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How to get your hands on a discounted Louis Vuitton bag

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  • Louis Vuitton bags are very coveted, but did you know you can actually buy originals for a fraction of the price?

    According to Forbes, Louis Vuitton is currently the world’s most valuable luxury brand. It’s also one of the most profitable brands in the world, which doesn’t come as a surprise. A Louis Vuitton bag could set you back an average of £1,500, and online searches have surged for bags with the famous LV monogram.

    But if you don’t want to pay full price for an LV bag, we have great news…

    How can I get a cheap Louis Vuitton bag?

    The answer to buying an LV bag for a fraction of the price? Re-sale websites!

    With the designer resale market now being dubbed as the fastest growing business in fashion retail, demand for pre-loved luxury handbags has soared to unprecedented heights. Great news for buyers who want to get their hands on a Louis Vuitton bag, but don’t have upwards of £1,000 to spend.

    Handbag Clinic co-founder and retail director, Charlotte Staerck says, “Louis Vuitton is one of our top three bestselling brands. I think it’s mostly down to its timeless aesthetic and longevity in the fashion industry. The LV Neverfull often sells within minutes of appearing on our website, and recently we sold one in just nine minutes. The LV Speedy bag is another hugely sought after style. Made in 1930, it’s still extremely popular today. Louis Vuitton bags are also highly durable – provided they have been well looked after correctly, the classic monogram and Damier styles will hold their value.”

    Charlotte’s top tips for buying a pre-loved Louis Vuitton bag

    1. The best time to snap up a bargain is between December – March

    As with most high-end luxury brands, fashion houses increase the price of their handbags annually in spring. For Louis Vuitton this is normally around 5%, but this year we’ve seen as much as 17% with brands such as Chanel – this is due to the COVID-19 impact and the increased cost of sourcing raw materials. Between Dec – March is a great time to snap up an LV bag, as it will increase in value on the preowned market post-purchase in line with the fashion houses.

    2. Pay attention to the colour of the leather

    The LV Monogram, for example, has vachetta leather which is designed to develop patina over time – this slightly changes and darkens the colour. So it’s important to try and avoid buying a handbag with a dark vachetta as it means it’s on it’s way out and considered too poor a quality to hold its value.

    3. Pay attention to the handles

    Louis Vuitton leather is super absorbent and the handles are the worst affected through wear and tear. The only way to correct this is by replacing the handles, which our highly trained artisans can do. This costs around £149 for styles such as Speedy, Alma and Neverfull – so worth bearing in mind as an extra cost when buying preowned.

    Do Louis Vuitton bags go on sale?

    Sadly there isn’t an official Louis Vuitton outlet store associated with the Louis Vuitton brand, and they never mark down prices.

    So if you’re looking to get an LV bag for smaller price tag, re-sale sites are your best bet.

    The best specialist designer re-sale sites for Louis Vuitton bags

    Vestiaire Collective

    Founded in Paris, in 2009, Vestiaire Collective has one of the largest selections of pre-owned items. Posting thousands of new listings each week, customers have affordable access to a variety of luxury labels. Boasting an online fashion community of more than 3.5 million shoppers, items you buy on Vestiaire Collective are guaranteed to come from a respectable closet.

    Top tip: set up an email alert if you are looking for a particular item, so you don’t miss out!

    Cudoni

    Each piece showcased on this specialist marketplace is fully authenticated by in-house authentication experts that have been trained to the highest standard within the luxury resale industry and have over 25 years experience. Cudoni ensure only genuine, quality items are featured, giving the you full assurance of product authenticity.

    The Handbag Clinic

    The Handbag Clinic is a luxury handbag restoration and preowned designer re-sale retailer. Clients can book a consultation with one of Handbag Clinic’s trusted team of dedicated experts, and they will be on hand to audit, authenticate, value, clean, restore, and sell your designer wares. With restoration at the heart of its business, customers can also sit back with the peace of mind that their beloved handbag will fetch its best possible price. They have stores in Chelsea, Leeds, Newcastle as well as three international stores. All bags go through a vigorous quality control and authenticity procedure before going on sale online and into stores.

    Luxury Promise

    Established in Knightsbridge, Luxury Promise is a premium marketplace, allowing customers worldwide to buy and sell their pre-loved luxury items from the comfort of their own homes. Each item is carefully authenticated and checked by a team of expert authenticators, going through a triple quality control.

    Top tip: Follow Luxury Promise on Instagram where they regularly upload video clips of new products onto stories. This is a great way to see items up close and from all angles.


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    Bobby Grierson obituary | Art and design

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    My friend Bobby Grierson, who has died suddenly aged 64, after heart surgery, was an accomplished fashion and graphic designer, a DJ, artist, poet, photographer, drag performer and community activist.

    He was empathetic and witty, and held fast to his roots, socialist values and unstinting passion for fairness and equality. A native of Cumnock, birthplace of Keir Hardie, he spoke his Ayrshire Scots with eloquence and a levelling barb that was a joy to hear, and a generosity of spirit that won many enduring friendships.

    The son of Bill, a baker who also worked for Cumnock Juniors football club, and Cathy, a spinner at the wool mill, Bobby went to school at Cumnock academy, then on to study fashion at Edinburgh College of Art in 1976. He embraced the punk cultural revolution and student politics, as comfortable marching under a banner as spinning discs on a DJ console. Wherever the action was, his input, exuberance and elan were crucial to what was happening. He was an out gay man when it was hard to be so, and he helped win acceptance for today’s young people.

    As a DJ for the nightclubs Valentinos, JJ’s, the Backroom and Blue Mondays at Fire Island, he provided the soundtrack for Edinburgh’s post-punk scene, with an ability to engage an audience that endured throughout the 1980s and 90s. Clubs he ran with friends in the city’s cavernous bowels mined the best of dance and electronic music.

    Never a follower, Bobby was an observer, adapter and innovator. He had a unique take on drag, formed through early 80s performances of Genet plays with Lindsay Kemp’s Edinburgh devotees. His occasional performances as Doris De Luxe linked his musical and fashion interests. He was co-founder in 1984 of the fashion outlet Greylight, and designed for friends and luminaries across Scotland. His clothes made wearers feel fabulous, but the store’s fate – it folded in 1988 – reflected his total disregard for money. Extravagance took on a new meaning with him – restaurants, fashion emporiums and bars all benefited from his profligate generosity.

    Bobby embraced web design while retaining a skill for creating enthralling physical artefacts and he brought these talents together at Greater Pilton Design Resource, a community arts centre in north Edinburgh where he found, inspired and nurtured creativity in others. In the mid-1990s he set up D4Digital, creating web presences for fellow artists, artisans, social enterprises and campaigns.

    Returning to Cumnock in 2011 to care for his mother, Bobby took up gardening, winning prizes in the local competition. He rediscovered his camera and wrote poetry to accompany the results. He chaired the local history group, and investigated and preserved much for future generations, skilled at getting others involved in valuing the town’s history and community.

    Bobby is survived by his sisters, Anne and Beth, and his brother, David.

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    We Lost Our Parents in the 2004 Tsunami

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    In 2004 my family’s world was turned upside down. My siblings and I tragically lost our parents in the Boxing Day Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami …

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    Sustainable cult tracksuit brand celebrates World Oceans Day

    Responsible production is at the heart of Pangaia, a streetwear brand that uses natural dyes such as cherry blossom instead of harsh chemicals. To honour World Oceans Day on Monday 8 June 2020, it launches organic cotton

    Pangaia has rocketed to cult status over the past 18 months by placing sustainability at its core, calling itself ‘a materials science company on a mission to save our environment.’ New drops of its recycled cotton sweatshirts, joggers and T-shirts sell out within hours of landing on its website.

    Known for its colourful tracksuits and sustainable practices, Pangaia takes its name from a compound of Pan, meaning ‘all-inclusive, especially in relation to the whole of a continent, racial group or religion’ and Gaia, meaning Mother Earth. Today, it launches news colours inspired by the world’s three largest bodies of water: The Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

    Other mouth-watering colours are created from natural botanical dyes such as red rubia root and cherry blossom – much kinder to the environment than harsh chemicals. 

    Natural Fibres

    Pangaia has been connected to the oceans since its inception. Partnering with the world’s leading research institutes has allowed the brand to develop a raft of new technology-based fabrics that can be responsibly produced. Primarily, the natural fibre used in the T-shirts is derived from salt-water seaweed, which grows abundantly in an ocean habitat without the need for pesticides or fresh water and is responsibly harvested to naturally regenerate. Also, thermal puffer jackets are insulated by cruelty-free FLWRDWN, a patented combination of biodegradable dried flowers and a biopolymer – it took over a decade to develop this proprietary science. In place of a brand logo, sweats carry the disclaimer, “This hoodie is made from recycled and organic cotton mix”. The clothes are produced in Portugal, a country lauded for its expert manufacturing and standards, and each product comes in TIPA packaging, a non-toxic bio-based plastic alternative that can be composted. 

    Giving Back 

    Philanthropy is woven through Pangaia’s operations. The brand is currently supporting SeaTreas, an ocean-focused climate change platform: $1 from each item sold is donated to towards the planting of a mangrove tree in Indonesia – each $1 buys one tree that sequesters 1 ton of CO2. Pangaia has also supported Doctors Without Borders and multiple wildlife sanctuaries and conservation programmes. 

    Designed and run by a global collective of designers, scientists and technologists based mainly between New York and London, the brand is headed up by fashion industry entrepreneur Miroslava Duma. “We are a team of 90% women and it actually was not on purpose, but we think it’s extremely powerful that we are. These women are all leaders and visionaries in their respective fields- we have alumni from MIT, Stanford, FIT, INSEAD, we have former top management from LVMH, Kering, Boston Consulting Group etc. Mira Duma is the heart and soul of the collective,” says the brand, collectively.

    Duckling yellow, persimmon, dusky lavendar and plum shades are inspired by the vibrant, juicy colours of wildlife and landscapes

     

    Hoodie in ’Indian Ocean Blue’ for World Oceans Day

    Trackpants in ’Atlantic Ocean Blue’

    Long Sleeve Cropped T-Shirt in ’Pacific Ocean Blue’

     

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