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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.

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.

Notable Finds of the Week

It was hard for us to resist some of this week’s notable finds. Every scroll of the page we clicked “Add to Favorites, “Add to Favorites,” “Add to Favorites.”  Needless to say… We ended up with 40 new bags, jewelry and watches in our favorites bag within a matter of minutes! Shopper’s Anonymous, anyone?

After careful deliberation, we consulted our Creative Director, Nick Marmol, to see if he could narrow our list down to three. Gals, he did not fail!

Get ready! Here they are…

 

Hermes Himalaya Bla#28AF808

 

Shop this Hermes 32cm Himalaya Kelly here.

 

Fred Leighton Plati#28AF8D4

 

 

Vintage Rolex Oysterdate

 

 

Shop this Rolex Oysterdate Men’s Watch here.

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NY FASHION WEEK SALE EXTENDED

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: http://www.portero.com/20-off-sale

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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.

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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 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.

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The Conductor: Balenciaga

In an era of political unrest, Cristóbal Balenciaga’s avant-garde designs sparked the adoration of royals, aristocrats, style icons, and luxury designers such as Christian Dior, who famously said, “Haute couture is like an orchestra, whose conductor is Balenciaga.”

Since 1918, designers alike looked towards Balenciaga as a means to continually revolutionize modern fashion. From waistless chemise dresses to austere evening gowns, it seemed impossible to replace the innovator once he retired in 1968.

For nearly 30-years the brand remained almost dormant. When Nicolas Ghesquière became Creative Director in 1997, he revamped the brand by focusing on the brand’s original goal: to design for strong, trendsetting woman. In November 2012, the trailblazing Alexander Wang was named Creative Director, and to date, continues to transform the fashion world.

Shop Portero’s Balenciaga collection here.

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Spotlight on Vintage Omega

When Neil Armstrong took his first step onto the moon proclaiming, “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” he leapt with the first and only timepiece to land on the moon, Omega.

In La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland 1848, Louis Brandt founded Omega with the foundation of providing innovative and well-crafted timepieces. Now, Omega stands as the official timekeeper of 21 Olympic Games and the official chronometer for NASA.

Omega has been adored by many leading public figures including President John F. Kennedy and Prince William. The Omega brand has also been sponsored by celebrities and athletes such as George Clooney, Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, and Michael Phelps.

Shop Portero’s Omega collection here.

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In Love With LOVE: Spotlight on the Cartier LOVE Series

Audrey Hepburn famously said, “the best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” For thousands of years, cultures around the world have expressed their affections through jewelry. With Valentine’s Day at the forefront of our minds, we celebrate the ones we hold dear with the iconic symbol of love and commitment… the Cartier LOVE series.

Originally only sold to couples, the Cartier LOVE series was inspired by the medieval chastity belt with its lock and tiny screwdriver acting as a key. Today, the Cartier LOVE series is gifted to all in celebration of life’s many milestones, including: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, and of course, Valentine’s Day.

Shop Portero’s Cartier collection here.

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