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Louis Vuitton Black Epi Simple Card Holder Review

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Simple Card Case Review | CoffeeAndHandbags.com

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Louis Vuitton Simple Card Holder

What I love: I’ve been carrying this card case for about 2 years now. I downsized from a Balenciaga bi-fold wallet that doubled as a clutch because I started only carrying small crossbody bags. I only carry about 6 cards at a time—two in the front slot, two in the back slot, and two or three in the center. Not being able to carry a ton of cards means I don’t end up carrying around 4 coffee frequent buyer stamp cards and rewards cards to places I go once a year. Instead, I’m mindful about what I carry and I know where my card case is at all times.

But how do I carry cash? Well, I don’t. If I need to, I have a separate zip pouch for cash or I fold it and put it in the center compartment of my card case.

My other favorite feature? I really like how low-key this card holder is. It doesn’t scream Louis Vuitton, which isn’t the look I want all the time. The Epi leather isn’t flashy but if you know LV, you know Epi leather.

How does the LV Epi Card Holder wear?

Like I said, I’ve been carrying it with me for over 2 years, which means it’s been in every purse and traveled to 10 countries with me. Given that, I’d say it’s wearing incredibly well. I believe that it’s unreasonable to assume that something you carry every single day is completely indestructible and immune to wear-and-tear, even if it’s a luxury item.

After two years, the only visible wear-and-tear is a popped stitch at the top corner. I took it to LV, who said they would send it to France to be repaired for $30. I thought that was a fair price given how much I use this piece, but I haven’t pulled the trigger on sending it to France yet because I don’t want to stop using it.

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Simple Card Case Wear-and-Tear Review | CoffeeAndHandbags.com

Louis Vuitton Epi Leather Simple Card Case Review | CoffeeAndHandbags.com


What’s in your bag? Do you like the look of this card holder?

LVMH Pumps Over $60 Million Into Lyst | BoF Exclusive

Read on www.businessoffashion.com/articles/bof-exclusive/lvmh-pumps-over-60-million-into-lyst

Business of Fashion reports, “Fashion platform Lyst has forged a strategic partnership with the world’s largest luxury conglomerate as the e-commerce market heats up. Lyst is raising $60 million of which LVMH has contributed roughly 45 percent, according to market sources. Lyst — essentially a digital shopping mall that aggregates millions of fashion products from brands, department stores and boutiques under one virtual roof.”

What does this mean for the future of luxury online shopping? With LVMH investing in Lyst, it shows that they know young luxury shoppers aren’t just going to boutiques to shop and browse—they research and buy online. About 9 percent of all luxury purchases happen online. It’s good to see a historic brand evolving and believing in technology, instead of ignoring it and being set in their ways.

What is Lyst doing with this investment? Business of Fashion reports, “Specifically, Lyst aims to allow consumers to discover fashion items by entering search terms like “Kardashian dress” or “job interview” much like they can find Spotify playlists that are perfect for workout sessions or weekend barbeques.

“Spotify was just a search platform. You had to search by artist or DJ, and it was quite a useful experience, but it was only helpful if you knew exactly what you wanted,” Morton explained. “But then we realized: customers don’t only search that way, they also searched by a mood, or by occasion or by other culturally relevant hooks.””

If you’re not familiar with the LVMH conglomerate, here’s a partial list some of LVMH’s best-known brands and subsidiaries:

Belvedere
Chandon
Château Cheval Blanc
Dom Pérignon
Glenmorangie
Hennessy
Krug
Mercier
Moët & Chandon
Veuve Clicquot
Le Bon Marché
Sephora
Céline
Christian Dior
Emilio Pucci
Fendi
Givenchy
Kenzo
Loewe
Louis Vuitton
Marc Jacobs
Moynat
Bulgari
FRED
Hublot
TAG Heuer
Zenith
Benefit Cosmetics
Fresh
Givenchy Parfums
Make Up For Ever
Parfums Christian Dior

Pre-Loved Designer Bags: Where I Buy/Sell, Tips & Reviews

Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes Designer Handbags

There are so many places to buy pre-loved luxury goods. Buying pre-owned is great for saving hundreds if not THOUSANDS of dollars on something pre-loved that would have cost you so much more when buying new. It’s daunting nowadays with how many places there are to buy and sell, PLUS the constant worry of unknowingly buying a counterfeit item.

Where I Buy Pre-Owned Designer Handbags

Yoogi’s Closet, based in Seattle, WAis my go-to for buying pre-loved luxury. They authenticate all items in-house and provide all kinds of details about every item–from the year it was made to every flaw on the bag.  As far as pictures and descriptions go, they are THE BEST. Every angle, every nook and cranny is shown and discussed in their descriptions–which I really appreciate when I’m buying something that’s thousands of dollars online.  Every item in their store comes with an AUTHENTICITY PROMISE, and if you have any doubts, you can just return it, no questions asked. In addition, their customer service is outstanding and I’ve had responses within MINUTES from their customer service. Most of my handbag collection is from Yoogi’s Closet and I love the variety of rare and limited edition bags on this site.

www.yoogiscloset.com

 

Fashionphile, based in Carlsbad, CA, is one of my favorite places to browse bags–they truly have the best selection of luxury goods. Their prices are a little high sometimes, but their selection makes them standout because you can find something you really love.  I’ve never sold to Fashionphile but I wouldn’t hesitate to get a quote from them.

www.fashionphile.com

 

TheRealReal is somewhere I’ve never purchased from, but I really, really like their website. They have a HUGE variety of items from handbags to clothes to fine jewelry and home decor. It seems like every time I try to shop on their site I get so overwhelmed at everything they have available that I just give up.  They provide detailed information and photography for every listing.

www.therealreal.com

Peer-to-Peer Buying and Selling

Tradesy is a site I’ve both bought and sold from. This is a peer-to-peer marketplace, similar to Craigslist or Facebook marketplace, but every item comes with a Tradesy Promise.

Of the two main p2p apps, I have had the best luck selling on Tradesy, plus I really like their selling user interface. The Tradesy Commission fee is 19.8% plus an additional small fee that they call a “safe transfer fee” of 2.9%.  I really appreciate that Tradesy offers three shipping options for sellers:

  • Tradesy sends you a Shipping Kit with a Tradesy branded box, dust bag or polybag and shipping label–that way, when your buyer receives the item, it’s packaged really nicely in a Tradesy box. If you elect this option, they charge the buyer for this fee but it comes out of your final payout.
  • Print a pre-paid label and ship using your own materials. If you elect this option, they charge the buyer for this fee but it comes out of your final payout.
  • Use your own materials and submit tracking once you ship.

www.tradesy.com

Poshmark is another peer-to-peer marketplace and app. I’ve listed items on Poshmark and was pleasantly surprised with the ease of their app and the social component of it, but I have never actually sold or purchased anything on Poshmark.

www.poshmark.com

Facebook Buy & Sell Groups
Recently, I started using Facebook groups for researching, buying and selling. You can make the most money by selling in these groups, but there is a larger risk of getting scammed. There are groups for every designer, but the LV and Chanel groups are the ones I browse the most. I was able to sell a Louis Vuitton Epi Petit Noe for almost exactly what I paid for it ($895), and a vintage Chanel Camera Case for a small profit. When you post an item for sale in a group, Facebook automatically posts it on Facebook Marketplace so you may get messages from people in your local area too!

Louis Vuitton Addicted – Buy Sell & Chat

Chanel Addicted – Buy Sell & Chat

 You can also post ISO (in search of) posts with a budget included and people will comment with similar items for sale.   Many members are also active in other handbag groups and on Instagram. An added benefit is that you can connect with lots of handbag loving folks too, and maybe even make some friends!

Depop is another peer-to-peer marketplace that’s more geared towards fast fashion and less towards designer goods–but people keep telling me to give it a try. I downloaded the app last night and I can’t stand the typeface they use in their app so I might delete it.

 

 


Tips For Buying Pre-Owned Designer Bags Online

  1. Set your budget.
  2. Got a bag in mind already? Use Google Search or any of the sites I listed above to find it.
  3. Not sure what bag you have in mind? Start by looking on Pinterest for the style you want–shoulders bags/clutches, etc. Look at Instagram Hashtags for ideas, i.e. #LouisVuittonSpeedy will bring up over 100k of posts featuring Speedy bags.
  4. Do your research. If the bag is current, how much does the bag sell for at full retail? My rule of thumb for current styles is that if I’m not getting more than 20% off retail, it’s not worth it to buy pre-owned. If the bag isn’t a current style, how much did it sell for when it was in stores, and how much is the same bag selling for on other sites?  Is it a rare/limited edition item?

Tips For Selling Designer Bags Online

  1. Know some basic information about your item: the proper style name, date code/serial number, year it was made, original retail price, etc. This will help you get a better quote or more money for it.  If you have questions about how to identify your bag, let me know in the comments and I’m happy to help.
  2. Take a lot of photos of your item. The more angles, the better. Make sure to get a picture of any logos, labels, or tags on or inside the bag.
  3. Describe the condition of the bag. Accurate descriptions can help the buyer know exactly what they’re getting or for the company you’re trying to sell to give you the most accurate quote. The bottom corners and handles carry the most wear, so be sure to look those over and describe any wear and tear.
  4. Get a few quotes from a variety of places. You may find that one site gives you a better quote but wants you to pay for your own shipping, and another pays for shipping and offers you added benefits like getting more money if you opt for payment in store credit.
  5. If you decide to sell through a FB Group, I recommend using PayPal because they can help you if something shady happens. If you’re selling, make sure you take pictures of every step of the shipping process and create an invoice for your records.