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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 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…

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Our Favorite Red, White, and Blue handbags; Happy 4th of July!

By Nick Marmol, Creative Director of PORTERO.com Happy 4th of July! Whether you wear red, white and blue from head to toe, or you prefer to incorporate patriotic colors through your accessories, we have three handbag choices to help you show your national spirit this 4th of July weekend. Stay safe! 1. Red Chanel Petite Timeless Tote $1,850. This Petite Timeless Tote, also known as PTT, is special because it’s hard to find in red. The caviar leather makes this bag very…

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National Pink Day- The Color Pink and its meanings

It’s National Pink Day and here at PORTERO we’re celebrating by donning pink outfits,and carrying pink Kellys. A mixture of red (representing love and passion) and white (purity), pink represents romance and compassion. It’s a feminine and playful color, that we find calming. Pink was not a very popular color until the Rococo Period (1720-1777), when pastel pink was all the rage for both men and women throughout European courts. It wasn’t until the mid 20th century that pink became a…

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The Five Brands with Staying Power in the Secondary Luxury Market

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Here at PORTERO we don’t want to just help you find the best luxury items, but we want to educate you on the secondary market, on what makes a great purchase, and which luxury accessories will hold their value over time. “The secondary marketplace is very much like a commodity. Brands and their collections gain and lose value based on specific factors,” says Alexis Clarbour, the director of PORTERO.com. For example, you may pay full retail price on a certain…

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Iconic handbags; how a handbag becomes iconic

Iconic Handbags

There are certain handbags that are immediately recognizable, and coveted by many. Handbags that express status and signify good taste; but what makes these handbags so iconic? PORTERO’s Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, explains. How does a handbag become iconic? An iconic handbag is a bag that anyone can recognize, even if they don’t know a lot about handbags in general. A handbag becomes iconic by being classic, chic, highly functional, of great quality, and timeless. It is…

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Bag Authentication; what you need to know to spot fake designer handbags

At PORTERO, we are dedicated to offering the finest in pre-owned luxury handbags, jewelry, watches, and accessories. We have our very own team of seasoned authenticity experts to help us bring you nothing but authentic, pre-owned luxury bags and accessories. We sat down with our Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, who happens to be one of the leading industry experts in authentication in the secondary marketplace for luxury handbags, to learn more about how she began her…

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Flowers in Spring; the Coco Chanel Flower

Coco Chanel Camellia

Chanel lovers are familiar with the camellia, the Coco Chanel Flower; a motif we see over and over again in the maison’s design – an emblem of House Chanel. Camellias originate in eastern and southeast Asia and are most revered in that region. For instance, in Korea, they are a symbol of longevity and faithfulness, making them a popular choice at weddings. In the West, they have come to symbolize desire, passion, and refinement. The camellia has inspired many artists, like…

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Straw bags- the new IT bags for the summer?

Sure, Hermès has a bag named after Jane Birkin, but for much of the 70’s her bag of choice was a modest straw bag; a wicker basket, to be more precise. Here at PORTERO we are adoring the 70’s chic feel have less humble options with the same boho feel. Inspired by our recent mention on phillymag.com, we’ve complied a collection of straw bags to give you that same Jane Birkin boho feel for summer. 1. Rare Chanel Basket Case Crossbody Bag…

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2016 Fashion Resolutions

New year, new you! Here are five things you can do to improve life this 2016. We hope this year is your best one yet! 1. I will get rid of things I don’t wear anymore Photo: Bravo TV We know it’s hard to let go, but if you empty your closet of things you don’t wear, you make more room for new things you love. Don’t think of cleaning out your closet as a getting rid of items, but…

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Vintage Trunks as Home Decor?

click to enlarge! One of my favorite decor and design blogs, Design*Sponge, had a great post today about using vintage trunks and luggage in the home. Not only are old trunks beautiful, but they are also extremely practical as storage or side tables. Classic monogram Louis Vuitton, like in the image above, matches nearly any color scheme, but Goyard is another great choice if you want to incorporate a pop of color. Definitely click through to the post to get tons…

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