Susan

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
• 12:12 PM •

How To Spot A Fake Longchamp “Le Pliage” tote: The Super Guide

longchamp ad 2012

Literally, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t see at least 5 people carry a Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ handbag. They are absolutely everywhere! Though, whether the bags are authentic or not is another question. I also have nothing better to do while strolling around downtown that I made a game out of it: the “Longchamp Pliage Authentication” game.

Here’s a super detailed guide to train you to spot a fake Longchamp in a matter of seconds and from a few feet away! It gets tricky because there are so many different types of these fake totes out there with multiple modifications, and the design has become even more sophisticated throughout the years. I know there are already numerous guides on how to tell when a Longchamp Pliage bag is fake, but I haven’t found one yet that I’m satisfied with, probably because most have little to no pictures connected to their descriptions.

Also, if you really don’t think my guide has helped you in any way, or you just aren’t sure of something. Feel free to drop me a message on our Facebook page (it would be awesome if you liked our page too 🙂 !) with pictures and I would gladly help you authenticate a Longchamp Pliage for you.

Please note: Purseforum’s Longchamp Authentication thread is not reliable. I’ve seen Authentic Pliage bags labeled Fake when it wasn’t, and Fake bags that were labeled Authentic. It honestly hurts to see those bad judgements being called (mostly by the same person), so I decided to make this guide.

THE EXTERIOR

The Leather:

PATTERN
Authentic: Has a diamond pattern, caused by relatively straight diagonal lines.
Fake: Can have a lightly-indented fish-scale texture, round or uneven pebble-like texture, or smooth.

REAL_Longchamp_front_leather_Pattern
FAKE_Longchamp_front_leather_textureOriginal Individual Photo Credits: snegurochka79 on eBay, Mrs. Martinez, PurseForum

COLOR
Authentic: Has a really rich tan/cognac color, with a red/orange undertone. If you look closely, the leather has a subtle uneven color finishing with lighter and darker area. (It’s a bit difficult to capture this in pictures sometimes. You need a close-up shot like below.) The front snap button should read “LONGCHAMP” and “1948” with a jockey logo at the center.
Fake: Can be one solid color. Even if it isn’t solid-colored, it does not have any light or dark patches like below.

REAL_Longchamp_front_leather_ColorAUTHENTIC. Original Photo Credit: Darkfairy on Flickr
FAKE_Longchamp_front_leather_texturecolorFAKE.

BACKSIDE OF LEATHER FLAP
Authentic: The jockey logo should be indented in. Color is a beige (turns tan after prolonged use) and it has really short hairs to the point that it looks smooth. Note: For medium and larger totes, the indent is less apparent. You can still feel the indent though!  The snap should read “ORIGINAL PRYM 6/4B”. In 2013, the snap on the backside of these new bags have “LONGCHAMP” written twice, but they are still being produced with the ORIGINAL PRYM 6/4B as well.
Fake: There is no trace of a jockey logo; it is completely flat. Can be a light pinkish/dusty rose or a brown and looks like it has “no hairs” or “too hairy”. The snap reads differently then mentioned above.

CONTINUE READING

Monday, August 27, 2012
• 11:08 AM •

Win 2 Passports for YOU and A FRIEND Montreal Fashion Week 23rd edition (400$ Value!!)

(la version française ci-dessus)

Win 2 Passports,  for the WHOLE WEEK for this season’s edition of Montreal Fashion Week, taking place September 4th – 7th, 2012.

You and a Friend can attend as many as 20 runway shows and mingle at the cocktail parties!

It is important to use the Rafflecopter widget to register your entry/entries, since the winner will be randomly selected from Rafflecopter list. 
Click “+1 To Do it“. After doing the task, click the Green Button to complete the entry. You can make sure your entries count by checking your name in the Recent Activity tab.

Use the RaffleCopter widget below to:

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Check out the list of MFW Fashion Designers here.

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Contest is OPEN TO EVERYONE, however travel expense is not included.

Contest ends on August 31st at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced on Facebook, Twitter, and on our blog Snob Affair by September 1st at 5pm or before. We will also contact the winner by email!

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Gagnez 2 passeports pour la 23ième édition de La semaine de mode de Montréal, qui aura lieu le 4 septembre jusqu’au 7 septembre 2012.

Vous et un ami pourriez assister à jusqu’a 20 défilés de mode, et fêter avec les designers!

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Le concours se termine le 31 août à 23:59 EST. Le/La gagnant(e) sera annoncer sur Facebook et Twitter, et sur notre blog Snob Affair avant le 1er septembre. Nous allons aussi contacter le gagnant par courriel!

BONNE CHANCE!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2012
• 1:28 AM •

Bargain Style: Military-Inspired Panelled Dress

Mango Contrast Panelled Dress

I was just on my way to work when I saw MANGO’s mannequin dressed in the Contrast Panelled Dress and I was like hey, this has a resemblance to Victoria Beckham’s Flat Pocket Fitted Dress from her Fall 2012 RTW Collection. I can’t currently find it on online retailers but I can perhaps estimate based on her other similar dresses of the collection.

I definitely still love the details on Victoria’s version, like the double wool flaps and button and the more prominent shoulder flaps, but we all can’t dish an extra 2170$ for a dress. Either way, I think that with the Mango version, you can have more fun with accessories because the dress is rather simple. But try not to add too much, because the minimalist color blocking patches IS the main appeal of the design and in line with Fall 2012’s trends!.

Mango: Contrast Panelled Dress – $29.99

Victoria Beckham: Flat Pocket Fitted Dress – Approximately $2200