Passion Investment: A Journey into the World of Modern Luxury

Kabinet Privé founder and CEO, Dato’ Sri Rozita Ramelan gave a seminar on investing in luxury collectibles to the attendees of the Hall of Fame Etiqperience September 2019.

During the two-hour presentation at Saro Lounge Kuala Lumpur, Dato’ Sri Rozita shared some of her own insights with the latest market research and analysis on investing in luxury handbags, jewellery and watches. Members of the Hall of Fame also learnt how to navigate the secondary luxury market and gained valuable tips and tricks on buying and selling.

The attendees also had the opportunity to preview a selection of luxury handbags, jewellery and watches from Kabinet Privé collections.

Kabinet Privé X with Bernard Chandran Petang Raya 2019/2020

In collaboration with Bernard Chandran, Kabinet Privé previewed its new pre-loved luxury handbags collection at Bernard Chandran Petang Raya 2019/2020 today.

Targeted at serious collectors, Kabinet Privé X or KPX for short, is a new collection from the luxury retailer and concierge featuring a fine selection of one-of-its-kind runway and limited-edition pieces from international fashion houses.

At the fashion show, Bernard Chandran showcased his creations for this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri featuring a selection of Chanel minaudières from the KPX collection including a 2011 Pre-Fall Byzance Evening Clutch and a Limited Edition Twisted Mirror Runway Bag.

Fans of the House of Chanel will delight in iconic pieces like the Reissue 2.55 bags available from KPX in a variety of styles, from exotic alligator skin to quilted and sequinned leather. The collection also offers Chanel die-hards timeless models like the Boy bags and flap bagsin different colours and materials.

The KPX collection also includes pre-loved pieces from Hermès including limited edition tri-colour exotic leather pieces bags and special order horseshoe stamped (HSS) bags. To ensure quality control and assurance, Kabinet Privé provides a six-point scale grading to describe the condition of items available in the pre-loved collection.

Select items from the KPX collection are now available online with worldwide delivery via and more items to be added soon. Private clients of Kabinet Privé may access the KPX collection by appointment at The St Regis Boutique in Kuala Lumpur or through its personal concierge services in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Six Influential Women and their Hermès Pocketbooks

Christine Lagarde

First up, International Monetary Fund (IMF) managing director & chairwoman Christine Lagarde. Forbes named her one of the most powerful women in 2014 & 2018 and ranked her at 22nd place of the Most Powerful People in the World last year. Her influence in the world economy is evident through her leadership in the European debt crisis, the US-China trade war and the adoption of digital currency across the world.⁣

POWER DRESSING – Christine Lagarde is pictured here toting a green Hermès Birkin at No 11 Downing Street for a meeting with the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
POWER DRESSING – Christine Lagarde is pictured here toting an Hermès Birkin 35 in Malachite at No 11 Downing Street for a meeting with the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Margaret Thatcher

As prime minister of the United Kingdom – the first woman to hold the post – the late Margaret Thatcher revolutionised the country’s economy, weakened its trade unions, won the Falklands War, battled the Irish Republican Army (IRA), revived British foreign policy and survived an assassination attempt – amongst her many other feats. She was a divisive figure within her own party and amongst the British public throughout her tenure of over 11 and a half years as prime minister.

COMMANDING PRESENCE – Margaret Thatcher is pictured here sporting an exotic Hermès Kelly bag with French President Francois Mitterrand in Paris. (Photo by Georges Bendrihem/AFP)
COMMANDING PRESENCE – Margaret Thatcher is pictured here sporting an exotic Hermès Kelly bag with the then French President François Mitterrand in Paris, 1990. (Photo by Georges Bendrihem/AFP)

Martha Stewart

Started out as a model turned stockbroker, Martha Stewart is a pioneer in the business of homemaking and entertaining. She founded the first truly ‘omnimedia’ company with a syndicated daytime television show, print magazines and cookbooks, digital content and e-commerce websites as well as merchandising deals with brands such as Kmart, Sears, Macy’s and Home Depot.

IT'S A GOOD THING – In the picture, Martha Stewart making an appearance at her infamous trial in 2004 with her trusty brown Hermès Birkin.
IT’S A GOOD THING – In the picture, Martha Stewart making an appearance at her infamous trial in 2004 with her trusty brown Hermès Birkin 35.

Grace Kelly

Before she was known as Princess Grace of Monaco, she reigned as the queen of the silver screen. Grace Kelly is perhaps most remembered for her roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s films: ‘Dial M for Murder’, ‘Rear Window’ and ‘To Catch a Thief’. She earned an Oscar and a Golden Globe playing against type opposite Bing Crosby in ‘The Country Girl’. This icon of Hollywood glamour retired from acting to marry the Prince of Monaco at the height of her career. For the rest of her life, she was actively involved in philanthropic work around the world through the childhood protection charity she founded, AMADE Mondiale.

TIMELESS BEAUTY – Pictured above, Grace Kelly carrying the Hermès namesake bag at the announcement of her engagement to Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 (Photo by Howard Sochurek/Getty Images)
TIMELESS BEAUTY – Pictured above, Grace Kelly carrying the Hermès namesake bag at the announcement of her engagement to Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956 (Photo by Howard Sochurek/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga

She rose to fame with her chart-topping single, ‘Just Dance’ in the late ’00s. After bagging numerous Grammy awards for her singing and songwriting, Lady Gaga proved herself as a multi-faceted talent with her Golden Globe win for ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ and, more recently, the various award nominations and wins for her critically-acclaimed performance in ‘A Star is Born’. A fashion maverick, Lady Gaga’s over-the-top sense of style never fails to make headlines. Through her music, she champions the message of equality and empowerment and gives the younger generation a voice in the world today.

GOOGOO OVER GAGA – Lady Gaga spotted casually sporting a black Hermès Kelly (that she has not yet defaced).
GOOGOO OVER GAGA – Pictured above, Lady Gaga casually sporting a black black Hermès Kelly (that she has not yet defaced).

Beyoncé Knowles

For many of us, growing up at the turn of the millennium means growing up with Destiny’s Child – the R&B group fronted by Beyoncé – and their girl power anthems like ‘Independent Woman’, ‘Bills, Bills, Bills’ and ‘Survivor’. Today, Beyoncé is even more so a force to be reckoned with. The music she produced as a solo performer has not only won her multiple Grammy awards and filled up arenas across the globe, but continued to inspire women and girls around the world with messages of female independence and empowerment.

WORKING IT – Beyoncé pictured above arriving at work toting an orange Hermès Kelly bag. (Photo by Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto)
WORKING IT – Beyoncé pictured above toting an orange Hermès Kelly bag, arriving at work in New York City, 2011. (Photo by Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto)

Luxury Bags in Auspicious Colours for the Year of the Pig 2019

Birkin 25 Terre Battue Togo with Palladium Hardware

This is the ‘it bag’ for the Year of the Pig 2019. The togo Birkin 25 comes in a very special colour formulation by Hermès called terre battue (French for ‘clay court’).

The colour is a brilliant combination of brown, red and orange hues making it especially auspicious this year. The palladium hardware gives it a nice metallic contrast for a sense of heightened elegance.

Never go wrong with earthy colours

Earthy colours are not only eternally fashionable for Hermès classics like the Birkin and Kelly bags, but they are a favourite of ours for the Year of the Brown Pig. You cannot go wrong with these natural shades of brown and grey.

HSS Birkin 35 Étoupe & Raisin Clemence with Gold Hardware

This special order horseshoe-stamped Birkin 35 comes in tow-coloured clemence leather with dark grape (raisin) inside, a perfect piece for business and casual wear.

The gold hardware adds a touch of class and symbolises abundance, wealth and prosperity.

Birkin 30 Gris Asphalt Togo with Gold Hardware

This asphalt grey Birkin 30 with gold hardware will enhance practically any outfit that you wear this year.

Made from baby calf, the togo leather holds the Birkin timeless cut perfectly and is relatively easy to care, suitable for regular use.

Birkin 25 Béton Togo with Gold Hardware

The off-white concrete-like colour of this Birkin 25 is not only easy on the eye but naturally compliments well with the gold hardware.

Comes in togo leather, the bag is perfect for special occasions from spring through summer this year.

Multiply prosperity and happiness with bright red

In many eastern cultures, red symbolises good fortune and joy. It is also associated with the meanings of love, passion and desire. When paired with green, red is especially lucky this year if you were born in the Year of the Ox or the Year of the Snake. For those born in Tiger and Horse Years, match bright red with white. We recommend these bright shades of Hermès red for a prosperous 2019.

Kelly 25 Sellier Rose Jaipur Epsom with Palladium Hardware

This Sellier Kelly 25 comes in a bright shade of pink with a prominent tint of orange making it the perfect statement piece for special functions and events.

Epsom is a type of light leather that enhances the classic design of this Kelly bag. Known for its fine grains, this leather is resistant to scratches and is easy to care.

Kelly 32 Sellier Rouge Casaque Epsom with Gold Hardware

This extremely fashionable deep red Kelly 32 will undoubtedly match well with any combination of light and dark ensemble off your wardrobe.

The gold hardware sets perfectly on the epsom leather and adds an elevated look and feel to this fine bag.

For more 2019 style inspiration, follow Kabinet Privé on Instagram.

A Surprise Birthday Soirée for Dato’ Joneser Choi

Dato’ Sri Rozita Ramelan gathered her posse to throw a surprise Hermès-themed birthday soirée for Dato’ Joneser Choi at The St Regis Kuala Lumpur. Guests, including fashion designer Dato’ Sri Bernard Chandran, celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, PR maven Selina Yeop and Tony Tan of New York City, arrived at the party toting their favourite Birkin, Kelly and Constance bags. Dato’ Joneser Choi and friends spent the afternoon catching up over tea and cakes at The Drawing Room before exploring the latest luxury collection from Kabinet Privé at The St Regis Boutique.