• How to Spot a Fake Fendi

    The Fendi Zucca print is having a real resurgence of popularity at present but like all of the luxury branded bags Fendi are copied far and wide and you have to have a keen eye to spot the difference. 

    Post 2004 Fendi introduced the hologram sticker for bags. These stickers are extremely detailed and are found on the fabric tag inside the bag. The reverse of the tag will also have an alpha numerical serial number. If the bag has neither of these then leave it alone! Beware however, as the fakes also have holograms but these will peel easily whereas the real deal is VERY firmly fixed!

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  • How to Spot a Fake Chanel

    A Chanel bag is a great investment with prices for a Medium Classic Flap bag increasing by 72% between 2010 and 2015. However, if you don’t have the money to buy one from Chanel direct then how do you know what you are getting is the real deal. When you think designer copies, Chanel handbags are probably the first to come to mind. There are tons out there. Some obvious, and some a little harder to spot. Over the years the copiers have become really good at getting it as close as possible but however hard they try they always seem to miss the minutiae. I have worked with vintage Chanel pieces for over 20 years and during that time have learned exactly what to look for. Firstly, look for the obvious, quality of the stitching, stamps, hardware etc, if it doesn’t feel quite right or look the part chances are its not as a real Chanel piece simply oozes quality..but here are some other key pointers:



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  • Vintage Mexican

    When you think of vintage fashion worn by movie stars and royalty in the 1960s and 70s labels such as Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci are conjured up. Many stars of the day however, including Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor and the Princess of Monaco loved Mexican fashion design, in particular the work of Josefa and Tacchi Castillo. Both designers were inspired by the artistic movements of the era and promotion of Mexican Nationalism and resulting in the creation of wearable works of art. Tacchi Castillo was also responsible for created the famous “Mexican wedding dress”. Both were joined in their heyday by fellow Mexican designers Irene Pulos, Delfis and Girasol who created similar fashion pieces. Whilst Josefa bargains are hard to find you can still buy a reasonable priced piece of vintage Mexican art fashion if you look hard enough, however with the recent Frida Kahlo exhibition (she wore many of these designs) I wonder for how long! View Post