You can start shopping for luxury bags even before you step out of the airport terminals. Just head to Terminal 2 or 3 and check out their Duty Free shops there, which stock all the luxury brands with their latest offerings. What's great about the Duty Free shops is that you don't have to pay sales tax or goods and services tax (GST) which is prevalent everywhere else. Choose from world-renowned brands such as Christian Dior, Bally, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Chloé, Hermès, Coach, Tod's and many more, to get that coveted bag even before you hit the city.
Continue on your quest to find the perfect luxury bag in Orchard Road. The main malls you should be checking out would be ION Orchard, Paragon Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Mandarin Gallery and the DFS Galleria in Orchard. This DFS Galleria is far more extensive than those found in the airports, with four levels dedicated to branded merchandise, so you'd definitely find a bag that catches your fancy.
Head down to ION Orchard, a big futuristic building that's impossible to miss and make a beeline for the luxury side, with brands including Bottega Veneta, Diane Von Furstenberg, Herve Leger, Miu Miu, Prada and Vivienne Tam. Ngee Ann City is another great choice, offering brands such as Juicy Couture, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Shanghai Tang. Make a quick stop over to Mandarin Gallery to check out the luxury bags from Marc by Marc Jacobs, Emporio Armani and Che Che. Round up your trip in Orchard road with a visit to Paragon Shopping Centre and pick up a statement bag from Tod's, Burberry, Miu Miu or Prada.
If you're in the vicinity of the glitzy integrated resort, Marina Bay Sands, there's no real need for you to get out of the area, with luxury brands at your doorstep. At Marina Bay Sands, look for your favourite IT bags from Coach, Longchamp, Agnés b, Hervé Leger, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Christian Dior, Chanel and even Hermès to scour the racks for the elusive Birkin bag.
If, however, paying top dollar for the bags is as yet a pipe dream, there are other ways to purchase the couture bags for a less steep price. Look out for sales of these luxury goods that usually occur during June to July and during the Christmas period between November and December, where prices may be marked down as low as 50%.