Take Me Out Tonight- Designer evening bags

Going Out Clutches

Whether you’re headed to a black-tie gala, a girl’s night out, or just a casual dinner with some friends, here at PORTERO we have designer evening bags to fit all your needs. Please note: all bag dimensions in the photos have been exaggerated. Always refer to the DETAILS section when purchasing an item to see measurements.

1. Anya Hindmarch Gold Pleated Valorie Clutch $290. Don’t let the gold tone fool you, this clutch can be used both for formal and more casual occasions, depending on your outfit. Gold pairs beautifully with red, black, and jewel tones, like emerald and sapphire blue. Play around with gold and find what works best for you.

2. Hermès Capucine Jige Elan Clutch $5,000. This beautiful Hermès clutch in Capucine Swift leather can be worn to compliment your look, or simply add a touch of color. We love pairing a black and white look with a red handbag!

3. Judith Leiber Purple Clutch $560. A perfect addition to your evening gown, this eye-catching Judith Leiber clutch with crystal is perfect for any formal occasion.

4. Fuchsia Chanel WOC $2,699. A Chanel Wallet on Chain is the perfect companion for a night out. It fits only the essentials, for those girls who don’t need more than their phone, some cash, and a lipstick. The beauty of the WOC is that it can also be worn during the day, especially in this bright fuchsia.

How to Find the Perfect Gift on PORTERO.com

Buying the perfect gift is not easy, there are many factors to consider and there’s always the fear our loved one will end up disliking our gift and never use it. But there’s no need to fear anymore- with thousands of items on PORTERO.com, ranging from small luxury accessories to luxury travel trunks, you are bound to find something your loved one will cherish forever.

We’ve put together a little guide to make the gift selecting process a lot easier.

1. Look at the CONDITION

Pristine Louis Vuitton Damier Petite MalleLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene Petite Malle $6,750

 

On PORTERO we have both pristine and pre-loved luxury items, ranging from Pristine to Good Condition. Pristine items will be in “like new” condition with no signs of wear, and will, in most cases, come with all accessories and box; exactly as it would come if you had purchased it directly from the store. Items in Excellent condition have very little wear, and any imperfections will be listed in the description. Very Good items will be in very good condition for their age, and Good condition will appear mildly to moderately worn.

Be sure you review the item completely to make sure it’s what you’re looking for.

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Cuff Love; Designer Cuff Bracelets

Designer Cuff Bracelet available on PORTERO.com

 

 

We’ve been taking advantage of the warmer weather to show off our bracelets and rings, because once the winter comes, sleeves and gloves will make it harder to show off our jewelry. Here at PORTERO.com we have a wide selection of designer jewelry, but we’re currently obsessed with designer cuff bracelets.

1. Frank Gehry for Tiffany & Co. Agate Stone Bangle $885. This stunning bangle made for Tiffany & Co. by designer Frank Gehry comes with its iconic blue Tiffany box, making it a great gift for a special someone, or for yourself! Wear this cuff on its own or paired with gold accessories for a fun arm party.

2. Louis Vuitton Chinoiserie Cuff Bracelet $1,300. Made from gold-tone metal, wood, and Swarovski crystals, this Louis Vuitton cuff is a true piece of art. Don’t miss your chance to step out on the town wearing this beautiful, wide and impressive cuff bracelet.

3. Chanel Record Cuff Bracelet $1,299. Black and white never goes out of style, just like vinyl will always reign supreme among musicphiles. Pair this fun Chanel record bracelet with silver jewelry to give your modern outfit a funky look.

5. Hermès Orange Collier de Chien bracelet $1,450. This orange Collier De Chien is in Pristine condition, and is made from Swift leather and palladium hardware. Any true Hermès lover should have at least one CDC in their jewelry box!

The Rise of the Mini Handbags

Mini Designer Handbags

 

These days, you can’t scroll through Instagram without seeing at least one mini bag. If you think of all the times you’ve spent digging through your bag to find your keys or wallet, you’ll see that besides their photo-appeal, they’re also very practical.

Here are our five favorite mini bags found on PORTERO.com. And don’t forget to check out our dedicated mini designer handbags page.

Black Saint Laurent Paris Mini Sac de Jour available on PORTERO.comSaint Laurent Paris Mini Sac de Jour $1,500

 

At a width of 8.6 inches, this is the largest of the mini bags featured here. Still, how can you not resist its appeal? It’s classic, minimal, and very stylish- three things Yves Saint Laurent was known for. You can wear it either as a tote bag, or with the detachable straps as a crossbody or shoulder bag. We love how Nicoletta of Scent of Obsession styled her mini Saint Laurent Sac de Jour.

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Authentic Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton handbags

Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton bags available on PORTERO.com

Today would have been Louis Vuitton’s birthday. In his honor, we’re taking a look at the recently retired (as of July 31st) Louis Vuitton + Takashi Murakami collaboration. Although you may not be familiar with the Murakami name, you are surely familiar with his colorful work through the Louis Vuiton Multicolore monogram.

In 2002 when, Louis Vuitton Creative Director, Marc Jacobs, decided that the iconic French luxury brand needed a new twist; something fresh to celebrate the still-young new millennium. And so, he teamed up with Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami, to reinvent the classic monogram print.

The Multicolore Monogram was first unveiled in the Spring/Summer 2003 Louis Vuitton runway, and it was an instant success, since it has been carried by celebrities and fashionistas everywhere. The Multicolore offered a fun kwaii twist to the traditional monogram, showcasing Murakami’s Tokyo style.

Bags and accessories in the Multicolore collection will soon become collectors’ items, so be sure to get your hands on Multicolor accessories before prices start going up! Visit our dedicated Takashi Murakami for Louis Vuitton page to see all of our items.

1. Louis Vuitton Multicolor Clutch $1,050. This studded canvas clutch would look great with a pair of jeans, to give your casual outfit a little flair.

2. Louis Vuitton Pochette with Murakami Panda $599. Murakami’s Panda Geant first appeared in 2003, and even became the protagonist of the short Louis Vuitton anime film Superflat Monogram.

3. Louis Vuitton Gracie White Multicolor Monogram Bag $1,150. If you prefer white Multicolor canvas, then this Louis Vuitton Gracie bag is for you. A great addition to any summer wardrobe, you can combine this bag with virtually any of the 33 colors that exist in the Murakami + Louis Vuitton universe.

4. Louis Vuitton Keepall 45 Black Multicolor Monogram $2,399. This Multicolor weekender bag will make any trip less stressful, and a lot more chic!

Jewelry 101; Gold vs. Silver

Gold Vs. Silver Jewelry

The use of precious metals can be traced back to as early as 4,000 BC, when Egyptians started using copper to produce jewelry. Although the origins of the word “metal” is unknown, we believe it comes from either the Greek “metallon,” or the Latin “metallum,” both meaning “mine”  or “metal.”

Precious Metals include gold, silver, and the platinum family (including Palladium, used in the making of Hermès‘ silver-color hardware). Any other metals, such as steel and copper, are considered Non-Precious. Precious Metals are most used in jewelry because of their higher value, and because they are less reactive to the elements.

Now, let’s dig a little deeper into the two most popular Precious Metals used in jewelry: gold and silver.

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Five Gold Cufflinks for Dapper Gents

Gold Cuff Links available on PORTERO.com

Nick Marmol, Creative Director of PORTERO.com, shares some tips and ideas for wearing cufflinks, like a dapper gentleman.

For the lover of French (also known as Double) cuffs, cufflinks are a great way to showcase personality with a small accessory. A gentleman should have at least three or four pair of cufflinks in his arsenal. Cufflinks are considered formal accessories, so wearing them every day is not necessary; unless you’re the boss of a big corporation, then you can wear them as often as you’d like. For most people, wearing them only sparingly will make them seem like small treasures at your wrist.

Just like pocket squares, cufflinks should compliment the outfit, but not outshine it. Think of cufflinks as salt, used to enhance the flavor of a meal, but not overpower it. The most important thing to remember when picking cufflinks to wear is to bear in mind what you’re wearing with them. If you’re wearing color cufflinks wear a matching tie, pocket square, tie tack, or even socks. And if you’re wearing other jewelry or watches, making sure they match will make for an overall polished uniform finish.

Below are our five favorite cufflinks on PORTERO.com

1. Gold Rolex Cufflinks $5,800. These 18k yellow gold cuff links are the perfect accessory to go with your vintage Rolex watch. These cufflinks are rare and very unique. The chain link design is a more traditional style of cufflinks, and is also more special because the design shows on both sides of the cuff, and why wouldn’t you want to showcase these gold cufflinks twice?

2. Bvlgari Gold and Onyx Cufflinks $1,770. If you like elegant yet understated designer jewelry, these Bulgari cufflinks are for you. They feature a bullet back, making them one of the most secure types of cufflinks, ensuring they stay in place.

3. Vintage Gold and Coral Cufflinks $895. The pop of Mediterranean red coral upgrades any old boring work shirt. These cufflinks feature an easy-to-use toggle closure, which will ensure they stay securely in place.

4. Deakin & Frances Chess Cufflinks $6,395. Established in 1786, these fine handmade English cufflinks have been made by the same family for 7 generations. They feature whale back closure, which locks against the cuff of the shirt, making them easy to handle.

5. Vintage Bull and Bear Cufflinks and Tie Tack Set $2,895. For the Wall Street finance guy with the big personality, these are a must wear to that important board meeting. Worn alone or together with the tie tack, these cufflinks are definitely a conversation starter piece.

Iconic Louis Vuitton handbags

Top 5 Most Iconic Louis Vuitton Handbags

We have previously discussed what makes a bag iconic, but every brand has their own bags that are immediately recognizable. In the case of Louis Vuitton, it’s safe to say that most people in the world, whether they’re handbag lovers or not, can identify the iconic monogram logo, and these five styles:

1. The Keepall

Louis Vuitton monogram Keepall available on PORTERO.comLouis Vuitton Keepall 50 $620

 

Louis Vuitton started his career by making travel trunks and bags. Designed by Georges Vuitton, Louis’ son, The Keepall made its debut in the early 1930s. The Keepall’s design features have influenced today’s modern weekend bags, also known as weekender bags. Its style makes it the perfect unisex bag- a travel bag both men and women, who love luxury can enjoy. Because of its size (45, 50, 55, and 60) the Keepall is the perfect airplane carry on.

2. The Speedy

Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 with graffiti Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Green Graffiti Monogram $1,860

 

The Speedy’s rich history began in the 1930s, when Louis Vuitton decided to make a more practical, smaller version of the Keepall for every day wear, making it the very first handbags design of the French maison. The original Speedy measured 30 centimeters, but as a special request from a big fan, Audrey Hepburn, the Speedy 25 was born in the 1940s.

When it comes to luxury handbags, the Speedy is one of the most affordable out there, with retail prices starting at $950 for the smallest Speedy 25. At PORTERO, you can find great deals on Speedys, with prices starting at $350.

The Louis Vuitton Speedy comes in four sizes: Speedy 25, Speedy 30, Speedy 25, and Speedy 40. The number is the length of the bag in centimeters.

The Speedy has gotten plenty of makeovers over the years from collaborating designers, like Stephen Sprouse and Yayoi Kusama. However, the original monogram and damier canvas Speedy stands the test of time. 80+ years and counting.

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The ABCs of PORTERO – Part 2

N is for Nick Marmol, our Creative Director

Nick Marmol, Creative Director of PORTERO.com

Born in London, Nick is a second-generation antiques specialist; a field the English take very seriously. A lover of historic landmarks and an avid traveler, Nick has been all over the world, but his favorite place to visit is India. Nick enjoys playing tennis and fishing, and his favorite restaurant is The Inn at Pound Ridge, where he enjoys the Maine Lobster pan roasted in the shell with oregano and chili. Although he’s British, he doesn’t drink tea.

Nick’s favorite item on the site is a 1940′s Cartier Lighter Watch, engraved “For each year is just an hour.”

O is for Omega

Omega Speedmaster Watch available on PORTERO.comOmega Speedmaster Moonwatch $12,425

 

Since 1848, Omega has created high quality, luxurious watches. PORTERO has an array of contemporary and vintage Omega watches, including the Seamaster, Speedmaster, DeVille, and Constellation. President John F. Kennedy, Prince William, and many other public figures have worn Omega watches.

P is for PORTERO Promise

It’s our mission to help you get the most out of luxury. PORTERO respects the brands we serve, and we guarantee the authenticity and condition of all merchandise, and we ensure the highest level of service and security. That’s our promise. And we don’t take it lightly. We guarantee our products are 100% authentic, or your money back. We carefully and accurately describe all items and conditions, and all photos are of the actual item up for sale, no stock photos. We also provide the highest level of security for the safest buying experience. In addition, we vet every single one of our vendors, and work with knowledgeable curators who are passionate about customer service. We pride ourselves in making the buying, selling or finding of luxury as seamless as possible.

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The ABCs of PORTERO- Part 1

Get to know PORTERO.com, your online source for authentic, pristine and pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories.

A is for Alexis Clarbour, director of PORTERO.com

Alexis Clarbour, Director of PORTERO.com

A born and bred New Yorker, Alexis began her career in finance, working as a Nasdaq trader, before making the move to the luxury market. One of her first luxury splurges was a Tod’s bag, many years ago. Most recently, she purchased a Damier Azur Louis Vuitton Neverfull, “Perfect for summer,” she said, from PORTERO. If she could travel anywhere in the world, she would go to Bali, but without her phone! Alexis loves spending time with her son, and the most prized thing on her desk is a note from him, when he was four.

Alexis’ favorite item on the site is a Blue Atoll Kelly 35 in Togo Leather.

 

B is for Birkin bags

Shiny Crocodile BirkinShiny Crocodile 30 cm Birkin $82,00o

 

Many consider Hermès Birkin bags to be the holy grail of all handbags. With the high demand and low supply, it can take years to acquire a Birkin from a boutique. PORTERO.com is one of the only online destinations where you can find authentic, pristine and pre-loved Hermès Birkins, without having to get on a waiting list. This explains why sometimes you will see higher prices on the newer bags; because instead of waiting, you can get one immediately, sent right to your door.

C is for Chanel

Classic Chanel Flap Bag available on PORTERO.comVintage Chanel Jumbo Classic Flap Bag $4,600

 

Chanel has immortalized itself as one of the world’s most chic and classic brands, completely in tune with modern times, while keeping its classic and timeless appeal. At PORTERO you can find everything from the Classic Chanel Flaps, to Chanel Boy Bags, to beautiful Chanel  jewelry.

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