kailangan na niya."
This bag is available on the brand's official online shop for USD2,140 or around PHP103,000.
One of the few big bags in Kathryn's collection is her favorite, the Christian Dior Book Tote with the brand's signature oblique embroidery.
She uses this tote bag every time she travels abroad with her boyfriend Daniel Padilla.
She said, "Nagustuhan ko siya kasi ang classic niya, yung print ng Dior. And then, when traveling, sobrang convenient niya.
"Kasi pag nagta-travel, lahat ng gamit ni DJ, pinapalagay niya sa bag ko.
"So usually, kapag small bag nag-aaway kami kasi napupuno na yung small bag ko. Dito nalalagay lahat."
According to PurseBlog.com Dior Book Tote Guide, this bag has a retail price of USD2,750 or around PHP133,000.
Kathryn's other favorite is the Lady Dior bag in black Cannage patent calfskin leather that she bought in Rome in 2019. Cannage is the brand's signature design pattern that resembles woven rattan.
She said, "I got this one kasi feeling ko kailangan ko ng pang-alternate na black bag. So ito yung hiningi ko na parang Christmas gift or something.
"Super swerte ko dito kasi nung pumunta ako sa store, sabi nung girl, wala na daw kasi mahirap hanapin.
"And then sakto, bumalik siya sa stock room and sabi niya meron siyang last piece so I think it's meant to be."
The bag can be brought from the brand's website at USD4,900 or around PHP235,000.
This black Chanel Boy bag is one of the bags Kathryn would recommend when starting to collect designer pieces.
She said, "I got this for my 18th birthday nung nag-Paris kami. Ito yung sobrang good buy.
"Every time meron akong kaibigan na tinatanong nila, 'Anong first bag mo?' or 'What should I buy or what color?' I suggest you buy the Chanel Boy kasi super sulit siya sa akin."
The Star Magic talent added, "It's very classic and hindi siya nagbabakbak at all."
According to PurseBlog.com, the price of the Chanel Boy bag varies according to its material and size. For the medium ones, similar to what Kathryn owns, the price starts at USD5,200 or around PHP250,000.
Kathryn's other travel bag is this black Celine Nano Luggage. She bought it after spotting the arm candy on supermodel Kendall Jenner.
She said, "Nakita ko siya kay Kendall Jenner, parang favorite din niya. And parang classic design din siya ng Celine."
The price of Celine Nano Luggage Tote bag stars at USD2,700 or around PHP130,000.
Kathryn bought this Balenciaga Motorcycle City bag in 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
She was in Spain with Daniel Padilla for the filming of their movie, Barcelona: A Love Untold.
On why she bought the bag, Kathryn said, "I like it because it's not so girly and kind of edgy."
According to PurseBlog.com, the bag has a retail price of USD2,190 or around PHP106,000.
Kathryn bought this Loewe Hammock bag as a gift to herself after the phenomenal success of Hello, Love, Goodbye, her movie with Alden Richards, in 2019. The movie holds the record as the highest-grossing Filipino film of all time.
Kathryn said, "Super sentimental ito for me kasi binili ko ito sa Hong Kong. After ng lahat ng hirap ko sa Hello, Love, Goodbye, meron kaming last three days before the flight.
"Sabi ni Mama, 'Okay I deserve a bag.' Ito talaga literal na hard work, sweat, tears, pain, oh my god, lahat."
Kathryn picked a brown-colored bag since she already owns a lot of black bags.
According to the brand's official website, this bag has a price tag of PHP145,200.
Kathryn totes her YSL Kate bag with tassel in Grain de Poudre embossed leather on special occasions or events.
She said, "Ito lang yung bag ko na glittery kasi na-realize ko na medyo marami akong black na bag and then, okay din bumili ng small bags na nagagamit mo kapag special occassions or medyo smart casual ka or medyo formal."
The same bag is available on the brand's website for USD2,150 or around PHP104,000.