Shoutout to gyaru-coordinates on tumblr for giving me the heads up about the preorder!
I got my pre-order purchase in on November 14 which was pretty recently after the release I think. (I'm not sure since I wasn't planning on buying it so there wasn't much research beforehand lol.) This was basically about 12 hours after I knew it existed. The lavender color option for the bag was already sold out, but I was okay with the pink one anyway. I had to figure out how to use the site (where the add to cart button was, how to put all my info in) since I hadn't previously registered and also haven't used FashionWalker before. Like many other Japanese brands, Swankiss does not ship internationally, but I knew I would be able to use Tenso as a forwarding service, so I was reasonably confident I could figure it out. I spent about 2 or more hours fussing with the check out process lol. I think this is partially because of how I was trying it go about it and partially because I wasn't using Google Chrome and had to kind of copy/paste to Google Translate for individual fields lol. There were some other issues, but the process isn't supposed to be complicated, and I think my next order (if I ever do one) will go smoothly. Making a fukubukuro purchase as my first order from a new website probably isn't ideal because I wasn't completely sure if my order was completely successful despite the credit card charge and confirmation email, but I'd have to wait over a month until Jan 1 or later to be totally sure lol. As it turned out, everything was fine in terms of the payment and check out process being correct.
When I first pre-ordered back in November, I was quite nervous about the contents since I have rarely felt compelled to purchase Swankiss items in the past. Don't get me wrong - I quite like the brand...but more in a way where I admire the people who wear it because it's so bold. I never wanted to gamble on it by purchasing online. I figured that the fukubukuro items would be slightly on the toned down side compared to their specialty items each season. I looked at last year's (2014's) contents and didn't mind them toooo much (as far as fukubukuro items go since they are for winter), so I was nervous but also quite looking forward to what I would get for my first Swankiss items!
I impatiently waited for the contents to be revealed. I had looked around and noticed that someone had posted the sample reveal around Christmas 2013 for last year's (2014) fuku, but I didn't see anything for this year (2015) until January 2! No big deal, of course, but I just like see the reveal if there is one. This photo is from Swankiss producer Saaya Hayashida's blog -
Saaya and 109 shop staff in the coat (which was actually seen in the promo photos as well) -
[Click on the pictures for the source post]
Based on these photos, I was quite excited to get my fukubukuro! Definitely not products that I would have necessarily made the move to buy and purchase myself individually, but great to see in person and just cool to try on to see how they look on me.
I received an email that my fukubukuro shipped (to Tenso) on 12/31. Tenso received and processed it on 1/6 (early AM my time), and I paid for shipping the same day. It was delivered to my house on 1/10.
I was a bit nervous about the shipping cost because of the shape/size. I was guessing it would be around the same weight as Liz Lisa's tote fukubukuro (which in the past had cost others around $90 to ship with Tenso). But with Tenso's new shipping options, I thought it might be a little better. It weighed in at 3820g, and there was only a 700yen difference between shipping insured EMS versus uninsured SAL, so I decided to go with EMS (also since I chose SAL for my Liz Lisa trunk and didn't want to wait forever for both).
Unboxing (sorry these were just quickly taken with my cell phone) -
|slightly squished in the box and not covered in plastic! (which was surprising a little tbh? but obviously not of the utmost importance)|
|fluffs out fine|
Off-white coat with (faux) faur collar, cuffs and heart pockets and pom poms
The fur details are nice and soft. I'm not exactly sure what the material the main part of the coat is made of since I'm not very familiar with it/this kind of clothes. I want to say it's some kind of woven or maybe close to a tweed? A typical winter/coat material though. The inside is fully lined and everything seems really well made. The buttons are magnetic snaps which makes it easy to close and especially easy to take off (where you don't have to worry about one falling off by struggling with it)- Coordinate: with red bow headband (/pearl headband), lace detail OTK socks and Liz Lisa OTK boots
Pink OP with ribbon applique
This OP is definitely made of a little heavier material and would be good during moderate winters or maybe one of the transition seasons (spring or autumn) depending on how you style it. Again, the quality seems very good and well-constructed. The applique ribbons are firmly attached. I wasn't able to take photos of this OP on my mannequin because...well...it doesn't fit on it :O. There's no stretch in this dress and my mannequin isn't squishy/it doesn't have any "give" because it's stuffed very solidly. The mannequin has what I would guess is a typical US size medium hips/butt and shoulder area which isn't manipulable. That being said, it fits on me (typical US size XS/S) quite well lol.
- Coordinate: with Ank Rouge button down, ankle socks and Liz Lisa ankle boots
White flower lace inner top
- Coordinate: with Liz Lisa Mermaid OP, translucent tights and Flag J pumps
Intended fukubukuro coordinate
- Coordinate: with OTK socks and Liz Lisa lace-up back pumps
+ the fuku coat
Black and white heart print button down with small ruffle details
I think in some photos this top is reading as navy, but I looked at it under different types of light and I'm like 99.9% sure it's black. Thankfully this top isn't made out of a really thick material. It's a pretty typical light/somewhat thin polyester with a print on it. The length is just short of what I would consider "full length" on me. What I mean by that is that I wouldn't wear this top without tucking it in. That probably doesn't make a lot of sense to anyone but me, but I just feel like if it had another inch or two in length, it would be more versatile. That being said, I think it's probably meant to be tucked in anyway and most people don't want the extra fabric to stuff in and bunch up when that's happening, so for this intended use, it's great. There's small ruffles on the collar and the front opening along the buttons. There are similar details on the cuffs as well. There are a few stray stings on the button holes, but that's easily taken care of with a few snips and otherwise, this seems like another quality piece.
- Coordinate: with fitted skirt and sequin pumps
Denim apron skirt with "Love angel" embroidery
- Coordinate: with Liz Lisa sleeveless lace detail top, pearl headband, (Liz Lisa ribbon belt) and Liz Lisa floral wedges (+ Samantha Thavasa purse)
Intended fukubukuro coordinate
- Coordinate: with OTK socks and Liz Lisa heart suede pumps
new red shoes. I chose a white OTK sock because I thought that would match with the print of the hearts. I wish they were a little more opaque, but I didn't want to go out and buy new ones so just bear with me lol. I added the beret because I remembered seeing it on the Swankiss Shibuya 109 shop staff (see photos above). I'm not exactly sure what style genre this outfit would fall into, but I'm pretty happy with it.
+ the fuku coat (and heart shoulder bag)
Fukubukuro "unboxing" and coordinate video
And here are some short gifs if you want to see the items in motion without watching the video lol -
|Coordinated the ribbon OP with this Betsy Johnson purse which is actually not shown in above photos lol|
|Better view of this coordinate with the heart bag|
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