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Need the 101 on how to work with SAs at luxury boutiques as a first-time buyer. Do you “shop around” until you find one you like? If something isn’t in stock, do they text you proactively? Would love to hear how you all developed relationships.

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I send my husband there. He always comes back with an SA number. I'm telling him the model I need, he marches into a store and says smth like “I need a birkin bag, color X, size Y” (I never tried it with Birkin, cause I don't like Hermes in general). And they always like “Here it is” or “We don't have it now, give us your number, and here is our number”. They treat me the same way only when I speak with my Russian accent, which is annoying. I guess you just need to be a bitch, and look at them like dirt for them to respect you.

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Sigh. Now to convince my luxury-hating bf that he needs to be my proxy 🤭 I’m saddened they don’t take women seriously Ha! Love that Turkey story…

Confidence is key. I’ve often found that knowing what you want helps, as opposed to wandering around the boutique aimlessly. Research the pieces that you want/are interested in, and when you‘re in the boutique simply say: “I’m interested in X, is it available? If so, I’d like to see it please”. I’ve found it easy to get what I want from SAs because I rock up to the boutique armed with knowledge about the brand/products I’m interested in. You don’t have to be rude, but somewhat firm. Reciprocating their energy also tends to work best, and when they see that you mean business, they often loosen up a bit too.

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Thank you!

Update: After calling the boutique, I got assigned to a lovely SA at the Cartier near me, and he’s been so responsive and helpful (without ever having met me). He helped me get my first watch / Cartier piece - months before official launch! Guess sometimes it is just about luck. Thanks for all the help ☺️

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I keep feeling like I’m too small of fish to get any attention (not expecting red carpet treatment!) from SAs at major boutiques, and I’m not sure what more I’m supposed to do to hear when something I want comes in, vs just buy a trendy color that happens to be in store 🥺

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