If you are a first time Louis Vuitton buyer and you hear the word “patina” you may be thinking what the heck does that refer to? Well fret not, we’re here to tell all! The term patina actually refers to a process of leather darkening which occurs to the vachetta or untreated cowhide leather on your bag. Not all Louis Vuitton bags are made with untreated cowhide leather, so it is important to note that not every Louis Vuitton bag will undergo this process. The patina essentially refers to a darkening process which the leather undergoes as it is used over the years.
If you have purchased a new Louis Vuitton bag straight from the store you may notice that the leather trimmings on your bag are a rather pale beige. This color begins to darken over time eventually looking like a dark honey. The forces which cause your bag to patina are entirely natural: it includes oxidation, sunlight, oil from your skin, and dirt. We liken the patina process to that of aging a bottle of wine – both become finer with age. When you see a Louis Vuitton bag that has clearly patinated you know the wearer of the bag has had it for some time, and been through many adventures with the bag. The bag is literally marked by being exposed to your life.
One key benefit of a patinated bag is that you won’t be accused of having a fake bag as replica manufacturers traditionally did not make their bags with genuine cowhide leather, however this is not necessarily true anymore as fake bags become increasingly accurate. Generally speaking, some people like their bags patinated but others don’t. Some try to speed up the process while others try to slow it down. It really comes down to a matter of personal taste and subjectivity.
What do you personally think of the patina process? Sound off in the comments below.
Why did I buy a replica Stella Falabella tote?
I purchased the replica version of a Stella McCartney Falabella Mini Tote because I had previously purchased a replica wallet of the same designer and the quality was superb so I figured I would take a chance on the bag. My intuition was right and the quality turned out to be fantastic. Stella McCartney, as you may or may not know, is a fashion brand owned by Paul McCartney’s (yes – the Beatles band member) daughter. Her line focuses on sustainability throughout its manufacturing chain. Additionally, her bags are completely vegan for those who are trying to shop for cruelty free products. I think that Stella McCartney’s vision is respectable and her some of her bags are to die for! One particular model that celebrities have adored and is a staple within the closets of people like Meghan Markle (yes – the Duchess) is the Falabella.
A snapshot of some celebrities wearing different sizes of the Stella Falabella bag.
What size of the bag did I buy?
The bag comes in so many sizes and is uber cute. I think that the bag has an edgy and sophisticated look all in one. It is very practical for everyday use and adds a bit of sparkle to any outfit, especially with the vibrancy of the chains. I personally chose to purchase the bag in the Mini size which is in between the Normal, and the Tiny size. The bag is made with black faux brushed-leather which looks and feels like real leather; has a snap fastening at the open top; and came with a dust bag.
Even though I have many years of experience purchasing replica bags, shopping for replicas can still be hit or miss even for those of us with experience. However what sets apart a seasoned replica bag shopper from a newbie is that we take it all in stride, and expect to get a bad apple every now and then amongst our purchases. This particular replica bag I purchased was a Gucci Ophidia in the chestnut colour in the size small.
The original retail price is $1,790 USD and I purchased it for around $250 from a replica bag seller that I tried for the first time. The bag’s look from a distance is ok but the hardware is super light and fake looking, and the interior is not good quality. The dustbag was also very cheap looking and feeling – usually dustbags are not my first concern as you can get a good replica bag and a cheap dustbag however in this case the dustbag was super horrible giving me a sign of the quality beforehand.
You can take a peek below at the photos yourself to see the lack of quality, and take it as a lesson that even those of us with a lot of experience can get burned sometimes when shopping for replica bags:
With authentic designer wallet prices skyrocketing, it is not hard to imagine why many turn to fakes. Some people buy fakes because they can’t cough up the cash for authentic designer goods. Others may have the cash, but simply want to save money if they can get the same product at a lower price. Regardless of where you fit on this spectrum, this post will provide key tips and guidance on how to pick a good replica wallet to purchase.
Why Should I Buy a Fake or Replica Designer Wallet?
Buying a fake or replica wallet is a great way to gage whether you can stomach buying fakes. There are several reasons why including:
- Buying a replica wallet is a cheap investment compared to purchasing replica bags. They usually cost about half the price so you will have less to lose.
- Buying a replica wallet is a great way to test a seller to see whether they are good or bad. Bad apples abound in the world of replicas so purchasing a small item like a wallet once again helps you lose less money.
- Buying a replica wallet helps you understand what you can expect in terms of quality when purchasing replica designer goods.
A Hermes Birkin Croc bag being burned in the name of art.
Most hand bag lovers are aware of the site Purse Forum where dedicated purse fans dish out about all the intricacies linked to designer handbag shopping. Now there’s also an acknowledged sense of snobbery many sense while perusing these forums where certain forum members adopt a holier-than-thou attitude simply because they own designer items. I was surprised to find that they actually mentioned that one of their Closet Confessional confessors purchases fake handbags and, as you may have guessed, this caused quite a stir on the post’s comments.
The comments ranged from acceptance of the fact that designers cannot really differentiate between superfake bags and their authentic counterparts to accusations of replica bag manufacturing being linked to terrorism (a claim that has been debunked in the past). The following comments were ones I particularly enjoyed and agreed with: