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Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt.
Be You: Every Diva's Replica Handbag Heaven
Everyone knows that an eye-catching handbag is a vital part of any girls outfit and needless to say, most girls dream of owning hundreds of designer bags. Although it’s free to dream, let’s be honest, unless we win the lottery or become famous overnight, this is likely to remain a little far-fetched for the foreseeable future. However, there’s no need to worry about how you’re going to make your millions just yet as Be You copies all the latest couture handbags and wallets; you can get the look, without the hideous price tag.
This glass fronted shop is brightly lit from the inside and the walls are covered, from floor to ceiling, with bags of all different shapes, sizes, colours and labels; we felt like children walking in to a sweet shop. They stock a range of (wanna-be) designer names; there were copies of the well known Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Tory Birch designs along with some genuine looking Burberry, Mulberry, and gorgeous Hermes wallets.
There was just one assistant in this little shop, which would have made for a nice, personal shopping experience. That is, if he was at all interested or even slightly excited about the products he was in charge of selling. It’s probably worth mentioning that the shop assistants in City Stars’ Be you are wonderfully friendly and tend to flounce about, pulling bag after bag from the shelves, just because they think you might like them. But, if you know exactly what you're looking for, enthusiastic assistants aren't entirely necessary - just nice to have.
We noticed that this branch also stocks an array of colourful carbon copy scarves, perfect for everyday wear; you wouldn't need to worry too much about ruining or losing it, whilst managing to look like a celebrity at the same time. They also stock flip-flops but after a quick glance, we decided they were best avoided; if you’re going to copy something, please try to copy it well.
Along with the assortment of fake bags to make you feel like a princess, the prices are fairly reasonable too, with sales of up to 50% off running regularly. The bags range from 120LE to 350LE and the purses start at 95LE but don’t exceed 200LE - absolute bargains compared to the originals in our opinion.
Whether you're looking for a casual day time bag or one to complete that classy evening out, Be You might be the way forward - at least until we've all saved up enough pennies for the real thing anyway.
With a newly launched branch in Lebanon Street – not too far from the existing one in Geziret El Arab Street – popular Spanish high-street fashion brand, Mango, has revived its presence on Cairo’s increasingly eclectic shopping scene with a colorful fiesta and a new summer collection for all the fashion gurus out there.
We entered the new spacious two-story venue, completely drawn by how neat and perfectly soothing the summer collection looks; with unified colours in each department skimming and browsing through the items is a breeze.
The first collection we laid eyes on was comprised of red, blue and white colours. A red-patterned jumpsuit with hints of blue (699LE), a cool white shirt with neat blue stripes (499LE) and bestseller jeggings (399LE) available in different shades of blue, were among the items that stood out.
The second collection, comprising of white, beige and black colours, had a sleeveless, dressy blue jumpsuit with a V-cut (699LE); one of the many items that wowed us.
Mango is known to also offer a versatile collection of evening gowns for shoppers, which can only be found in limited branches; a large collection of simple evening gowns – varying between 1,299LE and 1,599LE – can be found in abundance found in the Lebanon Street branch.
The outlet’s second floor is where all the discounted items are, with over 50% and 70% reductions. Cocktail dresses – including a short strapless one we loved – can reach 345LE. The shop also offers a large collection of trousers reaching 145LE each, in addition to shirts and blouses between 199LE to 245LE – prices that will only be available in Mango during discount season.
Overall, Mango’s summer collection boasts a colourful and vibrant look with an edgy, modern twist; it’s a treat for the eyes, but sadly not a treat for the pocket with its prices not affordable for the average shopper.