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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Segue: Handy, Pretty Suitcases at Citystars
With all the holidays we’ve been having lately, we are probably all in need of some new travel luggage. Airports usually aren’t the gentlest when handling your luggage, and after three flights your brand new suitcase tends to look wrecked. Thankfully, there are shops in Cairo like Segue, where you can get a brand new shimmering and shiny suitcase set.
Located in Heliopolis on the first floor of Citystars’ Phase 2, across from The Body Shop, Segue carries suitcases by Benetton. Next to the suitcases there are also a lot of purses by Sisley, Segue’s own brand and some more by Benetton. The good thing about Benetton’s suitcases is that they usually have very bright designs with funky colours, making it easier to spot your suitcase on the luggage conveyer belt.
Segue offers Benetton suitcase sets, most of which are around the same price. The best part about Benetton suitcases is they are lightweight; so you can pack all the more items. The small suitcase weighs around 3.5kg and costs 1070LE. The middle size weighs 4kg and will set you back 1280LE. The large suitcase weighs 5kg and costs 1520LE. These prices apply to the standard line. The design is bright with the Benetton logo all over it.
There are some special designed lines as well, such as the Shakira line. The Shakira line looks deliciously fine: the hard shell cases come in bright pink or blue with the Benetton logo popping out. At the time of this reviewer’s visit, only the medium size and small size were available for 1470LE and 1225LE respectively.
There is an extensive collection of purses too. They come in all shapes, sizes and designs. If you’re looking for bright purple, eclectic orange or simple black, you can find something here.
The Benetton bags in the cheaper section have rather dull designs with the brand logo all over. If you don’t mind being a walking commercial, you can score yourself a small bag (225LE) or a medium sized one (350LE). If you want a more timeless design, then you will have to shell out at least 795LE for a shopper.
Segue’s own brand is very similar to Benetton in design but a bit more expensive. Small and medium-sized bags cost between 300LE and 400LE. If you want something less dull, flower-designed purses are also available. Prices for the nicer designed line start at 525LE.
Most bags by Sisley are similarly priced between 400LE and 500LE. Unfortunately, the design of Sisley is also very similar to that of Benetton and Segue; so much so that this reviewer began to suspect that all the bags were produced in the same factory.
There is a small shoe section too, featuring Segue’s own brand including wedges for 500LE and Birkenstock-inspired flip-flops for 230LE.Segue’s designs all look alike, which is boring if you want diversity; so it’s better to focus on the suitcases instead. The shop’s attendants are friendly and generally let your stroll around on your own without bothering you. When you’re in need of a nicely designed and brightly coloured suitcase; definitely check out Segue.
Wobbling under the weight of ridiculous price tags, many of Cairo’s fashion addicts are now left to choose their battles; either opt for a cheaper version of their favourite, or merely lessen the damage of bankruptcy by disregarding unnecessary items that add up figures to the cheque.
But come what may, one thing a real fashion addict can never dispose of is the final touch of a piece of jewelry, which can do wonders to an outfit. One of the places that saves the hassle of finding what’s both affordable and trendy is I AM – an accessories shop in Mall of Arabia.
Located next to Paul, the little shop has a minimal setting of black and white, letting all the shiny little items do the magic. Displayed next to the entrance is a collection of trendy earrings, including a floral ear cuff (105LE) made of leaf-shaped plastic stones of mint-green and powder-pink. While the first needs nothing but a pierced ear lobe, those who have their ear frame pierced will find a collection of sets to choose from, starting from 90LE.
Though the previous collection offers trend, I AM has other accessories that offer both trend and value through a collection of gold and silver–plated jewellery. From the 925 silver-plated accessories, we liked a pair of hollow triangle earrings (225LE) and a gold-plated necklace, to which a charm in the shape of 3 dots is attached. Bearing in mind that the brand is trying to maintain a certain price range, the pieces of this collection are microscopic, if compared to other collections.
But I AM boasts a decent collection of bags, from which we liked a velvet-embellished tote bag (425LE). Other than that, there’s a limited range of items like scarves and hats, including a tribal-patterned pink and beige scarf (299LE) and a burgundy head turban made of wool (120LE), which can come in handy in the winter.
With such a colourful spectrum of trendy-yet-affordable accessories, I AM is the silver lining to many a fashion addict’s financial woes – when diamonds are unaffordable, I AM’s accessories are a girl’s next best friend.