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CIRCA for Barbara Tfank Vintage One-of-a-Kind Diamond Hair Accessories

At Portero, we’re always looking for remarkable finds. So, when we saw the one-of-a-kind vintage diamond hair accessories created by our friends at CIRCA for fashion designer Barbara Tfank’s NYFW Spring 2015 collection, we were hooked!

Inspired by a photograph of Lauren Bacall, with her hair pulled back with barrettes, Barbara Tfank, designer to First Lady Michelle Obama, Adele, and Uma Thurman, worked with CIRCA to build a collection of brooches reimagined into modern hair accessories.

Covering all eras of the 20th century, you can now find all the vintage diamond hair accessories used in Barbara Tfank’s New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 presentation exclusively at

To shop the collection, please visit here.

Portero’s Notable Finds

Portero sees hundreds of beautiful items travel across our desktop each week, and our Creative Director, Nick Marmol, has a keen eye for the most noteworthy finds. So, we asked him what his favorites were this week!  Check them out:



To shop Portero’s Celine collection, please visit here.


To shop Portero’s Pomellato collection, please visit here.


To shop Portero’s Cartier collection, please visit here.



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Portero has extended its NY Fashion Week designer jewelry sale!  Find David Yurman, Cathy Waterman, Tiffany & Co, Jennifer Meyer, Alex Sepkus and many more pieces for an additional 20% off.

Though the sale ends Friday, September 12th, at 11:59pm ET, Portero will be adding new items to the sale daily.  So, make sure to check back with us throughout the week.

Remember, all discounts are taken at checkout and all sales are final.

To start browsing Portero’s designer jewelry sale, please click here:





1) Chanel Classic Flap Bag in Black Lambskin or Caviar Leather

In the words of Coco Chanel, “style remains,” with this iconic handbag.  Inspired by 1920′s military satchels, Coco Chanel’s classic Flap Bag changed handbag design forever.

This versatile starter handbag is crafted in both lambskin and caviar (not the caviar we find during our weekly sushi binge – though we love that too!). What’s the difference? Caviar leather is made up of very close tiny dots (like caviar), it is easy to clean and does not show wear easily. It’s extremely durable, and is great for gals who are hard on their bags. Lambskin is a soft smooth leather that can scratch easily but is more luxurious to the touch.

As for color, if you are a black bag wearer, it’s best to start with this color. If you wear natural colored neutrals more often, brown, tan, or even dark red could work for you too.  Nonetheless, they are harder to come by in the secondary market place.  Do not fret!  Our Find it for Me experts will help locate your most desired color.

How do you wear your flap bag? The options are limitless.  The perfect day to night bag, it can be worn long with a single strap, or you can double the strap; making it shorter to hold in hand or for a shorter shoulder bag look.

To browse through Portero’s Chanel Flap Bags, please visit here:



2) Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Bag

Let’s face it; every gal should have a monogrammed piece by Louis Vuitton. Whether it be a Speedy, a Noe, or a Neverfull, it is great to have one in your wardrobe as an everyday bag or an easy to pack travel bag (FYI they fold flat!  Need we say more?).

The great thing about Louis Vuitton monogrammed canvas pieces is that they are recognized around the world and have existed for ages. In this case, it’s totally fine to buy one that has been very worn, since the aging process of these bags only makes them lovelier with a patina to the leather.

It’s also considered quite chic to carry older ones as they appear to have been passed down. They are easy to clean since coated canvas can be wiped down with a cloth. Stylish women throughout time have all carried one at some point (think the undoubtedly lovely Audrey Hepburn), and so should you!

Indulge in LV monogram here:




3) Hermes Garden Party Bag

There is no doubt in our minds that every gal should own a piece of Hermes.   It is the epitome of luxury.  Though many of us cannot spend a fortune on a Kelly or Birkin (just yet), it is a good thing Hermes has another other great everyday bag to keep us occupied – the Garden Party.  If, however, you are a truly lucky gal, we will choose to live vicariously through you and your exquisite Birkin or Kelly, (or in our dreams… both!).

Now, back to the Garden Party… If you love to stuff a tote full, like some of the gals here at Portero, the Garden Party is just for you! It is made extremely well and will give you a preview of what Hermes has to offer in terms of quality.

The Garden Party is a simple tote that comes in all leather or toile canvas with leather handles and bottom. The leathers vary on the Garden Party, but if you want it to show less wear, go with something grained. An all leather Garden Party is best for year-round wear, while the toile canvas with leather version is a great bag for spring/summer and into early fall. The toile canvas is also easy to clean with water and a cloth.

Once you carry Hermes, we guarantee you will be hooked, and want to begin collecting more and more. There are no other bags in the marketplace that compare in quality craftsmanship and timeless elegance. They are all hand-stitched and made with the best materials available in the world. Hermes is indeed the Rolls Royce of the handbag universe and every gal should own one at some point.

Indulge in the world of Hermes here:




4) Judith Leiber Evening Clutch Bag

Judith Leiber is a brand that has been around for decades and consistently produces exciting and exquisite evening bags. Whether they are made of Austrian crystals in the shape of exotic animal figurines (elephants, Chinese Foo dogs, leopards, you name it!), cupcakes, simple rectangle boxes, or classic exotic skins with cabochon details, these clutches make a statement the moment they are carried into a room.

Vintage lovers take note! If you are in the market for a starter evening bag, the vintage Judith Leibers have become much more affordable then they once were.

Each Judith Leiber evening clutch generally comes with a detachable shoulder strap, or one that can be tucked in; allowing you a hands free night.  What more could a gal want?

They are great for black tie or simple night out with friends. No doubt you and your Judith Leiber will be the hit of the night!

Shop Judith Leiber evening bags here:




5) Chanel WOC Wallet on a Chain Bag

Who doesn’t need/want/love a wallet on a chain? No one. So, lucky for us, Chanel was kind enough to develop this genius little bag for us gals on the go, who only want to carry credit cards, a phone, lipstick and a compact.

What could be better for a long day of shopping when you have to carry around heavy bags from your purchases? Nothing.

Or, nightmare, you don’t have time to stop home before you go out! Just tuck the strap in and make it a clutch. (Chanel thinks of everything!)

Chanel makes this beauty in an array of colors, shapes and materials. It is an ever-practical, multipurpose small bag that you won’t be able to live without. It can be worn cross body, over the shoulder, or tucked in as a clutch. We thank you Chanel for this fabulous little practical fashion innovation!

Shop the dream Chanel WOC Wallet on Chain:

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How to tell a real from a fake handbag? asked our Senior Director of Handbags, Elizabeth Bernstein, her authentication process and what to look for when shopping for Hermes Birkins, Chanel Flap Bags, and Louis Vuitton handbags in the secondary marketplace.


What’s the hardest brand to authenticate?
For most people in general? Louis Vuitton. Because they’re made out of monogrammed canvas, they have small bits of leather and there are very simple details in terms of putting the bag together. The counterfeit market for Louis Vuitton is huge. (Get more tips in Louis Vuitton Handbags: How to Tell if it’s Real or Fake)

Are you ever stumped?
I can tell by touching these things, smelling them and looking at a few details. I do question very frequently. Sometimes I even bring stuff right to Hermès. If I ever have a doubt about something, at least five other experts are going to look at it with me. You have to be extremely careful in this industry. There is so much counterfeit out there.

How can you tell if an Hermès Birkin bag is authentic?
The details— it’s in the hand stitching, the quality of the hardware, the turn of the toggle. It’s the difference between a Rolls-Royce and an old beat up car. There’s absolutely no comparison. For me with the chevre leather, you can smell it. I may be one of the only people who say that. But it’s goat, it smells like a goat. I know that’s gross, but leather is leather. Hermès smells like an expensive new car. (Get more tips in Hermès Birkin Handbags: How to Tell if it’s Real or Fake)

So you’ve trained your nose over the years?
I can smell a fake bag. If I close my eyes and someone put a real one and a fake one, I would know which one was real. Unless someone came up with a good goat spray.

Are Chanel handbags easy to counterfeit?
It depends on what kind of Chanel it is. The more counterfeit Chanels that I see are tote bags with a big Chanel logo or Chanel written across it. Really not sophisticated Chanel. However, there is a sophisticated counterfeit Chanel market. This is really hard to do. Chanel makes quilted bags. It’s not cheap and it’s not easy to quilt a bag well. You don’t have many of these, but they’re easier to spot. (Get more tips in Chanel Handbags: How to Tell if it’s Real or Fake)

What if a shopper is browsing another handbag website and can only see photos of the handbag instead of seeing it in person?
A lot of the time I will say that I will not do authentication via pictures. I just don’t think it’s the best practice. I think it’s too dicey because of Photoshop. The other thing is, you can buy from a picture that’s a real picture taken of a real bag and then they send you a fake. I don’t recommend people buying bags on the fly from random places.

Any general tips when authenticating a bag?
We always say look at quality first. Every time you look at a luxury bag think, ‘would this have made it through quality control at this luxury brand?’ Generally, you’re going to be able to answer your question. If it’s a lower line like Marc by Marc Jacobs or Michael Kors, keep that in mind, too. If you’re looking at Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, there’s a reason why they charge the prices they charge. Because they are meticulous about quality control.

What about zippers?
Don’t be fooled by zippers and hardware because at this point you do have counterfeiters who are using zippers that a lot of the large brands use, like Lampo and RiRi. They’re using counterfeit ones or the actual ones, but generally they’re counterfeit. So if you look at a bag and say, ‘oh it has a Lampo zipper, it must be a Prada. I got so lucky it’s only $200’—it’s not enough to look at.

What bag are you carrying now?
I change mine so often. My tried and true is my Hermès 20 cm Rigid Kelly with gold hardware. I always have it refurbished and it keeps getting beat up. I wear it with jeans a lot. I go through Fendi Peekaboos and Prada Saffianos. I just got this amazing vintage blue crocodile tote bag. It’s Lambertson Truex, which is a brand that shut down and their designers went over to Tiffany & Co.

Why buy a pre-owned bag?
Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton all hike their prices every single year. It’s not getting any cheaper. If you’re looking for value, it’s always good to buy vintage. You just have to take care of it. It’s like, you take care of your grandparents, take care of your vintage. (laughs)

(laughs) That’s awesome!
Older people are a little more delicate. [Vintage handbags have] older leather, it’s a little more delicate. You want to be nice to it and treat it well.


Spotlight on John Hardy

In the mid-1970s, 25-year-old Canadian designer/artist and descendant of the Royal Court of Bali goldsmiths, John Hardy, escaped to Bali, where he met his wife Cynthia and established his celebrated namesake jewelry company. Handcrafted and one-of-a-kind, each John Hardy piece is inspired by the natural world’s beauty.

John Hardy’s commitment to the environment and community does not end with fine jewelry. Over the past year, John Hardy has planted 600,000 bamboo trees in Bali to support forest management and water preservation.  Additionally, its Job for Life program continues to successfully transition Bali orphans into the real world with vocational training.  Once the program is completed, many students are offered positions at the John Hardy Bali Compound, which is not only home to beautiful designs and skilled craftsman, but also an organic farm.

Upon retiring in 2007, John Hardy sold the brand to now CEO Damien Dernoncourt and Head Designer and Creative Director Guy Bedarida.  To date, Dernoncourt and Bedarida remain invested in the brand’s core values and devotion to nature and our community.

Shop Portero’s John Hardy collection here.


A Class All Its Own: Patek Philippe

During the Polish Insurrection of 1830-1831, cavalry officer Antoine Norbert de Patek sought refuge in Geneva, the watchmaking and jewelry capital of the world.  Soon after, Patek partnered with François Czapek, establishing their watch manufacturing company called Patek, Czapek & C° in 1839.  Their first designs demonstrated a strong Polish influence reflective of revolutionary heroes, and 10th and 12th Century legends.

After parting ways with Czapek, Patek joined forces with the French horologist Adrien Philippe following a serendipitous meeting at the Paris Exhibition of the Products of the Industry where Patek exhibited the first keyless watch; a model that was later acquired by Queen Victoria.

To this day, Patek Philippe stands in a class all its own.  Famously known as the last family-owned independent Geneva watch manufacturer, Patek’s continuing dedication to high-quality craftsmanship and service provides the ultimate addition to your collection.

Shop Portero’s Patek Philippe collection here.

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Spotlight on Valentino

From a young age the signature Valentino Red designer, Valentino Garavani, was inspired by the glamour and femininity of silver screen women. After studying in Paris and working at Jean Dessès and Guy Laroche’s salons, Valentino opened his own atelier in Rome 1959. His modern feminine designs consisting of flowers, bows, ruffles, lace, and embroideries combined the romance of French design with the high-quality craftsmanship of Italian design. Valentino quickly caught the eyes of socialites, Hollywood, and Jacqueline Kennedy.

Though Valentino retired in 2008, his relevance is ubiquitous. He continues to be sought after for special commissioned pieces like Anne Hathaway’s wedding gown, and most recently, Princess Madeleine of Sweden’s wedding gown.

Today, Valentino is run under the creative direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli. Their dedication to maintaining the brand’s core values while presenting a sense of modernity continues to illuminate the Valentino brand.

Shop Portero’s Valentino collection here.

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Spotlight on Chloé

Named for a popular French name in 1952, the Chloé brand is both pretty in meaning and beautiful in design.  When Gaby Aghion and her business partner Jacques Lenoir founded Chloé, they longed to establish a luxury bohemian ready-to-wear style – a market that at the time was untapped.

Over the years, the brand has been graced by some of the world’s leading designers including: Karl Lagerfeld, Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo, and now, Clare Waight Keller.  From Lagerfeld’s retro-inspired prints, McCartney’s youthful beaded string tops, Philo’s romantic dresses, and Waight Keller’s knitwear, each invigorated the brand by highlighting their individual spins, while still maintaining the core bohemian feel.

Shop Portero’s Chloé collection here.

circa is Now Part of the CIRCA Family!

Portero is thrilled to announce our partnership with CIRCA. Founded in 2001, CIRCA is the leading international buyer of fine jewelry, diamonds and watches.   CIRCA’s renowned experts will make you an offer on each and every piece you wish to sell.  Payment is immediate.  It’s that simple.

To celebrate our new partnership, we are launching an exclusive Portero INSIDER program.  Starting April 1st, when you sell jewelry to CIRCA you will gain INSIDER privileges on

Portero INSIDER privileges include:

  • Exclusive discounts and benefits on select merchandise including: Hermès, Chanel, Cartier, Celine, Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co, Rolex and more
  • Access to INSIDER-only sales
  • Sneak peek at new arrivals
  • Dedicated INSIDER hotline with a “Find It For Me” specialist

CIRCA has 14 locations across North America, Europe, and Asia with four offices planned to open this year.  CIRCA locations include: Beverly Hills, Boca Raton, Chicago, Greenwich, Las Vegas, New York, Palm Beach, San Francisco, Washington DC, Barcelona, Madrid, and Hong Kong.

To schedule an appointment with CIRCA, please call (877) 876-5493 or click here to get started online:

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