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As we're all aware, the fashion industry can come up with some pretty obscure names for things, Passementerie Edging is something I never thought I needed to know until now! Zhuzh, melange, Out-Of-The-Ark and Yoke all hint at some secret language available only to those entrenched in the industry. So what is this mysterious wardrobe, and why should you... read more
When you ask someone what their favorite type of bag is, you are likely to be bombarded with hundreds of different answers! There are types of bags out there to fit everyone's personal style, and that's why... read more
As times change and fashion evolves, the word 'vintage' can be applied to many different styles from the past. In general, if you are using the word vintage to describe a garment you will be referring to a piece of clothing from the previous era. For example... read more
The buzz-word for the current economy is sustainability. When we think of something sustainable we often look at forms of energy, or food packaging, and farming methods – so what has this got to do with fashion? The Definition of Refashioning... read more
You may be wondering, what are the LV Neverfull sizes? It can be hard to tell from photographs just exactly how big (or small) a tote bag is. When you're paying that high-tier luxury price you need to be sure that you are choosing what's best for your needs... read more
Counterfeit jackets and wannabes are everywhere now, and that means that you should know how to authenticate a real Chanel jacket. So, regardless of whether you’re a Chanelista looking for an authentic vintage Chanel tweed, or a family member trying to decide the value of an heirloom, this guide is for you... read more
Who is Takashi Murakami? What did he contribute to the Louis Vuitton brand? Where can you find his designs from Louis Vuitton?... read more
Whether it is the Speedy 25 or the iconic Neverfull, you will want to make repairs and keep them clean in a way that respects the original design and manufacture. Here we look at the essentials of repair, from a Louis Vuitton zipper replacement to replacing the handles. And we offer a guide to cleaning the untreated and unprotected Vachetta leather... read more
Coco’s legacy continues to make waves and has created a generation that worships her designs. Let’s take a look at the various types of jewelry that has caused the world to obsess over them, and how Chanel single-handedly created a market that continues to grow exponentially, even till this day... read more
Christian Dior handbags are elegant and timeless, but none so as much as Lady Dior. Named for the late Princess Diana, Lady Dior is one of Dior’s flagship products. This elegant Dior handbag has truly stood the test of time, since its conception in 1994 when it was first named ChouChou, meaning ‘favorite’ in French... read more
Whether you bought your Hermes bag brand new or received one as a gift - or, perhaps, inherited one- you should know the bag has either retained much of its value or appreciated over time. Hermes is the pinnacle of luxury leather craftsmanship, and greatly limits the production of its gorgeous handbags, which, in turn, keeps the demand very high. For this reason, the Hermes resale market is strong - good news for you if you want to sell your bag. However, depending on how you go about it, selling... read more
There are two main things to consider when shopping for your next designer bag. The first and foremost, of course, is picking a designer handbag you love, with a style that speaks to you and best complements your outfits. The second, and perhaps equally as important, is making sure that your next handbag is... read more
When it comes to luggage and travel bags, many designers offer an array of products, but Louis Vuitton always distinguishes itself as the most popular choice. Why is it worth it to buy Louis Vuitton luggage? Because... read more
Buying a Chanel handbag is one of the best fashion decisions you can make for a number of reasons. There are so many amazing options, but it really depends on your preferences and uses for the bag... read more
So, you want to buy your first Hermes bag? We are with you 100% - Hermes handbags are in a league of their own in terms of their unmatched quality and luxury, status, exclusivity and style. There is simply no other fashion designer like Hermes. Unlike other designers, the term “entry level”... read more
The fake handbag industry has gone far beyond shady shops and street vendors. Aided by globalized trade, the internet and social media, fake bags have infiltrated our societies and dupe unaware consumers for billions of dollars every year. In fact, the amount of total counterfeiting globally is worth over... read more
Oftentimes, the best things in life come when you are not looking for them. This is especially the case with vintage designer handbags - few, besides avid collectors, actually set out shopping for a specific vintage handbag. The more likely circumstance... read more
Know what are the cheapest and most expensive Chanel handbags and the price ranges for 5 most popular Chanel purses... read more
Hermes handbag care guide. Follow these simple tips to ensure your Hermes bag looks new and retains its value... read more
Since Hermes offers many different luxurious handbag styles, let’s break down the top 5 styles that best cover the entire price range... read more
An easy step-by-step guide to authenticating a Gucci bag. Learn how you can tell an authentic Gucci from a counterfeit... read more
Are you considering selling your designer handbag, but not quite sure the best way to go about doing so? Whether you are getting bored of your bag and want to put it towards something new and exciting, or you just need the money, selling your used designer bag is a great starting point. But where do you begin? Read more to learn the key ins and outs of selling... read more
The only thing better than owning a designer handbag is getting one at a discount, however most high-end designers like Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel will never reduce prices. The only other option is to buy pre-owned - and there are many reasons you should! Firstly, you... read more
Another important characteristic of authentic Louis Vuitton handbags is the color of the stitching. Louis Vuitton coats its threads in a special type of resin to add extra durability and weather-resistance; this resin also gives authentic LV stitching a distinct mustard-yellow color. Counterfeits will frequently use brighter, synthetic yellow or orange thread for their stitching and this is an easy red-flag to spot. Finally, stitch count is important when conducting a Louis Vuitton authenticity check. Certain areas, like the point where... read more
Learn how to authenticate Hermes Birkin and Kelly handbags with professional authentication know-how! This guide covers everything from proportions and measurements to leather characteristics, stitching, date stamps, brand stamps, hardware, and many helpful tips and tricks so that you can tell the real deal from the counterfeits ... read more
And it’s not just patching rips, sewing on pockets and refashioning old clothes - Refashion has the potential to change the way we view luxury and designer fashion. High quality fashion like fur, denim jackets, cashmere sweaters and dresses can all be Refashioned and evolved into something “new” and chic. Refashioning can be used to express individuality, as an outlet for creativity as well as... read more
With February 14th right around the corner, you might be searching for something exciting, something that will remind her how much she matters to you. Here are our top 5 picks for Valentine’s Day gift ideas that she will truly love... read more
A step-by-step guide to authenticating a Chanel bag. Learn about date codes, stitching, quilting, hardware, zippers and many other tips and tricks of Chanel authentication. This guide is something you can use at home or when you're on the go. It is a perfect reference point for when you're shopping for a pre-loved Chanel bag! ... read more
That garment worker who made your jeans is making next to nothing, working inhumanely long hours, and is subject to frequent gendered abuse and rampant sexual violence, with no way to fight back. And it’s not just one worker: the fashion industry employs tens of millions worldwide, and 80% of fast fashion factory workers are women... read more
In a world driven by consumer demand for the newest, the latest and the greatest, we can fully appreciate the things that only get better with time. Most styles and trends come and go, and it can be hard to find something that is truly you. However, these 5 timeless handbags have something for everyone, something that is forever... read more
However, because fashion is such a large and all-encompassing industry, the sustainable fashion movement can occur at many levels. It can take on the form of sustainable farming practices for cotton and other organic fibres. It can assume the role of ethical business practices and fair compensation for garment workers. It can make use of recycled fabrics, or clothing made to last for years. Sustainable fashion can also imply changing the entire model of ownership and consumption altogether in the form of vintage, resale and refashion... read more
There are several ways you can accessorize your favorite luxury handbag with a complimentary scarf. The first, and most common method is to use the scarf as a twilly and wrap the handles. Many women choose to dress their high-end luxury handbags this way to protect the handles from the mixture of dirt and debris, friction, moisturizers and the leather’s natural oils, all of which work together in wearing the handles down over time. This is especially true for top-end Hermes bags, such as the Birkin and Kelly: while they are incredibly robust and durable bags, excessive wear on the handles... read more
Timeless fashion, like “classic” fashion, implies design that always remains on trend. Timelessness applies to iconic, centerpiece items, built to last the test of both time and trend. Timeless fashion can include quality cashmere sweaters, classic Chanel 2.55 flap bags and tweed suits, Hermes scarves etc. What many people don’t know is that obtaining these high quality, timeless designer items is not as difficult or expensive as they might think. Thanks to the newly emerging designer resale market, consumers can skip the fast fashion and instead invest their fashion budget into... read more
Citing concerns over fashion’s impact on the environment, the Swedish Fashion Council cancelled Stockholm Fashion Week 2019. Rather, the Council wants to pursue an alternative fashion platform by supporting the development of sustainable brands and setting goals for a more sustainable future fashion... read more
The runway show gained its inspiration from the award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones, drawing symbolism from Khaleesi and “breaking the chains” that fast fashion polluters have put us in. The runway was littered with snowflakes and plastic bottles, drawing parallels to the inevitable consequences that will ensue as fast fashion, and its landfill waste byproduct, continue to grow. CODO’s models walked confidently down the runway, feeling beautiful and powerful while knowing their fashion choices are environmentally conscious. As they made their return off the runway, they picked up plastic bottles and placed them in reusable canvas shopping bags marked with the CODO sustainable logo... read more
Cashmere is known for its incredibly soft and warm yet lightweight and breathable qualities, making it a must-have fabric for any fall and winter closet. Higher grade cashmere is also very durable and elastic so it holds its shape well over time, allowing the wearer to enjoy its high quality and warmth for years to come. However, these qualities along with the complicated, time and labor intensive cashmere production methods make the material very expensive. It is normal to see cashmere sweaters in luxury designer retail stores priced at several hundred, even... read more
We see brightly lit displays and mannequins showing off brand new clothing. We are constantly fed images of new fashion trends on social media, every day consuming the words of celebs and influencers telling us what we should be wearing. We are overtaken by “shopper’s buzz” when we swipe our credit cards and walk out of stores with what you are convinced is the latest trending, must-have outfit...only to rinse and repeat the next day. read more
With more and more consumers becoming conscious of the atrocious conditions in fast fashion and counterfeit factories, as well as the horrible crime syndicates the fake industry promotes, the less this terrible industry will affect our beloved luxury fashion... read more
Many of our favorite Gucci products, from their iconic belts to their staple handbags are not made out of canvas, however. Many vintage Gucci products were constructed with pigskin, calf and exotic leathers imported from different parts of the world. Today's Gucci leather is the ultra-luxurious Guccissima leather, meaning “the most Gucci” in Italian. It was introduced in 2006 by then Creative Director Frida Giannini. It features... read more
Exotic skin handbags tend to be incredibly rare and extremely expensive, particularly if you are buying them new. Restrictions on the use of exotic leathers in fashion coupled with designers such as Chanel discontinuing their exotic handbags caused huge price increases. Hermes is well known for their crocodile and alligator Birkin and Kelly bags, but releases them so far and few in between that buying them new is almost impossible.That said buying exotic leather handbags from retail is a mistake for many reasons... read more
There’s a lot to love about the fall season, especially the opportunity to layer up and show off your style without melting in the summer heat. With so many choices and styles to wear, it can become difficult to choose your outfits. But don’t worry: we are here to help! Here are some Fall Fashion tips..... read more
You may think your fashion habits are no big deal, but when you combine the world’s fast-fashion addiction, nearly 11 million clothing items end up in landfills every week. Due to its constant growth and high demand, fashion is one of the world’s top polluting industries, especially with.... read more
They’re jaw dropping, awe-inspiring and undeniably luxurious. Their names are synonymous with some of the most greatest style icons to ever live. They are the Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags, and they are actually some of the best investments you could ever make—if you can get your hands on one.A golden rule of investment is.... read more
The Hermes scarf is an icon of luxury fashion and is a must-have for any wardrobe. While they are made from incredibly high quality silk, the Hermes scarf’s specialty is its flexibility. It can be dressed up or down, worn around the neck, over your hair or even...... read more
Resale is on the rise: the $24 Billion market is expected to reach $51 Billion by 2023—that’s some 10 percent of the retail market. What do these astonishing numbers mean for the fashion world? Times and trends are changing. More and more women are choosing the resale market for their designer wardrobes. In fact.... read more
Louis Vuitton is one of the oldest names in luxury fashion, yet to this day it maintains its spot in the “Big Three”, alongside fashion powerhouses Chanel and Hermès. Since its inception in 1854, Louis Vuitton has come a long way from making its quintessential high quality, incredibly durable and stylish luggage trunks. However..... read more
The Birkin bag is the ultimate fashion status symbol, guaranteed to turn heads and invite awe-inspired gazes everywhere it goes. However, few people really know the truth: that the Birkin’s legendary status today comes from rather humble beginnings and a chance encounter. .... read more
You might have heard that the Hermes Birkin bag is worth its weight in gold…but it turns out that this is a massive understatement. The empty Birkin weighs in at around two pounds; the same weight in gold today amounts to some $37,500. The most expensive handbag ever sold at auction—fetching over..... read more
This guide contains everything you need to know about those Chanel bags that make for the best investment pieces. Below you will find sizing, styles and quick descriptions on what makes the bag an asset.... read more
In a time when societal standards prevented women from shoulder carrying their bags, the visionary Coco Chanel wanted to go hands-free. Inspired by military satchels of the time, featuring diamond-patterned leather, rectangular metal locking mechanism and a lengthy, all-chain strap to be worn on the shoulder, Chanel released..... read more
When Karl assumed the reins of Chanel’s creative director in 1983, he breathed new life into the French house, which was on a path of steady decline following Coco Chanel’s death in 1971. His creative genius allowed him to take.... read more
Every step of clothing production - from the farming or creation of synthetic fibers, manufacturing, dyeing and chemical treatment to the eventual disposal of these garments - is an incredibly dirty process with a heavy toll on our environment... read more