Friday, Friday!

On Fridays, we are allowed to wear jeans but I still opted to wear black pants because my beloved pair of jeans is still yet to be laundered. However, I was more keen to use this printed shirt with the robot bag because they both have the capacity to make me look, errrr, younger. LOL

1017 printed shirt, black skinny pants, Yves Saint Laurent patent sneakers and green Prada tessuto robot 2 tote

I’ve been using a lot of canvas and nylon bags lately, and even if I hate to admit it, I’m also kind of getting over my love of heavy leather bags. Under the summer heat, I prefer not to lug around a heavy luggage and anything non-leather makes my life easier. But in a month or so, summer will be up soon, and rainy season won’t be too kind as well. I have been looking at a functional bag on Ebay, from a brand I have never owned before. And that was when I saw this Porter by Yoshida Freestyle 2 Way briefcase bag.

The Porter by Yoshida briefcase bag on Ebay

(Photo from the Ebay seller)

Technically, I’ve been seeing this bag listed on Ebay since last year, and I kept on having tentative decisions whether I should just go for it or not. The first thing that put me off was the color. It it were on a happier color (i.e. red or even blue) or anything neutral other than black (preferably camel), I would have definitely gotten it in a snap. But as I already have a lot of black bags, common sense tells me that I don’t need another bag in black. Frankly, I’ve been trying to get rid of some of my bags by selling them online, but things are not going as fast as I’ve originally hoped. I’m really determined to downsize my stuff this year, given that I will be working in another sector where I need more discreet and less recognizable items to use. This Porter by Yoshida bag perfectly fits the bill. Discreet – check, functional – check, weatherproof – check; so what am I waiting for? The seller.

Porter by Yoshida Freestyle briefcase bag from BLACKBIRD

I’m still waiting for the seller’s reply. I remember haggling for the price way back in February but I have completely forgotten about asking. And then I thought of checking if the bag is still available, and saw that the seller had actually answered my request. It has been almost three months since that reply, and I’m still hoping that the offer still stands. I think i’m getting an extremely good deal over it at Php 1,500 total, especially the same bag is sold for US$ 500 on BLACKBIRD, and for US$ 603.25 of Ebay.com! The item looks leather-y but it is actually polyurethane-coated canvas, making it  really durable against the elements. Of course, I’m just justifying this purchase again with all my reasoning might. =D

(Un)fortunately, the ban has been broken!

Never say never“, that’s all I could think of when I contacted the seller of one of the bags I’ve been waiting for on Ebay. Just as I gave myself a lovely pat on the back before Valentine’s Day on how I managed not to buy a bag for myself in 2013, along came this tessuto robot tote!

Prada Tessuto Robot 2 in Apple Green

(Photos from the seller)

I couldn’t believe the thumbnail that I saw when I was just lazily scrolling on a seller’s items. Again, due to limitations imposed by Ebay on sellers, the one selling this was restricted to include designer names/brands in her auction titles. But I knew right away what this bag was and it was ONE of the tessuto robot designs I’ve been looking for a long time (i.e. a Tessuto Robot 2 tote bag)! I previously posted about the other Tessuto Robot I have, which was a casualty in an unfortunate event. It was admittedly a botched DIY project and I dared not use the fabric dye, out of fear of utterly ruining it. So just imagine how happy I was upon seeing this green wonder!

Prada Tessuto Robot 2 from Rakuten
(Photos from Rakuten)

There were few missing parts, though, particularly one of the keys in the left arm and the mouth of the robot itself. The other tessuto tote I have suffered from the same fate as well, with the robot’s right foot lost for quite some time already. But I was not surprised to see the mouth missing because unlike the other tessuto robot designs, this fellow had the sewn-in, rubber-y, heatstamped material, rather than a triangular and/or rectangular plaque present on the others. That, of course, is easily lost.

Prada Tessuto Robot 2 in Apple Green - Details

Distorted leather tag of Prada Tessuto Robot 2

But there was something else odd with the seller’s photos: they looked quite weird and distorted. I checked her other auctions and noticed that all of the recently uploaded pictures were bulging in the middle. I was definitely sure that she had forgotten to turn the fish-eye effect off! LOL Nevertheless, I saw no red flags as the details, albeit quite distorted, match perfectly with the other one I already have (which was checked by the helpful Gwen from the PurseWatch two years ago). I can’t wait for it to arrive because I have waited a long time for another tessuto tote! =D

Where the hell can I get acid dye in Manila?

Back in 2009, I was able to buy this whimsical Prada Tessuto Robot Tote 6 but I never got the chance to use it and it was stuck inside my closet. I had few misgivings with the color because it was something I have never carried before. I didn’t mind the robot detail because it was exquisitely done, but lightly blue was something I was not keen about.

Prada Tessuto Robot 6 - head - Manila, Philippines

Prada Tessuto Robot 6 - body

But along came Ondoy and destroyed some of my items. I was most devastated when I saw that this Tessuto Robot Tote has sustained irremovable stains because of the light-colored material. I initially tried removing it, of course, but to no avail. Then last year, since I no longer had any use for it, my DIY-inclined self kicked in and I spent a weekend coloring the bag to black:

Prada Tessuto Robot 6 DIY Project - Before and After

I was first happy with it and even used it several times, but at some point, I really want to make the look more finished. Yes, the bag was accidentally destroyed and I have technically altered its basic identity. LOL But what else can I do? Last Sunday, I was out to look for something to dye the bag. After careful research, I’ve read that the best thing to use to dye nylon was an acid dye. I searched and searched but there was none for sale in the area.

Venus Dye locally-known as 'jobos'

So I grabbed the nearest thing to acid dye that I could get — three sachets of Venus dyes, more popularly known as ‘jobos‘. But until today, I still haven’t done anything with it and I’m still thinking of where I can find an acid dye! I’ve tried looking on Sulit.com but the one selling was offering it on the bulk (a supplier) and I just mentioned I only needed a couple of grams. I never got a reply. LOL I made up my mind that I’m fine with the bag being black, even the details. I can make it as my own reusable bag (does it need to be Prada? Really? LOL), always stashed inside my bag. With all the eco-consciousness going on in Metro Manila recently (which makes me extremely happy!), I can do with a little reusing/recycling myself. Now, where to find some acid dye? Hmmm…