What’s on Tap for Black Friday Weekend: A Sneak Peek at Rue

We’re on a mission to make the holiday season just a little bit easier for you this year. So, because you’ve been so good? We want to give you a heads-up on what’s in store.

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November 28, 2013

Think Outside the Bag: It’s the Color That Counts

Forget about size, silhouette, or season – it’s what dresses the outside of your bag that matters most. As long as it fits into one of these three categories, that is.

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Prints & Patterns
Allover-flower patterns and abstract looks not right for you? Not to worry. Add drama to your handbag routine (without overdoing it) by going with a subtle check.

Bold Colors
No fall wardrobe is complete without some vibrant harvest hues. Opt for a bright orange or energetic red to bring life to the sea of black winter coats.

Always classic, it’s crucial to keep an LBB (little black bag) in your arsenal at all times. A staple black bag also elevates cozy knits, dark-wash jeans, and cashmere alike.

Our Parisian Love Affair: Hermès, Chanel, & Louis Vuitton Boutique opens Friday, November 8, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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November 8, 2013

Watch This Now: David Bowie & Arizona Muse in Louis Vuitton’s Latest Short Film

In November 2012, Louis Vuitton introduced its L’Invitation Au Voyage advertising campaign featuring a one-minute film of model Arizona Muse traipsing through Paris wearing the brand’s clothing and accessories. The clip ends with the model hopping in a hot-air ballon, presumably en route to her next destination. On Thursday, Louis Vuitton released the next installment in the series.

In the new film, Muse touches down in Venice, shares a piano bench with David Bowie at a big masquerade ball, then sails away as the sun rises over the canals. (Why is this not my life?)

Let’s hope it takes less than a year for the model to get to her next destination. Watch below.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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November 8, 2013

Confirmed: Nicolas Ghesquière is Replacing Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton

A year after resigning his role as creative director of Balenciaga, fashion designer Nicolas Ghesquière is rejoining the ranks of the employed. After months of speculation, Louis Vuitton announced that Ghesquière would be their new artistic director of women’s collections. The position was recently vacated by Marc Jacobs, who is rumored to be preparing his namesake line for an IPO. He had previously been with the brand for 16 years.

Louis Vuitton isn’t in the dire straits that Balenciaga was when Ghesquière took the helm there in 1997, but the storied French fashion house is due for a shake-up. Lucky for everyone, he’s definitely the right man for the job.

If his contributions include anything like the super-coveted leather motorcycle bags and jackets he designed at Balenciaga, I’d better start saving now.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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November 6, 2013

The Real Deal: How to Tell If Your Designer Bag is Authentic

The experts at LuxeDH weigh in

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Louis Vuitton. Chanel. Dior. Need we go on? When it comes to handbags, these designers are among some of the most sought-after. But if you’re going to drop big bucks to call one yours, ensuring its authenticity is the number-one priority. The experts at LuxeDH go through a series of checks on all their products. Below, they show us exactly what to look for. Study up, and you’ll be a self-made label connoisseur.

Louis Vuitton
The LV monograms should form straight lines and the stitching should be tight and even.

If the handbag is from the 1980s or later, there will be a signature hologram sticker or card inside. If it’s vintage, study the fonts, heat stamps, and the alignment of patchwork.

Marc Jacobs
Make sure each bag has a seasoned code and a Riri or MJ zipper.

Christian Dior
All authentic Dior bags come with a white cotton dust bag with grey writing. The serial number will be located on the flipside of the inner sewn-in label.

Simple. The GGs should line up symmetrically.

Yves Saint Laurent
You will never find hanging tags on YSL bags. They come with serial numbers embossed on the inside. And the interior label is always evenly aligned.

Every FENDI bag comes with a hologram sticker and a serial tag.

Often the bales (the part that connects the handles to the bag) are one of the keys to authenticating a Balenciaga. The bales should be thick and rounded, not thin or square. The notches in metal studs will be rounded, not square, as well.

Our Louis Vuitton, Chanel, & More: Picks by LuxeDH Boutique opens Monday, July 15, at 11AM.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 16, 2013

Behind the Scenes: LuxeDH Dishes About Insider Details

There’s something about designer duds that make every lover of fashion just a little bit giddy (I’m living proof when strutting down the street with my favorite Furla carryall). And no one knows that better than the pros at Hallandale Beach–based LuxeDH. Purveyors of authentic, pre-loved luxury handbags from the likes of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Balenciaga, they told me how they’ve seen it all, from handbag hoarders to handling some of the most coveted pieces in the runway world.

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It’s time to make your own pre-loved designer discoveries. Our Handbags by Louis Vuitton & More: Picks by LuxeDH Boutique opens Saturday, April 13, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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April 13, 2013

What’s in Your Louis? 5 Pieces of Arm Candy That Hold it All

Handbag soulmates do exist

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We drool over them. We dream about them. Leather and coated canvas Louis Vuitton accessories are at the top of every fashion-loving woman’s bucket list (guilty). But how do we pick from the bounty of enviable styles? Break it down to the essentials that will fit inside:

The Messenger: With crossbody style and dapper double-strap closure, this bag has room for everything from laptops and folders to tablets and any other gadget you need to get your work done. Man or woman, this is the bag for the coffee-shop warrior.

The Neverfull: True to its name, there is room for almost anything you need to take you from the office to happy hour without missing a beat. That extra pair of heels is no contest for its wide-set interior. This is the bag for the on-the-go socialite.

The Keepall: Boasting plenty of space for a long-weekend wardrobe that includes two boot options (a girl needs variety), consider overpacking – at least the obvious kind – a thing of the past. This is the bag for the no-shoe-left-behind advocate.

The Speedy: There’s something about a bag that can fit your sunglasses (without crushing them) and a copy of your favorite novel without losing its shape that makes a girl weak in the knees. This is the bag for the die-hard romantic.

The Pochette: Small enough to fit daintily under your arm but big enough to safeguard the must-haves (red lipstick. Never. Leave. Without it.), ladylike elegance is this number’s forte. And in trending emerald green? This is the bag for the informed fashionista.

Our Handbags by Louis Vuitton: Picks by Bella Bag Boutique opens Saturday, February 2, at 11AM ET.

By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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February 2, 2013

The Fab Four: Roberto Szerer of LUXEDH Talks Designer Handbags

Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga, Hermès – consider these names the fab four of handbag designers. From their sought-after silhouettes to the have-to-have-them labels, Roberto Szerer of LUXEDH talks details. Having trouble seeing your life without one? Snap them up in our From the Reserve: Handbags by Louis Vuitton & More Boutique.

Rue La La: You’ve seen your fair share of designer handbags. How can you tell the real from the knockoffs?
Roberto: Over the years, our authenticators have acquired these skills by looking at thousands and thousands of what is real and what is a knockoff. The authenticity of a handbag is determined by many factors, among them certain aspects of bags like serial numbers, date codes, materials, hardware, and other criteria like patterns of leather, etc. Continue reading “The Fab Four: Roberto Szerer of LUXEDH Talks Designer Handbags” »

October 28, 2012

Confessions of a Shopaholic: Linda Lightman of Linda’s Stuff

The dream job for a self-proclaimed shopaholic? For Linda Lightman, founder of shoplindasstuff.com, it’s making coveted items available to the whole world. From have-to-have-them designers like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Proenza Schouler, our  Rue’s Little Secret: Linda’s Stuff Boutique warrants a total fashion frenzy. Here, I caught up with the e-commerce guru on where her big idea came from and what she loves most about the UPS man.

First off, how did you get started?
12 years ago my kids had old video games that they wanted to sell. We went to the local game store to trade them in for new ones, but we were only getting about $5 for each game that we originally bought for $50 or more. My son suggested putting our old games on eBay instead to see if we could get more money for them. So, we went home and put them online and the sales were amazing. We were getting almost full price for the same games on eBay.

And then that transitioned to clothes and luxury goods?
Yes. I decided to start selling my old clothes on eBay instead of going to the consignment shop like I usually did. Once I ran out of things to sell, I ended up helping my friends sell their old things on eBay and that business grew from word of mouth. Now I partner with stores and retailers to sell merchandise that they are getting rid of or need help selling. The stores wanted to be able to have a fresh new look all the time, and I was able to help them do that while still helping them make a profit off these items.

Tell us about your warehouse.
I was selling everything out of my home, but I ended up having to hire people to take photos of the merchandise and help me run my business. Now I have 85 employees and a 25,000 square foot warehouse.

That’s incredible. What types of items sell the best online?
Handbags and shoes definitely sell the best on our site, but designer clothing, jewelry, and men’s clothing all do really well too. I came to find out that as long as we were selling discerning designer names, then people would buy them. Sometimes people come onto the site looking for something specific, like a classic quilted Chanel handbag, and find a vintage Chanel dress that they didn’t know they needed until that very moment. The best thing about it is that there is something for everyone.

As if I have to ask, what do you love most about what you do?
It’s like Christmas every day. We get hundreds of boxes in the morning, and for a shopaholic like me, it’s unbelievable. We love when UPS comes, because we get to see all the new items coming in and what’s hot now. I love what I do.

Our Rue’s Little Secret: Linda’s Stuff Boutique opens Tuesday, September 25, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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September 25, 2012