A History of Louis Vuitton; Timeline [Infographic]

Louis Vuitton is one of the most recognized luxury brands in the world, thanks to its iconic Monogram pattern. According to Forbes, LV was the most valuable luxury brand of 2015. At PORTERO you will find authentic pristine and pre-owned Louis Vuitton bags and accessories, at up to 75% off retail.

Learn about the history of this classic brand in this brief infographic, or dig deeper into the story of this French maison by scrolling through the timeline.

Louis Vuitton Timeline [infographic]


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National Wear Red Day; The Color Psychology of Red

Red Croc Birkin


Happy National Wear Red Day! We’re celebrating by donning our best red outfits, and carrying our most stylish red bags. If you’re looking for a little something red to draw someone’s eye, or just give your look a pop of color, visit our Red Handbags and Accessories curation.

The color red is not for shy people. It’s very attention grabbing; which is why STOP signs and fire trucks are red. Red is also associated with love and passion, making it very popular during the month of February, because of Valentine’s Day. Red is a very powerful color, and people who wear red often are seen as confident and assertive. However, because red can be overwhelming to some people, red can be perceived as aggressive.

Red Color Facts

- Red is a warm and masculine color.

- Throughout history, red has had a predominant role in powerful people’s wardrobes, such as cardinals.

- Red is considered a very energetic color, which promotes ambition and determination.

- Red stimulates appetite; can you think of a prominent fast-food chain that uses the color red?

- On the negative side, being surrounded by too much red can cause irritation and anger.

- In some Eastern countries, brides wear red instead of white.

- In China, red symbolizes good luck.

See: The Color Pink and its Meaning 

 Below are some of our favorite red items on PORTERO.com.

Saint Laurent Medium Betty Bag available on PORTERO.comRed and Pink Saint Laurent Betty Bag $1,220


 Saint Laurent named this handbag after his close friend and muse, Betty Catroux. The bright pink color with red accents will compliment any outfit in your wardrobe, while the gold-tone chain strap adds a touch of glamour.

Hermes Swift Vermillion Kelly 25cm available on PORTERO.com
Hermès Swift Vermillion  Kelly 25cm with Gold Hardware $21,750


Vermillion is a spectacularly vibrant lipstick red from Hermès. Buttery Swift leather absorbs dye really well, making colors appear brighter, and to “glisten” under the sun. Red looks gorgeous with the gold hardware.

See: Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins

Chanel Red Patent Leather WOC available on PORTERO.comChanel Red Patent Leather WOC $2,280


The popular Chanel Wallet on Chain (WOC) can be worn on the shoulder or crossbody. In this rich glossy patent leather, this spacious wallet can be transformed into a glamorous bag or clutch.

Louis Vuitton Cannes Red Epi Leather Vanity Case available on PORTERO.com
Louis Vuitton Cannes Red Epi Leather Vanity Case $369


This Louis Vuitton Cannes make up case or cosmetic bag is very hard to find in Red Epi Leather. It’s great to keep all your necessities organized and handy wherever you go.


Hermes Rouge Pivoine 37cm Paris Bombay Pink Bag available on PORTERO.com
Hermès Rouge Pivoine 37cm Paris Bombay Pink Bag $4,200


Hermès is a master of color. Rouge Pivoine, means Peony Rose, and is a beautiful red with pink undertones, similar to Bougainveilla, but with more saturation and hue.

This extremely hard to find Bombay 37 cm tote is a definite eye catcher in Clemence leather. It’s as versatile as it is stylish and can be carried over the shoulder, or like a traditional tote bag.


Hermes Birkin and Kelly SALE!

Because nothing says “I love you” like an Hermès bag… We’re having a Birkin and Kelly sale, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

If you’ve been dreaming of owning a Birkin or a Kelly bag, now is your chance. We have more than 100 pristine and pre-owned bags for sale, including some hard-to-find items, like Kelly Clutches and Mini Kelly Pochettes. But hurry! Sale ends this Friday, February 5th.

To help you make informed decisions about your purchases, we’ve compiled these helpful list of Hermès-related topics. And as usual, if you have any questions about the bag(s), you can email us at customercare@portero.com, call us at 1.877.962.2398, or live chat with one of our customer care specialists.

Happy shopping!

Birkin Bags

History of the Birkin bag

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Birkin Bag

Birkin Bags

Why Are Birkin Bags More Expensive in the Secondary Market?

Popular Birkin colors

The 10 Most Popular Birkin Colors


Kelly Bags

Everything you need to know about the Hermès Kelly Bag

Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

Kelly Sellier vs Kelly Retourne

Kelly Sellier vs. Kelly Retourne


Birkin and Kelly bags available on PORTERO.com

The Difference Between Birkin and Kelly Bags

Hermès Fjord Leather

The 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins


The History of Hermès


A History of Chanel; a Timeline [Infographic]

The French House of Chanel, with its iconic Double C logo was established more than a hundred years ago, and has since immortalized itself as one of the world’s most chic and classic brands, completely in tune with the stylish and functional needs of its devotees. Its founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel comes from the humblest of beginnings, and is now considered a style icon, incredible businesswoman, talented couturier, and an example of perseverance and hard work. Learn about the history of Chanel in this infographic, or dig deeper into the house of Coco in the timeline below.

Chanel Timeline


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8 Hermes Bags to Get to Know Better

We know Hermès Birkins and Kellys get all the hype, and although we absolutely adore them, there are many other exquisite bags made by Hermès that are also worthy of admiration. Be sure to visit us on PORTERO.com to find these bags and more Hermès accessories, including scarves, belts, jewelry, and more.


1. Evelyne

Hermès Evelyne IIIPhoto: @porteroluxury

The Evelyne bag was designed in 1978 and named after Évelyne Bertrand, the head of Hermès‘ equestrian department (1). The Hermes Evelyne bag was crafted to carry horse grooming equipment. Its iconic perforated ‘H’ design was meant to allow the grooming equipment to dry, and was supposed to be carried inwards, facing the body. This bag is a favorite of people on the go, who like to have their hands free. The Evelyne is produced in four sizes (TPM, PM, GM, and TGM), the most popular being the PM, measuring 11.25″ x 12″ x 2 ½”. At PORTERO, you will find the Hermès Evelyne in a variety of colors and sizes.

See: A Brief History of Hermès [Infographic]

Hermes Evelyne III bags available on PORTEROHermès Bamboo Clemence Evelyne III PM $3,500. Hermès Rouge Pivoine Clemence Evelyne Rose Sakura with Canvas Strap TPM $3,200. Pre-Owned Hermès White Clemence Evelyne III PM $2,265. Hermès Rose Confetti Epsom Evelyne III GM $5,000


2. Jige Clutch

White Jige ClutchPhoto: Courtesy


The Hermès Jige Clutch comes in five sizes, Mini, PM, GM, Elan 29 and Elan 35. Because of its sleek design it can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. The Jige Clutch is perfect to hold your essentials, and more.

Hermes Jige Clutches available on PORTERO.comHermès Blue Saint Cyr Swift Jige Elan Clutch $4,950. Hermès Pelouse Swift and Lizard Niloticus Jige Duo Mini Clutch $6,700. Hermès Anemone Epsom Jige Elan Clutch $5,000. Hermès Capucine Etrusque Swift and Lizard Niloticus Jige Duo Mini Clutch $5,995

3. Constance

Hermes Croco ConstancePhoto: They All Hate Us


Since its original design in 1969 by Catherine Chaillet and its time spent on the arm of fashion icon Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the Hermès Constance has maintained its status as the epitome of classic elegance. Taking approximately 14 hours to create, each Hermès Constance bag is crafted by a single artisan. Its sleek lines, adjustable strap, and gold or silver “H” clasp, make the Constance the perfect day to night bag.

Hermes Constance Bags available on PORTERO.comHermès Blue Sapphire Swift Mini Constance $12,500. Hermès Orange Poppy Shiny Alligator Mini Constance $37,400. Hermès Anemone Constance MM $18,500. Hermès Orange Swift Constance Elan $12,999

4. Bolide

Hermes BolidePhoto: Dogs and Dresses


The Hermès Bolide bag was designed in 1923 and named “sac pour l’auto” or “bag for the car,” after Charles-Èmile Hermés’ North American trip, where he spent some time with Henry Ford, touring automobile factories (2). The original Bolide was Hermès’ first bag design with a zipper, a two-year patent he had acquired exclusively for Hermès. The sac pour l’auto was designed as a travel bag, but in 1982 was resized to become the handbag we know today.

 Hermes Bolide bags available on PORTEROVintage Hermès Navy and Red Courchevel Macpherson Bolide Bag $12,000. Pre-owned Hermès Bicolor Green and Brown Courchevel Bolide 35  $4,999. Vintage Hermès Red Courchevel Macpherson Bolide $11,000. Pre-Owned Hermès Tan Ostrich Bolide Bag $12,500

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Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag History

The History of the Balenciaga Motorcycle Bag

In honor of Cristóbal Balenciaga’s birthday, we’re taking a look at the history of Balenciaga’s most iconic handbags: the Motorcycle  bag.

Today is also Christian Dior’s birthday, and if you haven’t already, check out our post on the History of the Lady Dior bag.

Cristóbal Balenciaga

Cristobal BalenciagaLeft: Alberta Tiburzi (in Balenciaga) by Hiro Yasuhiro Wakabayashi for Harper’s Bazaar (1967). Right: Cristóbal Balenciaga by Roger Viollet (1927)


We cannot talk about the Motorcycle bag without talking about the man behind the house, Cristóbal Balenciaga. Balenciaga was born in the Basque region of Spain in 1895. His fashion career started at age 12, when he began working as a tailor. Soon enough, young Cristóbal was sent to Madrid, to further his tailoring skills, through his customer and patron, the Marquesa de Casa Torres (1). Balenciaga enjoyed fame in his native Spain, even going as far as to open a few boutiques. However, when the Spanish civil war began in 1936, Balenciaga moved to Paris, where he opened his own couture house.

Cristóbal Balenciaga is remembered as a private man who did not like the press; he only gave one full interview his whole life. However, his work was nothing short of art. He was continuously praised by contemporary designers, like Christian Dior, who said he was “the master of us all,” and Coco Chanel, who declared Balenciaga “a couturier in the truest sense of the word…The others are simply fashion designers.” (2)

The Duchess of Windsor, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy, Ava Gardner, and other trendsetters of the time (many of whom are still considered style icons to this day) were admirers and patrons of Cristóbal Balenciaga.

Now, more than 40 years after his passing, he’s still remembered as one of the greatest (if not the greatest) couturiers of all time.

Balenciaga Motorcycle bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Balenciaga City Classic Studs Toile Raye $745. Pre-owned Balenciaga Cream Arena Folded Lambskin Tote $525. Pre-owned Balenciaga Purple Giant 12 $1,150. Pre-owned Balenciaga Papier Sight Yellow Large Envelope Clutch $690

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A History of Hermes; a Timeline [Infographic]

The French house of Hermes has a history firmly established in saddlery and fine equestrian leather goods. From its 1837 beginnings in a small workshop in Paris, to creating the most exclusive handbag in the world, Hermès has certainly come a long way. Learn about the history of Hermès with this brief infographic, or dig deeper into the story of this French luxury house in the timeline below.

When searching for authentic, pristine and pre-owned Hermès bags and accessories, including Birkin bags, Kelly bags, CDC bracelets, scarves, and more, visit us at PORTERO.com.

Hermes Timeline

A History of Hermes Timeline ,starts with Thierry HermesThierry Hermès


1801. Thierry Hermès is born in Krefeld, Germany, to Thierry Hermès, a French immigrant father and Agnese Kuhnen, who was German. Krefeld is known as the Stadt wie Samt und Seide, or “City of Velvet  and Silk” in Germany, because of its textile industry. (1)

1827. Thierry Hermes moves to Pont Audemer, north of Paris, where he learns the trade of leather making, and begins making harnesses.

1831. Thierry and his wife, Petronille Pierrtant (1805-1896) welcome their first son, Charles-Émile Hermès (1831-1876).

1837. Thierry Hermès establishes the French house of Hermès, in a workshop in Paris’ 9th arrondisement.

1855. Hermes win the First Class Medal of the Exposition in Paris (4).

1859. Charles-Emile Hermes takes over the Hermes workshop.

1867. Hermès wins a first class medal at the Exposition Universelle (4).

1878. Thierry Hermes passes.

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The Top 10 Best Jewelry Looks of the Golden Globes Awards

We had a fantastic time last night watching the Golden Globe Awards, but as usual, our favorite part was seeing what everyone wore on the red carpet. It was hard to pick our 10 favorite celebs, but without further ado, and in no particular order, we give you the Top 10 Best Jewelry Looks of the Golden Globes Awards.

1. Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence Golden Globes 2016 NecklaceGetty Images

Jennifer Lawrence won her third Golden Globe award last night, this time for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical, for her role in Joy.

J. Law looked stunning in a crimson Dior gown, but the real show-stopper was her bib necklace, from Chopard‘s “High Jewelry” collection. The stunning piece was made of over 150 carats and set in 18k white gold.

2. Emmy Rossum

Sam Esmail, Emmy RossumPhoto: Jordan Strauss

Emmy Rossum, on the arm of fiancé, Sam Esmail, whose new TV Series, Mr. Robot, took two Golden Globes last night, including Best Television Series- Drama.

Emmy Rossum was another vision in red, in a gown designed by Armani Privé and Van Cleef & Arpels diamond jewelry.

Find Van Cleef & Arpel jewelry on PORTERO.

3. Olivia Palermo

olivia palermo golden globes 2016Photo: Mario Anzuoni

Olivia Palermo wore an avant garde Delpozo midi dress, which got her in a few “Worst Dressed”  lists. However, she makes our Best Jewelry Looks with a David Webb necklace with a leaf design.

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How to Get Kate Middleton’s Style

In honor of Kate Middleton’s birthday, the future Queen of England, and Duchess of Cambridge, we’re taking a look at some of her favorite brands.

Read: British Designers

 1. Burberry

Kate Middleton Burberry

 Burberry handbags available on PORTERO.comBurberry Prorsum Calloway Tote $1,656. Burberry Prorsum Star Studded Olive Tote $1,150. Burberry Prorsum The Petal Clutch $975. Burberry Prorsum Armor Stud Sling Bag $506


Britain-based Burberry is best known by its tartan pattern and trench coats. As a good Brit, the Duchess of Cambridge wears this label quite often. As we’ve come to expect with items worn by the future Queen, this Burberry trench coat sold out in every size within 24 hours! Although we believe a trench coat to be an item of clothing every one should have in their closet, Burberry also has a superb (as the British say) handbag collection. Be sure to visit our Burberry page to find some Pristine and Pre-owned Burberry bags and accessories.

2. Alexander McQueen

Kate Middleton wears Alexander McQueen Alexander McQueen Mini Heroine $1,200. Vintage Sunburst Brooch $1,490


The most iconic Alexander McQueen moment for the Duchess of Cambridge was undoubtedly her wedding day, when she wore a design by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. Since then, the two women have collaborated in creating staple wardrobe pieces that are as modern as they are modest. The Duchess has worn Alexander McQueen in several occasions, most recently during the Baptism of her second child, Princess Charlotte. Although Kate Middleton prefers a subdued wardrobe, Alexander McQueen has always known how to push the envelope. Whether it’s with Armadillo Shoes, of skull clutches, McQueen knows how to please the most forward of fashionistas.

Alexander McQueen bags available on PORTERO.comAlexander McQueen Studded Brown Suede Clutch $1,300. Alexander McQueen Ostrich Novak Satchel $1,810. Alexander McQueen Britannia Skull Clutch $1,150. Alexander McQueen Elvie Hot Pink Patent Bag $575

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Difference Between Birkin and Kelly bags; a fact sheet and infographic

We get asked about the difference between the Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags quite often, so we’ve decided to put together a handy guide and simple infographic to help you tell them apart. Although both bags come with their pros and cons, choosing one over the other is ultimately a very personal decision. However, we hope we can help you decide which bag bests fits your lifestyle.

The Kelly Bag

The difference between Birkin and Kelly

- The Kelly bag is the oldest of the two, and the easiest way to tell it apart from the Birkin is by the number of handles. The Kelly is a top handle bag, meaning it only has one handle.

See: Everything You Need to Know About the Hermès Kelly Bag

- The Kelly comes with a detachable shoulder straps, which allow for hands free carrying. This is a great bag for busy moms, or anybody who likes having their hands free.

- The Hermès Kelly bag can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the ocassion. There are two types of Kelly bags: Sellier and Retourne; the Sellier is usually considered a dressier, more structured bag, but the Retourne looks great with any casual outfit.

See: The Kelly Debate; Kelly Sellier vs. Kelly Retourne

- Compared to the Birkin, the Kelly is not as wide, so it fits less.

- The Kelly bag also comes in two more presentations: the elongated Kelly Cut, also known as Kelly Clutch, and the mini Kelly Pochette, both on which can be found on PORTERO.

- Although we’ve seen some daring women carry their Kelly bags open, most women carry them close, since their contents could easily fall out.

Hermes Kelly bags available on PORTERO.comPre-owned Hermès Anemone Togo Kelly 35cm with Palladium Hardware $15,345. Pre-owned Hermès Soufre Epsom Kelly 32cm with Palladium Hardware $15,750. Hermès Blue Atoll Togo Kelly 32cm with Palladium Hardware $17,500. Pre-owned Hermès Black Lizard Kelly 28cm with Gold Hardware $28,000

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