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Spotted: The Louis Vuitton Neverfull

Never has a bag had a more apropos than the Louis Vuitton Neverfull. Seriously, the bag carries anything and everything — up to 200 lbs worth for the GM size. Since being introduced in 2007, it has become a classic work to weekend bag. We love it in everything from classic monogram to the limited editions. Bonus: The style is reversible.

Shop Louis Vuitton here.

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Labor Day: Travel with a Birkin HAC

The Hermès Birkin HAC is short for Haut à Courroies, which means high belts in French. These Birkins are slightly taller with shorter straps. Designed in late 1800s, they were designated for transporting riding gear. Today, the larger bags are ideal for travel. Bon weekend!

Shop all Birkins here

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Finish summer with a white hot statement

A vision in white: A Hermès Bolide in leather and toile.

 

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Summer Friday in the park with Louis Vuitton

The Louis Vuitton Multicolore collection looks like summer on a bag.

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A rainbow of style from Proenza Schouler

Pinch yourself, this is not a dream! Proenza Schouler PS1 bags in fall-ready shades of suede.

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A postcard from Italy! A visit to an exotic skins factory

The sweet smell of the leather. The texture of polished crocodile. The sight of a 100 year-old machine processing skins. Portero’s director of handbags Elizabeth Bernstein is currently on a vacation in Italy and she couldn’t resist stopping at a factory that produces many of the exotic skins for some of the top brands. Can you blame her? Anyway, here’s her report from abroad:

I was given the lovely pleasure of being able to visit one of the oldest luxury handbag factories in Italy which produces exotic skins and bags for some of our favorite brands! (Shhhh … I cannot say which ones.)

Check out the crocodile by the mile in every color of the rainbow and then some. I was in an absolute heavenly state. (They practically had to drag me out of the croc room kicking and screaming.) From shiny to matte, they had it all. Python, lizard, croc, alligator, you name it.

I was also given the pleasure of seeing how they polish the crocodile to make it shiny with an agate stone, on a machine that is over 100 years old. And yes, they still use it every day and it works like a charm!

The people are just charming and so talented — it is really a treat to see how and where your favorite treasures are born. Take a look at some of the quick pics I was able to snap whilst exploring this treasure chest of goodies.

Ciao e ci vediamo dopo!

Shop all exotics here.

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Elizabeth’s Picks: A Bright Outlook

This week, Elizabeth took some inspiration from one of her own outfits — white, red and orange with a splash of turquoise.

While white is always the go-to hue of summer,  it’s easy to pep it up a bit with a smattering of dramatic hues.

“All white is beautiful in the summer but can definitely use some spice with your accessories,” said Elizabeth, who obviously practices what she preaches. “Jewelry, bags and watches in bright sunny and electric hues can completely transform your breezy beach look into something extravagant and exciting.”

Pictured here, from left to right: Hermès Orange H Victoria Bag, Hermès Geranium 40cm Togo Leather Kelly Bag, Hermès Orange H Crocodile Collier de Chien Bracelet, Bottega Veneta Orange-Red Woven Crossbody Bag and Bottega Veneta Yellow Woven Leather Hobo.

“All are statement pieces and look great against your white backdrop and that perfectly bronzed tan — SPF not included.”

 Shop all brights here.

 

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Elizabeth’s Picks: Hermès in amethyst

Can you believe the color of these Hermès wallets? You’re not dreaming.

They’re just in and  pristine – a Kelly Long Wallet (left) and a Bearn wallet (right) – both in amethyst matte alligator. Our in-house authenticator and expert Elizabeth Bernstein says: “Perfect for all seasons and all things fabulous.”

Indeed. They’re also practical. “The Kelly Long can be used as a clutch for ladies toting just credit cards, cash and lipstick,” says Elizabeth, adding, “a must-have for any serious Hermès collector.”

And possibly for art-collectors – they seem worthy of being displayed on a pedestal.

Shop all Hermès here

 

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Elizabeth’s Pick: Floral Cuffs from YSL

Summer is finally here! With T-shirt weather comes the need for outfit-making accessories. Elizabeth Bernstein, Portero’s Director of Handbags, says that this season, it’s all about your wrists.

“A cuff as your only accessory can make an entire outfit if it is the right piece. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing multiple pieces, but sometimes all a gal needs is one statement piece – and voila!” said Elizabeth. “You wouldn’t want to distract from the insane artistic quality of these pieces.”

Here she demonstrated exactly what that means with two vintage costume cuffs by Yves Saint Laurent. You might try a Hermès leather cuff or wrap or bold David Yurman piece.

Shop Portero’s selection of bracelets here.

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How to tie a turban headband with a Hermès scarf

Today, Elizabeth Bernstein, our all-knowing handbag authenticator, shows us how to tie a turban headband with a Hermès scarf. ”Great for spring – riding bikes, at the beach – and a quick bad hair day fix! ” she said. She suggests pairing it with a braid, fishtail or just with your hair down naturally. Read on for step-by-step details. 

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