by Brian Brian
October 31, 2016
First, let’s take a look at Céline. This brand founded in Paris during the 1940’s is known for its simple yet functional and highly crafted designs. The brand has steadily grown over the decades with a major jump into the limelight particularly after 2008. This boost in popularity is in correlation to the time Phoebe Philo was appointed as art director of the brand. From then, Céline has had numerous ‘it’ bags - such as The Luggage Tote and The Céline Trapeze. These styles have now become two of the world’s most recognized bags – and commonly sell out before they even hit the stores!
Although this example focuses on the Mini Luggage Tote, all of the key characteristics are applicable to most, if not all of Céline’s purses.
Next, we move on to the covetable and arguably the most exclusive brand of handbag in the world, Hermès. Thierry Hermès established this Parisian Fashion House in 1837, which, was originally a saddler. They created handcrafted bridals and harnesses for all equine needs. Since working with leather quickly became the backbone to the company’s philosophy, Hermès continued to perfect the craftsmanship like no other. In 1922, there was a transition into the fashion world when they created their first handbag, which was and is still known for durability and high functioning purses. Fast-forward to today and Hermès is now one of the most sought after and recognized brands, creating some of the world’s most expensive handbags. Hermès is not only expensive, but also you need a customer history profile before being considered as an owner of a Birkin bag!
This handbag below is the Clemence Birkin in a vibrant orange. As mentioned in the previous example, these features brought to light are applicable to any Hermès, and also general areas of observation on most high quality leather bags.
Chanel, famous for many things such as the little black dress, No.5 perfume, the feminized suit and of course that quilted little purse with the chain shoulder strap. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – the mastermind behind this instantly recognizable and iconic brand originally founded Chanel as an haute couture fashion house in 1915. In 1929, Coco designed her first bag - a hand carried purse. However, like all the other bags available to upper class women in this era it was cumbersome design to be carried in the hands. In order to revolutionize this design, she created the shoulder purse changing handbag history forever. In 1955 the original Chanel shoulder bag debuted, which was not only an innovative design but also broke social norms, now allowing woman to carry bags on their shoulders - liberating women’s freedom of movement. Since then, Chanel has effortlessly continued to create elegant purses with that iconic CC clasp and quilted leather with a timeless class no other brand can compete with.
This purse below is the double flap Caviar Jumbo purse. The purse has two of the most iconic features of a Chanel purse, the quilting and that chain shoulder strap.
Louis Vuitton was a French box-maker who founded the luxury brand over 150 years ago when he created a flat trunk with an innovative lock system and gave the trunk the ability to be stacked for travelling. Vuitton's innovations quickly saw his signature trunks coveted around the world! In 1896 the iconic logo monogram pattern on canvas was born and helped to eliminate knock-off trunks and bags – it is one of the most recognizable attributes to any brand. Years later the brand expanded into purses, wallets, travel accessories, shoes and clothing creating one major fashion power house. To this day, Louis Vuitton is the most replicated brand in the world - beware!
This example below is the Louis Vuitton Multicoloured Speedy Noir 30 with gold hardware.
Catch Part 2 of this Blog next month - HOW TO SPOT A FAKE LOUIS VUITTON AND CHANEL
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by Tessa Hall
January 22, 2021
As we putter through January, it’s not too late to set your goals and resolutions for 2021! We’re talking in particular about fashion-related goals that are not only good for you and the environment, but also feasible enough that you can make them your All Year resolutions, as opposed to a New Year’s resolution.
Society as a whole, consumes fashion at an astonishing rate; similar to the way we consume food, media, and entertainment. This is why it is more important than ever to be intentional with your purchasing habits and your relationship with your wardrobe. Here are our top eight ways to get you there!
by Tessa Hall
January 06, 2021
Is investing in the cards for your future? Does that sound totally dry and really not something you’ve thought about in-depth? Once upon a time (when our parents were young adults and thinking about their first investments) you’d have to go into a bank, talk in great lengths to some generic-looking man and try and remember all the jargon words being tossed around like diversification, bonds, dividends, and volatility. Well, times have changed, in a big way!
Love fashion? Great at scouting out a deal? Then maybe your type of smart investment lies in the resale luxury market.
by Darina Granik
December 17, 2020
One of the people who has an enduring influence on fashion, handbags in particular, even decades after her death is Princess Diana. Her sense of style has always inspired designers and artists; she used fashion as her armour and weapon and still today her style is appealing to a new generation of fashionistas who learn about Lady Di through their icons like Rihanna, Hailey Bieber, Off-White’s designer Virgil Abloh, Instagram and the latest season of a TV-show “The Crown”.
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