Kim Chiu holds off buying pricey bags; shares how she preserves newness of leather bags

by Nikko Tuazon
May 26, 2021
Kim Chiu
One of the most precious bags Kim Chiu owns is her blue Hermès Kelly. Kim said this is one of the first Hermès bags she bought and she commissioned her idol, Heart Evangelista, to paint on her expensive bag.
PHOTO/S: @chinitaprincess on Instagram / Kim Chiu on YouTube

Kim Chiu has just said she has stopped buying expensive bags.

This habit started when she entered showbiz in 2006.

On May 9, 2021, the 31-year-old It's Showtime host gave her YouTube subscribers a full tour of her bag closet containing dozens and dozens of signature items she has collected throughout her showbiz career.

In the video, Kim said, "Ito yung mga bags ko since I started showbiz hanggang ngayon. So 15 years na itong mga bag na ito and collection ko siya.

"Hindi ako nagbabawas unless i-donate ko siya for charity or something. Kasi lahat ito, meron talaga siyang sentimental value for me."

Kim also revealed in the video she has stopped buying designer bags.

She explained, "Last year, 2020, congratulations to me! Hindi ako bumili ng kahit na anong signature bag dahil na-realize ko, hindi naman tayo lalabas talaga and hindi natin masyado kailangan yung bag."

Kim proceeded to showcase her bag collection.

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She has a shelf dedicated to each designer brand in her collection: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Balenciaga, Prada, Off-White, Valentino, Bottega Veneta, Goyard, Fendi, Burberry, Tory Burch, and Givenchy.

And because she's a big fan of BlackPink, Kim has also started collecting bags from the brand each member endorses. Lisa promotes Celine, Rosé is the global ambassador for YSL, Jisoo is the face of Christian Dior and Jennie, Chanel.

Kim said, “Actually di ako sobrang fan ng Chanel bag pero dahil kay Jennie of Blackpink, nabuo ko siya."

For Kim, her collection of Hermès Kelly bags is one of the most precious items in her closet that she has commissioned her idol, Heart Evangelista, to paint on her first Kelly.

She shared, "Ito yung Kelly ko, sa sobrang idol ko like G-mik days, Berks days pa, Jologs days movie...

"Heart Evangelista, so nalaman ko na nagdo-drawing siya sa mga Hermes bags, pina-drawingan ko yung isa sa pinaka-una kong Hermes bags.

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"Sabi niya, 'Anong gusto mong i-drawing?' [Sabi ko], 'Kahit ano, kahit ano, okay lang sa akin, basta na-drawingan ng Love Marie na drawing okay na.'

"'Tapos nung binigay niya ito, lumabas, hindi ko alam kung yun talaga yung meaning pero parang kamukha ni Senator Miriam and parang siya ito.

"Memorable bag ito kasi first Hermes Kelly ko ito and then drinawingan siya ng idol ko, pero hindi ko siya ginagamit. Isa ito sa mga 'bags na you didn't use.'

"Siguro once ko lang siya ginamit and then display na lang siya lagi kasi ayoko siyang galawin or madumihan."

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HOW KIM TAKES CARE OF HER DESIGNER BAGS

Kim takes good care of her bags.

She regularly dusts them off and places a glass full of water to control the humidity and dryness inside her closet,

"Every two weeks siya pinupunasan and tinutubigan para hindi masira."

She added, "Meron akong vase of water kasi ito yung nag-aabsorb ng init dito sa kuwarto.

"Alam mo, nauubos ito. Kaya yung mga leather na nasa room, ito yung ia-absorb nilang tubig. Parang sa lahat, meron akong water para hindi masira yung leather."

Another memorable piece is a vintage Louis Vuitton bag, her first luxury bag that she has been keeping for its sentimental value.

Kim said, "Second-hand pa nga ito nung binili ko kasi hindi pa maganda yung kita ko dati. Eighteen years old, binili ko ito. Sinumulan ko nang mag-collect ng bag.

"And then, pag hawak ko ito parang ang yaman-yaman ko."

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Kim Chui luxury bag

This is not the first time Kim gave her fans a tour of her luxury bag closet. She actually gave a tour of the room in February 2019 as part of her bedroom tour on her YouTube channel.

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One of the most precious bags Kim Chiu owns is her blue Hermès Kelly. Kim said this is one of the first Hermès bags she bought and she commissioned her idol, Heart Evangelista, to paint on her expensive bag.
PHOTO/S: @chinitaprincess on Instagram / Kim Chiu on YouTube
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