Everything You Need To Know About This Bag

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Very few luxury brands today can claim to have been founded even before the country they originated in claimed independence, and Belgian-based Delvaux is one of these rare few. Founded one year before the Belgians declared their independence from the Netherlands, it was established in 1829 by Charles Delvaux in Brussels.

While they might have a boutique right here in Singapore today that’s located on the ground level of Scotts Square, my fascination with the brand started way before that,with my very first post on the brand appearing on this blog in 2010, with both house icons the Brillant and the Tempête being firm favourites of mine.

And because I’ve never done actually done a full post on any on these bags complete with enough information to help you all make an informed decision, here’s my everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-Brillant post, which I hope will also kickstart a new series for the bags that I love the most.

Her Majesty Queen Paola, the former queen of Belgium, visiting the Delvaux atelier in the 1980s. See the bag on the table? That’s probably the Brillant.

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Created in 1958 to commemorate Brussels’ hosting of the World Expo, Delvaux worked closely with Paule Goethals, a renowned architect, on the Brillant, which would also explain its clean, graphic lines.

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The horseshoe-shaped buckle? That’s just Delvaux’s signature D turned anti-clockwise on a bag that’s made up of 64 individual pieces of leather, still handcrafted by artisans based in both Brussels and Paris, who take about 8 hours on average to complete each piece.

Available in at least 7 different sizes today, the Brillant is also Delvaux’s most high-profile bag, with widths starting from just 8.5 cm (the Brillant Charms, which is more a bag charm/key ring than anything else) to the ‘giant’ of the family, the Brilliant Black Edition that spans 36 cm across by 35 cm in height. In between them you’ll find the sizes more suited for everyday use, the Mini (20 cm by 16 cm), the MM (29 cm by 21.5 cm) and the GM (36 cm by 27.5 cm), with most styles offered with an additional shoulder sling as well, which gives you another option of carrying this bag.

There are also the ‘vertically-challenged’ versions, more wide than tall, and known as the East-West that come in 2 sizes, an East-West Mini Brilliant (28.5 cm by 16 cm) and a regular East-West Brillant (37.5 cm by 19 cm). 

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Once you’ve decided on the size, you’ll have to contend with the leathers it comes in, from the box calf to Sellier leathers and exotics that frankly, will please even more the most difficult of patrons. From alligator to lizard and even ostrich exotics, you can even have bags custom made that come in a combination of exotic skins, as long as your heart desires.

Priced from a few hundred for the Brillant Charms to a few thousand for the Brillant Mini, you could just head down to their boutique at Scotts Square for an up-close look at the almost 60-year-old bag that still looks as good (and as relevant today) as it was when it was first created 58 years ago.

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FENDI DOTCOM RUFFLE BAG

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The Fendi Dotcom Bag is back on the block but this time with more edge, sophistication and style. You might think it quite looks similar and resemble the original version but look again as this one comes with the ruffled details in front.

This Fendi Dotcom Ruffle Bag sure looks like the bag to beat. Stylish, funky and modern, this bag still has the same front hole for attaching included pouch but the ruffle detail on the front panel made all the difference.

It has a single leather top handle perfect for carrying it by the hand and a detachable leather shoulder strap if you feel like wearing it over your shoulder. The top zip closure on the other hand gives you easy access.

It’s kind of brilliant – the front hole is made for attaching a pouch bag, which is included in the interior. There is also a front zip pocket and two internal patch pockets inside. And obvious, the bag is big enough to carry all your daily essentials.

It measures 24 x 30 x 14 (H x W x D) cm and is priced $3150 USD or €2400 euro via Luisa via Roma.

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Porsche and Chopard honor Le Mans with limited edition time pieces

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The bezel is studded with eight blackened screws while the crown is fashioned to resemble a steering wheel. The dial is flanked by two distinctly red rubber pushers. The car analogy is taken further in the case middle, which is made to resemble the cooling fins in the car’s engine.
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The watch is powered by a Chopard Caliber 03.05M. Other important features include a 60-minute power reserve and a flyback function. The mechanical self-winding chronograph movement has been COSC certified. The very rare blend of endurance racing and time-telling will retail for about $14,370.

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CHANEL JEWELRY BOXES

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Chanel Large Jewelry Box
Style code: A80632
Size: 5.5′ x 22′ x 9.3′ inches
Price: Unknown

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit”, a quote aptly put by Michael Kors. Now the problem is, how will you be able to store all those fine pieces of jewelries you’ve had and keep them in tiptop shape? Well, look no further as this large quilted jewelry box from Chanel will do the perfect job.

The combination of quilted leather effect and the nubuck suede lining all its jewelry trays exudes that luxurious touch. It screams Chanel luxurious touch, to be exact.

If you love to invest on a treasure chest, this one might be the perfect fit for you. It has those lovely pearl-tipped drawer pulls that make this jewelry box irresistible to open. You’ll definitely look forward to opening this treasure trove as you decide which pieces of jewellery you’d like to wear on any given day.

All of these jewelry boxes are made from lambskin, but just take a quick glance, doesn’t it make your heart melt?

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Chanel Jewelry Box
Style code: A80629
Size: 4.7′ x 13.1′ x 7.5′ inches
Price: €5500 euro

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Chanel Mini Jewelry Box
Style code: A80631
Size: 3.5′ x 8.7′ x 5.3′ inches
Price: €3600 euro

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Chanel Small Jewelry Box
Style code: A80630
Size: 3.9′ x 11.5′ x 6.5′ inches
Price: €4700 euro

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How To Check Gucci Authenticity: A Few Starting Points

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There are a lot of fake Gucci bags online given the fact that they are so sought-after nowadays. So either if you’re looking for the real deal or good Gucci replica bags, I think these Gucci authenticity tips will help you out.

Gucci Authenticity – Common Features

First of all, let’s start with the inside tag. All Gucci bags except the vintage ones feature a leather inside tag with the “Gucci Made in Italy” stamp on it and a registered trademarked circled “R”. So getting to know the font, deepness, spacing, positioning of the logo and that of the circled R really well will prove to be extremely useful for many Gucci styles. First of all, you need to make sure the font is correct and that the letters don’t touch each other. And here’s an interesting Gucci authenticity tip: the left side of the “U” in Gucci should be thicker than the right. But you should also check the letters “G” and the two Cs carefully.

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Another interesting thing about this leather tab/label is that the seams across it match the color of the lining, not the color of the leather! But on any other leather trim on the bag the stitching should match the color of the leather.

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The serial number should be on the back of this leather tabs and feature two rows of 6 numbers that are embossed close together. Make sure both rows are centered. Again, this rule does not apply to vintage Gucci bags!

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Gucci replica bags have really blossomed this year, with all the new beautiful designs that have been released. The already iconic Dionysus bag, the Sylvie bag, the GG Marmont bag or the Gucci Padlock bag and all their numerous variations are some of the most coveted replica bags of the moment.

As I’ve told you before, if you’re trying to learn more about Gucci authenticity, the first site you should start your research with is the official Gucci site. They are quite generous with the pictures they show of each bag, which is really useful if you want to study the details of a certain Gucci bag.

If you are interested in Monogram Gucci bags, then the first thing you need to check is the Monogram GG canvas, of course. And here are some Gucci authenticity tips for you: even though the two Gs face each other and are really close, they should not be touching. Then you can notice that the horizontal line of each G forms a shape that looks like a triangle (reversed for the left G).

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The same rules apply to the Gucci Guccissima leather as well. But please take into account that even though some guides say that the Monograms should line up even where the sides are stitched together, this is not true (just like in the case of the Monogram LV bags). What is true though is that the GGs will be the same throughout the handbag, which means the letters will have the same size, shape and font.

Here’s the bottom of the Gucci GG Supreme duffle bag. Notice how the monograms don’t line up around the stitching? Just so you know, I took the photo from the official Gucci site:

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I know there are a lot of articles on how to check Gucci authenticity online and that can be confusing. Please keep in mind that many of these guides were written years ago, so some of the information there might not apply to new Gucci styles. Let’s take the fake Gucci duffle bag for example because I know this is still one of the most popular styles from the brand.

Finding cheap Gucci luggage used to be easier before for a reason. The Gucci Duffle bag made of canvas had textile lining and therefore the costs were not very high either. But things are different with the new Gucci duffle bags. The interior is made from “microfiber lining with a suede-like finish” which is harder to copy and also more expensive. So if you’re looking for cheap Gucci luggage, maybe you should stick to the older pieces.

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You should, of course, check to see if the stitching is smooth and even. If you find uneven or sloppy stitching, the bag is probably a fake. Another general Gucci authenticity tip is to check the hardware engravings: clasps, zippers, bottom stud, hooks or any other engraved piece of hardware. The engraving should be clean, clear and the weight of the hardware is also important because authentic Gucci hardware is made of solid metal, so it should be on the heavy side. Needless to say that authentic Gucci hardware doesn’t rust or chip off.

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I’m sorry I wasn’t able to offer more tips on Gucci authenticity for vintage bags. But I don’t feel like I have enough information, so I think it’s the right thing to do.

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Which Bag are You Carrying Currently

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As you might have noticed, it’s a Friday afternoon in June and those of you who haven’t yet managed to sneak out of work undetected probably don’t feel like doing much of anything. If that’s the case, then you’ve come to the right spot: we want to know what bag you’re currently carrying and what you think of it.

Right now, I’ve got my stuff in a Lancel Bianca Bag (full disclosure: the brand sent me this bag last year as a thank-you after I included Lancel on a list of designers to watch). I’ve been thinking about writing about the Bianca for months, despite the fact that we try to keep coverage of the bags we receive as gifts to a bare minimum for ethical reasons. It’s just that good–sleek, functional, classic, expensive-looking, the whole deal.

The longer I work in fashion, the more I find myself attracted to bags from brands that aren’t well-known in the US. Whether that means indie brands or designers whose work is best known overseas, it doesn’t really matter; I just crave variety and novelty (but not THAT kind of novelty). Lancel is a French brand with a long history that’s trying to expand its modern reach, and some of its bags are great.

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The Bianca in particular is a standout; the bag reminds me a bit of the Céline Classic Box Bag in structure, with a rigid body that opens accordion-like under a top flap to reveal a series of compartments. The bag itself is compact, but the construction allows for a bit of expansion, and it holds far more than I expected, even in the PM size that I have.

Perhaps most importantly, someone compliments the bag or asks me who made it basically every time I wear it, which is the best testament I can give to its real-life attractiveness. If you want one of your own, you can pick one up for $1,125

So, now it’s your turn: what are you carrying and how do you feel about it? Would you recommend it to others? Let us know!

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