VENT has announced the release date of the 2014 fukubukuro ~
I have been stuck debating which fukubukuro I want to order this year, if I want to order any at all. This has lead to me to reflect on last year's (2013) fukubukuro (aka lucky packs/LP).
Last year, I ordered the 20000yen Premium Trunk Carry from VENT. Stock photos of the trunk -
Besides the customs fees, I was super freaking excited about receiving it even though I already knew what the contents would be.
Positives for ordering from VENT -
reserve it early (I put in my order the day these were released and didn't have to worry about whether I would get it or not)
quick arrival (LP was shipped promptly by VENT on 12/30 and arrived at/processed by Tenso on 1/2. Tenso shipped it on 1/4 and I received it in Hawaii on 1/8)
20000yen trunk option (see MaruQ comparison below)
Negatives for ordering from VENT -
Tenso fees and customs (price of shipping will kill. If you have another way to forward it to you, I'd advise that. This is technically not VENT's fault. If you live in Japan, LPs will ship to you for free)
no Rose line (MaruQ offers this. I believe the rose option is also available at physical store locations)
Japanese (ofc, this is only a problem if you don't know any Japanese)
The results of this LP about one year later -
The items I kept - I love the luggage, and even though I don't anticipate it getting a lot of use, I love just looking at it. The two-tone sweater is not something I would have usually purchased, but I enjoy having it in my wardrobe. The material is really really soft. The coat, similarly to the luggage, will not be used very often but a good piece to have on the occasion that I might need it. Receiving it in the lucky pack keeps me from buying other (completely-wrong-for-Hawaii) coats from Liz Lisa. The T-shirt is really simple and lightweight. It's good to just throw on for a casual look.
The items I sold - I liked the floral dress, but it's long sleeved so I thought someone would get better use of it. Same with the button down. The skort/sukapan wasn't of typical Liz Lisa quality imo and the material was a little irregular. It could have been used for layering, but I was happy to give the person who bought it a deal so they could own LL. The sweater was fine, but not something I thought I would use very often. The skirt was a nice, soft material on the outside and the design was cute, but I feel like there should have been a zipper or more stretch in the waistline area. I could barely pull it over my hips and the best way to put it on/take it off was over my head/shoulders. (This was fully disclosed at time of sale.) I would have kept this skirt except for this difficulty.
Final verdict and considerations for 2014 - 6/10. The bulk of this score is because I just love the luggage so freaking much. I also quite like the coat, but am just luke warm about the tshirt and 2-tone sweater. The score would be a 4 if I had not sold the five items that I did. It is because of this that I am not sure if I want to order the 20000yen LP for 2014. Especially because I don't need a second luggage (- I'm assuming it will include a luggage). Additionally, the quality for a couple of the above items were a little questionable for me. I think the only reason I'll order another 20000yen LP is because the luggage is too cute to resist, and I'd fear regret and extreme jealousy if I see others who get it -__- haha. Maybe I'd order the 5000yen bag.
The second fukubukuro I bought last year was the Rose tote -
Sorry this is such a crap photo, but it's the first photo I got of the bag. I was away from my family home and my mom texted me that the bag came and she opened it lol.
I ordered this one from MaruQ after I heard they were taking orders. I liked that I was able to order the Rose (floral) series because VENT only had the Boston (white) bags. I noticed that the contents of my Rose tote were not the same as others' who ordered the same tote. That element kept the contents a surprise until I opened it.
I paid $150 for a 10000yen tote and $15 for the shipping. No chance for customs because it's shipping from California. Total for this tote was $165.
I sent one of the MaruQ shop staff an ask on tumblr to inquire about their plans for LP orders for 2014. I'll update this if/when I get an answer.
**Update from Tiffa - confirmation that MaruQ will be doing LP orders for 2014**
Positives for ordering from MaruQ -
the price (even though they charge a bit more for the actual bag, I think I probably would have paid at least $65 to ship the tote with Tenso, and there is a possibility of being charged a customs fee. This was also paid in USD versus yen)
different stock (I was able to order the Rose tote that wasn't available through VENT)
English (the entire transaction was in English, although since their online store wasn't 100% functioning, I think I had to communicate through emails instead of making a "purchase")
Negatives for ordering from MaruQ -
date of arrival (I didn't receive my LP until March 12. I was billed on January 6)
communication (at the time the company was fairly new, and I was left wondering if my LP was in the mail and whether I should file a paypal claim)
no 20000yen trunk option (although MaruQ had the Rose line, they didn't offer the trunk. If I had not ordered the trunk from VENT, I would have been SOL if I waited to see if MaruQ had it)EDIT: I just got a teeny tiny hint that MaruQ maybeee might possibly be selling the 2014 Rich Vintage Rose Carry! If (BIG if) they do, they will likely only be available for sale in-store at MaruQ, so if they sell them and if you live in SF or know someone who does, you're super lucky!
The results of this LP about one year later -my east coast trip recently. I like this dress much more than the dress that came with the luggage LP. It's suitable to wear here and the material and design are both great. The butterfly sleeve top is very lightweight and very pretty. I think it was a 2012 spring/summer item(?). The skirt is cute and a good fit, made of quality material.
The item I'm giving away -
I'm giving this coat away here (ends today actually) ENDED. Thanks to everyone to entered! I like it a lot, but I don't think I need two coats in Hawaii lol. I thought it would be a good opportunity for people who might not be able to afford it to own brand, and since colder weather is coming up for much of mainland America, the timing is right. There are no issues/problems with this item except that it is a coat, and I live in Hawaii. I like this coat a lot more than the one that came with the Boston tote (I didn't order it but I saw pictures).
Final verdict and considerations for 2014 - 8.5/10. I thought this purchase was well worth the price. I don't love a lot of the items in it, but I do like many of them and find them wearable. If I wasn't giving away the coat, I'd be keeping the majority of the items. I didn't really like that I didn't receive it until mid March, but it's a fairly minor sacrifice I guess. I can only hope they will be better at communication now than they were last year. If MaruQ does fukubukuro orders for 2014, I will probably order one or more if they don't increase the price, especially if they offer something VENT doesn't.
Anyone want to share their fukubukuro experience? :)