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- Joseph Low
The Return of Luxury Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Physical stores cannot just solely be a point of transaction but a destination where consumers can interact and be engaged with the brand’s universe.

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- Joseph Low
Forever As One: Shopping Engagement Rings Together

Once a secret action, getting engagement rings these days are now part of the journey toward a perfect matrimony.

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- Joseph Low
Balenciaga Accepts Cryptocurrencies in the US Starting in June

The luxury fashion brand plans to complete its digital ecosystem with the inclusion of cryptocurrencies.

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- Joseph Low
15 Trending Haircuts For Men in 2022

For men, hair is the crowning glory that should be given equal attention as one's penchant for cars and watches.

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- Joe Lim
Furniture Brands Focused On Material Specialty

From leather to glass, and even to woven fibres, we look at some furniture brands pursuing one specific material to make stunning creations.

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- Danor Aliz

We all know that gambling is a challenge, and it should be, and casinos exist solely to make money from customers. Almost every aspect of a casino is built to attain this purpose. Playing casinos online is now even possible through live casinos online. Also, remembering several tactics can increase one’s gambling skills and intellect. […]

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- Danor Aliz

When you’re a busy adult, keeping every room in your home modern and stylish can be tough. Most of us manage to upgrade one or two rooms throughout the course of the year, and even that seems to take up several weekends! The best thing to do when you’re trying to modernize your home is […]

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- Danor Aliz

Intimacy is a natural and vital part of life, but it can be challenging to maintain a healthy and satisfying sex life for many people. If you’re struggling with this, don’t worry – you’re not alone. You can do many things to improve your sex life without resorting to medication or surgery. Here are common […]

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- Danor Aliz

Whether you refer to them as pajamas, loungewear, jammies, or something else, they are a good thing to have, and we revel in the comfort they offer us when we cozy up at night for a good night’s sleep.  Some people might have a plain nightie, others might have washable silk pajamas from Eberjey, but […]

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- Danor Aliz

These days, there’s a plethora of travel apps available for Android and iOS. It’s overwhelming to find one that’s good and suits your needs well. Besides, most of them can even fail to meet your expectations.  It’s a cumbersome process separating the ones that are good enough to be installed from those that leave much […]

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- Nikita Vivek Pawar

Throughout its history, Vacheron Constantin has demonstrated a deep commitment to the arts. After a successful collaboration with the Louvre, the brand has opened a new exhibition at its New York Flagship store titled “The Anatomy of Beauty®“, a celebration of Haute Horology and contemporary art. The brand creates an immersive experience through a curated […]

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- Danor Aliz

You just got a nasty surprise in the mail. Your car needs a new transmission, and it’s going to cost $2,000. What are you going to do? You could try to fix it yourself, or you could go online and find a coupon for transmission repair at your local shop. In this blog post, we […]

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- Danor Aliz

More and more, Georgia is becoming one of the most Bible-minded places. According to Barna Group’s 2018 “State of the Bible” report, Union County ranks as the number six most Bible-minded place in America. This is up from the eleventh place in 2017 and the eighteenth place in 2016. What could be driving this change? […]

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- James Wong

Standing tall within downtown’s legendary Foshay Tower, an iconic art deco building dating back close to a century lies the W Minneapolis – The Forshay. This luxury hotel opened in 2008 and quickly cemented itself as downtown’s premier experience for the discerning traveler. 229 guest rooms (including 18 suites) fused modern urban chic with the […]

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- James Wong

It’s official: we’re obsessed. Genesis finally took to the Texas Hill Country (via Austin Proper Hotel) to showcase its luxury new EV. The GV60 was originally unveiled last fall: the brand’s first dedicated electric vehicle, marking its journey towards electrification. Designed with both sustainability and performance in mind, what strikes is its innovative technologies. They’re […]

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- Somnath Chatterjee

There is nothing quite like a Rolls-Royce Phantom and probably there never will be. The silky-smooth engine along with the thin steering wheel plus the vast reservoirs of torque makes for an automotive experience that one needs to savor while the element of luxury is carefully distilled amongst a lack of clutter. Modern luxury cars […]

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- Danor Aliz

When done right, home renovations can be transformative, satisfying, and rewarding. A home remodel is an experience, whether you’re rebuilding the kitchen, updating the bathroom, or improving the living room. But, like with any expedition, there are several things that may go wrong. Many homeowners enter the process not knowing what to expect in a […]

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- Danor Aliz

A Bit Of Information On Casino Video Games (Slots/Pokies) Casino video slots refer to slots that are played on a screen. Although video slots did not exist in casinos several decades ago, currently, video slots are prevalent in online casinos. If you visit any casino right now, you will find hundreds of video slots waiting […]

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- Danor Aliz

Selenium automation testing is a sort of software testing in which the test case is executed to find bugs in an automated way. Manual testing is carried out without tools, while automation testing is carried out automatically by utilizing automation testing tools or test scripts. Organizations that create software can’t afford to take shortcuts when […]

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- James Wong

Texans are in for a treat: Automobili Lamborghini’s Dallas showroom has undergone a marvelous makeover, featuring their full product portfolio, state-of-the-art configuration room, and one of the largest service centers in the United States for the brand. The 15,875 square-foot facilities are accentuated with clean lines, hexagonal shapes, and even diffusion of light and color […]

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- Luxury Columnist
If you’re looking for a new fragrance to add to your collection, look no further than jasmine perfumes! Jasmine is …

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- Luxury Columnist
If you’re looking for a breathtaking mountain range to visit in Europe, the Dolomites should be at the top of …

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- Luxury Columnist
If you’re looking for a unique restaurant experience, there are plenty of London al fresco dining spaces. From rooftop terraces …

London Al Fresco Dining | Best London Outdoor Restaurants [2022] Read More »

- Luxury Columnist
If you’re planning a trip to France, you’ll be happy to know that there are many tax-free shopping opportunities available. …

5 Easy Steps to Get a VAT Refund in France: Tax-Free Shopping Tips Read More »

- Luxury Columnist
Paris is a city known for its luxurious shopping districts. If you’re looking to add some high-end stores to your …

9 Luxurious Paris Shopping Districts For Your Bucket List Read More »

- Luxury Columnist
Whether you’re on your first date or have been with your partner for years, there are lots of fun things …

51 Romantic And Fun Things To Do In London For Couples | Perfect London Date Ideas Read More »

- Luxury Columnist
Now in its 17th year, Salon Privé has gone from strength to strength. The most prestigious UK motor show, Salon …

Salon Privé 2022 – London Classic Car Show Read More »

- Luxury Columnist
Dublin is one of the best places in Europe for a city break. As well as famous attractions such as …

17 Best Dublin Hidden Gems and secret spots Read More »

- Luxury Columnist
If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, consider going on a hot air balloon ride. There are many amazing hot …

19 Best Hot Air Balloon Rides in the World Read More »

- Luxury Columnist
Do you have a hobby that you love? Whether it’s collecting art, going yachting, or skiing in the Alps, there’s …

21 Most Expensive Hobbies in the World Read More »

- Tracey Khan
The Top 3 Oris Watches to Buy In 2022
• Ortis Artix GT Chronograph Automatic • Oris Artelier Diamond Silver Skeleton Dial • Oris Divers Sixty-Five Pink Dial
- Tracey Khan
The Top 3 OMEGA Watches To Invest In 2022
Purchasing an OMEGA means putting a piece of history on your wrist.
- Tracey Khan
Are Panerai Watches Worth The Money?
The distinctive appearance of Panerai timepieces makes them instantly recognizable.
- Tracey Khan
The Top 3 Longines Watches You Can Wear Daily
It may seem like an oxymoron to call luxury affordable. Fortunately, Longines is one of the more affordable luxury-level watch brands.
- Tracey Khan
The Best Father's Day Gifts of 2022
We know no one compares to your father so showing him the love and appreciation he deserves will only strengthen your bond. A gift is one of the most thoughtful ways to express your gratitude for all he does.
- Tracey Khan
The Best Graduation Gifts Of 2022

Congratulations to the class of 2022! It is such a monumental accomplishment! I know it’s been a long and challenging road that bought you to this point, especially since you had to adapt to the so many unexpected changes as the world reels from a global pandemic.

You

- Tracey Khan
Met Gala Honors Rihanna With A Marble Statue
The Bajan superstar is expecting her first child with boyfriend A$AP Rocky. Pregnant or not she continues to redefine and inspire fashion trends.
- Tracey Khan
Met Gala 2022: Fashion Recap
The empire state of New York is home to the Met Gala, which is usually held on the first Monday in May to mark the opening of the Costume Institute's annual fashion exhibit on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
- Expert Author
Is This the Best Time To Invest In A Dress Watch?

While the watch industry is known for being one of the slowest moving industries in terms of its core principles and attitude towards product creation, innovation, and consumers, those consumers themselves are never without a voice. While the industry may not take them as seriously as it should, one thing

- Tracey Khan
Tom Brady's Watch Collection: Tag Heuer To IWC
The suddenly unretired Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is an avid watch collector who owns an extensive collection of some of the most sought-after luxury watches in the world.
- Expert Author
How Much Is The Cheapest Rolex?

In an era where the recommended retail prices of Rolex watches seem akin to heavy discounts that come around once a lifetime, trying to figure out which model qualifies as the cheapest Rolex is a minefield with no hard and fast answer.

If we were to take the catalog, the

- Tracey Khan
Watches & Wonders: 5 Luxury Watches Released in 2022
The spirit of innovation and ingenuity pervaded the atmosphere of the week-long event, which ended on a high note and is still a topic of discussion by lovers of Watches & Wonders 2022.
- Tracey Khan
Tech Billionaire Elon Musk's Watch Collection

Despite being the world's richest man, Elon Musk lives a simple life. The outspoken tech billionaire is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, and his latest offer to acquire Twitter was accepted, reducing his net worth by $44 billion.

We'll look at Musk's modest

- Tracey Khan
Iconic Luxury Brands: Hermès vs Burberry
Hermès and Burberry have left an indelible mark on the fashion industry, and their enthusiasm for fashion is evident in their products.
- Tracey Khan
The Most Expensive Breitling Watches on Jomashop
Breitling watches are some of the most sought-after timepieces due to the exquisite quality of materials used on them and their outstanding advanced designs that guarantee timeless durability.

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- Michael Bradley

Don’t leave home without one.

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- Emma Treagus

We’re tote-ally for this timeless trend.

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- Jonathan Parker

Boots, to boot - from Chelsea to cowboy.

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- Samantha Woodworth

Keep the coffee flowing.

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- Laura Burgess
Wine Futures: The Rise of Coastal Vineyards
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Historically, vines planted on islands and coastal locations served a simple purpose: lubricating traders, travelers, and soldiers from Sicily to Cape Town and everywhere in between. But by planting along shipping routes since the Grecian era, growers unwittingly discovered exceptional terroirs that offer far more than just convenience and beautiful views.

- Stephanie Jones
Meet Canada's Sought-After Furniture Maker
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Embarking on a complete change of career is a risky move, and the odds of forging a prosperous new path are long—but software-designer-turned-furniture-maker Christopher Solar made it look easy.

- Jessica Elliott
The Cosmic Appeal of Space-Themed Jewelry
- Joann Plockova
Iwan Baan: Architecture’s Favorite Photographer
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When it comes to definitively capturing their projects, the world’s most renowned architects call on Dutch photographer Iwan Baan. Recipient of the inaugural Julius Shulman award, Baan counts Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Sou Fujimoto, and Herzog & de Meuron among his clients. But don’t call him an architectural photographer. His work tells a story that unfolds around the buildings he shoots. Baan spoke to Luxury Defined about how his signature style developed and why context is everything.

- Nielsen Dinwoodie
Il Palagio: The Vineyard Saved by Rock Royalty
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On a sun-streaked evening in June 1997, Duca Simone Vincenzo Velluti Zati di San Clemente invited local residents to Il Palagio, his unlived-in ancestral palace in Tuscany. A verdant 865-acre (350 ha) estate some 25 miles (40 km) south of Florence, Il Palagio dates back to the early 1500s, growing from an agricultural holding through successive ownerships until becoming home to the dukedom of San Clemente in 1819, whose family seat it remained.

- Rachel Loos
Color, Texture, Repeat: Designers with a Passion for Pattern
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Pattern is everywhere—our homes right now have never been more colorful. These eye-catching designs not only make a strong style statement, they lift the spirits and, teamed with surface design, bring a joie de vivre to walls, soft furnishings, and floors. Technology has also helped this maximalist trend, giving new designers the opportunity to start small with limited product runs and allowing them greater creative freedom. The result is an exciting body of new names to watch—here are four to look out for…

- Michael Baynes
An Insider’s Guide to Buying a Bordeaux Vineyard
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Have you ever dreamed of becoming a vigneron

- Amanda Birch
Built to Last: The Rise of Metal Architecture
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Ever since the Chrysler Building’s iconic sunburst-patterned, stainless-steel spire first pierced the Manhattan skyline in 1930, architects have been fascinated by the potential for metal to be deployed as cladding material.

At the Water's Edge: 9 Waterside Escapes
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Whether the backdrop is sea and surf, lake or pond,

- Laura Burgess
Top of the World: High-Altitude Winemaking
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The Himalayas’ jagged, snow-capped peaks have inspired adventurers and artists for centuries, but rarely have their silhouettes been linked to winemaking—until now. As climate change and extreme weather continue to disrupt growing seasons across Burgundy, Bordeaux, and other long-established regions, vintners are climbing vertigo-inducing slopes to challenge long-standing industry traditions and invent new ones.

- Luxury Defined Editors
Dive In: How to Design a Home Swimming Pool
Eco-friendly Paints for the Modern Home
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Fortunately, the days when interior paints contained as much as 50 percent lead are long gone. Today, we understand much more about the harm that compounds in certain products can do to the environment and to our health.

- Luxury Defined Editors
Designer Spotlight: Chris Godfrey's Luxury Interiors
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Chris Godfrey, global principal of HBA Residential—the residential arm of top hospitality design firm HBA—recently returned to the United Kingdom from Singapore to head up the company’s new London office, which opened last year.

- Joanne Latimer
Style City: A Fashion Designer’s Guide to Montréal
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As the first Canadian designer to present a collection in Paris in 1995, Marie Saint Pierre is a fashion pioneer.

Open-Air Art: 7 Must-Visit Sculpture Parks
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From giant roosters, deer, and hares, to mysterious shifting fog installations, some of the most exciting works of art are sited outside the traditional confines of a gallery in sculpture parks, giving visitors a whole new perspective on the pieces themselves and the landscapes they dominate—all while enjoying the fresh air and beautiful open spaces. Here are seven to put on your outdoor-art agenda.

6 Elegant Essentials for Outdoor Dining
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At the height of summer there’s no greater pleasure than packing a basket full of gourmet treats, finding a secluded spot, and enjoying a picnic with friends and family. Eating alfresco at home on green lawn or shaded terrace is even better. And with silverware to turn a cheeseboard into a work of art, recipes inspired by the Californian coast, and glassware fit for an emperor, we’ve tracked down the products to elevate an outdoor meal or drinks on the veranda into an elegant occasion to remember.

- Xenia Taliotis
Carme Ruscalleda: Why She's Closing Her Acclaimed Restaurant
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Chef Carme Ruscalleda first fell in love with food when she started working in her father’s deli, aged 17. She has since gone on to open three restaurants and earn herself an impressive number of accolades along the way. If you haven’t experienced Sant Pau, the restaurant near Barcelona where Ruscalleda earned her first star (it now has three), you have only a few short months to do so. In October, after 30 years, Sant Pau will close for good.

- Luxury Defined Editors
Ahead of the Curve: 7 Home Interior Trends to Try
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The most recent eporta and WGSN Interior Trends Report revealed that designers and homeowners are looking to nature for home decor inspiration, incorporating unique patterns, and choosing pieces that are equally chic inside or out. Adding a touch of opulence via dark woods or marble has also seen a spike in popularity of late, and a new sense of boldness is now being embraced.

- Luxury Defined Editors
Luxury Escapes: Vacation Destinations for Summer 2018
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A highly anticipated resort in the Maldives is making waves for its sustainable credentials and artist-in-residence program, while thrill-seekers may feel more at home navigating ancient rock faces in Utah. And foodies will enjoy the sybaritic delights of the food and wine in and around the lively Sardinian port town of Porto Cervo. These eight destinations—spanning the globe—have something to satisfy even the most demanding guests.

- Jessica Mendoza
How to Look Fresh Without Makeup

We all somewhat loosened our grip on our vigorous makeup routines after being stuck inside for the better part of...

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- Jessica Mendoza
7 Clever Uses for a Dining Bench With a Back

Don’t be misled: dining benches can be far more useful than just for seating guests when you have them over...

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- Jessica Mendoza
Why Looking at Your Daily Love Horoscope Is a Must for Couples

Are you looking to spice up your love life? If so, there is no better way to do it than...

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- Jessica Mendoza
An Lh Interview With the Charming Erika Lin of EL Architects

EL Architects is known for their ability to create buildings and spaces that exceed the expectations of their clients, and...

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- Anna Beck Bimba
Ode to a Design Goddess, The Story Behind the Mirror

Beautiful, brilliant, and unique, strength and power radiate from the Goddess Mirror by the luxury decor brand KOKET. Renowned for...

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- Anna Beck Bimba
10 Popular Sustainable Fashion Brands to Love

Some of the best fashion brands aren’t that popular when it comes to sustainable fashion. Their fast fashion is unsafe...

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- Anna Beck Bimba
East Meets West New Design Trend

East meets West is not a new concept in design, but it is definitely making appearances as a new design...

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- Jessica Mendoza
Style, Ease & Empowerment: A Dress for Every Occasion

Every woman has a story about bridesmaid dresses. Chances are, just thinking about them brings up some cringe-worthy memories of either...

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- Anna Beck Bimba
Get the Milan Look With KOKET

The city of Milano is known for its metropolitan allure, stylish fashion, and sophisticated sense of design. Set in Northern...

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- Jessica Mendoza
Inspire Your Interior Design With These 2022 Trends

The latest decoration trends this year so far are still serene and comfortable spaces in which one feels safe, but...

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- Brooke Saward
Solo in Paris: The Best Things to Do in Paris on your Own

Solo in Paris: The Best Things to Do in Paris on your Own

The first time my feet hit the ground in Paris I knew it was a homecoming of sorts. Having long been obsessed with France and…

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- Brooke Saward
20 Places to see in your 20s

20 Places to see in your 20s

Are you desperate for an escape? I know I am! The best trips I have taken over the last decade are all listed below. These…

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- Brooke Saward
20 Incredible Places to Visit in France

20 Incredible Places to Visit in France

As a self-confessed Francophile, I’ve had my fair share of adventures through the French countryside and my beloved Paris. But every year without fail, I…

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- Brooke Saward
These are the Most Visited Countries in South America

These are the Most Visited Countries in South America

It may surprise you that one of the top three most read blog articles on World of Wanderlust is a round-up list of the best…

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- Brooke Saward
These are the Best Small Towns in Italy to Explore

These are the Best Small Towns in Italy to Explore

Italy has no shortage of beautiful towns to explore. The likes of Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast offer a handful of towns each, and…

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- Brooke Saward
The 15 Best Things to do in Ireland

The 15 Best Things to do in Ireland

With a lively atmosphere and friendly locals, I can think of many reasons to visit Ireland. But if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably convinced…

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- Brooke Saward
Travel Guide to Santorini

Travel Guide to Santorini

Santorini is one of those bucket list destinations we all dream over. So if you’ve recently taken the plunge and booked your ticket to the…

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- Brooke Saward
A Guide to Mykonos

A Guide to Mykonos

As one of the most popular islands in Greece, Mykonos is as iconic as they come. With such a renowned reputation thanks to its picture-perfect…

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- Brooke Saward
The 20 Best Places to Travel Solo

The 20 Best Places to Travel Solo

The Best Places to Travel Solo this year They say people don’t take trips, trips take people. Of all the places to travel solo, there…

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- Brooke Saward
The Most Isolated Hotels in the World to Escape to

The Most Isolated Hotels in the World to Escape to

If privacy and isolation are top considerations for your honeymoon or romantic getaway, look no further. These are our top 13 picks for the world’s…

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- Gracie Opulanza

Finding the perfect footwear for your child can be a daunting task. With so many different styles, materials, and colors to choose from, how do you know which ones are right for your child? In this article, we will discuss six factors that you should consider when choosing shoes for your child. We will also […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

How financially robust is D&G? Why did they opt to sponsor all the Kardashian family into the first summer wedding since 2019. How do you feel about Dolce & Gabbana capturing the real essence of La Dolce Vita here in Portofino? By using reality TV stars from America. Why are all the luxury Italian brands […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

The wedding celebrations are back. Delayed wedding celebrations mean 2022. Wedding opulence is in high demand here in Italy. Why do people and celebrities all around the world get married in Italy? Why is Courtney Kardashian getting married in Italy today? Why did Tom Cruise marry Katie Homes in Rome many moons ago? Italy is […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

As the world continues to digitize, more and more people find that they can telecommute for their jobs. This has given rise to the digital nomad lifestyle, where people travel while still being able to work remotely. This type of lifestyle also allows you to travel and see the world without worrying about finding a […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

It’s no secret that taking care of a dog is a big responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure your furry friend gets enough exercise and proper nutrition, but you also have to clean up after them and make sure they don’t cause any trouble. But what if there were ways to take […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

Italy as a united country never had a monarchy, so every Italian is a kind of king or queen of their own look. It’s all about self-invention. The mindset towards fashion is. Wear what you love and treasure the things you love in your wardrobe because no era ever completely goes out of date.  All […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

Are you planning to install a new floor in your home or office? If so, you may be considering concrete as an option. There are many reasons why having concrete floors in your home or office can be a great decision. It is a very durable material that can last for many years with proper […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

In Tuscany, there are three main cities that trend in bike style. Lucca, Forte Dei Marmi and Florence. So why do Italians dress up to ride their bikes? Why do Italians make sure their bike style matches their lifestyle? Why should you book a bike and ride these famous three cities as part of your […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

What has caused a linen TikTok of over 451,000 likes and counting? What is “Coastal Grandmother”? Who does it really apply to? Coastal Grandmother refers to any age, so long as you love the calming vibes of celebrities like Ina Garten and Nancy Meyers movies. While “Coastal Grandmother” can also apply to home decor and […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

Our obsession with the royals the last few years is why. If there is one future Queen to watch when it comes to hair accessories then look at no other than. Kate Middleton has trended wide headbands for some time.  These accessories are perfect for the queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration in the United Kingdom. The […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

If you are struggling with addiction, it is important to understand the relapse process. Many people think that once they stop using drugs or alcohol, they are cured and will never relapse. This is not true. Relapse is a common part of addiction recovery, and it is important to be prepared for it. In this […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

What and where is Forte Dei Marmi, Tuscany? Why do the wealthy emerging Italian luxury brands setting up shop? Why are rich Italians shopping, sunbathing and wearing luxury fashion at Forte Dei Marmi, in Tuscany? You can swim, eat and shop to you drop. The combination of fine dining and luxury shopping amongst the seaside […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

If you are wrongly accused of a crime, the experience can be terrifying and overwhelming. You might be unsure of where to go or what to do. The criminal justice system can be confusing and complex, and if you are not familiar with it, you could make mistakes that could hurt your case. In this […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

It is pretty hard to imagine your child being charged with a crime as a parent. That is why most parents are shocked when this happens. However, it would be best if you acted quickly to protect your child’s future and legal rights. You should not panic when your child gets into trouble with the […]

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- Gracie Opulanza

A car accident can disrupt your life, no matter how minor the injuries and damages are. The sheer memory of the mishap can deprive you of sleep and peace of mind, even more, if a negligent driver is responsible. A more serious collision can cause debilitating injuries that can affect your physical, emotional, and financial […]

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- Alyson Pitarre
The Grand Reopening

After a couple years of surviving on take-out and delivery, Americans are blissfully returning to their favorite restaurants and eagerly exploring new ones. The pandemic may have temporarily shuttered dining rooms, but tenacious restaurateurs pushed forward with ambitious projects, confident the allure of dining out would never fade. Presented on these pages is a sampling of some of the most promising new restaurants across the country. New York Steps from Union Square is Vallata, surprisingly the first Italian restaurant from Top Chef co-host Tom Colicchio. “I grew up in an Italian household in New Jersey, but never opened a true Italian restaurant,” reports the celebrity chef. The menu is unpretentious Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre
FLOWERBX Founder Whitney Bromberg Hawkings: “Flowers Are Currency”

Sit with Whitney Bromberg Hawkings for just a few minutes and you will quickly discover that this visionary and talented CEO of the world’s first luxury flower brand is truly a reflection of the seasonal florals that she delivers. Whitney is vivaciously refined, classically modern, delicate yet with a robust sense of purpose and drive. But what inspired this former Senior Vice President of Communications for Tom Ford to leave a 19-year career with one of fashion’s most iconic designers and leap into a world of roses and ranunculus? And how has FLOWERBX elevated everyday flower consumption to luxury flower connoisseurship on a global scale? Seven years after its founding Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre

The luxury watch market is hotter than ever, having survived the early days of the pandemic and surpassed pre-pandemic numbers last year. The Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) reported an all-time high in watch export figures in 2021 of $21 billion. Global revenue of French luxury goods corporation (and owner of Louis Vuitton) LVMH Group’s watches and jewelry rose from $4.8 million in 2019 to $10.4 million in 2021. The demographics behind that growth: largely Millennials and Gen Z. “For Millennials and Gen Z, owning a watch has become more important over the past five years whereas for older generations it has become less important, since presumably the Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre
Desert Modern

Palm Springs, California, is one of those rare places that is defined by a particular aesthetic, and the entire Coachella Valley celebrates the region’s Midcentury Modern heritage. The look and style, so closely associated with the Rat Pack that a drive along Highway 111 lends itself to a Sinatra-dominated playlist, may be retro, but more fashionable today than when introduced some 75 years ago. Pushing modernism squarely into the 21st century, while complementary to the iconic Palm Springs vibe, is Imago Galleries in neighboring Palm Desert. Located just south of El Paseo, Palm Desert’s chic shopping district, is Imago Galleries, which initially appears as a sophisticated oversized residence, a sleek Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre
Virtual Real Estate

The blockchain is no longer simply the foundation for cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs), but the disruptive technology is now very much a part of the real estate industry, whether in the real world or on the frontiers of the “metaverse.” Of all potential applications for the blockchain, the most exciting opportunities lie in property — real or otherwise. 2021 was the breakout year for virtual real estate. The Mars House, a stunning rendered piece of pixelated real estate by artist Krista Kim, was purchased for 288 Ethers (cryptocurrency equivalent to more than $500,000 at the time). Leveraging the hype around NFTs, some real estate agents offer one-ofa- kind digital Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre

Will 2021 be the year of the beloved holiday dinner party’s return? Small parties are trending this year. But even if you do plan on downsizing your party to keep it more intimate this holiday season, the tiniest of gatherings still call for proper prep, from cocktails and food to decor and mood music. As the master of your domain, the responsibility falls on you to cultivate an inviting atmosphere for your guests. CB2, The Cut, and Domino recently hosted a private virtual sit-down with interior designer Mat Sanders (whose most recent projects include Miley Cyrus’ home), Domino deputy editor Julie Vadnal, artist and chef DeVonn Francis and DJ Mia Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre
Gifts that Give Back

Around the holidays, the giving spirit naturally emerges. This year more than ever, you may be feeling pulled toward presents that are especially meaningful or that allow you to be thoughtful to a loved one and philanthropic at the same time. In that spirit, we’ve rounded up several gifts that give back. Debeers’ The Reset Collective is a unique offering from female jewelry designers Julez Bryant, Sara Weinstock, Jennie Kwon, Jade Trau, and Zoë Chicco. Each traveled to Botswana to learn about the sustainable sourcing of natural diamonds and then commemorated their trip by creating a one-of-kind pendant. Pieces will be auctioned December 10–17, with 100% of the proceeds going to Stepping Stones International, a charity focused on children Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre
Digital Domination: Online Luxury Marketplaces Surge

Need a new leash for your dog, a last-minute costume for your fourth grader’s class play, or a smoke alarm battery? The largest online marketplace in the world has seemingly endless options of each with the convenience of being able to order in your jammies. Amazon’s dominance of the online marketplace space is no secret, but it became even more profound during the pandemic. And, the company’s record growth in 2020 has now been eclipsed by its 2021 performance; Amazon’s revenue bounded to 37.6% in 2020 (up from 26.3% from 2010 to 2019), and has grown 34.8% in the first six months of this year to $221.60 billion versus $164.36 Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre
Top 7 European Destinations Chosen by Superyacht Owners in 2021

This article originally appeared on JamesEdition.com. This summer, affluent megayacht owners escaped to the seas – but where, exactly? According to tracking data by Bloomberg, the countries with the largest number of superyachts spotted in August 2021 mainly spanned Europe. Italy, Greece, France, and Spain ranked highly, as well as destinations such as the sovereign city-state of Monaco. Italy topped the list, with 228 yachts counted, and celebrities abroad such as Kendall Jenner, Paris Hilton, Dwyane Wade, and Gabrielle Union. Al Mirqab – the 437-foot, 13-cabin vessel was spotted out on the Italia seas, as was 511-foot Dilbar, complete with a 25-meter swimming pool – one the largest installed on a yacht yet. Read more...

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- Alyson Pitarre
Limited Edition Superyacht Designed by Porsche Hits the Market in Italy

This article originally appeared in JamesEdition. Leading design agency Studio F.A. Porsche and Italian superyacht builder Dynamiq have joined forces to create a bespoke and sleek megayacht: Dynamiq GTT 115. Available in 2022, the 35.5-meter beauty combines high-speed cruising with transatlantic range, utilizing advanced technology for super-efficient performance. Only seven editions of the GTT 115 will be built, making her a truly exclusive collector’s item. Let’s delve more into the specifics of the striking Dynamiq yacht. Luxe & High-Performing Dynamiq GTT 115 Mega Yacht Constructed and engineered by Dynamiq naval specialists, Studio F.A. Porsche came on board from a design point of view – both inside and out. You’ll notice Read more...

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- naina
On December 15th, 2021, I joined the MRS Hospitality Group at Suryagarh Jaisalmer as a Guest Experiences Manager. I work here now! I’ve been visiting their hotels ( including Narendra…
- naina
“Most people prefer to stay home for Diwali.” While this might have been true in the past, things sure are changing. I spent Diwali 2021 at my home-away-from-home, Narendra Bhawan…
- naina
Delhi to Jaisalmer by road, takes approximately 12-14 hours driving time – assuming you do not take a break every 30 minutes. The drive is certainly made better if it’s…
- naina
Bhavna Kakkar, who is the force behind the Latitude 28 Art Gallery, and the Take On Art Magazine, conceptualized and put together the first edition of TAKE Pop-Up, in partnership…
- naina
I seem to be enjoying the balcony in the new apartment more than I’d imagined. Mainly because I had no idea what the balcony even looked like when the apartment…
- naina
Shop My Original Art Merch Shop my merch : tees, journals, smartphone cases, mugs & tote bags. Also available : wearable art brooches, canvas paintings & fine-art posters. The Beginning…
- naina
Above : I’m standing in front of a painting by artist Gigi Scaria. This was my first time visiting Bhavna Kakkar’s art gallery called Latitude 28, which is located at…
- naina
Behind The Scenes of Content Creation: An Example
First, the final product. Watch the video at left ( if you’re on desktop ). If you’re not able to see the clip on this page for some reason, watch…
- naina
Within 3-4 days of the Delhi Contemporary Art Week, in April 2021, the second lockdown was enforced. As most of my readers know, I have no taken the second lockdown…
- naina
I’ve often been asked why I don’t experiment with or paint on shapes that are not circles. And the answer is that I definitely do. I just don’t publish most…
- naina
New #WearableArt in the works! This is a stack of sheets of what is called “bhojpatra” ( भोजपत्र ). Bhojpatra is, essentially, the bark of the Himalayan Birch tree. For…
- naina
Sometimes, in the dark of night, I like to get out into the apartment’s dusty third floor balcony and sit silently. I get to squint into the windows and balconies…
- naina
WHY SPITI? I have not taken the second lockdown too well. The feelings of being stuck were overwhelming this time around. I had been itching to get out anyway and…
- naina
I am kicking myself – figuratively – for not signing up to the platform sooner. The reason I did not sign up sooner is that I use an android mobile…
- naina
No. You are not asking for too much. You are, however, probably asking the wrong person. Let me explain. Do you recall the last time you had a problem? A…
- naina
The NEWSPRINT Series came about after several conversations, over the years, about the state of the news or “media”. These conversations have taken place online and offline, with friends and…
- naina
Every few weeks, in my Instagram DMs, I see strangers asking me, “Who are you?” Maybe they are curious because of the five letter Instagram handle “Naina”. Maybe they are…
- naina
A few months ago, Hendrick’s Gin sent over a bottle of their gin to my apartment as part of a PR gift. It is no secret that I love a…
- naina
Photographed in October 2020 for a collaboration between Jyotika Jahalani’s Janavi India and Kiera Chaplin. A series of portraits of the stunning and super-nice Karishma Jhalani. It was a joy…
- naina
After DCAW 2019, which I was thrilled to be able to visit, this was my second time at the Delhi Contemporary Art Week and the Art Week’s fourth edition. There…
- Juliana Murray
5 Things To Discover In Vietnam

5 Things To Discover In Vietnam

Life can get complicated at times. If there is something that can help you get rid of the stress, then it’s definitely a few good days of travel and exploration. Traveling helps us in really unexpected ways. Relief from stress and anxiety is one of the major benefits of traveling. If you are planning to visit somewhere this year, we…

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- James Massoud
Discovering Italian Tastes At The Megaro Hotel

Discovering Italian Tastes At The Megaro Hotel

The 5-star Megaro Hotel in King’s Cross is quirky, colourful and unashamedly British in its homage to London. The independent hotel rebels against the norm with its modern approach to luxe aesthetic, offering an eclectic range of characterful rooms and designer apartments. But what makes it absolutely magical is its food and drink offer. Let’s have a look. There are…

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- Francois Le Hecho
Unmissable Experiences And Activities To Do In Iceland

Unmissable Experiences And Activities To Do In Iceland

If you enjoy nature and outdoor experiences, Iceland is one of the most beautiful places to visit. Whether you want to spend your time relaxing with incredible views, doing activities, exploring or a combination of all the above, you’ll be happy with a trip here. Here are 6 unmissable activities do while in Iceland: Bathe in the Blue Lagoon The…

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- Kuldip Rait
9 Wedding Destinations With Amazing Instagram Spots

9 Wedding Destinations With Amazing Instagram Spots

Your wedding day should be the most special day of your life and so it deserves a setting to match. More and more people are moving away from the traditional church service and opting for more luxurious instagram spots in which to exchange their vows. These can make the wedding photos look incredible, give you and your guests a unique…

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- Francois Le Hecho
10 Dreamy Caribbean Hotel Spas To Add To Your Itineraries

10 Dreamy Caribbean Hotel Spas To Add To Your Itineraries

Valentine’s Day may have passed but love-infused getaways in a Caribbean hotel are year-round affairs that should be consistently encouraged. We have done our part to find some of the highest rated hotels and resorts in the region! Discover their world-class spas whose services transcend luxury to provide truly bespoke experiences.  Tourism in tropical destinations have grown exponentially throughout the…

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- Francois Le Hecho
The Most Expensive Beauty Treatments In The World

The Most Expensive Beauty Treatments In The World

Our modern lifestyles can, without a doubt, be stressful, so it’s important to take time to relax in a way that suits you. Enjoying beauty treatments in a beautiful salon or Spa is definitely a great option… But which treatment to choose? In this article we are highlighting the most expensive and unique ones, for unforgivable experiences. In order to…

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- Emily Bryant
7 Things To Do In Paraguay In Your Upcoming Holiday

7 Things To Do In Paraguay In Your Upcoming Holiday

Human beings have always been explorers. We already highlighted some of the greatest locations in the world on The Luxe Insider. Now, it’s time to focus on South America and Paraguay in particular. In this article, you will know about the most amazing activities to do there. Here are some famous activities you can do in Paraguay for your next…

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- Francois Le Hecho
Luxurious Adventure: Guide to Cruising the Galapagos Islands

Luxurious Adventure: Guide to Cruising the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are a dream destination. Nothing compares to the joy of observing the unusual environment of these islands, getting to know the locals, experiencing the wildlife, and spending time on the beautiful white-sand beaches. Let’s highlight how to experience the luxurious way of traveling to the islands and start a cruising adventure.  The Galapagos Island archipelago is the…

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- Francois Le Hecho
How to Properly Care for Your Luxury Watch

How to Properly Care for Your Luxury Watch

Watch lovers know that a luxury watch is not just a statement of fashion but also a statement of value. They are also a sign of prestige and class, as well as of timeless fashion sense. These luxury watches are investments, a timeless product that carries family memories and can be passed from one generation to another. Therefore, it is…

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- Francois Le Hecho
6 Amazing Babymoon Destinations

6 Amazing Babymoon Destinations

Congratulations! You must be over the moon! This means that it’s a perfect time to go on a babymoon. Similar to a honeymoon, but slightly different since you’re expecting a baby – a babymoon is a perfect celebratory vacation for you and your spouse to enjoy quality time together before the birth of your baby. According to experts, you should…

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- Tiffany Perez
May is here and the second part of last year's theme for the Met Gala continues! As we know, the theme for the past two years have been centered around fashion in America. The two-part exhibition started in 2021 with In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, focusing on the melting pot of cultures in America. For 2022, the exhibition featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was titled In America: An Anthology of Fashion with a focus on historical fashion in cleverly designed rooms. This fashion is meant to feature what they call the "unsung heroes" and backbone of America. [newsletter] The dress code of the night focused on the Gilded Age of America, which was the time period between the 1800s and early 1900s, right after the Civil War. We were excited to see how celebrities and designers reimagined the fashion of this time period which included structured dresses, waist cinching corsets, and feathers everywhere. This year’s panel of honorary chairs included Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, and Adam Mosseri again while the co-chairs hosting included power couple Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, Regina King, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. With a love for the Met Gala, all of us at Couture USA tuned into the red carpet once again to share with you which red carpet looks we thought fit the theme or were our favorites.

 

Read all about our red carpet picks from the 2021 Met Gala.

 

Blake Lively in Atelier Versace View this post on Instagram

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Billie Eilish in Up-cycled Gucci  View this post on Instagram

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Vanessa Hudgens in Moschino  View this post on Instagram

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Kim Kardashian in Jean-Louis previously worn by Marilyn Monroe

Bible, this tribute is everything. ❤️ Kim Kardashian wears Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" dress at the #MetGala. (📷: Getty) pic.twitter.com/SZ6TIihTSG

— E! News (@enews) May 3, 2022

 

Kendall Jenner in Prada View this post on Instagram

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Taylor Hill in Miss Sohee  View this post on Instagram

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Emma Chamberlain in Louis Vuitton  View this post on Instagram

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Did you agree with our Met Gala picks? Is there anyone we didn't mention that you loved? Let us know in the comments below.

- Tiffany Perez
Gift Ideas Your Mom will Love
Put the chocolates back on the shelf! It’s almost Mother’s Day and whether you’re buying for your mom, wife, aunt, friend, or guardian, the maternal figure in your life deserves only the best. This day is dedicated to them, and you have to give them something they'll remember. If you want to stray away from the typical perfume and massage voucher, look no further and give them something they would love. From Louis Vuitton to Chanel, a little designer never hurts. Wrapped up in a classy bag and topped with flowers, your gift is set and ready to go!

 

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A Carry All Gift  If they love handbags and need a new purse for their collection, you have plenty of options. However, we definitely recommend a tote, satchel, or wallet on a chain (WOC).

 

Louis Vuitton Neverfull Totes are great for moms who need to carry everything in place of a diaper bag or for your grandmother who wants to keep everything in one place. Shop a Louis Vuitton tote, they’re a classic and must have for LV connoisseurs.

 

 Designer Satchel Bags

Satchel bags are another great style when you need options. With a top handle, crossbody or shoulder strap, the wearability is endless. They will love being able to go from professional to casual in an instant.

 

Yves Saint Laurent Wallet on a Chain

Yves Saint Laurent

Eliminate the need for a wallet with a cossbody bag. This compact styled bag limits the need for everything they carry, but gives them the option to keep it in-hand or worn across the body. Ideal for a stylish night out or brunch with friends, we guarantee Mom will love this bag.   A Step in the Right Direction Not many would think shoes make for a good gift, but you can surprise them with something comfortable or even stylish to wear to Mother’s Day dinner.

 Gucci Marmont Sequin Slide Sandals

Platform flats like the Chanel espadrilles take comfort to the next level. Even Gucci loafers or flat slide sandals will elevate their confidence and match a new pedicure.

 

Christian Louboutin Patent Pumps

On the other side, pumps and heels of all varieties can get them excited. Sensible wedges or trendy leg lengthening Christian Louboutin So Kate pumps will make them fashionable and trendy.   Keep is Small If you're planning to go small accessories and jewelry are always a pleasant surprise!

 

Designer Jewelry

You can never go wrong with jewelry. A little David Yurman, a dash of Tiffany & Co., or a hint of Cartier is just what they ordered. A sweet dainty necklace or dangling earrings, makes for the perfect gift.

 

Chanel Card Case Holder From practical to fashionable, there are plenty of options of small accessories to choose from. We recommend a compact wallet that fits into any bag like the Chanel Classic Flap Card holder or if they love exercise and carry the bare minimum, try the unique Chanel Arm Coin purse

 

Louis Vuitton Bag Charm Finally add the WOW accessory for your list. Between Louis Vuitton bag charms or the versatile Twilly Scarf from Hermes that goes from neck to bag handle, these accessories are some of our favorite picks.   Surprise that special maternal figure in your life with one of these designer gifts and top it off with flowers and a card. With all of these ideas in mind, we hope that your Mother's Day is fun and just as special as they are!
- Tiffany Perez
Walk a Mile in the Latest Shoe Trends
Is your wardrobe seriously lacking in the shoe department? If you find yourself always slipping into the same pair of of your most worn shoes, it's time to pick up on the latest trends and go shopping! As we find history repeating itself, we have to navigate what trend is worth the comeback and during the recent fashion shows, we have seen a resurgence of some of our favorite styles. From the daringly unique to the beloved Y2K platforms, we're going to break down the must haves for this season. 

 

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Gucci Multicolor Marmont Slide Sandals Muletime Convenience and style go hand-in-hand and nothing defines that like a good pair of Mules. From mule sandals to mule pumps and loafers, a quick out the door slide like the Gucci Marmont sandals makes styling your outfits a breeze. With slides of all styles and heights, you can easily pair them with a blouse and slacks for work or denim and tee for a day out. 

 

 

Louis Vuitton Paseo Flat Sandals

Chunky Spring and summer are nothing without sandals, and the oversized touch we've come to love in recent years still holds true. The Louis Vuitton Paseo Flat sandals and Burberry Buckingham mesh sandals are both large in size and encompass your foot with ease. Pair with denim, shorts, and more for a comfortable look to remember.

 

 Gucci Princetown Fur Slippers BlackCuddly Footwear If you love a little plush padding when you walk, furry footwear may be your go-to. Trending this spring you can find fur or shearling insoles much like a pair of Gucci slippers that are enviously comfortable. These shoes come in handy whether you're going into the office dressed in business casual wear or working remotely from home in your favorite pajamas. 

 

 Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Blue Satin Pumps

Femme Approved More crystals equals more glam. With trends leaning more towards comfort these past years, adding embellished footwear to your closet is an absolute must. The feminine look of crystal bows and details, much like a pair of Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps, adds glam to your arsenal and red carpet finishes to your favorite outfits.

 

Christian Louboutin Beige Suede Decoupadiva Pumps

Unique Heels Heel shapes and sizes have always been daring and innovative. We've even seen pumps with heels that rely on balance, but for this spring we are looking for the bold and interesting. Curved like a pair of Christian Louboutin Decoupadiva or Gucci heeled loafers, your shoe collection can do with a little change in conversation starters. The great thing about heeled shoes that are unique, you can wear them with a bold ensemble or even the most simple combination of denim and a top, but don't forget to accessorize accordingly!

 

Gucci GG Wool Trip Boots

Raising Heights Forget stilettos, we are all about the chunky platforms! The chunky platform and heel combination is not only for pumps, you can find all styles like boots, loafers, and sneakers getting a raise in 2022. With the resurgence of the Y2K must-haves, you can find the platform shoe adding Spice Girl approved style to your closet.
- Tiffany Perez
Fashion makes its statement once again on the red carpets this award season. With rooms full of celebrities, it was time to dress up for music's biggest night at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards. Dressed to impress, the red carpet features infamous names luxuriously dressed for the occasion. From Dua Lipa paying homage in a Versace 1992 dress to BTS wearing tuxes from Virgil Abloh's final fall collection, the stars left their marks. Revisiting last night's red carpet, we are sharing with you some of our favorite looks!

 

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Best Dressed Female Rachel Zegler in Dior with Tiffany & Co. jewelry

Rachel Zegler wears @Dior Haute Couture to the 2022 #Grammys! See more of tonight's celebrity looks: https://t.co/ww0CVEecup pic.twitter.com/J0o5mkTvr5

— Vogue Runway (@VogueRunway) April 4, 2022

 

Saweetie in fuschia Valentino and black Oscar de la Renta View this post on Instagram

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St. Vincent in Gucci  View this post on Instagram

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Paris Hilton in Dundas View this post on Instagram

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 Lady Gaga in Armani Prive View this post on Instagram

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Best Dressed Male J Balvin in Givenchy

Singer and nominee @JBALVIN wore a #givenchy custom-made outfit designed by Matthew M. Williams, alongside #ValentinaFerrer in #givenchyfw21, to the 64th Annual #GRAMMYs . pic.twitter.com/PkZlFJgZ8M

— Givenchy (@givenchy) April 4, 2022 Jack Harlow in Givenchy

Rapper and nominee @jackharlow wore a #givenchyfw22 outfit designed by Matthew M. Williams to the 64th Annual #GRAMMYs . pic.twitter.com/sCFYNjU1cD

— Givenchy (@givenchy) April 4, 2022

 

Lil Nas X in Balmain View this post on Instagram

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Best Dressed Couple Chrissy Teigen in Nicole + Felicia Couture and John Legend in Zegna View this post on Instagram

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Best Group BTS in Louis Vuitton

.@BTS_twt's look for the 2022 #Grammys was an extremely thoughtful nod. The group's custom silhouettes were drawn from @LouisVuitton’s fall 2022 collection—the late designer Virgil Abloh’s last https://t.co/JBrTfFAPnW pic.twitter.com/XIE2cxXko5

— Vogue Runway (@VogueRunway) April 3, 2022

 

Couture's Pick Dua Lipa in 1992 Versace  View this post on Instagram

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Did we miss anyone? Leave a comment below with some of your favorite looks from the Grammys!

- Tiffany Perez
Dear Valentine...Our Jewelry Gift Guide is Here!
It's finally February and we know what that means! Valentine's Day is almost here and it's time to start planning and shopping. This year we are going to help you narrow down those gift ideas and focus on the small yet glamorous. Acting as your own personal Cupid, Couture will guide you through some of the best jewelry pieces and brands your significant other will love. 

 

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Chanel, Gucci, Louis...Oh My Gucci Louis Vuitton Chanel Jewelry When you think of jewelry, brands who are typically known for their leather goods are not usually at the forefront. However, accessories from brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Christian Dior, and more are coveted by any luxury connoisseur. A Chanel necklace and earrings or even a Louis Vuitton bracelet would have them in absolute awe.

 

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David Yurman Jewelry

Born from love, the David Yurman company was concepted with a passion for art and love between David Yurman and Sybil Kleinrock. From the infamous Cable Classics to the more modern Helena, Yurman boasts expertly crafted designs with your favorite gemstones. Some collections we suggest include the Cable Classics, Albion, Starburst, Crossover, and more. This brand's jewelry is a luxury staple and the perfect gift to give a loved one. 

 

LOVE in Cartier

Cartier Jewelry

Infamously recognized for their fine jewelry and the coveted LOVE collection, Cartier is next on the list of the gifts you need to look for. With a multitude of collections like the must-have LOVE, the Trinity, and Just en Clou, Cartier sets the standard for luxury. And if you're looking to make that person you love yours forever, Cartier offers opulent engagement rings as well.

 

Tiffany & Co. for the Soul

Tiffany & Co. jewelry

As the creator's of the Tiffany setting, Tiffany & Co. understands gifting love. With a multitude of collections to choose from such as the Return to Tiffany or Elsa Peretti's Open Heart, you can find necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more to give your sweetheart. When everything is red or pink, your loved one is sure to be obsessed with a Tiffany Blue box instead.  Now that you have a good idea of where to start, we hope that your Valentine's Day is perfect and full of hugs and kisses.

 

Happy Valentine's Day! Love, Couture USA P.S. Don't forget the flowers and chocolate, with a touch of bubbly on the side for a memorable day!
- Tiffany Perez
Couture's 2021 in Review
Another year has gone by and we've made it into 2022! Now with over 18 years in business, Couture has seen all kinds of items over the years, new and old.  In 2021, we were in awe by so many luxury designer pieces that entered through our doors and we wanted to share them with you. From Amber and Alina's favorites to the most asked about bag of the year, we're here to keep you updated in all the latest at Couture.    [newsletter]   Amber & Alina's Favorites Our luxury experts, Amber and Alina see and sell luxury items all day every day. Sometimes it's hard for them to choose their favorites, but we asked them anyway.  For 2021, Alina's choice was the very trendy Bottega Veneta Chain Cassette bag. This pretty piece arrived in a gorgeous beige hue with gold-tone hardware. The large and puffy intrecciato woven design the brand is known for was paired perfectly with a Gucci jacket.  Amber went in a more subtle glam direction with the iridescent Chanel 19. Crafted in a white hue, when touched by light, the exterior of this bag shined from every angle. The new woven chain and leather CC closure was a popular design many looked for. View this post on Instagram

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Most Expensive 2020's most expensive bag was the Louis Vuitton Crocodile Capucines BB bag, but in 2021 an ever classic Hermes Birkin 30 arrived to take the coveted spot. In a vibrant orange that is the signature color of the brand handcrafted and hand-stitched to perfection, this bag is one of the hardest pieces to get in the industry at the moment due to limited availability. Hermes Birkin 30s retail can start at $12,400 and increase based on material or special requests. 

 

Most Unique  Sometimes fashionistas look for something so out of this world and eye-catching, you can't help but love it. According to our staff, one of the most unique bags to enter our store is a fur Fendi Baguette bag. A mix of satin and petals crafted from rabbit fur in various shades of purple and pink is definitely one to remember.

Editor's Pick This year we are featuring the Editor's Pick! Born in the 90s and a lover of the retro style, Tiffany's 2021 choice was a unique Yves Saint Laurent Graffiti Kate Bag. The black Grain de Poudre construction was gifted its far out finish with multicolor shapes printed throughout!

 

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Most Asked About Chanel never fails to be one of the most illustrious brands to ever exist even after over 112 years. The memorable CC and its popular flap bags remains a sought after brand for all fashionistas. In 2021, our staff noticed that the coveted flap bag was one of the most asked about items of the year. Not only is this bag stylish, but the Chanel Flap is also an investment piece that never loses its value.

Read our blogs about Celebrating 15 Years at Couture and 2020 in review at Couture USA!
- Tiffany Perez
2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Another year has come and gone, and we're right back in the holiday season! Magic is in the air and we are all waiting to see what gifts we will get this year. Everyone's lists have already begun to take form and the holiday classics are beginning to roll out. Every year we compile a quick little gift guide to help you find the gifts you need for your loved ones and make the shopping experience painless and fun!

 

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Looking at Louis Luxury starts with an L and so does Louis Vuitton, and a little LV always goes a long way. Fill up the holiday gift boxes with Louis Vuitton in a variety of styles, sizes, colors and materials to surprise them this year. Anything from a coveted Keepall or Neverfull to the Twist or Petite Malle, your loved one will leap for joy when they see that Louis in their hands. 

 

 

Celebrating Chanel As the holiday season comes and goes, Chanel is everlasting. A must have gift for every occasion, your loved one will gasp in delight when they see a Chanel under the tree. Keep it classic with a Flap Bag or make it more modern with the latest Chanel 19. Chanels in all different styles are a memorable gift and will have the receiver celebrating for many years to come.

 

 

Gucci Greetings With a love for inclusivity and classic styles making a comeback, give the gift of Gucci this year. Big or small, Gucci's classic styles like the Jackie or even more modern collections like the 1955 Horsebit are a hit. You can even fill the stocking with small accessories for a delightful surprise!

 

 

Jingling Jewelry The holiday season is meant for joy and is also a very busy time of year. Buying shimmering jewelry like David Yurman bracelets, Tiffany & Co. necklaces, or bold earrings are always a go-to for gifts. You may also see a lot of rings as well because even the holidays are a hotbed for proposals and weddings.

 

 

Seasonal Treats Santa isn't the only one getting surprise treats this year! Don't forget to leave out the little gifts that they will love. Compact wallet, twilly scarves, Hermes belt buckles, bag charms, and more, there are plenty of accessories that you can give along with even larger gifts as well. Treat them with awe-inspiring seasonal musts that they can use until next holiday! 

 

We can't wait to see what you all get this year!Share all of your gifts or gift ideas in the comments below or tag us on social media: @CoutureUSA on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter
- Tiffany Perez
Gucci: 100 Years of Breaking Fashion Barriers
For a century, Gucci has defined the world of fashion in a variety of ways making the company a fashion staple. Although there have been many controversies, Gucci continues to be a staple household name along with Louis Vuitton and Chanel. In honor of the movie starring Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, and more coming out this month, we will take you through the history of this illustrious brand.

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Laying Foundations Journeying back to 1881, Guccio Gucci was born in Florence, Italy. His father was a leather craftsman, but he chose not to follow in his footsteps and decided to travel. During his life, Gucci ultimately ended up working as an attendant at The Savoy in London and finding inspiration from all of the luggages from travelers which kickstarted his future.  It wasn't until 1921 when Gucci returned to Florence that he created his Maison. From there he continued to create luggage pieces before he branched into wallets and equestrian products. In the late 1920's, he created the first version of the infamous GG we all know before his sons reinvented it again. 

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Continuing the Legacy & A Time of Turmoil   Gucci eventually included his sons, Aldo, Vasco, and Rodolfo into the family business leading it into new directions and increase in reputation. During this time we saw the inception of the Diamante canvas, reinvention of the signature GG print that is widely used to this day, and the introduction of Gucci's first pig-skin bags during World War II. By the 50's, the red and green Web detailing made its debut.  Under Rodolfo in the 1950's, Gucci stores increased. Not only expanding to Milan and to the United States, but also opening in The Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York City on behalf of Guccio's past of working with the hotel. This store opened only a few days prior to his death in 1953.   Things for the company ran smoothly up until the 80's when turmoil struck the Gucci family. With decades of accomplishments such as the introduction of the Flora print and their first ready-to-wear fashion show, there were also several changes done to the company and shifts in power. With Guccio's grandchildren now working within the Maison, there was plenty of feuding over who would control the company. Soon enough, Maurizio, Rodolfo's son eventually took over and pushed the rest of the family out. This led to years of disarray that almost ruined the company, imprisonments of family members, and the eventual murder of Maurizio in 1995.  The House Rises Again In the 90's, Gucci was going through a slump after Dawn Mello resigned and through the family feuding. It wasn't until 1994 when Tom Ford took over as Creative Director that changes were made to the company and the popularity began to grow again. Embracing the idea of "Sex Sells," Ford took a direction of the more risque and scandalous with his designs and marketing, making the brand more "sexy" and under Ford's thumb, the company soared for years until he left in 2004 and then Frida Giannini took over.  Frida Giannini's take over as Creative Director started with her time as Design Director at Gucci. She sought to change Ford's designs and to focus on Gucci's heritage within her style, bringing back tokens of the past which continued into her tenure there.  Celebrities & Breaking Barriers Gucci has a longstanding relationship with celebrities and their inspiration on their products. Memorable figures such as Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Princess Diana, and Jackie Kennedy are just to name a few while we also saw collaborations with the rapper Dapper Dan and graffiti artist, Trevor Andrews. Their influence on designs continue even as the years pass by.  To this day, Gucci has actually become a token favorite of the younger generations due to Alessandro Michele's takeover in 2015 as creative director. With a large resurgence in the pop world with celebrities such as Harry Styles and K-Pop idols to collaborations with Disney, Doraemon, North Face, and Balenciaga, Gucci has seen a large jump in sales over the past years. This incorporation of pop stars, pop culture, and embracing emerging ideals into their advertising, designs, and ambassadorships has set Gucci into a new direction. 

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With a much more open atmosphere and the acceptance of unisex style, Gucci's embrace of these ideals has skyrocketed their popularity, with a broad range of clothing and handbags they are not strangers to anyone on the gender spectrum. The Past in Present Not only does the Italian fashion house embrace nonconformity, the brand makes sure to never lose the ideals and style of the past, incorporating them into their designs. We have seen recently reinvented designs of classic bags such as one of Princess Diana's go-tos. This summer Gucci released the Diana bag as an homage to her favorite style, gifting it a new trending twist. Also as of 2021, with the impending release of the movie, the Jackie purse has made its comeback due to bags being used by Lady Gaga's character in the trailers. Learn more about Gucci bags when you read our Quick Guide to Gucci Handbag Styles With Michele at the helm we have seen many changes these past few years. The company has made more sustainability efforts, changed their fashion show structure, and embraced the differences in people and fashion. With a longstanding history, there is plenty to look forward to in Gucci's future. 
- Tiffany Perez
Learning Hermes Bag Names
“What's in a name? That which we call a rose" quoted by William Shakespeare, meaning a name is a just a name. However, names can have different meanings and hold a type of power. Some of the most infamous luxury goods have memorable names that fashionistas around the world recognize. When it comes to Hermes, you will find bags named after celebrities and equestrian tools alike. In this blog we are going to delve into some of the most popular Hermes bag names and where they came from.

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Birkin

Hermes 2019 Birkin 30 Bag Bougainvillea Epsom Calfskin

One of the most famous names of luxury handbags, the Birkin bag is one of the most coveted purses in all of existence. Popular since the late 1980's, this A-lister approved bag was named after the "it-girl" and actress Jane Birkin after she told the CEO of Hermes that they needed to create a more functional bag. The limited availability of this memorable purse makes it a big investment in the luxury world and comes in four sizes.

 

Kelly

 

Hermes Kelly Retourne 32 Bag Burgundy Togo

Originally named a Sac-a-Depeches, the Kelly dates back to 1892 when its design was inspired by bags that can hold a saddle. The Kelly received its current name from the late Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly, when she would use the bag to hide her pregnancy from the public. Known to be the older sister to the Birkin, this bag comes in two styles, the Sellier and Retourne, and four sizes. 

 

Constance

Constance 18 Bag Orange Swift

Designed in 1967 by designer Catherine Chaillet, the Constance was created as a little go-to bag for everyday use and named after her daughter.  A french word meaning 'constancy,' the style of this bag is the pure definition of Hermes' continuing legacy. Featuring the infamous 'H" clasp and rectangular shape, this bag comes in four different sizes for options. Coincidentally enough, the Constance was known to be one of Jackie Kennedy's go-to purses. 

 

Picotin

Hermes Tri-Color Picotin Lock 18 PM Bag Multicolor Taurillon Clemence

Derived from a French word, Picotin is actually the measure of feed given to a horse, typically the bag that we see horses wear on their nose when they eat. The equestrian style bag was inspired by these bags, giving it a large interior for all of the necessities and belt and lock closure for that extra touch of Hermes. 

 

Evelyne

Hermes Evelyne I PM Bag Rouge H Clemence

Another equestrian inspired piece, the Evelyne was designed after the bags meant to carry horse grooming equipment. The perforated H is designed as a way to allow equipment like brushes to dry and originally was meant to be worn facing the body, but now as a luxury bag, the fashionistas wear the H outward. This bag comes in four generations and four sizes.  Read more about Hermes' logo and other designers in our blog: The Artistry Behind the Logos. 

 

Jypsiere

Hermes Jypsiere 37 Bag Black Clemence

Created for the 2008 collections by Jean-Paul Gaultier, the Jypsiere looks like a streamline mix of a Birkin and Kelly into a messenger bag. The messenger bag style emulates a hunting bag mixed with the style of the most popular Hermes bag. This bag comes in four sizes.

 

Herbag

Herbag Zip PM Bag Orange Toile Canvas

Otherwise known as the little sister to the Kelly, the Herbag looks very much like its counterpart in which the difference lies in the materials used. While Kellys typically are made of leather, the Herbag is typically made of canvas and a leather piece that can be switched out between bags for a mix and match style. Discontinued in the mid-2000s, the Herbag was re-introduced in 2009 as the Herbag Zip and comes in a total of five sizes. 

 

Other Hermes bags to look out for: Bolide Colorado Egee Garden Party  Good News Jige Lindy Medor So Kelly Vespa Victoria And more... Need help choosing a bag for your collection? We curated our top 15 Bags your Collection Craves just for you!
- Tiffany Perez
What is the Price of a Chanel Flap Bag?
Chanel was founded in 1910 in Paris, France, by Gabrielle “Coco” Bonheur Chanel with the mission to revolutionize women’s fashion. Starting with creating hats and opening her first shop in 1910, the flap bag didn’t make its way into women’s arms until 1955. Today, Chanel is one of the most sought-after luxury brands in the world.  Continue reading to learn about the history of the iconic Chanel Classic Flap bag, how much they cost and how to find an authentic one for less. 

 

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Chanel Flap Bags are Worth the Investment The Chanel flap bag not only holds its value over time, but its prices have steadily increased over the years, making it a worthwhile investment. Their iconic style, high-quality materials, classic design, and sought-after name make Chanel flap bags easy to resell should you wish to do so in the future. As of September 2021, Chanel has implemented a numerous number of increases on their handbags with an expected future of more increases. Below we included a chart with the current prices as they stand compared to early 2021. Chanel Classic Flap Bag Prices Reissue Bag Prices Factors That Influence the Price of Chanel Flap Bags  Types of Chanel Flap Bags  Chanel’s flap bags are one of the must-have for the handbag connoisseur. You can find Chanel flap bags in different materials, sizes, colors, styles, and designs; however, the structural design is virtually the same. The earned its name due to its iconic flap and closures. The company designed the Single flap version to have just one exterior flap closure while the Double flap features an exterior and interior flap. Chanel has a multitude of flap bag designs such as the Boy bag, however there are two styles of Chanel flap bags: The 2.55 and the Classic Flap. The term 2.55 is used in reference to flap bags that reflect the original flap bag design created in February of 1955. Not to be confused with the Reissue flap bag introduced by Karl Lagerfeld in 2005, the 2.55 bag is the original design of Chanel’s bags, debuting for the first time a shoulder carried bag acceptable for women. These bags are typically lined with burgundy interior leather, which symbolizes the uniforms from the convent orphanage where Coco Chanel grew up. It features the “Mademoiselle” turn-lock clasp, interior zipper compartment, double flap, and the classic chain strap. Jumping forward to the 1980s, Karl Lagerfeld is the one who introduced the coveted Classic Flap bag. Featuring similar features to the 2.55 bag, the Classic Flap is distinguished instead by the CC turn-lock closure, curved flap, and leather-woven chain.

 

Materials As with any product, the higher their demand, the more they cost. However, demand isn’t the only factor that impacts the cost of the Chanel flap bag. Because of their versatility, the price of one of these purses varies according to a few different factors such as: material, size, hardware, and where you buy it. The flap bag can be found in a wide range of materials, such as:  Lambskin Leather Calfskin Leather Goatskin Leather Caviar Leather Tweed Jersey Fabric Exotics (python, alligator, crocodile, etc..) And more… These materials can be designed with different colors and patterns. Materials that are in high demand, or are known for their durability and longevity, such as calfskin or caviar leather, typically make the bag more expensive. Some have rhinestones, crystals, pearls, and other decorative embellishments, which can contribute to increased cost. Many of the flap bags are designed with the classic quilted look, while others feature unique designs.  Along with the material of the bag itself, its hardware can influence the cost. The hardware is typically gold, light gold, silver or black and can be created with antiqued, matte, or iridescent finishes. The classic bag also features leather-woven chain straps.  Along with the bag’s structure, design, and size, where you purchase your Chanel flap bag can impact its cost. You can find authentic, lightly used flap bags at a lower price compared to purchasing them brand new. 

 

How to Find an Authentic Chanel Flap Bag  Since they can be quite the investment, it’s important to purchase one from a seller you can trust — especially if you are planning on purchasing a used luxury bag. In order to limit the production and sale of counterfeits, Chanel manufactures handbags and accessories with serial numbers. Couture USA is a designer retail boutique with over 17 years of experience buying and selling pre-owned luxury goods. Our team of experts thoroughly inspect each product we purchase to ensure its quality and authenticity. We proudly sell only 100% authentic luxury brands, 100% of the time. Shop our selection of premium Chanel designer bags today. 

- Tiffany Perez
How to Properly Clean Your Designer Purse
Designer purses, such as Louis Vuitton or Chanel ,are known for their quality, luxurious materials and of course, their popular name. Designer handbags are an investment and regularly cleaning your designer purse is key to keeping it in great condition.  Over time, dirt, dust, and grime from its surroundings can collect on your purse’s exterior and interior. The oils from your skin can also cause the materials to deteriorate and items may spill on or inside of it. Luckily, knowing how to clean your purse properly can keep your designer bag in like-new condition. 

 

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Cleaning Your Designer Purse, Step by Step  Cleaning Supplies with Gucci Marmont Cleaning your designer purse incorrectly can permanently damage it and care must be taken. Here is a general overview of how you should clean your designer handbag’s interior, exterior, and hardware.

 

Designer Purse Interior Cleaning  Remove all of your belongings from your purse. Flip the bag upside down and shake it to get rid of any loose debris. Turn the liner inside out and use a lint roller to remove any other dirt or dust. Go over the liner using a vacuum with the brush attachment to remove any debris you may have missed. *If your bag’s interior doesn’t have a liner, is unable to be turned inside out or is made of leather, instead of inverting your bag, we recommend using a lint roller, tweezers and the vacuum with the brush attachment to clean the inner corners.*

Lint Roller on Interior

Designer Purse Exterior Cleaning  Over time, the exterior of your purse collects dirt and dust, which can lead to a buildup of residue. The way you clean your designer bag’s exterior will depend on the material it’s made of. 

Exterior Cleaning

Leather Use care and caution when cleaning your bag’s leather exterior. If your bag is made of leather, we recommend using fragrance-free, alcohol-free wipes such as leather wipes or baby wipes, which can remove excess dirt and residue without drying out the material. Wipe down the bag’s exterior with these wipes, or spray a leather cleaner onto a microfiber cloth and use it to clean the bag. Then, use a leather conditioner (we recommend the Apple brand) to moisturize the leather material and avoid cracking. 

Exterior cleaning

If your bag is made of patent leather, you can use the above methods to clean it. Wipe it down with a soft cloth after you clean it to avoid streaks and splotches. If you see any scuffs on your purse, you can try to gently remove them with a small amount of leather cleaner applied to a baby wipe.  Fabric Canvas, tweed, jersey and satin can typically be cleaned using a lint roller. Use tweezers to gently remove any dirt, dust and debris that are stuck to the fabric. If you see blemishes that need extra attention, lightly spray a baby wipe with OxiClean, and use it to lift the stain.*NOTE: We do not recommend using Oxiclean on satin, silk, or jersey that are not black because it may leave a cleaner stain.*

 

Fur or Suede To clean bags made of fur or suede, we recommend using a specialty brush to remove dirt, dust and debris from its exterior. If there are any stains, gently buff them out with the brush. For fur bags, brush the fur in the same direction that the hair goes. For suede material, gently brush the suede in one direction. Once you’ve cleaned it, use a suede conditioner to revitalize the material. 

 

Hardware Polish hardware using a baby wipe, and then dry it with a soft cloth. Occasionally, your bag’s hardware can cause discoloration on the surrounding material. Luckily, this can be removed by gently buffing it with a magic eraser.

Hardware cleaning

If the hardware has started to tarnish and oxidize, use a small amount of Brasso on a cotton swab to polish it. Be sure to use extreme caution as liquid metal polish can stain the bag’s materials.

 

How Often Should You Clean Your Designer Purse?  How frequently you clean your designer purse will depend on how often you use it. If you use your bag daily, we recommend cleaning it every week. If you use it occasionally, two to four cleanings per year is recommended. In addition, your bag’s handles and its base and corners get the most wear and, therefore, require more attention. We recommend cleaning these areas of your purse after every use to ensure they don’t deteriorate more than the rest of the bag. It’s important to keep in mind that the way you clean your designer purse may vary according to the designer. Some designers use highly specialized processes, and their bags require specialized care and cleaning to ensure they don’t get damaged. Please refer to our other blogs How to Safely Clean Louis Vuitton Bags and How You Can Properly Clean Your Chanel Bags for more information about cleaning your Louis Vuitton and Chanel purses. Conduct research to find out what the recommended cleaning methods and materials are for your specific bag. If you’re having trouble getting stains out of your bag, or aren’t sure how to do so safely, bring your bag to a professional cleaning service.      Looking for Authentic Designer Handbags?  At Couture USA, we’re proud to buy and sell 100% authentic luxury brands, 100% of the time. Our team examines every detail of the items we purchase using our thorough inspection process to guarantee their quality and authenticity. Shop our selection of luxury handbags today!
- Tiffany Perez
Typically, when May comes around, celebrities, designers, and fashion lovers alike begin to feel the excitement of ‘part of the year’s commencement. In this case, the party of the year is the infamous Met Gala, wildly also hailed as the “Oscars of the East Coast.” Formerly known as the Costume Institute Gala or the Costume Institute Benefit it has been hosted by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume institute in New York City for more than 73 years. This annual gala is a fundraising event for the Costume Institute that began in 1948 and continues to raise millions every year.

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Although the Met Gala started in November and switched to the first Monday of May by 2005, because of Covid the event pushed back and hosted on September 13th this year. This year’s panel of honorary chairs included Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, and Adam Mosseri. The event was hosted by young celebrities such as Billie Eilish, Amanda Gorman, Naomi Osaka, Timothee Chalomet, Keke Palmer, and Ilana Glazer. This socialite event brings in an invitee list that ranges from Hollywood’s finest to designers, artists, musicians, and more. Although this premiere event is extremely exclusive, people all over the world tune into the stream to see who arrives on the carpet and what they are wearing. This year’s theme will continue into next year as a two-part exhibition that explores fashion in the United States. The name of the first smaller exhibit is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, focusing on patchwork quilting used as a metaphor for the melting pot of cultures that live in this country. As tradition dictates, guests are expected to match their fashion to the theme of the exhibit. Guests this year embodied American fashion on the red carpet and all of us here at Couture tuned into the show to give you some of our favorite looks of 2021!

 

Keke Palmer In true American fashion, Keke Palmer partnered with Sergio Hudson to help her embody the show stopping style and elegance of the infamous Diana Ross for her Met Gala look. The shimmering golden dress is sleek and conforms to her body while the low open back adds a sensual finish. Paired with a smokey eye and stunning afro, Palmer exuded confidence as she hosted the illustrious event. View this post on Instagram

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Yara Shahidi Designed by Christian Dior, Yara Shahidi paid tribute to the American-French entertainer Josephine Baker. As an ambassador for Dior, the actress and activist looks to combine both to all of her fashion, especially when she arrived in the gown that featured intricate beadwork, gauze train, a braided cap, diamond choker, and elbow length gloves. This absolutely stunning outfit made Shahidi glow while paying perfect homage to Baker and the fashion of the 1920’s-1930’s. View this post on Instagram

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Sienna Miller A fashion icon in her own right, Sienna Miller’s gown for the Met Gala was designed by Gucci and shined on the carpet. The dusty rose lace and silver bead work along the bodice is given an Old Hollywood glam finish with a long fur coat. This shimmering piece shined on at the Gala and with her natural makeup and waves of blonde hair, we were inspired by that Old Hollywood appeal. View this post on Instagram

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Karli Kloss Supermodel Karli Kloss took the assignment and appeared at the Met Gala donning an all red Carolina Herrera dress. The custom piece is not only inspired by the House’s founder, but also by the official flower of the United States, the rose. Crafted from silk, this dress is show-stopping with the large sleeves and long train that finish the effect with an elegant flair. View this post on Instagram

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Kendall Jenner  Old Hollywood glam was a staple look for many of the celebrities attending and joining them in Givenchy was Kendall Jenner. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s gown from My Fair Lady, Jenner’s dress included the same embellished choker and sleeves as the on-screen gown only with a sexy twist as the entire gown was sheer. Putting her hair in an up-do we are able to see every detail of this stunning outfit. View this post on Instagram

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Emily Blunt Emily Blunt was the embodiment of a starry sky with her Miu Miu gown. Inspired by the 1941 film, Ziegfeld Girl, and the lead star Hedy Lamarr, Blunt’s sheer dress was completely covered in jewels and beads while paired with a star headpiece that was reminiscent of Lamarr’s tiara. Given extra drama with diamond earrings and a dramatic white cape, Blunt was a star at the Gala. View this post on Instagram

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Rihanna  Although she arrived fashionably late, Rihanna was the highly anticipated guest everyone was waiting for. With a history of memorable Met Gala looks, everyone couldn’t wait to see what Riri would arrive wearing. Not to disappoint, her all black Balenciaga dress featured large ruffles with a matching hat. The sheer volume of the ruffles are an homage to the oversized styles America is known for with a chic twist. View this post on Instagram

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Billie Eilish Mixing Old Hollywood glam with a touch of an American classic, 19 year old Billie Eilish stunned at the Met Gala in her Oscar de la Renta gown. The light peach tulle dress was a memorable pairing of Marilyn Monroe style with the classic designs of Holiday Barbie dolls with a condition. With a twist, Eilish only agreed to wear this gown if the House would agree to completely stop using/selling furs in their fashion. View this post on Instagram

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Quannah Chasinghorse Indigenous model, 19 year old Quannah Chasinghorse had the most memorable and stunning outfit of the evening. An absolute vision in her Peter Dundas gold lame gown, Quannah completed her look with Navajo turquoise and silver jewelry. Her presence at the Met Gala with her traditional face tattoos and accessories is paving the way for indigenous representation and she made waves on the internet with her arrival at the Gala.   

Quannah Chasinghorse wore a #DUNDAS x #REVOLVE gold lamé gown with plunging neckline to the #MetGala. The look was paired with authentic Navajo turquoise and silver jewelry. #MetGala2021 pic.twitter.com/XAeEEZdjgp

— The Fashion Court (@TheFashionCourt) September 14, 2021

Did you like our favorite Met Gala looks? Is there anyone we didn't mention that you loved? Let us know in the comments below!

- Tiffany Perez
A Quick Guide to Authentic Gucci Serial Numbers
The House of Gucci has a famed and storied history of producing some of the finest bags in the luxury market and Guccio Gucci understood the value and the craftsmanship of his brand. Every bag was labeled, even very early Gucci items are labeled and identified as Gucci. However, through the years, the labels exact text and font have varied and consistently went through changes until the current label format was adopted.  

Although labels started early on, most early Gucci pieces that were produced in the 1950’s began to include the model number or also known as the "Brev" number. This model number however was not consistent and many bags ended up not including one at all. It wasn't until the 1970's that Gucci began to consistently mark their pieces with serial numbers.

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Labels & Serial Number Location Inside of every Gucci bag is typically a leather label that includes the logo and made in. Once you flip it over, you will find the serial number. Depending on the year the bag was produced, serial numbers will vary in format but not location. The serial numbers will typically always be behind the leather tab, however, wallets and small leather goods typically feature the numbers embossed somewhere near the card slots.  

 

Serial Number Font & Format

 

Just like other brands, Gucci's serial numbers went through a progression of changes throughout the years until it settled into the format we know of today. Serial numbers will generally consist between 9 to 13 digits. Sometimes be separated by dots or dashes, especially vintage pieces. The font is typically a serif type.  

 

When Tom Ford became the Creative Director in 1994, the formatting of the serial numbers began to change and now serial numbers included two lines. From the mid 1990’s to the mid 2000’s, the pieces would typically have a top line of 3 digits followed with a dash/dot and then 4 digits and the serif font became more consistent with a few changes to the numbers. The numbers 1, 4, 7 all began to include small feet on the bottom. Zeroes became more oval in shape.  Then number 2 and 3 included curls to their shapes. With the use of a consistent font, a few more changes were made to the format afterward. In the mid 2000's, Gucci eliminated the dot and the dash, using two lines of six digits or a top line of 6 and bottom line of 4 while wallets and small leather goods continued to have one line of digits separated by a dash.

 

Important things to note about serial numbers: The first line is the model number. Model numbers can change as the items are changed over the years. The second line is the supplier/batch number and can be the same as other Gucci pieces.  You can use the model number to find an item on a search engine. The embossing/heat stamp varies and can sometimes look messy despite the item being authentic. 

 

Variations through the Years

 

For more about Gucci, read our blog: A Quick Guide to Gucci Handbag Styles

 

 

***Couture USA only authenticates items that you would like to sell or consign with us.  There are several companies that do offer authentication services. Mypoupette, CarolDiva, and Authenticate4U are all reputable authentication companies who would be happy to review your item for a small fee. ***
- Tiffany Perez
David Yurman: Sculpting a Legacy
As most stories start, the history of the David Yurman company starts as a love story of two artists from New York who never imagined owning a business. David Yurman and Sybil Kleinrock were both born in New York in 1942, living parallel lives from one another before meeting in the 1960's and eventually falling in love while paving a way to a new future they never expected. We are going to delve into who are the Yurman's and how did this illustrious company came to be in this tell all blog. 

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  Who is David Yurman?

A muse allows you to listen to your dreams…Sybil is my muse, always.” - David Yurman https://t.co/rXjY4sX1MK pic.twitter.com/2Zp2SRSDFC

— David Yurman (@DavidYurman) January 25, 2016 Born on October 12th, 1942 in Manhattan, New York, David Yurman grew up loving the arts. He created and sold sculptures to his classmates. When he was in his teens, his sister introduced him to Cuban sculptor, Ernesto Gonzalez, and learned to weld. Spending a short time in university, Yurman quickly quit and moved across the country to California to live in an art colony, but by the late 1960s he found his way back to the Big Apple. With experience working for multiple famous sculptors: Jacques Lipshitz, Theodore Rozak, and Hans Van de Bovenkamp, he developed and harnessed his craft. David Yurman’s wife, Sybil Kleinrock, was born in the Bronx on December 10th, 1942. She lived a parallel life to Yurman while showing off her passion for painting. Sybil experienced the zeitgeist of the 50’s and 60’s in NYC while taking in the counterculture as inspiration. In the 1960’s, she moved to California to live in an art colony before moving back to New York towards the end of the decade where she met Yurman and eventually collaborating with him to create the company we know of today.   Living Parallel Both artists in their own respects, Sybil was a painter and David was a sculptor. Coincidentally, the two worked in the same coffee shop, moved to California to study art, and returned to New York City where they finally met. David was working at a studio under the sculptor Hans Van de Bovenkamp when Sybil walked in for a job. Part of her position required her to work under David and from there, their story began, and their future artistic collaboration would come fruition with a mix of two different artistic approaches.    The Legacy: From the Foundation to Building a Brand In 1971, during the course of their relationship, David sculpted the infamous ‘Dante’ necklace for his girlfriend who wore it to a gallery. The necklace garnered the attention of a New York City gallery owner who wanted to buy the piece right then and there, but also requested to have multiple pieces made. The ‘Dante’ necklace was a hit and sold immediately which pioneered the start of David and Sybil starting their jewelry business. From there, they traveled and created Putnam Artworks, learning the tools of the trade for their business. Shortly after their marriage in 1979, the founding of the David Yurman Company began in 1980 after almost selling their business. A year after the opening of the company, the Yurman’s won an award from the World Gold Council for their Starlight necklace, a stepping stone into the use of their signature cabling design. By 1983, the company produced the first cable bracelet which would define the future of their company. By 1999, the David Yurman Company accumulated experience and notoriety with recognition, awards, pioneering designs, and advertisement. Their Silver Ice Collection that debuted in 1997 featured diamonds with sterling silver, allowing the company to be the first designer to ever do this. From there the world saw their first ever major advertising campaign, the companies first boutique on Madison Avenue, and taking charge of their own campaigns.  David & Sybil’s son Evan would eventually join his parents in 2003 at 19 years old by becoming the head of design for the Men’s collections. He would eventually begin to take over more collections and then be named Chief Design Director by 2013.   The Signature Cable and Their Legacy  Every brand has something they are known for, whether it’s Louis Vuitton’s signature Monogram or Tiffany & Co.’s Return to Tiffany Collection, for David Yurman it’s the signature cable details. An homage to architecture, the cabling design is inspired by columns that can be found on classically designed buildings while also having a unique take on the philosophies the Yurman’s keep close. The design featured individual cables twisted together to create a larger visual effect emphasizing their belief in the importance of collaboration and that creating things should be a group effort. Cabling not only expresses David and Sybil’s philosophy on life and art, but it also combines all of their life’s work together, establishing a long lasting legacy. For more about David Yurman, read our blogs about identifying authentic David Yurman and the 10 Things You Didn't Know About David Yurman.

 

- Tiffany Perez
It has been an extremely long year with limited red carpet events, but now it seems like we are back in business. Fashion has always been a staple of awards ceremonies and prestigious events, making the arrival of celebrities and models alike worthwhile. The 74th Annual Cannes Film Festival marks one of the first of 2021 red carpet events with a large attendance.  With multiple days of screenings and red carpet events, there were plenty of looks to choose from and we are diving right in with a few of our favorites. From Gucci to Chanel, Balmain, Dior and more, it was almost hard to choose just a few. Although the Cannes Festival is still going and there are many awe-inspiring pieces to be seen, these are Couture's picks of the red carpet.  

 

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Jessica Chastain Gorgeous in black, Jessica Chastain's ginger hair and bold red lipstick add a romantic finish to her Dior custom dress. The evening gown features a netted strapless design with velvet scrolls for the final touch of movement.

 

 

Actress @Jes_Chastain appeared on the red carpet at the 74th @Festival_Cannes wearing a custom #DiorCouture by Maria Grazia Chiuri strapless black net evening dress decorated with undulating velvet scrolls.#StarsinDior pic.twitter.com/DB2mTnSWUE

— Dior (@Dior) July 7, 2021

 

 

Virginie Efira Embodying a goddess, actress Virginie Efira stunned the red carpet in a flowing gold Dior dress. The dress' flowing structure stands out with every step while the braided belt accentuates her waist line and a cape adds drama to the overall finish.

Virginie Efira wore a #Dior Spring 2020 Haute Couture gown and cape to the "Benedetta" screening at #Cannes74. #Cannes2021 #ChristianDior pic.twitter.com/FAqu2GrFpU

— The Fashion Court (@TheFashionCourt) July 9, 2021

 

SoKo While attending the screening of 'Annette' and the Opening Ceremony, SoKo made a memorable appearance with her Gucci gown. A subtle embroidered detail is highlight by iridescent sequins that shined with every touch of light while the cut-outs at the waist made this dress look like a two-piece. 

.@SoKothecat attended the ‘Annette’ screening and Opening Ceremony during the 74th @Festival_Cannes, in a #Gucci iridescent sequin gown with embroidered details. For the occasion, #SoKo wore #GucciBeauty. #AlessandroMichele #Cannes2021 #Cannes74 pic.twitter.com/h1zjrw6c5e

— gucci (@gucci) July 8, 2021

 

Maggie Gyllenhaal A vision in red, Maggie Gyllenhaal appeared to the screening of "Benedetta' in a pleated Versace gown. This custom dress features a thin cut out while pleated fabric adds geometric appeal and a flowing skirt.

#MaggieGyllenhaal attended the premiere of the film Benedetta at the 74th Cannes Film Festival in a custom Atelier Versace gown. #VersaceCelebrities #Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/OWdU7K3bTO

— VERSACE (@Versace) July 10, 2021

 

Taylor Hill Stunning in custom Etro, American model Taylor Hill, appeared on night one of the festival with confidence. The body contouring sheer lace gown features cutouts on the waist, a high neckline, and open back for a risque yet sophisticated end. View this post on Instagram

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Bella Hadid Infamous model, Bella Hadid, embraced the unique and open sternum look with a Fall 2021 Schiaparelli gown. The black dress formed to her body, leaving an open space on her chest that was covered by a gold branch statement making chain to remember. With sharp contour and a high bun, Hadid looked stunning.

Bella Hadid in Schiaparelli on the occasion of the 'Three Floors' film at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday, July 11. 2021.©️ DOMINIQUE CHARRIAU pic.twitter.com/9cwDglBDNp

— Vogue.fr (@VogueParis) July 13, 2021

 

Leonie Hanne Attending her first ever Cannes red carpet, Leonie Hanne made a dramatic entrance in her all green Nicole + Felicia ball gown. The layered taffeta sage green piece with bouncing feathers contrasted perfectly against the bright red of the carpet. View this post on Instagram

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Mahlagha Jaberi Iranian model, Mahlagha Jaberi, was an absolute showstopper in her Rami Kadi gown. The organza layered gown with a floral and butterfly print was simply accessorised with chandelier earrings and the models wavy hair. View this post on Instagram

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Soo Joo Park Korean fashion model, Soo Joo Park, arrived to the "Stillwater" screening red carpet in pre-fall 2020 Chanel. The all lace jumpsuit is fabulously accessorized with strappy pumps, a choker necklace, and silver Chanel belt to accentuate her waist.

Soo Joo Park wore a #CHANEL Pre-Fall 2020 lace jumpsuit with a dress overlay to the "Stillwater" screening at #Cannes74. #Cannes2021 pic.twitter.com/Sw0x0snwi4

— The Fashion Court (@TheFashionCourt) July 8, 2021

 

Dylan Penn  Model, actress, and the daughter of Sean Penn, Dylan Penn, stunned the red carpet in a gorgeous Balmain Resort 2021 gown. A beautiful halter silhouette covered in sequins with and mesh panels that outline her body are paired simply with her hair in a ponytail and a feather clutch. 

Dylan Penn wore a #Balmain Resort 2021 gown to the screening of "The French Dispatch" at #Cannes74. #Cannes2021 #TheFrenchDispatch pic.twitter.com/GDU3Iz84Yl

— The Fashion Court (@TheFashionCourt) July 13, 2021

 

Who was your favorite from our picks? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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- Tiffany Perez
A Quick Guide to Chanel Serial Numbers
It goes without saying that Chanel's Classic Flap Bag is one of fashion's most iconic styles. Soon after Karl Lagerfeld joined the label in the mid-1980's, the purse made its debut. Designed with the modern woman in mind, the Classic Flap featured a more recognizable "CC" turn-lock closure and leather woven straps. Its popularity was nearly instantaneous, but along with the fame came counterfeiting concerns. In attempt to limit counterfeits, Chanel first began manufacturing handbags and accessories with serial number stickers in 1986. Used as a benchmark of authenticity, these serial numbers are attached to the interiors of Chanel pieces and indicate when a piece was manufactured. Each of these numbers is unique to the bag in which it's found, and no number is repeated.  NOTE: Serial numbers will match the authenticity card, however they will not be able to allow you to determine the style/model of the bag. These serial numbers are unique to their item and the card.

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When Chanel began using serial stickers, they began issuing authenticity cards, featuring corresponding serial numbers. These cards have had slight changes throughout the years but have always been a black plastic card with white text and gold borders. Below we have provided an examples of a serial number sticker with its corresponding authenticity card. Although Chanel bags made between 1986 and present day are manufactured with serial number stickers and authenticity cards, stickers can be damaged or removed and cards can be misplaced. If a Chanel handbag is missing these features, it does not always denote the piece as a counterfeit. The First Serial Numbers The earliest of serial numbers were printed on white stickers featuring subtle interlocking "CC" logos. Each of these serial numbers feature 7 digits printed on a cutout positioned the left side of the white sticker, while an opaque film encompasses the sticker. An example from a vintage bag, produced in the late 1980's or early 1990's, is pictured below. The serial number is printed on the cutout portion of the sticker and is a 1 series, indicating that the handbag was made in between 1989 and 1991.

By the 1990s, Chanel’s serial number stickers started to evolve with much more distinguishable interlocking “CC” logos printed throughout the stickers. The serial number located on the bag below features darkened interlocking CCs with an opaque film on the sticker. The early 5 series sticker indicates this bag was manufactured between 1997-1999.  Evolution of Serial Numbers – Late 5 series to Early 2021 Starting near the end of 5 series pieces, Chanel has continued their anti-counterfeiting efforts by adding additional features to their serial number stickers. The numbers are still printed onto a white sticker, but the sticker is now completely covered with a clear tape featuring gold and blue glitter throughout. These serial numbers are printed on two-layered holographic stickers. The bottom layer is printed with the serial number and incised with an X, making it impossible to remove without destroying the sticker. They feature a gray line running vertically down the left margin and a line of repeating “CHANEL” with a very small “CC” logo running vertically down the right margin. Below we have included examples of bags ranging from 6 series to 26 series. The 6 series sticker above indicates the bag was manufactured between 2000-2002.   The 9 series sticker above indicates the bag was manufactured between 2004-2005, while the 14 series bag was manufactured in 2011. The 26 series sticker above indicates the bag was manufactured in 2019.  Additional information to consider about Chanel serial numbers include: The stickers are typically affixed to items in two different ways: Attached directly to the interior lining most items with a leather interior lining will have the sticker attached directly to the lining. Stickers that are attached directly to the lining can be placed with the numbers facing right-side up or upside-down. attached to a leather tab inside of the item  Serial Numbers Chart Below, we have provided a chart with the Chanel serial number format and their corresponding years of production. If you are curious about the production year of your Chanel piece, use the following chart to help you discover the year. NOTE: Serial numbers from 0 series to 9 series included 7 digits, whereas serial numbers 10 series to present day include 8 digits. Present Day: The Plaque As of April 2021, Chanel has made an interesting new twist in joining the efforts to eliminate counterfeiting. Much like Louis Vuitton's switch to the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) microchips and eliminating date codes, Chanel has put an end to the need for authenticity cards and the serial number sticker. Beginning with handbags, their purses will now include a plaque that matches the color of the hardware with a CC and a seven letter and digit combination etched into it. Small leather goods will continue to include the authenticity card. This new system is implemented to deter the removal of the serial since the removal of the plaque will damage the bag. With a plaque, this also eliminates the loss of authenticity cards allowing Chanel to have information about the purchase. 

 

Don't forget to check out our other blogs about popular Chanel materials and how to clean your Chanel bag ***Couture USA only authenticates items that you would like to sell or consign with us.  There are several companies that do offer authentication services. Mypoupette, CarolDiva, and Authenticate4U are all reputable authentication companies who would be happy to review your item for a small fee. ***

 

Did you find this information helpful? What year was your Chanel bag manufactured? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 Updated July 2021

- Tiffany Perez
What Color Purse is the Most Versatile?
Do you ever have a hard time matching your purses to your outfit? Sometimes you just don't have the right shade to match the tone of your top or pants and it can be extremely frustrating. There are colors out there that you wouldn't even think could match your outfit, but they can genuinely add a fun pop to the end result. When you add a pop of color, such as red, even your t-shirt and jean combination can become more modern, youthful, and trendy. Some of these hues may seem obvious, but there are other colors that you wouldn't believe could be versatile and we are here to tell you which ones work for any time of day!

 

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  Multicolor This goes without saying, but a multicolor bag can pair off with practically anything, especially if the shades are the same as the ones in the outfit. Try sticking to a solid color that matches at least one on the bag while also adding a little bit of fun to your outfit. Alina added a fun pop to an all white outfit with the multicolor print on this Gucci bucket bag.

Metallic Some people wouldn't automatically think that a metallic purse would be considered versatile, but that's not true. Metallic versions of versatile colors such as silver, pewter, and gold can add a hint of glam to an outfit while also playing the part of an accent. Some colors like purple stand out when you pair it with a metallic handbag.

Black This goes without saying, but a black handbag is typically the way to go when looking for your next everyday carryall. Although it may not seem like it, but this hue can stand out with a neutral outfit or blend in with an all black chic finish. Just like in the photo of the Yves Saint Laurent bag below, an all black outfit is still able to stand out especially because of the hardware. This classic color is a must-have for every fashionista and you should have at least one in your closet.

White Another classic, white is the ideal hue because it can come in a variety of off-white shades all the way to a bright hue. White can highlight the colors you are wearing, harmonizing with them and can be both dressed up or down. Although a huge downside to one of these bags is maintenance because it can be easily dirtied, it is still an ideal crisp finish to your outfit.  View this post on Instagram

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Charcoal/Light Gray Neutrality at best, charcoal gray and light gray land on different ends of the spectrum but are both equally as easy to match. Charcoal is closest to black without being too dark, making it much more neutral than a black bag. Light gray however can match with any outfit easily, especially when paired with silver-tone jewelry. 

Brown/Tan Much like the neutral tones, browns and tans can easily match with any outfit. Although many would think these colors are ideal with just denim or a casual outfit, finding the right hues allows you to match a brown or tan handbag even with your formal or professional attire.

Beige/Nude/Cream Step away from bright whites with neutral bags in nude or cream hues. Much like a good pair of nude pumps, a neutral-toned bag brings out warmer hues in other colors and can suit your skin-tone for a contrasting finish. Subtle in every way, the Monogram Empreinte of this Louis Vuitton cream Neverfull tote adds a pop to both the stark brite white lace top and denim jeans.

Green Thinking of the outdoors and nature, green is the perfect neutral handbag color. Unlike many of the other colors mentioned, green can be a bit difficult to pair and requires you to match cool tones or warm tones together. On the other hand, olive green pairs well with medium hues and as long as you continue the color through other accessories. 

Red Being the color of love and passion, red can be a bright neutral color that or a dark burgundy allowing variety and versatility. Red fits in with any season, making it virtually an all year color. Its bold without being too bold and when you look at a color wheel, you can see that red as a primary color can match with anything.  For example, not only the bright red of the lambskin matches with the white and blue, but this Chanel wallet on a chain is the ideal everyday companion. 

So which color is the most versatile? Well there is no definite answer because all of these colors can match any outfit in a variety of ways. However, we think that black, browns, tans, and beiges/nudes are the closest answer because these shades are more complementary. The key to matching is paying attention to the tones and hues and understanding how colors work with one another to find a suitable companion.
- Tiffany Perez
A Quick Guide to Authentic Louis Vuitton Date Codes
Did you know that you can learn about a Louis Vuitton bags history by looking at its date code? It is the key to finding out when and where a piece was manufactured. A date code is also one of the many aspects that we look at during our authentication process. One of the most helpful ways to determine whether a Louis Vuitton bag is authentic is verifying the date code because unlike other brands such as Chanel, LV purses do not come with authenticity cards. Louis Vuitton has been incorporating date codes in almost every bag, wallet, shoe style, and small leather piece since the early 1980s. Prior to the 1980s, there was no such thing as a Louis Vuitton date code, which makes it difficult to date vintage pieces. Sometimes, date codes are hidden and may be difficult to locate because they are usually stamped on the lining or on a leather tab within a pocket. When searching for a date code inside a handbag, check the following places first: On a leather tab stitched into the edge of an interior pocket. The underside of an interior leather tab, usually with a d-ring attached. Directly on the lining of the piece, usually on the interior edge of a pocket, either horizontal or vertical. *This type of date code may be the most difficult to locate because they tend to fade with use over time. Underneath the hanging pocket (in the case of Speedy and Neverfull bag styles). Louis Vuitton has changed the date code configuration multiple times, but the date code will always contain letters and/or numbers. Although counterfeit bags can have date codes that appear authentic, there are many other details to review when considering authenticity. Below is a quick guide to deciphering the meaning of date codes and what is the future of date codes as of 2021.

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Early 1980s and Before: No Date Codes Louis Vuitton did not use date codes before 1982, therefore older vintage pieces can not be pinpointed as accurately as newer ones.  

 

1982 to Mid 1980s Date Codes: Three or Four Digits

Vuitton's first foray into dates codes began in 1982. These codes consist of three to four-digit numbers, and no letters. The first two numbers indicate the year, and the last one or two numbers indicate the month of manufacturing.  * The “853” date code in the bag above indicates the piece was made in March, 1985.  

 

Mid to Late 1980s Date Codes: Three or Four Digits with Two Letters

Louis Vuitton changed the date code system in the mid-Eighties to include letters that indicate the factory location of manufacturing. In early 1980s date codes, the first two numbers indicate the year, and the last one or two numbers indicate the month of manufacturing.  * The “874 SL” date code above indicates the bag was made in April of 1987 in France.

 

Early 1990 to 2006 Date Codes: Two Letters with Four Digits

In the early 1990s, Louis Vuitton moved the factory letters to the front of the date code and revised the numbering system. In this format, the first and third numbers represent the month, and the second and fourth numbers represent the year of manufacturing. * The “FL0041” date code above indicates the bag was made in April of 2001 in France.  

 

2007 to Early 2021: Two Letters with Four Digits (Number System was Revised)

In 2007, Louis Vuitton changed the four-digit numbering system format. Instead of indicating the month an item was manufactured, the first and third numbers now represent the week and the second and fourth numbers still represent the year. The letters continue to represent the specific factory where an item was manufactured.  An exception for this rule is sunglasses. Sunglasses can have date codes with one letter and four digits, slightly different than any other date code format. * The “AH2105” date code above indicates the bag was made during the 20th week of 2015 in France. The 20th week was in May that year.  

 

Present Day: The RFID Microchip  After March 1st, 2021, Louis Vuitton began replacing date codes with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) microchips to their items, and as of March 31st, all items will no longer include a date code. With this removal of date codes and the implementation of these microchips, only Louis Vuitton stores will be able to scan the chips to receive the manufacturing information including name, date, materials, and more about the item. The only identifier these items will continue to include is the made in stamping, unless it is made in the USA.  

 

Louis Vuitton Date Code Factory Chart Below, we included an easy-to-read chart with Louis Vuitton factory codes. *If an item has been re-lined, Louis Vuitton issues a new date code with the factory location code of “DK”. Keep in mind, the re-lined date code factory location may conflict with the “made in” stamping on the outside of the bag (if applicable). For example, if a bag has been re-lined, the interior may say “Made in France,” but the exterior stamping may still say “Made in USA”, matching the country of its original origin.    

 

 

Don’t forget to learn more about identifying authentic Louis Vuitton pieces and how to safely clean your Louis bag. Shop Louis Vuitton

 

***Couture USA only authenticates items that you would like to sell or consign with us.  There are several companies that do offer authentication services. Mypoupette, CarolDiva, and Authenticate4U are all reputable authentication companies who would be happy to review your item for a small fee. ***

 

[Updated May 2021]

- Tiffany Perez
Team Profile Series: Photographer Vasili Loparnos
In the world of fashion and retail, looks are everything and in this modern world of technology, photos must be interesting and top quality. The detailed product shots you see on our website and the fun and engaging photos on our social media are all crucial eye-catching imagery that requires a keen eye and creativity to produce.  Our in-house photographer, Vasili Loparnos, has an eye for art and catching moments in still images with drama and movement. Graduating with a major in Theatre Arts and double minor in Digital Arts and Religious Studies in 2017 from Stetson University, he developed a background in the arts and an interest in acting and fashion photography. With a passion for capturing moments, Loparnos' work has been featured in various magazines. In this feature of the Couture USA Team profile series, we sit down with Vasili to find out more about his interest in Couture, photography, and future dreams for his photography. 

 

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What sparked your interest in photography? I never had plans on becoming a photographer. One day, I picked up my mom's camera that was collecting dust in a corner and I started taking pictures of my friends for fun. My past experience with cameras in high school and college gave me an advantage with the technical aspects, and my passion for fashion and America's Next Top Model growing up gave me an advantage with my eye and perspective. After hearing the positive response from others, I decided to pursue a career.

 

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What are some accomplishments would you say furthered your career path? I have always been heavily immersed in the arts whether that was interning in London at the Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's theatre or interning as a post-production assistant at 4th Row Films in Manhattan, New York. Some of my work has been noticed and spoken about in articles varying from Media News Company's Voyage LA, Voyage Miami, and Shoutout Miami. My photos have also been featured on Vogue Italias "PhotoVogue" 9 times, and have been internationally published in over 10 magazines, two of which photos were featured on the covers. 

 

What are some of your favorite things/places to shoot in and out of work? Fashion will always be my favorite thing to shoot whether that is editorial, high fashion, or a whimsical moment. 

 

What designer/magazine do you wish you can shoot photos for? I would love to photograph for major fashion magazines such as Vogue or Vanity Fair, but I am also interested in shooting for other magazines that are not so immersed in the fashion industry, such as National Geographic or TIME.

 

What interested you in becoming a part of the Couture USA team? I love the fashion industry and strive to be a photographer in it. Working at Couture, I am exposed to luxury products and brands every day. I am allowed to be creative and I am doing what I love.

 

Who is your favorite designer? I like a lot of designers. Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga are definitely at the top. Nicolas Ghesquière, who is the creative director of Louis Vuitton and previously for Balenciaga, is my ultimate favorite designer. 

 

How would you describe your creative process for creating content for the website and our social media accounts? I make sure I have a variety of content for our marketing, social media, sales, events, and for the copywriter to include in blogs and emails. It's equally important to show people modeling with the product, and also just the products themselves.  

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Describe a typical day for you at Couture USA? I begin my day by shooting new products for the Couture website. After shooting, I import the photos to my computer to edit, color correct, etc. Finally, I send the photos off to the Online Manager so they can be published to our New Arrivals page. Throughout the week I will go outside and take lifestyle pictures of the girls with product closeups, or I might make product arrangements all for our social media or sale purposes.

 

What advice would you give to anyone interested in pursuing a career in photography? Practice makes perfect, have patience and be willing to learn something new at all times.

 

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- Tiffany Perez
7 Gift Ideas to Surprise Mom
It's that time of the year again – the one day specifically dedicated to showing our maternal parents, guardians, aunts, grandparents, and more some love and appreciation with memorable gifts they will love. This year, Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 9th and that leaves just the right amount of time to get that perfect gift before time runs out!  Rather than surprising them with a perfume or that three-wick candle they have a few of already, take it another step and make your gift the most talked about amongst their peers. Topped off with flowers and a card, that extra push of their dream designer piece will make this year the hardest to beat. Keeping that plan in mind, our Mother's Day Gift Guide will help jumpstart your gift shopping!

 

1. The Bottomless Tote Tote bags are the IDEAL gift for any mom whether they are a seasoned parent or soon to be mom. These large bags are known for the amount of space gifted for carrying the essentials, even if they're yours or your kid's. The great thing about these bags is that they come in a variety of sizes and styles, so you have plenty to choose from while looking for a gift. If you are having a hard time deciding, we recommend a Louis Vuitton Neverfull

2. Versatile Satchels The perfect piece between a top handle and a crossbody, snag a satchel bag for never ending style options. With the possibility of being carried by hand, the shoulder, or across your body to go hands-free, your gift will give them unlimited wearable options. From a Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere to a Gucci Zumi bag, we know  that the satchel would be the perfect gift for your mom. 

 

3. Ditch the Wallet, Choose a WOC Are they tired of lugging all of their personal items around? Gift them the beauty of a Wallet on a Chain (WOC) bag. Small in size with card slots and typically a long chain to make it a crossbody, WOCs are an essential for any well-heeled handbag collection. 

4. Travel Musts Every fashionista loves to travel even if they stay local or explore the world. With traveling comes the headache of what bags to use and outfits to plan. Help keep that mom in your life prepared to make trips anywhere with a duffel bag or suitcase. Here at Couture, we always recommend the coveted Louis Vuitton Keepall . From carry-on size to checking-in, the Keepall is the ideal travel bag that never loses its charm or worth. 

 

5. Keeping it Small Size doesn't matter and your mother would appreciate anything you gift them this year. If they don't want or need another handbag, consider going small and getting them something that will help keep them organized. Wallets, card holders, key rings, and bag charms are just a few accessories you can consider when shopping for them!

 

6. Make it a Sneakernight Maybe they'll love a pair of pumps, but you can't go wrong with a pair of sneakers. They are the definition of comfort and come in a variety of styles from low-top to high-top, short platform or tall, designer sneakers will have them forever grateful to your gift giving skills. If you are looking to give your maternal figure or a mommy-to-be comfort, try a pair of Gucci Ace Sneakers or Balenciaga Triple S sneakers

 

 

7. Make it Shine When all else fails, jewelry is always the way to go no matter what holiday it is! Whether it's a watch to keep them on time or earrings they can wear with their hair up or down, the possibilities are endless. We recommend anything from David Yurman or Tiffany & Co. for classic options she will love over and over again for many years to come. 

 

Need help finding the perfect gift? Find out more information on our Discounts & Offers page.  * Discount codes are not valid on orders placed before 5/1/2021.* Discount codes are valid until 5/9/2021 at 11:59 PM PST.* Cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount, offer or layaway order.* Cannot be applied to layaway payments, gift card purchases, or previous orders (no exceptions).

 

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- Christine Barbara
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120+ Quotes about New York to Ignite Your Wanderlust
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- Christine Barbara
As anyone with fine hair knows, caring for it comes with its own set of rules. Over saturating fine tresses with a multitude of products can quickly weigh down this hair-type making it look greasy and lifeles. Yet on the other hand, not providing it with enough moisture can leave it dry and super frizzy. […]
- Christine Barbara
For the 21st century diner, the perfect dining experience requires much more than award winning food! Smartphones and Instagram have completely changed the way people enjoy a meal and few can resist snapping a few shots of a well-presented dish. Naturally, the more artistic the plates, and the more lavish or unique the surroundings, the […]
- Christine Barbara
Luxury lingerie… the very words roll sensuously off the tongue, lingering with the promise of intimate moments and the tantalising mystery of what lies beneath. Despite these connotations, the true necessity for luxury intimates stretches far beyond the pleasures of the boudoir. Undergarments are a daily necessity that every woman routinely slips on every morning […]
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If there is one skincare product that has found its way into almost every woman’s beauty cabinet, it’s retinol. Along with other skincare staples like hyaluronic acid, niacinamides and vitamin C serum, retinol and retinoids are the holy grail of anti-aging and a must-have in any beauty lover’s daily skincare routine. Here’s the question… is […]
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Beach lovers, thalassophiles, beach bums, sea lovers, sun worshippers – there are many words to describe someone that has their own little love affair with the beach and with being by the sea. And what’s not to love! Feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, hearing the sound of the waves crashing on […]
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My ski adventures all began after watching a BBC documentary on the Kulm Hotel in St Moritz. It looked incredible and seemed to have a such rich history as the birthplace of winter holidays, so I thought what better place for a first ski trip? Within a few days we had booked our flights, confirmed […]
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Is there anything more luxurious than resting your head on a soft, silky smooth pillowcase? We’ll admit, when looking to trade in a traditional cotton pillowcase for a set of silky pillows, chances are the silk vs satin pillowcase dilemma is going to crop up, and we’ll bet that your first thought might be: is […]
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A watch can tell you the time and can also make you look good. Some people are never completely dressed without their watches strapped to their wrists. Wearing a wrist watch gives you an awesome feeling, especially when it’s one with quality. Wrist watches have been around for a really long time. The first wrist […]

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- LuxuryActivist

Exciting entertainment, fully legendary and not a little risqué, can be found at the best cabaret shows in the world. From Paris to St Tropez, and from Berlin to New York, these nightclubs roll out the red carpet, keep the Champagne flowing and the lights and music rolling, along with sophisticated shows ranging from burlesque […]

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- Arsene Wargas

When you’re out car shopping, it’s important to get a good idea of what the car is worth. You don’t want to end up spending too much on a vehicle, or worse, not getting as much money as you could for it when you go to sell. In this article, we’ll give you some tips […]

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- Carol Highland

Are you looking for useful tips that can help you purchase stylish clothes from plus-size clothing stores? It can be tough to choose the best clothing website out of multiple options available on the internet. It is a fact that most of the buyers look for style only and they do not even bother about […]

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- Carol Highland

Are you planning a vacation for yourself this summer? If yes, then we hope you have the best possible time. But before you start adding things to your suitcase, you must be very thoughtful of what goes in there. Deciding what to take on a vacation can be a huge task. It is a bit […]

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- Jennifer Hard

The realm of e-commerce is very competitive, and there is always something new popping up that can help your business improve in its efficiency and processes. When it comes to boosting sales, irrespective of whether you are a dropshipping company or an online retailer, one important concept you must be familiar with is that of […]

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Information technology is advancing day by day. IT is an international form of business. The demand for remote work has increased especially in the pandemic era. In this scenario, remote monitoring and management are inevitable for service providers across the globe. For example, a service provider or administrator has to manage several networks consisting of […]

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We cannot deny the fact that technology is making its place in every field and without it, the success of businesses is not possible. We are heading towards an era where advancement seems the need of time. It can be a tough job to keep a track of the performance of each employee. However, these […]

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- Carol Highland

Irrespective of whether you are a small team or run a multinational corporation, your office is likely to have a conference room to engage all your employees and hold important meetings. Conference rooms allow you to hold team meetings, conduct video conferencing with international clients and suppliers, and strategize. Ever since the growth of remote […]

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- Jennifer Hard

Searching for that perfect place to call home can be one of the most challenging times in a person’s life. However, the rewards for finally finding that dream home are worth every last worry and concern you may have when you set your eyes on that ideal property.  Because everyone’s idea of a perfect home […]

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- Annabelle Fleur
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Our Stay at the Etéreo Resort in Riviera Maya – Auberge Resorts Collection
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I am Obsessed with Christopher Esber Swimwear!
I am obsessed with Christopher Esber swimwear! Case in point, the gorgeous bright green criss-cross tie-detailed bikini I got for my recent trip to Mexico! Love the fit, love the Apple green, and absolutely love the tie-detailing which adds something special to this bikini. Green is definitely a trendy color for swimwear this season, so...
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My Dream Couch  – Mario Bellini Iconic Sofa
My husband and I had our eye on Maria Bellini sofa for quite some time now. Something about this sleek iconic design, the modern look and versatility felt right for our home, and although we were considering a few different options, at the end we kept coming back to this one. Looks aside, what we...
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My Dream Gift Guide (What I Want & What I’m Giving)
This year, I wanted to do something a bit different… In stead of putting together my normal gift guide consisting of things I intend to gift to my friends and family, I asked them for their ultimate wish list. Below is the list of things they would love to receive! And you know what, I...
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Our Stay At Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed Edward and I spent the last week at the gorgeous Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort. This was our second time staying at this particular property and it certainly did not disappoint! Why do we love it so much and keep coming back? Well, there are...
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Decor Ideas for a Chic Minimalist Space
I love minimal decor… The monochromatic color palette, the clean lines, the absence of clutter and focus on functionality… If you happen to share the love for minimalistic esthetic with me, here are some of my favorite furniture and accessory finds that are sure to add a bit of minimalistic chic to your space.  ...
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Perfect Getaway – Our Stay at Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas
You know that we love traveling in California and sharing our experience with you guys, so when we discovered the Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas we couldn’t wait to tell you all about it! If you’re looking for a super relaxing getaway in California, Alila Marea Beach Resort in Encinitas is definitely worth checking...
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Here’s How to Wear & Style Down Your Suits & Sets for Summer 2021
Suits & Sets are a huge trend for SS2021 & this season we are wearing them in a much more casual way. How? Simply pair your suits or sets with crop tops, sneakers or slides. If you follow me on Instagram, you may already know that we spent the last few days at the gorgeous...
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Best Restaurants in Sonoma County – Layla at MacArthur Place
If you’re looking for a cute breakfast/brunch spot, or a restaurant in Sonoma County to enjoy a romantic dinner, I highly recommend Layla at the MacArthur Place! Food aside, I think the reason why Ed and I love Layla so much is the cool vibe and decor. Something about this place comes across as warm,...
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The Ultimate St. Barth’s Travel Guide

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Seven Elevated Basics from MANGO

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- admin
Must Have Pieces for Spring from Bergdorf Goodman’s Spring Sale

Spring is right around the corner, which means it is finally time to store our thick winter coats and show a little more skin! There are a lot of fun, playful trends this season that I personally love and cannot wait to wear. From bold bright colors to statement sleeves, elegant cut-outs and crop tops,, […]

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Meet Belgian Brand Maison Ullens

I first discovered the Belgian brand Maison Ullens in Aspen four years ago, when I stumbled upon their beautiful store in the center of town on E Hopkins Avenue. I was initially drawn to the brand after walking inside the store and feeling all of the tactile fabrics, beautifully displayed on carefully curated racks along […]

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- admin
You Can Manifest Anything You Want

You may be familiar with the term “manifestation”, or “the laws of attraction.” After all, the technique was the focus of a 2006 bestselling book, The Secret, which sold more than 30 million copies—and it’s something that thought leaders, including Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Rhonda Byrne, Gabrielle Bernstein, Abraham Hicks and Oprah, have spoken about. All of them have one thing in […]

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- admin
Hotel Spotlight: Hotel Casa del Mar

If you are traveling to Los Angeles and looking to stay right on the beach, there are surprisingly not many options to choose from. Yes, there are many hotels with great views of the water, however, not as many offer direct access to the sand. The luxury Hotel Casa del Mar offers something unique in […]

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Frieze Week Los Angeles is Back

International art festival Frieze is returning to Los Angeles this February 17 – 20, 2022 and will bring together hundreds of the world’s leading galleries for a week of art and culture. The last time Frieze was in Los Angeles was 2020, held at the cinematic setting of Paramount Pictures Studios. This year, Beverly Hills hosts the […]

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- admin
An Insider’s Guide to Malibu

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Hotel Spotlight: L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

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The Ultimate Valentine’s Day Gift: A Piece from Twila True Fine Jewelry & Watches

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- Lili Passalacqua
Celebrate Disney Resort’s 50th Anniversary with These Luxury Suite Packages

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- Lili Passalacqua
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- Lili Passalacqua
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- Lauren Singer
GEN5 PXG

Get ready golfers, the latest GEN5 PXG golf clubs are finally here. PXG stops at nothing to create the world’s finest clubs and this new release is no exception. Years of research and testing have gone into the specialized materials that make up the GEN5 PXG golf clubs. PXG has clubs engineered to suit golfers […]

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- Wendy Larimer
Floor to Ceiling Design: White House Design

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A luxury suit deserves more care and attention to storage than your average department store t-shirt. 

Hangers made of thin wire or flimsy plastic can quickly deflate the padded shoulders in your suit jacket or warp the delicate shoulders of your dress shirt. 

Not a good look, especially when you consider that moderately priced three-piece suits run anywhere between $200 and $999! Premium, designer suits often run north of $1000. 

Your suit is an investment, and today we’re going to discuss why a wooden suit hanger is ideal for storing your luxury suits. We’ll even splash in a few tips on how to store your luxury clothing items.

Let’s dig in!

 

Suit Storage Essentials

Whether you’re redoing your closet or storing seasonal dress clothing, knowing how to properly store your items is essential to their longevity. 

Part of curating a luxurious wardrobe is the organization and storage of your pieces. 

Let’s take a look:

Before storing, be sure to wash and press your dress shirts and clean your suit pants and jacket according to the washing instructions on the label. Depending on the fabric, it will likely need to be dry cleaned. Store your items in a cool, dry area out of direct sunlight Use a wooden suit hanger to maintain the shape of your suit Store your suit in a Butler Luxury Suit cover for added protection. Learn more about why here!

Let’s discuss a few reasons why wooden suit hangers are the essential storage tool for your dress clothing:

1) Wooden suit hangers are ideal for delicate fabrics

Wire hangers and plastic hangers are easily accessible, especially wire hangers. Indeed, you likely have a substantial collection of them right now in your closet if you’re a frequent visitor to the dry cleaners. 

However, wired and plastic hangers aren’t great for your delicate knit vests, sweaters, or shirts. They have a tendency to stretch out collars and create droopy shoulders, not to mention the risk of rust and tearing in wired hangers! No thank you!

Wood suit hangers won’t warp your clothing and look much sharper in your closet!

2) Suit hangers help your clothing stay sharp

Shoulder flared jackets are ultra-sleek, especially in women’s fashion. To ensure that the flare stays sharp, be sure to use a wooden suit hanger. This goes double for men’s wide shoulder suit jackets - nothing more dull-looking than a drooped suit!

The team at Butler Luxury has an assortment of women’s suit hangers to choose from, we recommend the gorgeous and opulent Rosewood Tailor Made suit hanger. The luxurious velvet trim and lush color make this a perfect addition (really the star of the show) to any wardrobe!

3) The importance of a trouser bar

The anatomy of a wooden hanger would not be complete without the trusty trouser bar. A good trouser bar is essential for dress pants that are ready to wear whether they’ve been in storage 1 day or 60 days. 

When shopping for wood hangers, try and find ones with velvet or other soft material over the trouser bar. Not only is this a luxe look for your closet, but it also helps to prevent slipping and creasing. 

Bonus points if the hanger has a double trouser bar like this one from Butler Luxury! Now that is efficiency.

4) Wood suit hangers are made of tough stuff!

Wood hangers can last for years if you take proper care of them. Rosewood and cedarwood hangers in particular are strong and durable, which is excellent for heavy coats and suit jackets. 

Cedar especially even leaves a nice scent that may help repel moths and other critters that might want to make a meal of your clothing!

5) Wood hangers fit most pieces of clothing.

While ideal for suit jackets of all shapes and sizes, wooden hangers are perfect for women’s dress clothing like dresses, blouses, and seasonal coats. 

Caught in the rain? No problem. Wood hangers are also great for drying clothing and will help your garment keep its shape. Say farewell to unsightly collar slumps and shoulder bumps!

Butler Luxury: The Wood Suit Hanger Experts.

When it comes to filling the need for wooden hangers, the choice is simple: Butler Luxury.

Butler Luxury continues to make waves in the luxe hanger industry and show no signs of stopping. 

According to this glowing review by The Gentleman’s Gazette, Butler Luxury takes care to manufacture their products in their own factories and always places quality above monetary gain. 

The reviewer compares another hanger brand against Butler Luxury’s, and praises the wide shoulder span, craftsmanship, and hook size of Butler’s wood hanger.

The Bottom Line

Having been in business since 1996 and observing quality meticulously since then, it just makes sense to choose Butler Luxury wood suit hangers. 

Browse the entire hanger collection here. If you’re curious about style and aesthetics, take a look at the finishes and hardware we offer here

Butler Luxury also has an Amazon Storefront, check it out here!

Have questions? Want to learn more? Give Butler Luxury a call at (888) 319-3431 or fill out our handy online contact form!

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