Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Alma Flower Bag

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LOUIS VUITTON ALMA FLOWER BAG

louis-vuitton-alma-monogram-vernis-flower-bag-pink It’s not your fault if you want an early Christmas gift; the Louis Vuitton Alma Flower Bag is literally to-die-for. Ladies, this is an exclusive edition of the iconic Alma Bag And we thought that the Alma Chain Flower print was a gem, but that all changed after we meet the Alma Flower Bag. This Blooming Bag tells a romantic story of the House’s savoir-faire. Individually cut and coloured leather blossoms are set with metal rivets on glamorous Monogram Vernis patent calf. Look at it, the Louis Vuitton Alma Flower Bag shines like a star, its made to be your number #1 BFF. With its help, every night will be yours – steal it naturally. The bag comes is also made with gold metal pieces, the top opens and closes with double zip closure. To refine the design, it comes with a padlock and key bell. The interior is made with one large compartment as well as a smartphone pocket. Measuring 9.4′ x 6.7′ x 4.7′ inches (L x H x W), priced at $2230 USD, €1620 euro, £1510 GBP, $18500 HKD, $2800 AUD, ¥262440 JPY via Louis Vuitton boutiques. louis-vuitton-alma-monogram-vernis-flower-bag Louis Vuitton releases another limited edition handbag this season. Presenting the Monogram Vernis Alma Flower Bag. The iconic Alma features individually cut leather flowers with metal rivets. It has shiny gold-colour metal pieces. This style is currently only available in BB size, and comes in two colors, Rose Ballerine and Amarante. The Alma Flower is a feminine take on the classic Alma Bag, perfect to use from day to night.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis Alma Flower $2,230.00 (USD)
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Louis Vuitton Damier Nemeth Rope Collection

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You’ve already seen the Monogram World Tour collection, Louis Vuitton’s dedicated Christmas collection created specially for the ladies (and boys who love their Monogram Canvas). Now feast your eyes on the men’s equivalent, which is basically a mash-up between something old and something new.

The old (or in this case, classic is the Damier Graphite coated-canvas), given new life with something new, a reanimation of a previous collaboration with artist Christopher Nemeth. Featuring his distinct rope print, the Damier Nemeth Rope collection, as it is called, comes in 2 colour combinations, a blue rope print on Damier Graphite, as well as a red rope print on other pieces.

Besides bags in at least 4 different styles (there are 2 backpacks, a messenger and a Keepall all adorned with the rope print), there’s also a huge variety of SLGs, which in my opinion are always welcome stocking stuffers.

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From the Damier Graphite Rope Bleu Ambler (a generously-proportioned bumbag, if you must know) that retails for SGD2200 to the PF Slender(LV’s standard 8 card billfold wallet, SGD745) and Zippy Coin Purse(SGD610), you’ll be hard-pressed to find a style not to your liking, especially with the variety of styles available.


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Then there are these, from the classic Zippy Organiser Wallet (SGD1440) to the PF Brazza in Brazza Damier Graphite Rope Rouge (a long wallet with a single zip compartment on the inside), one of the styles I swear by that retails for just SGD1030. And in case you’re in the market for a new zip portfolio, the Pochette Jour GM (shown at the top of this post, SGD1010) is a good option, the 34 cm by 25 cm case big enough for say, a MacBook Air.Or an iPad, documents and then some, but you know what I mean. But if you want something from LV but this is just not your thing, hit this link and check out the other new crowd favourite from the French luxury house this season, Monogram Eclipse.

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Louis Vuitton Cruise Petite Malle

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Louis Vuitton just had an amazing Cruise 2017 collection. The theme? Brazil. And what a beautiful collection it is. Though the bags featured are still something that would require research, let me show you what’s up and running on the brand’s website.

You can purchase exclusively only some of the bags on the runway. Naturally a limited edition collection, don’t let it pass you by!

The collection is of vibrantly printed diagonal Epi Leather. And some with a soccer painting – tribute to Brazil’s sport – and honoring tribute to Brazilian artist Aldemir Martins.

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Louis Vuitton recently presented their Cruise 2017 Collection at the Niterói Museum of Contemporary Arts in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The sporty collection pays homage to the city’s culture which presents vibrant colors, football and Grand Prix prints with a touch of Parisian flair. The star of the show is the Boombox Bag which is made of the Petite Malle bags which can even play music through Bluetooth. The iconic Speedy Bag features racing prints with Vuitton logo emblazoned on it and comes with a combination of the House classic materials such as the Damier, Epi and Monogram Canvas. The City Steamer gets an edgy update with a variety of pockets and rivets. Louis Vuitton introduces the Football print seen on the Steamer and Twist bags.

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It’s pretty clear at one glance where the inspiration for these Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 Petite Malle bags come from. Tropical hues, racing stripes, greens on gold, even those sequinned animal prints. Yes, set against the dynamic tropicality of Rio de Janeiro, these iconic beauties are given the collection’s mandatory flourishes. Definitely fun pieces to add to anyone’s bag wardrobe, the small Petite Malle perfectly encapsulates the legacy of a luxury trunk maker, and is perhaps the closest any of us will own a ‘trunk’ from Louis Vuitton.

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If, however, you’re a ‘purist’ and prefer something that comes in the house’s classic monogram, well, here you go. Buffered with bright yellow rubber stubs for a twist that’s both fun and playful, the Petite Malle can be worn across the body (or over the shoulder) with the use of its additional sling, or handheld as a clutch, which is what I would do myself. No word yet on their exact prices (or when each style will hit Singapore’s Louis Vuitton boutiques) so do stay tuned for more updates.

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HOW LOVELY BRIDE FOUNDER LANIE LIST BUILT THE BRIDAL CHAIN FOR COOL GIRLS

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Lovely Bride Founder Lanie List and the shoes-optional office dress code. Photo: Chaz CruzLovely Bride Founder Lanie List and the shoes-optional office dress code. Photo: Chaz Cruz

In our long-running series, "How I'm Making It," we talk to people making a living in the fashion industry about how they broke in and found success.

As many current and past brides will tell you: The Lovely Bride experience is just — you guessed it — lovely. The bridal retailer's Tribeca flagship is straight out of an indie-cool girlie-girl's dream: a soft pastel palette with a smattering of exposed brick, cheekily themed sitting rooms to try on gowns for your squad (champagne included), racks of wedding dresses that are anything but stuffy and a skylight-covered back nook to conveniently assess your future gown in natural light.

Founded by fashion industry vet Lanie List in 2010, Lovely Bride flipped thetraditional bridal landscape on its head by offering fresher, cooler optionsalong with the personalized shopping experience — something that didn't really exist at the time. "This industry hasn't changed in so long because there's David's Bridal and there's thousands of mom-and-pop stores, but there was no cool store that had multiple locations," she explains.

In six years, Lovely Bride quickly expanded to eight locations — including Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Dallas — with four more opening in Chicago, Houston, Miami and Phoenix. And unique to the bridal world, all the outposts — except New York, Miami and Houston — are franchise operations, but not in an Edible Arrangements or UPS Store sense. (More on that in a bit.)

List started her career as a buyer and trend researcher at Target and later became Chief Marketing Officer at Iconix, overseeing a mix of brands including Candies and Badgley Mischka. But a trend-spotter at heart, she couldn't help but notice a glaring opportunity. "After going through the bridal experience myself, I really felt like there was a big lack of bridal designers being represented that were cool, but still accessible," List says. "I started Lovely to bring that to the market." 

Most impressively, up until last year, she was still working full-time at Iconix, while running the New York flagship and overseeing the franchises. (I know.) Despite her demanding schedule, List was more than happy to chat with Fashionista about adapting the franchise model for bridal, being the cool kid in the industry and explaining the concept of an "anniversary dress." Read on.

Personalized service at Lovely Bride in New York. Photo: Brooke and Sam PhotographyPersonalized service at Lovely Bride in New York. Photo: Brooke and Sam Photography

What did you take from your experiences at Target and Iconix to help you build Lovely Bride?

The biggest takeaway from Iconix was just the beauty of the licensing model. We owned our brands, but we didn’t actually manufacture anything. We licensed all of our categories and really ran them as a parent company and were experts in marketing and branding and that's really what I've done with Lovely. 

I opened our first shop in the West Village [now in Tribeca] six years ago. It continues to be my shop in New York, but then we got a lot of interest from people around the country saying 'I'd love a Lovely here; can you open a Lovely here?' Or it turned into 'can I open a Lovely?' I do all the marketing, branding and [oversee] all of the direction, but then local operators run the stores.

So how much control do you have over the offerings and the experience in the franchise stores?

We are so so intimately involved. It's funny because I actually started calling it 'a collective,' instead of 'franchising' because people have a preconceived notion of what franchising is. But we really do operate like a collective. We give [franchise owners] parameters on the designers, but within the designer selection, they get to choose what they think works best in their store, which is kind of the best of both worlds. They can't just carry any designer but they also know in Dallas, Texas what's going to be trendy versus New York. So they have their hands in the actual buy. Bridal is so personal. If I open 10 stores myself, I just wouldn't want an employee punching the clock. I want someone who really cares about the brides and no one is going to care about the brides like an owner of their own business is going to care about the bride, so it works really well for us. 

The skylit back area at Lovely Bride in New York. Photo: Brooke and Sam PhotographyThe skylit back area at Lovely Bride in New York.

There's also an e-commerce component to your business. When did you launch that?

We launched about two years ago. We just felt like we had so many brides coming in and wanting more from us, which is great. They're like, 'I love your brand. I'm sad this is over. What about reception dresses? What about intimate apparel?' That gave us more ideas [to] not only service them on their own wedding day, but [also] maybe their bridesmaids, maybe some stuff for after the wedding. We have a lot of people who buy these white dresses on our site and they call them their 'anniversary dress.' I've never heard of that before, but it's given us this idea to talk to our brides about anniversary dresses. Lo and behold, everyone loves buying a white dress for a date night on their first anniversary.

Lately, ready-to-wear designers and fast fashion brands arelaunching their own bridal lines. How does that affect your business?

I don't know. Honestly, I just keep my nose to the grindstone. I'm sure that it does affect us, but I don't know that it affects our particular customer. I think what we do really well is we — and this is part of the model — we want to give you a very cool, casual laid back environment to find a gorgeous dress that's off the beaten path and very unique, but you still want the bridal experience. I actually bought my dress [on sale] off the rack in a store in London. I loved my dress. I loved my sales girl. I loved the shop. But I literally tried it on, bought it and walked out of the store. I was like, 'this isn't long enough. I wanted this to have lasted longer.' It seemed too quick and too easy and too like typical retail. 

[Lovely Bride is] a place girls want to be, so I don't know that they're going to want to get their dress online and shipped there in a plastic bag. I think that they want this memory. I get that the world is changing. I get that people like to shop online and that people like convenience, but that doesn't mean that they want that for every single part of their life. This is the only time in your life you get to not only buy a dress, you get an experience. You get something that you can document on your phone. Document it on your blog. Make it something that's engrained in your memory. Don't cheat yourself by getting a discounted dress on a website. That’s my opinion.

You mentioned the evolution of Lovely. Where do you see that going and building on the bridal craze?

We're going to continue to open stores, but we'll only get to a certain number, because we do want to make sure we keep the integrity of the brand and some level of control and we don’t want it to just spiral bigger than what we can manage. Because I like to be intimately involved and have personal relationships with these store owners. So I think what will happen is when we get to a certain amount of stores, we'll really go inward and say, 'what else can we give [our clients] that they want for their wedding occasion?' 

This fall, we are launching a new [wedding dress] line that one of our designers is creating for us exclusively called Louvienne. It's a really beautiful, classic, modern line. That's the first time we're doing a private brand, so we'll probably do more of that. [The future lines] might be wedding, might be beyond. That's still in discussion phases. We could easily see going beyond bridal just because we create these great relationships with our brides and we would love to be able to follow them onto the next occasion of their lives.

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Chanel Just Released a Giant Pre-Collection Fall 2016 Lookbook; Check Out 60+ Bags and Prices

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Fake Bags Found On Designer Resale Sites: A Harsh Reality

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The most concerning thing is that people found fake bags even on some of the sites that offer an authenticity guarantee. So you think that you’re safe because an expert has already checked that designer item you want to buy, but in reality it’s not like that. Other designer resale sites don’t even have that authenticity guarantee, so if you discover that you’ve been scammed, you’re basically on your own.

I know that some people are completely against replica bags, that they would never wear them and also judge those who do. But imagine how terrible it must feel to buy a bag, think it’s authentic and then discover it’s actually just a ridiculously expensive knockoff! Well, many people have experienced this and I have to tell you, these people who sell their fake bags as real are the worst kind of scammers. If you are not extremely careful, you can end up paying thousands of dollars on a replica bag. It’s always awful to get scammed, but it’s even worse when so much money is at stake.

There are plenty of comments from people who got scammed and also threads on the subject, so it’s a well-known fact. I’m not writing this based on suppositions. And I’ve actually seen fake bags on some of these fashion resale sites myself. And I’m sure that there are also people who bought replica handbags from these sites but just never realized it. So it’s not just eBay, ladies! Fake bags can also be found on other famous sites that sell used luxury designer handbags. These scammers have spread everywhere!

The bad news is that all of these sites are very famous and popular, so one would expect them to be completely safe and reliable. But it’s not enough for the site to be reliable if the sellers allowed on them are not. I mean, who hasn’t heard of Vestiare Collective, Yoogi’s Closet, Tradesy or Fashionphile? And the list is much longer. Let’s take them one by one and see if any fake bags have been reported on these designer resale sites.

So just like someone said in a post on eBay, 100% authentic bags can sometimes be 100% fake! Whoever is judging us for buying fake designer bags should really think again. What’s better: buying a replica bag that is advertised and priced as a replica or buying a fake bag that is being advertised as a real one? I think the answer is quite clear. Dishnoest is what makes a common ground and that’s why I think that people who sell fake bags as if they were real are actually much worse. I’m not saying that replica bags are an honest deal, but at least they are much better than designer bags being sold as fake.

I’m not saying that all these people who are selling fake bags actually know they are selling fakes. Maybe some of them actually don’t. But when you’re not completely sure that your bag is authentic and want to sell it, you should have it authenticated first. If the bag is a pre-loved and doesn’t come with a box, the authenticity cards or a receipt, that should get you thinking.

I’ve also noticed that many people will read my guides on how to spot fake bags for different brands and still not see obvious flaws. I think there are more reasons for that. Maybe people will see what they want to see. For example, you’re more inclined to find flaws if you see the bag on a replica site and not notice the flaws if you think the bag is authentic. The thought of buying authentic pre-owned designer handbags gives you a feeling of certainty, which is the reason why you are less careful. And this is how you can lose thousands of dollars without even knowing it.

So here are some of the fashion resale sites that were reported for selling fake bags:

Fake Bags On US Designer Resale Sites

The worst thing about some of these sites is that they claim they offer an authenticity guarantee, which is a lie. It’s just too easy for scammers to sell their fake bags on these sites and their so-called authentication experts are clearly not doing a very good job at it! Because let me tell you this, some of the counterfeit bags I’ve found on these sites are very obvious fakes. Which is even worse.

Fashionphile – According to them, each pre-owned luxury item on their site is previously checked by two experts. But trust me that I’ve spotted fake bags on Fashionphile more than once. Also, if you decide to return an item, you will be charged 10% of the price of the item (a lot, I know).

Tradesy – Yup, people saw fake bags on Tradesy as well. The good thing is that they always remove an item as soon as it is reported as fake. Also, they have a money-back guarantee if it turns out the item you purchased is not authentic and they are very easy to contact (email, chat and phone). So this is still a reliable site for pre-loved luxury handbags. Many say that it’s better than eBay and Poshmark.

Vaunte – Originally this site accepted items mostly from socialites but now anyone can post their items on the site, so in no way is this site safer than eBay, for example. Also, they don’t even have a phone number, which is simply not acceptable for a professional business.

Bluefly – It’s really important to know that the designer handbags sold through this site are not returnable! Other items marked with FINAL SALE are also non-returnable unless something else is specified in the item’s details. So even if you find out the bag you bought is fake, you are stuck with it. They are not authorized dealers from the brands and they’ve sold fakes before, so I would strongly recommend you to stay away from this site unless you are 100% sure the bag is real. I’m sure they sold fake bags unintentionally but I still wouldn’t recommend buying pre-loved designer bags from this site since you can’t return the bag no matter what.

Beyond the Rack has also been reported to sell fake bags in the past. Gucci filed a counterfeit lawsuit against this members-only shopping site just this year, accusing them of selling counterfeit handbags that were falsely presented as genuine Gucci products.

The Real Real – This is one of the designer resale sites that makes a very big deal out of their authenticity policy. According to them, they have trained staff and in-house professionals who work to ensure that every item sold on their site is 100% authentic. And even so, it seems that they aren’t 100% counterfeit-proof either. People found multiple obvious fake Herve Leger dresses on The RealReal, but also fake Hermes bracelets. Apparently, they will not acknowledge the item is fake but will offer a refund.

Poshmark – Someone else already had the perfect comment about this site: “While Poshmark gave a response saying they do not tolerate counterfeits or illegal items, there’s been plenty I’ve seen thus far. I’d still be careful shopping on Poshmark. Not too different from eBay”. Still, they introduced a report function on the site which I think is a great improvement. But remember that you are buying from individuals just like on eBay or Etsy, so you need to be careful.

Bag borrow or steal –People spotted fake bags even here. “But how can that be possible when they offer 100% authenticity guarantee and the price is so high?” Well, it happened.

Counterfeit Bags On European Designer Resale Sites

Vestiaire Collective – This is one of the most famous site for selling pre-loved designer handbags and it’s French-based. People seem to have different opinions about this site but this doesn’t change the fact that fake bags and other items were in fact sold on Vestiaire Collective. Apparently their return policy is very strict, but your credit card company and PayPal will protect you against fraud no matter what. Still, you may have to use an authentication service to prove you’ve been sold a counterfeit.

Marktplaats.nl – This site is less famous – as far as I’ve been told, it’s a Dutch site similar to eBay. The bag my friend found was €1100. I’ve seen replica Celine bags that are much better than this and also much cheaper! It’s crazy how people have the nerve to ask so much money for an average replica. Then she sent me a link of a Celine Mini Luggage replica that was being sold on an Italian site: Elusso.it. That one was also a fake.

So the thing is that these fake bags are not just on eBay, they are basically on any site that sells used luxury designer handbags, even though they claim to have zero-tolerance towards counterfeit items. Too bad they don’t always rise up to their policy. These types of stores cause innocent buyers to pay lots of money for worthless fakes that cannot be ethically resold. So buyers have to fight for their right by themselves. And oftentimes, buyers don’t even realize that they were sent a counterfeit, which is even worse!

I’m sure some of you will be shocked to find some of their favorite pre-loved luxury items site in this list. But again, they are here for a reason. People have complained about finding fake bags on each of these designer resale sites. And again, you can bet that not all the people that bought counterfeit items off these sites actually realized they were scammed.

So what should you do in this situation?

Well, you just need to be extra careful. You need to double-check any item, ask for as many detailed pictures as possible, check all the guides on how to spot fakes you can find and compare it with items you know for sure that are authentic. I know it’s not always easy to pay someone to authenticate the bag you are eyeing. I do my best to help anyone who asks for my help, but I gets tens of requests every day, so that’s really difficult, especially when you want me to answer the same day. So you really need to learn for yourself and study the bag you’re interested in closely. And if you are not a detail-oriented person who can notice differences, then ask a friend who is. I know it’s not ideal, but everything is better than getting ripped off.

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