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End the Heartbreak: Removing Pen Stains From Your Handbag Lining
End the Heartbreak: Removing Pen Stains From Your Handbag Lining
Sure, it's not the most catastrophic thing that could ever happen to a person, but it's fair to say that for handbag lovers, getting that first ink stain on the lining of a brand-new, highly-coveted handbag ranks right up there with life's great (yet small) disappointments. Next time, instead of turning the inside of all of your handbags into a strict no pen zone, try this fairly easy and accessible method to eliminate the damage. Really? Rubbing Alcohol? Yes, really. It may not be particularly glamorous or beautifully scented like a sachet of potpourri, but rubbing alcohol (found in drugstores as isopropyl alcohol) is quite an effective...
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The Long Game: Storing Your Handbags to Last a Lifetime
The Long Game: Storing Your Handbags to Last a Lifetime
If you love fashion, most likely you have more than one handbag in your wardrobe. Even those who wouldn't consider themselves fashion-minded have likely got a few reliable bags for different occasions in different shapes, sizes, or materials. But whether you're a die-hard fashionista or a bare necessities minimalist, when it comes to your handbags, one thing holds true; if you take proper care of your handbags, they can potentially last you a lifetime. One of the best ways to ensure that you get the most out of your handbags, whether you spent $20 or $2,000, is to store them properly when they are not in use. Here are two...
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Deal or Deception: Assessing the Quality of Leather Goods
Deal or Deception: Assessing the Quality of Leather Goods
If you've made the decision to invest in a new handbag, suitcase, or other type of leather goods, You will notice pretty quickly how many different options are available to you, and at a variety of price points. There are several different types of leather, and all too often retailers are commanding high-end prices for leather goods that although may be made of genuine leather, are of inferior quality. In a pinch, you can use the following quick guide to better assess the quality of any leather goods you are considering adding to your collection. Overall, there are three main grades of leather that are used to make leather...
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How to Remove (Just About) Any Stain From Your Leather Handbag
How to Remove (Just About) Any Stain From Your Leather Handbag
When you've decided to invest some serious cash in a designer handbag, keeping your investment clean will undoubtedly be one of your top priorities. While there is really no substitute for taking your handbag to a reputable cleaner who deals in high-end handbags, it is not always feasible to do so every time you acquire a small smudge, pen mark, or coffee stain. Here are some quick and easy stain-removing techniques that will help - just remember to always do a spot test on an inconspicuous area of you bag first! General Cleaning of Color Transfer from Clothes & Other Light Grime Using an extra-gentle facial or body soap...
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3 Ways to Keep Suede Handbags Clean
3 Ways to Keep Suede Handbags Clean
If you're like many handbag lovers out there, you tend to avoid suede handbags like the plague. As beautiful as it is, suede is notoriously easy to get dirty, and as a result, many people who love it tend to eschew it for materials that are considered to be a little less high-maintenance. Here are a few tips that will not only help you keep your suede looking good, they may also push you to finally buy that bag you love but have been worried you might ruin. Use a suede protector Sure, it seems like a forgone conclusion, but these products really do work in making...
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Just What Exactly Is Louis Vuitton’s Canvas Made of?
Just What Exactly Is Louis Vuitton’s Canvas Made of?
There isn’t a handbag enthusiast alive who wouldn’t recognize the classic patterns of the Louis Vuitton brand; these classic coated canvas handbags (especially the Monogram and Damier lines) have been in production since the late 1800s, and are instantly recognizable. But what exactly is coated canvas? It comes as a shock to a lot of people when they find out exactly what the popular Louis Vuitton coated canvas handbags are made of; Louis Vuitton coated canvas is essentially a layer of cotton canvas that has been treated with the well-known plastic derivative PVC (polyvinylchloride). While many people are actually aghast at how expensive the Louis Vuitton coated canvas...
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Designer Rent-a-Bag Websites: Great Deal or Waste of Money?
Designer Rent-a-Bag Websites: Great Deal or Waste of Money?
Anyone who has ever fallen under the spell of a new-season luxury handbag knows the hefty price which sometimes accompanies a bag at the height of its popularity. However, nowadays a few very specialized internet businesses claim to have the answer to your handbag woes; luxury handbag rental companies began popping-up a few years ago, and are gaining popularity with every passing year. How does it work? Obviously, different businesses have different policies, but the basic setup is generally the same from site to site. A majority of the designer bag rental sites require that potential borrowers must first register with the company. Many of the memberships are...
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The Critic's Eye: Know Your Leather
The Critic's Eye: Know Your Leather
When you're in the market for a high-end handbag, you will undoubtedly start to notice the number of bags being advertised with a very heavy emphasis on the specific type of leather from which they are made. With so many options available on the market, each type of leather possesses specific qualities that will inform how a handbag will wear over time. Before you commit yourself to parting with an investment bag amount of cash, it's a good idea to get to know some of the most popular types of leather used in the making of luxury handbags, and become familiar with how they might wear over time. Vachetta ...
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The Reality Behind the Counterfeit Handbag Trade
The Reality Behind the Counterfeit Handbag Trade
From a purely economical standpoint, it’s easy enough to understand the allure of the knockoff handbag; to be able to get one’s hands on a much-coveted designer “it” bag for a mere fraction of the retail cost is a very tempting thing indeed. Although it may seem like a benign enough endeavour, the counterfeit goods market actually goes a lot deeper than just providing a cost-effective accessories alternative for trend-conscious fashionistas. These days, most modern counterfeiting operations are actually run by brutal organized crime syndicates, making the purchasing of these goods anything but a victimless crime. Counterfeit designer goods sales have been linked to terrorism, prostitution, human trafficking, and the...
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A Look at the World’s Most Expensive Purse
A Look at the World’s Most Expensive Purse
If someone were to ask you to name some of the most prestigious handbag brands in the world, most people would likely fire-off a few of the big brands like Louis Vuitton, Hermes, or Prada. Although these brands have certainly earned their place among the frontrunners in the industry, there are several lesser-known luxury brands that have been quietly cranking out high-end goods for years, yet do not have the massive brand recognition. One of these brands, Mouawad, has been quietly producing some of the most exquisite luxury for decades, and is responsible for the world’s most expensive purse. Mouawad David Mouawad first established the Mouawad Company...
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