Friday, November 22, 2013

Analysis of my 2013 Liz Lisa fukubukuro

VENT has announced the release date of the 2014 fukubukuro ~
There will be 3 options for Liz Lisa - one for 20000yen, one for 10000yen and one for 5000yen. They will be available for order on 11/30 at 7pm Japan time.
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 -
 And the contents image that was released -
I received the items exactly as pictured - one coat, one dress, two knits, three tops, two bottoms and a small tote for a total of 10 items and then the luggage to make 11. I paid 21000yen for the LP itself, 13780yen for the shipping via Tenso and $55 to customs. My total for the order was over $450 because of the exchange rate at the time.
Besides the customs fees, I was super freaking excited about receiving it even though I already knew what the contents would be.
After trying on all of the clothes, I knew there were pieces I liked a lot and pieces that I could part with.  When someone on tumblr first suggested that I sell some brand name pieces from my closet, I knew some of these items would be good to list.

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.

The items I am still trying to sell - Anyone want the small floral tote? I just listed it in my shop. The outside material is soft and fuzzy. Like something you might make a stuffed animal out of. SOLD! The tank top...the arm holes are a little small. It would be good for someone very tiny or maybe a pre-teen? If it doesn't sell, I may gift it to my cousin's daughter. Make me an offer if you don't like my price :) SOLD thank you!

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 -
The items I kept -The tote is lovely. It's pretty good quality, and I like the pattern on the outside. It matches well with the luggage. I used them both on 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).

The items I am still trying to sell - The cosmetic case is the same print and material as the small tote from the luggage LP. I recently listed it.  Buy it with the small tote and get $5 off the total (message me for details). It was in the plastic I received it in until I opened it to take pictures. The sheer dot sleeve/collar top is lovely. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's a long sleeve item that I don't find useful here. I'll accept any offers on these! BOTH SOLD! Thank you so much!

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? :)


Thank you to the people who bought these items! I hope you/the person you bought them for enjoys them! The only item remaining from my 2013 fukubukuro for sale is the tank top!


  1. Will you but this year's fukubukuro?
    I'm still thorn whether I'll buy it or not because I have items that I still wanted and if what I got from fukubukuro is not something that I wanted, it'll be a waste for me. Any suggestion?

    1. I'm still really unsure if I want to buy from VENT. I think I have to wait to see the design of the bags. Will you be in Japan for New Years? If I was, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it. The reason I'm so uncertain is because the cost of shipping is so high :\ To me, it's fun not to know what will be inside, but it's not for everyone

    2. Yes, I'm also waiting to see how the bags will look, last year's was really good, I really want one, you're so lucky ; w ;
      I'll be here for new years as well

    3. Haha you're the lucky one! You'll get to experience the in-store buy! :3

    4. After seeing the design, I decided to purchase the premium rose trunk, I really love the design and considering trunk/luggage price is also similar (19-25.000-ish), I think this is a good chance and a good deal ; w ; but I'll still buy some clothes from in-store sale...if I still have enough money lol
      I also leave an ask on your tumblr under the name kamithoshiki, thank you for answering^^

  2. Hi, may I know are you able to buy the liz lisa fukubukuro when you walk to their shop in japan or do you have to order online first??

    Thank you :)

    1. Hi, I don't live in Japan, so I can't buy anything in-store from Liz Lisa shops. I buy my clothes online. As stated in the entry above, I ordered one from VENT Online Store and had it delivered to me and another from MaruQ, a store that takes orders for fukubukuro in San Francisco. You can buy the fukubukuro in Japan if you wait in line and you don't have to do a pre-order of it online. If you order it online, it will ship to you. Hope this answers your question

    2. Hi Jengyee,
      To help answer your question, Fukubukuro at Shibuya109 and in general starts Jan 2. Girls line up for hours or even a day before the mall opens. For the Liz Lisa store there are two lines. One for the store and the other for fukubukuro. The line to enter the store is crazy long. Maybe a 2-3hr wait because the whole store is 40% off but there was no line to buy fukubukuro so you could walk up to the sales clerk to purchase the lucky bags. The cheaper items like 5000bag and 10000bag were selling quick but there was tons of trunks still left. Oh and another thing Harajuku starts their fukubukuro Jan 1. There's a Liz Lisa store located there so you can technically get your fukubukuro items a day earlier which is what I did. You must go early because since the store is smaller and the lucky bags were sold quicker. Hope this helps!

      <3 Sachiko

    3. Sachiko, Let me also thank you for this info! I've never been to Japan during new years and don't think I ever will be any time soon, so this is very helpful to know based on your experience.

  3. I see. Thank you so much :)

  4. Hi Emiichan! How much does the trunk weigh? This is because this year I'm getting the vintage rose trunk so I'd like to be able to estimate how much I will need to pay for shipping (I use Tenso). :) Thanks!

    1. Looking back at my previously shipped orders from Tenso, the weight was "7,360g".
      I paid 13780yen to ship the 20000yen fukubukuro to myself.
      The breakdown was (Service Fee 1,980yen + EMS Fee 11,800yen).
      I also paid $55 for customs even though it was marked as a gift, just fyi.

  5. I enjoyed this analysis :) You're cute, I love to see your outfits!

    OMG, I love the Rose tote!!

    1. Thanks! I love that tote as well. I rarely use it because I don't want to ruin it though :|

    2. I totally understand you!! Liz Lisa items are so precious *-*