Christie’s is one of the world’s most storied auction houses, and with its sales comes the promise of a curated selection of the highest order. At the Christie’s Handbags & Accessories June Online Auction, which begins today, you’ll find exactly that, including bags and accessories from brands like Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
Inspect the stitching. Perfectly straight sewing is a dead giveaway of fake Hermes merchandise. The perfectly straight stitch is a indication of a machine-sewn fake Hermes wallet.Inspect the Hermes stamp. The authentic Hermes wallet will have the words written in solid, unbroken silver text. Look for peeling, uneven shaped words on the knockoff.Look for your date stamp. This can be indicated by a small letter in a square embossed into the leather, typically on the strap or opening section of this well. The letter stands for the particular year that the bag was made. Be cautious, however; great counterfeiters may also include a fake date stamp.Check the hardware on the wallet. If the Hermes wallet as a round metal fastener, such as the Dogon Hermmes wallet, then the phrases “Hermes” should be engraved the upper part of the curved fastener, and the word “Paris” should be about the bottom part of the circle. A fake might have printed or written words on the fastener, or not have the words in the ideal location.
Celebrity bag collections are almost addictive to look at. The mixture of private wealth and paparazzi interest makes for incredible bag-spotting, and it’s easy to get carried away in imaging what it would be like to march into any designer boutique and pick whatever you wanted to take home. What’s harder to imagine is what the bill would look like, and what that kind of habit would add up to in the long run, especially if your preferences run toward a brand that tries to keep its pricing structure close to the vest.
Also, Givenchy bags from yesteryear continue to pop up on famous arms
It’s not that Givenchy is doing anything new, it’s just that celebrities have somehow been reminded en masse that the bags they loved two, three or five-plus years ago are still fantastic bags. Even if they are literally covered in goat hair! Maybe it’s the changing seasons, and a shift back toward neutrals and away from bold, flashy Gucci color. At least ninety percent of the Givenchy bags we see are blackest black, after all. (That stat comes to you courtesy of some quick, badly done math I just did in my head.)
One of the many reasons I love the PurseForum is because it’s easy (and slightly addicting) to skim through the countless photos of our members showing off their lovely new bags. As I thought about the next place I wanted to help our readers explore on tPF, I found myself in the Hermès forum, and from there, the rest was history.
Little bags leave little room for organization, but these wallets will get the job done
When it comes to mini bags, one question always reigns supreme: what, exactly, fits inside them? We have a whole category of posts in which we explicate exactly what will or will not fit inside popular small bags, and we try to mention it in any general bag review, too. It’s a thing that retailers and brands are bad at explaining, but for actual shoppers, being able to fit all your things in a bag is literally essential. And when the weather gets warm and people start doing more outdoor activities, the bags they want to carry tend to get smaller, which makes it all the more important.
It’s no secret we spend endless hours on social media in pursuit of finding gorgeous bags–after all, it’s part of our job. We’re less than a week away from the unofficial start of summer, and it looks like the ladies behind some of our favorite Instagram accounts are already in a summer-lovin’ state of mind. This week’s Instagram roundup makes a compelling case that colorful Chanel, Hermès and Dior bags are worth the investment. (Trust us, the proof is in the Insta).
While we give our handbags plenty of attention, our trusty wallets that live inside them often go forgotten. That’s why we’re dedicating an entire day to the one thing that keeps our beloved credit cards and cash all in one place…because without them, shopping would be a whole lot harder.
Last week we welcomed the official start of summer, and nothing says summer quite like spending the day at the beach. I grew up by the beach, so I’m a true beach baby, and because of that I’ve learned how to properly pack my beach bag with everything and anything I may need. When you are going to the beach just to enjoy the surf and sand, there is no need to go overboard – pick a bag that can stand to be thrown around and toss all your essentials inside. However, when you are going to the beach and want to make more of a fashion statement, there is an art to that as well.
Even in a particularly crowded luxury handbag market, Hermès occupies a spot unto itself. The bags are scarce, sought-after a simply the best, and they have the price tags that go along with all that exclusivity. Making the leap from being a designer handbag consumer to being an Hermes consumer is a daunting prospect, but we know that, at this very moment, untold numbers of you are contemplating whether or not now’s the right time to do just that. We’re here to help, of course; if you’ve ever wondered if owning an Hermes bag is worth paying the premium, we’ve got ten reasons why we think you should take the plunge.