Every urbanite knows that a designer ID case holds the keys (sometimes literally) to her life. Subway pass, credit card, ID and some cash for a cab fare back home. The basic necessities for a perfect night (or afternoon) out. Such a vital accessory can’t be less-than-perfect. I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect ID case for months – as my patent leather Kate Spade New York case finally bit the dust. I was browsing through STA 219 Newbury Street and there I saw it.

Supple black leather. Embossed with a swirled floral design. A hint of a pink leather lining. Interlocking silver C’s. I died and went to accessory heaven. It was love at first sight.

The price tag was reasonable, especially since it was Chanel. But as a twentysomething on a budget, I hesitated. (I do have to eat more than just Ramen noodles.) I handed it back to the manager, still a bit overbudget, I told her I needed to justify it to myself.

It took three steps down Newbury Street. It hit me that nowhere else would ever have taken such a vested interest in me and my purchases, and that I would never find this piece for under $175 again. (It also hit me that I should never turn my back on Chanel. Ever.)

I’ve never been happier with an accessory before. A complete match made in couture heaven – thanks to STA 219 Newbury.

~Meredith, fashioniSTA shopper, Second Time Around