I first heard about Fino from this post. I’m not sure if it’s the same year the post was published that I got to read it or the next. All I remember is that I developed an instant liking for the brand and its stylish and sturdy leather goods. With a consumer culture lusting primarily over foreign designer brands and patronizing just about anything imported, seeing local brands like Fino thrive is a breath of fresh air. It also affirms our capability to be at par with the best in the world. It even adds to the list of things that make me proud to be a Filipino.
I have always wanted to own a leather bag, something that’s long-lasting and worthy of my hard-earned money. I initially wanted a Cuyana tote (me and my bias for tote bags!) in caramel but decided against it after setting foot inside a Fino store and laying my eyes on the Davos bag, which is the very design synonymous to Fino. I knew right then and there it was the one I truly wanted. But I found it expensive at PHP8,000+ then. Plus, I didn’t have the money yet. When the time came that I already had the money for the bag, inflation made its price even higher at PHP13,000+.
The purchase happened just last Saturday when we went to the Fino store in Alabang Town Center (ATC). I first went inside the store to browse and a Davos bag in blue suddenly caught my attention. It was on sale at 20% off! I got out of the store thinking long and hard. Somehow I knew that was the moment I had been waiting for. The hubby kept on telling me to get it already. So I went back to the store only to leave empty-handed a minute later. When I went inside the store for the third time, siguro nakahalata na yung sales attendant na gusto ko bumili, nag-offer na ng 25% discount. Nag-compute naman ako agad, sa original price na PHP13,850, aabot din pala sa PHP3,462.50 yung magiging discount ko. For me, that was the sign! And so the hubby and I left the store with my Fino leather bag. Mainit-init pa, hahaha.
My blue Davos bag has a shoulder strap. Davos bags manufactured before didn’t have one. There is now a smaller version of the Davos but I opted to get the regular size (H22 x W18 x L29 cm). Mine also has stainless steel hardware instead of the usual brass. Did I mention its French calf leather exterior is soft and smooth to the touch and smells good?
The lavender blue lining inside gives a good contrast to its blue exterior. And the seamless stitching, just wow! It speaks a lot about Fino’s attention to details. The bag is a bit heavy on its own (but definitely lighter than the other leather bags I tried carrying in leatherware shops during window shopping) and so I plan to limit its contents when I’d use it.
All Fino bags have a lifetime service warranty. Once you’ve bought a leather bag (or any other items) from Fino, your name is instantly added to their listing which entitles you to a 10% discount in your future purchases. You just have to tell the store where your listing is (mine is with Fino ATC branch).
I have to give credit to my husband for pushing me to get my first leather bag. He didn’t just push me to get it, he even bought and carried it for me! A million thanks, my love. With my bag budget still intact, I can now buy another bag. Just kidding!
Few, better things. This statement, that happens to be Cuyana’s tagline, remains to be my minimalist goal. With the arrival of my leather bag, I plan to hand down some of my bags to Mame (who’s a natural hoarder, but that’s a story for a different post). I know I can function with just a few but better bags.
P.S. My first Fino item is a green zippered jewelry box in croc leather which was a birthday gift from my former boss back in October 2011. It’s been five years with me now but it still looks as good as new! For me, that’s an assurance that this new bag of mine will also last.
P.P.S. I’m one happy and satisfied customer! 🙂
May you choose happiness always,