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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 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
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
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.
A guide to the Top 10 Most Popular Hermès Leathers and Skins (in alphabetical order)
By Elizabeth Bernstein, PORTERO.com‘s Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories
Not to be confused with Crocodile, Hermès’ alligator skin is available in both Matte and Lisse (shiny). Physically, the main difference between alligator and crocodile is that alligator has a type of webbing pattern in the scales, and the scales are less uniform (see crocodile below).
2. Box Calf Leather
Also known as veau leather, Box Calf is Hermès’ oldest leather. Box Calf is very smooth with a glossy finish. It’s a very structured hard leather that holds shape well. It can blister if it gets wet, so be cautious around water, and be sure to use a raincoat. Be careful not to make large scratches to the leather as it is smooth and will detract from its beauty. If the leather does get scratched, the item can be taken to the Hermès boutique for servicing, which will reduce the appearance of scratches and blemishes.
Clemence is a soft, buttery calfskin with a nice even grain. It will not show scratches as a smooth leather would because of the grain, which is smoother and softer than other grainy leathers, with a nice light weight. Over time, if a Clemence leather bag is overloaded with heavy items, it can become slouchy, so be sure not to overload your bags.
In the House of Hermès, purple is not purple, but Anemone, or Parme. Blue is not blue, but Blue Atoll, Mykonos, or Ciel. When is time to shop for a Birkin you can choose different leathers, different hardware, and of course, many different colors. But what are some of the most popular ones out there? Our Senior Director of Handbags and Accessories, Elizabeth Bernstein, gives us handy guide to the most popular Birkin bag colors.
The classiest of colors. If you’re a first-time Birkin buyer you can’t go wrong with black; it goes with everything!
Gold is actually the Hermès signature camel color, not to be confused with gold metallic. This color is one of Hermès’ oldest and most classic. It goes with everything as its a perfect neutral camel color.
Orange H is the most famous Hermès color. It is their signature orange, which is highly representative of Hermès because of their orange boxes. Surprisingly enough, this color is also a good neutral to be paired with tan, brown, blues, greens, reds, etc. Hermès adopted the Orange H in the 1960s, when they were inspired by the Orient and their mysticism.
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 bag, only to sell it a few years later and find out it has lost more than half of its retail value. The demand for certain brands and items varies over time, but there are five brands that have staying power in the secondary luxury market; meaning they are always in demand, and, should you wish to resell your items, will always get you a good profit.
- Bulgari. We have noticed an increase of interest in Bulgari, especially the Serpenti and Tubogas collections. The brand is also known for their colored gemstones, like these 18K yellow gold and pink tourmaline earrings.
- Cartier. Cartier is known for its fine jewelry and watches. The Cartier LOVE Bracelet, an iconic symbol of love, is a highly coveted piece that is in huge demand in the secondary market.
- Rolex. One of the brand’s most popular model; the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, is one of the most sought after timepieces by luxury watch lovers. It’s a great collector’s item that will undoubtedly hold its value over time.
- Chanel. As Chanel retail prices continue to rise, Chanel handbags and accessories, like this still Chanel Classic Double Flap Bag, can be found at excellent price points in the secondary marketplace.
- Birkin bag. It’s very hard to purchase a Birkin bag directly from Hermès, due to the high demand and low supply. However, you can find many Birkin bags in the secondary marketplace (here at PORTERO we have more than one hundred), which you can buy immediately; without having to get on a wait list. “If [a Birkin bag] is in excellent or pristine condition…one can receive a high premium to retail for that bag,” says our director, Alexis Clarbour. To find out more, see our feature on LuxuryDaily.com.
Give your mom something to smile about this Mother’s Day by getting her something she’ll always treasure. Here at PORTERO we have great options for that special woman you love so much. Louis Vuitton… Hermès… Classic timepieces… See them all in our in our complete Mother’s Day Gift guide.
Get your mom: Anything Louis Vuitton
A Louis Vuitton handbag is a classic staple every woman should own. It’s a piece that will never go out of style, and that can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on the occasion. The most classic shapes are the Speedy and the Neverfull. At PORTERO you can find all types of Louis Vuitton handbags in monogram and Damier patterns, as well as different materials, including their classic canvas and Epi leather.
Get your mom: Hermès Accessories
Hermès is the epitome of esteemed craftsmanship. This maison is widely known for leather goods and fine silk scarves. Each scarf is like wearing a piece of art around your neck. Moms will also love a bracelet, a belt, or an enamel bangle.
Get your mom: Designer Jewelry
This Mother’s Day, surprise your mom with something shiny and classic. At Portero we have many choices to fit your needs – whether your mom loves vintage jewelry, the classics, (think Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels), or contemporary pieces.
Get your mom: A Timepiece
Thank your mom this Mother’s Day with the gift of time. The timepieces on PORTERO are classic collector pieces that are wonderful for both first-time watch buyers and watch enthusiasts with large collections.
Here’s an unusually casual Rihanna in Italy this week. Although her red hair is pretty hard to ignore, I think it’s her cute ostrich Prada bag that’s the standout. Ostrich is a super durable material that has an inherently chic pattern worked in naturally, and some of my favorite bags right now–in all colors and sizes–are made from it. Whether you’re looking for a similar Prada bag (try this Runway Bauletto Cervo Patch Naturale Satchel on for size) or something in ostrich (see below), it’s good to know that a signature tote can really make the outfit.
Here’s my ostrich faves of the moment:
HERMÈS Saffron Ostrich 35cm Birkin Bag with Gold Hardware. The gold standard of ostrich bags in a warm, neutral color.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA Grey Ostrich Clutch. It’s totally minimal and very chic.
BODHI Genuine Ostrich 13″ Laptop Sleeve. It’s a total splurge, but the acid orange makes carrying your computer around super fun.
Image via JustJared
It’s London Fashion Week right now, and one of the most anticipated shows was Christopher Bailey’s presentation for Burberry. This storied fashion house has a ton of history to draw from, and Bailey didn’t disappoint by taking those much-loved silhouettes and making them totally modern. His 2010 Burberry woman is definitely an Easy Rider–signature trenches were shrunk and cropped and then quilted to take on the appearance of ultra-couture motorcycle gear. Leather pants and neon belts were also everywhere, again proving that body-con looks will still be around next year.
But maybe most interesting were the handbags that came down the runway. Nearly every one was compact and brightly colored, whether in neon patent leather or eye-catching python. Even if they had long shoulder straps, the models carried them by hand, grasping the body of the bag rather than swinging it from the body. Could this possibly mean the beginning of the end of oversized handbags? Probably not, considering all that women have to lug around. But I wouldn’t be surprised if women start putting their small satchels inside their larger bags, ready to pull out at a moment’s notice.
Shop these Portero favorites to get the look:
JIMMY CHOO Snakeskin Patchwork Celeste Clutch
HERMÈS Orange Chevre Leather 23cm Constance Bag with Palladium Hardware
HERMÈS Special Edition Palm Tree Jaune Epsom Leather Shoulder Bag
Love him or hate him, Kanye West definitely has strong opinions about style. He’s collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a shoe line, has an apartment full of modern art that has been featured in many magazines, and even loves to talk about his accessories on his Twitter account. His most recent post? The worn leather tote above, complete with a caption reading: “Vintage Hermes travel bags are tight yo!!!”
While everyone might not get the appeal of a bag with obvious years under its belt, there’s something about the aged patina of good leather that feels like luxury. Kanye’s bag, while rough around the edges, is still fully functional and has a lot more character than somethings straight out of the workshop. Plus, I love the initials on the front–doesn’t it make you wonder who used to own the bag and where it’s been?
Want to check out Portero’s pre-owned Hermes? Shop here, and know that every one of these pieces are made so well that you can pass them down to the next generation!
This just-launched Bottega Veneta suitcase is making the blog rounds today, and it’s no surprise that people are interested. Made from soft-finished matte black alligator, priced at $53,000, and named Nero, this is not just your average piece of luggage. Besides just looking really, really pretty, this case has every upgrade you can think of, including locks, black alligator handles, a removable garment bag and burnished metal hardware.
While luxe luggage can be a pricey purchase, these pieces are really made to last. Exotic skins, if treated properly, can outlast any modern materials. Want to peruse some pre-owned options? Try our selection of suitcases, carry-ons and attaches, some in crocodile, ostrich or even alligator. If you’re partial to vintage and like the Bottega Veneta, try either this Hermes black crocodile briefcase or this Gucci brown crocodile briefcase for a similar look.
Leighton Meester looks like the all-American girl while filming Gossip Girl in NYC yesterday. While I really like her cute red, white and blue outfit (oh those shoes!), I’m particularly taken with her navy and white oversized handbag. I love the stark two-tone color scheme and the structured shape.
There’s something pleasingly preppy about this look, and I have a few similar favorites that I’d love to carry around this summer:
First and foremost, this Hermes toile and barenia leather Birkin is at the top of my list. Impossibly chic and absolutely perfect for the warmer months. While it’s not as stark, I also like the similar lines of this Louis Vuitton canvas and leather Sac de Nuit. Want a pop of color? Try this generously sized Lambertson Truex toile and red leather single flap tote.
Check out more images of Leighton and her tote right here.
Image via JustJared