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Stealing The Classic Hermès Look

Posted by editor On June - 28 - 2013

With the price tag of US$10,300 for a 35 Togo Birkin and US$8,500 for a 32 Kelly Togo Retourne surely it is a statement of wealth and status symbol for one wearing it (for complete Hermès price guide see it here and here. The design for the Birkin and Kelly has been a timeless classic, although quite simple and streamlined in its approach many ladies brag about how beautiful and iconic it is. Other designers also try to achieve the look-a-like Hermès because of its popularity. Has it been successful? Yes and No. Most women will demonized those who try to sell a copy cat version while other perfectly happy with it. And those that portray the look-a-like but still has original touch will gain popularity in different target market.

Cellerini is an Italian based company with high quality leather with high quality craftsmanship that makes beautiful leather products. Some of its women’s bags selections offer a similar flare to Hermès bags such as Lindy, Kelly and Birkin. Below is a sample of its Lindy (blue) compared to the original Hermès Lindy (Brown):

The obvious different is Cellerini does not have the enclosing buckle instead just a plain zipper all the way through.
Other companies decided to just embrace the similar approach but not quite a total copy cat version. Here’s one Birkin inspired by Saint Laurent, a France based company:
Saint Laurent Sac Du Jour mini leather tote ($2,550.00, Summer 2013)

And here’s a Kelly inspired by Marc Jacobs, an American based company:
Marc Jacobs 1984 textured-leather shoulder bag ($1,495.00, Summer 2013)

Salvatore Ferragamo Fara Front-Flap Satchel Bag in Cyprus ($1,950.00, Fall 2012):

Bayswater in Leather by Mulberry:

Here’s how the original mini Kelly Pochette look like:

And this is the look of Lady lock python briefcase clutch from Gucci ($2,390.00, Fall 2013):

Gucci’s Lady lock clutch has a slightly bigger size than the mini Kelly, but with mini Kelly’s price tag of $4,675.00 (regular leather, croc leather will be around $18,000.00) one might consider getting Gucci’s Lady lock for almost half the price in exotic python skin (regular leather $1,590.00).

If the look that matter, not aiming for a social symbol, then there are many options available to get that Hermes classic look without the Hermes price tag and its notorious long waiting time. After all Hermes is loosing its exclusivity these days due to so many people wearing it.


Auto burglary/theft takes just 90 seconds (Video shows)

Posted by editor On June - 24 - 2008

San Francisco police departments say that there is 1000+ auto burglary incidents per month in San Francisco.

In this real video recording where a real auto burglar was eventually caught, the San Francisco Police Department used a bait car to demonstrate how quickly an auto burglary can occur. They want to warn people to keep valuables out of sight. The suspect in this video was followed by an unmarked police car and quickly arrested.

Ways to reduce the chances of becoming the victim of a car burglary.

— Don’t leave valuables such as laptops, cameras, cell phones, I-Pods or GPS devices in plain view.

— Don’t leave power cords or chargers for electronic devices in plain view.

— Lock all items, including loose clothing or bags containing personal items, in the trunk before parking.

— Lock the doors and roll up the windows. Use an alarm system and/or anti-theft device.

Source: San Francisco Police Department

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/06/24/BAT011EBEP.DTL


Organic Pest Control – Live Lady Bugs

Posted by editor On May - 21 - 2008

Do you know that those small lady bugs can help you with your garden? Maybe we all should considering to do pests control in an organic way not just because we know exposure to pesticides has been linked to a long list of diseases and health problem for us human (the center of disease control has documented cases of farmworker illnes after exposure to pesticides) but it is also to protect our environment including air, water, soil, plants, animals, etc around us, for our earth and our offsprings =)

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I found this at Lowe’s garden center: “LADIES IN RED” and here’s the writing at the back of the package

For control of
Aphids, Spider mites, Thrips, White Fly and other harmful plant pests on your roses, trees, shrubs and flowers in your garden and greenhouse. Adult ladybugs can consume up to 80 aphids or plant pests per day

Release ladybugs in the evening out of direct sunlight, after the area has been watered. Clip the corner of the mesh bag and sprinkle ladies out onto your plants, or shrubs. For trees you can tack the mesh bag to the trunk and let the ladies crawl up the tree.



Hermes – Craft your own Kelly bag

Posted by editor On May - 13 - 2008

hermes kellyI didn’t know Hermes has a cute side to it. I can finally afford to have my own kelly bag te-hee, although it is not made of a real leather it’s a very cute paper bag. It certainly worth the time to make it, cuz it’s an enjoyment! More about it in purseblog.com.com, thank you vlad for the info. Give it a try for yourself at Hermes US.




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