Balenciaga Jumps on the Flared Gusset Bandwagon

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In general, it doesn’t bother me that so many designers have been “inspired” by Celine to adjust the gusset structure on some of their new bags. When a silhouette becomes so widely adored and connects so strongly with high-end customers, other brands would be silly not to explore whether it would be worth implementing in their own designs. At a certain point, designers aren’t copying an idea but designing for a widespread trend. It can also pay dividends to let a trend pass you by, though, and I wish that Balenciaga had done just that.

Manolo Blahnik is perhaps the best recent example of when its paid dividends for a brand to pass up a wide-reaching trend. Blahnik famously denounced the aesthetic value of platforms, and he refused to incorporate them into his shoes, even while designers like Christian Louboutin and Brian Atwood were getting rich on their sky-high shoes. Blahnik went forth doing what he did and weather his turn of relative unpopularity with grace. When fashion inevitably swung back in his direction and away from chunky platforms, Blahnik picked up where he left off with a product that many other lines were ill-prepared to rival during the first days of the trend, and his version of the single-sole pump is still prized among shoe lovers.

With the Balenciaga Papier Zip Around Totes, we have a brand that’s taken the exact opposite approach. Balenciaga’s Motorcycle Bags are iconic; they’ve endured the It Bag era with more grace and success than basically any of their contemporaries, and they still sell well and look current. They just don’t look trendy – they’re not structured, minimal or particularly petite. And that’s ok. The market needs choices, and it needs handbags that don’t necessarily fit the popular wisdom of what a bag should look like right this second, because that popular wisdom is always changing.

Evolution is important in design, of course, but I would have preferred something more creative than simply putting a popular gusset style on an existing bag. For the price of a Balenciaga design, customers should expect a little more creativity. The Papier bags were a nice evolution on the Motorcycle style, and I’m sure that there are other avenues that can be taken to explore the Motorcycle aesthetic further. I’m pretty sure that none of those avenues lead to the Celine design studio.

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Dolce & Gabbana Take Your Infant for a Walk on the Wild Side

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“Well, of course.”

That’s the only thought I could have for at least 15 seconds after I first laid eyes on the Dolce & Gabbana Leopard Print Diaper BagOf course Dolce & Gabbana makes a leopard print diaper bag. What other kind of diaper bag would Dolce make? It makes so much sense, except that it doesn’t make any at all. Dolce usually reserves its much-adored leopard prints for its sexiest, skin-tightest pencil skirts, dresses and bustier tops, which will undoubtedly lead to baby-making in certain instances. Then, nine months later, you have this infant, and this infant has all of these things. Really, it’s just sensible for Dolce & Gabbana to consider that eventuality.

As far as the bag itself goes, I could see it going on of two ways. First, on the arm of the right woman with exactly the right wardrobe and presence, the bag (which comes with a coordinating insulated bottle sleeve and changing mat) could simply take the place of a a normal handbag – with a baby in tow, the shift in accessories would make sense. In my mind, though, this woman would have to have more or less stepped straight out of a Dolce & Gabbana ad to pull off the look – a big, quilted leopard bag needs exactly the right context to work on any level. On everyone else, this bag is more likely to make you look like an aspiring Real Housewife of New Jersey.

Think you could pull it off? If I were a new mom, I’d certainly take it for a spin around the handbag floor at Saks, but then again, I’m partial to leopard in almost all its incarnations. What was it that Diana Vreeland said about bad taste and paprika?

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to get your child started on leopard print early, pick up this bag for $780 via Saks.

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Who Would Have Thought A Replica Purse Can Look This Good?

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Classic Replica Flap Bag

Almost all of you girls know by now that I have to avoid talking about a certain brand in order to keep my blog but when I saw this replica purse, I just couldn’t keep it to myself. There’s not much to say about it, since this review covers all the questions you might have, so I’ll let my friend to the talking.

“Hi Eva,

I would like to share my experience with UncleBench. First of all I tried to look for UncleBench review before I buy any bags from them but I could not find any. I was really hesitant to purchase the bag and send the money via Western Union as I was scared that I would be scammed. But I trusted my instinct and bought one.

I got the authentic caviar leather jumbo flap bag with silver solid steel hardware for $850usd. Customer service was very good as she was very helpful and responded to my emails quickly. She was also honest on the quality of the bags with regards to buying the authentic leather or the cheaper one and also for the hardware.

Below are the pics of my bag. I absolutely LOVE it!!! I have an authentic GST in caviar leather and this one feels and looks exactly the same.

Classic Replica Flap Bag

Classic Replica Flap Bag

Classic Replica Flap Bag

Classic Replica Flap Bag

Classic Replica Flap Bag

Classic Replica Flap Bag

Classic Replica Flap Bag

Classic Replica Flap Bag

It came in a box with black dust bag (although I would prefer the new dust bags for flaps which is the off white one) it has a serial number and authenticity card although since I have an authentic card for my wallet and GTS I could really tell the difference between the cards; it did not look the same but I guess we don’t have to keep the card inside the purse right?

This is my first review 

Thanks for the review! I love your replica purse too, it’s really amazing. And you are right, the authenticity card it’s not important when buying replica bags; all it matters is the quality, the details and the customer service.

Although their replica bags are really good, I wish Uncle improves their return policy, payment method and communication system.

But what do you ‘all think about this replica purse?

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Review Of Not A Fan Of These Gucci Knockoff Handbags!

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“Hey Eva! So finally after sending many emails I finally got the tracking number and after about 8 days I got my package today. To my disappointment I saw the order was incomplete. I had ordered 3 bags (2Gucci, 1 flap bag) and 2 wallets. And a phone cover and I only got the 2 Gucci bags and the 2 wallets. No flap bag and no phone cover. And the quality was not great at all.

The Gucci grey Gucciissma bag was ok like they copied it well but the quality of the leather was not that great but I guess I can still carry it. And the Gucci plum color Soho shoulder bag was awful. The GG on the bag were not even right, I’ve had a friend who ordered a black Gucci Soho from PV before and the PV Soho bag was actually nice. And the wallets well the C was good and the Gucci wristlet looks worn out. So I emailed them about the missing items and then I got a reply saying that the flap bag was not in stock and that I should choose a replacement item and they will send it, and they will send the phone cover. I now choose the Cambon tote black white CCs on it. Like the one in your review. Plus give them two other options to look into I case the bag again wasn’t in stock. So now the lady said they will see what is available and send it again. I mean when they had sent the first order I had asked many times was all in stock, I could’ve just given a replacement item at that time. Now I gotta wait again for the process. But overall their quality with the Gucci Soho bag was awful the other bag not so bad. Just the leather doesn’t look right. I just now placed an order with PV as I usually order with them. 3 bags on LV, one the flap black thread white purse it looked interesting and one Kelly bag in blue first time I’m ordering a Hermes ever. But no doubt PV is definitely an excellent company and there service is amazing, they always get back to me right away and even call back with answers. So let’s see how all this goes. Thanks for always getting back to u, u definitely kept me calm this whole process, I had definitely though that I lost 700 dollars well even now I hate the Gucci Soho bag but the grey I guess I’ll carry. Take care!”

Replica Gucci Soho

Replica Gucci Soho

Replica Gucci Jackie

Replica Gucci Jackie

Hi my dear! Too bad doesn’t quite seem to have it together! The Gucci Soho bag isn’t horrible, but your right, it pales in comparison to the Soho replica purses at PV (I’m a proud owner of one!). I think the leather on your Guccisima bag looks pretty yucky – I think it would be reason enough to return it, but if you’re happy with it that’s all that matters.

It’s ridiculous that they wouldn’t tell you the other replica purses were out of stock before they shipped your order – that’s so lazy! I don’t see why anyone would put up with these crummy knockoff handbags when the customer service is so bad.

Anyways, I think you’ll have better look at PV – it sounds like you already have a good relationship with them. Thanks for your review! Ladies – avoid the Gucci knockoff handbags

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The Great Celine Replica Purse Debate!

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Review of

“Hi Eva,
I know you advised us not to get a replica purse from Bagaholics but I read your comments too late. This arrived today and here it is ^.^ I will have to email you all the pics one by one because I am using my iPhone to send them to you. It looks great and feels great too. I choose the pebbled leather instead of the smooth leather thinking it’s more scratch resistant maybe?

If you look at it closely, there are still flaws, can see a dent very clearly plus I found a lot of dry blue coming out of the holder when I try to pull out the zip.

Replica Celine Bag

Replica Celine Bag

Replica Celine Bag

Replica Celine Bag

Replica Celine Bag

Nice interior. Very smooth material. After all I am happy with my purchase 

My dear,

As long as you love your replica purse, I’m glad you didn’t follow my advice! The leather looks a bit stiff, but you can easily soften it up with some moisturizing cream, works like a charm. Pebbled leather was a good choice!

Now, although I’m glad you like your bag, I have to say that there are much better Celine replica designer handbags out there. In addition to the issues you mentioned (which are troubling) the Celine logo at the top of the bag is out of alignment and a bit bigger than the authentic one. So I’ve got to stick to my guns and advise my readers to stay away from the designer replica handbags 

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Hermes Replica Purses – For The Love Of Leather

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Replica Hermes Kelly Purse

Anyone who loves replica purses needs to know more about leather than the average shopper. After all, you’re not just choosing what kind of bag to buy – you’re choosing between hundreds of sites that might all offer different versions of the same bag.

And, as we all know, not all replica purses are created equal! The difference between great copies and cheap knockoff handbags often comes down to leather, so today we’re going to compare three very popular leathers you see in a lot of Hermes bags – Epsom, Togo, and Clemence leather.

Hermes bags are famous for their focus on quality, as well as their jaw-dropping price tags! For example, their famous Birkin bag takes 1800 stitches to make, all done by hand. In a week, Hermes only makes five Birkins, each one taking up to 25 hours to complete. You can imagine that getting a real Birkin involves time on a lengthy waiting list, as well as a small fortune. A Birkin using Togo, Epsom or Clarence leather costs about $10.000 U.S.! So let’s talk a bit about what makes these leathers so special.


Hermes Epsom Rouge Leather

Epsom leather is stiff and durable, and very manageable in terms of being easy to clean and care for. These bags are embossed, and so the texture you see is not the natural grain of the leather, but an imprint. The embossing process also compresses the leather, which is partially what makes it so rigid and hard. So this bag will last ages and be easy to keep looking great, but I find that the texture and feel is missing that special quality.


Hermes Togo Leather

Togo can come veined or unveined, though the former is much more common. Of the three leathers we’re looking at today it has the finest grain, but the texture is also the most pronounced. One of the best things about Togo is that it’s scratch-proof -if you’re a klutz like me this feature is priceless!


Hermes Clemence Orange Leather

This one might be my favorite – Clemence leather is so soft. It’s made of baby bull leather which is one of the most supple and malleable leathers in the world. It’s a little heavier than its counterparts, and needs a little bit of tender loving care to keep it looking good, but I think it’s well worth it. You must dry it right away if it gets wet or it could blister. The good news is it can be refurbished to look as good as new if it starts to show signs of some wear and tear.

I love all these types of leather – people often get them mixed up, but as you can see they are very different and each has its own strengths and weaknesses. Knowing more about these types of leather will help you avoid bad knockoff handbags when you’re shopping online. If you want replicas that use the authentic leather, or cowhide (it’s the best) expect to pay a little more – anything less than $350- $400 is probably not the real deal.

Lastly, I wanted to let you guys know what leathers come in what colors. This way, you’ll know which replicas you can pass as authentic bags.

Togo - Potiron, Gold, Blue Jean, Brighton Blue, Chocolate, Black, Etoupe, Vert Anis,
Indigo, Rouge Garance

Clemence -Raisin, Noir, Gold, Chartreuse, Blanc, Vert anis, Bleu jean, Potiron, Bleu Brighton, Rouge Garance Orange

Epsom - Orange, Bleu Thalassa, Rouge Garance, Blue Jean

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