September 15, 2017
Living in New York City, you can walk down certain streets and especially at certain times of day and see a plethora of "designer" handbags. You will see a variety of colors and brands. Of course, you will mainly see what is the trend of the moment or the current "it" bag.
Not that long ago, some friends came to town. We met for dinner one night, and they brought in all of their new purchases. They were so excited about these new "designer" purchases and couldn't wait to share them with me.
Now, before I entered the fashion industry, I'll admit, I too probably would have been excited about a great deal. Actually, there's no denying it, I very much enjoyed a good deal!
After working with the Adea team, I learned more about what goes into high quality women's clothing, and later about "designer" handbags that I gained a new appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into the real thing. And, it wasn't only the craftsmanship but the entire process - from the materials to the factory standards to the shipping and of course to the selling experience.
Recently, I was reading a Business of Fashion article where they talked about a new smartphone app that worked to detect counterfeit handbags. This idea is quite intriguing. I still remember when I purchased a Chanel watch from a local vintage dealer (pre New York) only to take it to a local Chanel shop for repair and discovered it was counterfeit. In turn, I'm excited to see if this app will roll out to a mass market level - it seems catered towards business owners right now, and if they'll expand into more accessories.
Of course, I'm intrigued to hear from you. Would you use a counterfeit detection app if it was available to the masses?
P.S. Thanks to Adea, we know we can enjoy luxury products, and that is one reason why I was excited to write for the brand. In fact, I'm celebrating Adea this very moment as I enjoy my Adea camisole.
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October 22, 2020
I just read an article that sounded – to me at least – like “a canary in a coal mine” or an early warning of danger. This piece, written by Joe Pompeo, appeared in the May 2020 issue of Vanity Fair magazine with the title “The British Tabloid Invasion” and a subtitle that read, “How the Daily Mail is conquering American gossip.”
The paparazzi horde, La Dolce Vita, 1960 – photo courtesy of Vanity Fair
October 14, 2020
Apparently the good old U.S. is a nation of “not great” sleepers. Really? And I thought I was the only one! According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it was revealed that one out of three Americans are chronically sleep-deprived. Yikes!
October 06, 2020
I think we’re all taken by the incredible mystique of the famous French fashion house, Hermès that has been with us for two centuries and is still owned and operated by the same family. From its beginnings in fine equestrian leather goods, they are – in the tumultuous year 2020 – best known for their handbags and many other items.
My image of Hermès has always been rarified products at equally rarified prices so imagine my surprise when I recently received a very stylish publication of theirs in the mail.