CATHERINE B: QUEEN OF VINTAGE CHANEL AND HERMES, PARIS

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By Chere Di Boscio

“So few people truly understand what I do,” sighs Catherine B whilst exhaling yet another cigarette. “This is not a consignment store. This is something different”.

That ‘something different’ is an Aladdin’s treasure cave packed with collectable Chanel and Hermes pieces, on which Catherine is an expert. She can tell a real piece from pirated one more so than many retail directors in the fashion houses themselves. “There are many things to watch for,” she says. “And some fakes today are good…very good. But I know. I just know”.

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This savvy collector stocks the most elusive bags, jackets, scarves and shoes from the 30’s to the 90’s, but not beyond. She’s not interested in being a depot for the unwanted bags of fickle rich girls; instead, she sees her shop as half museum, half retail store. “Some people can’t understand why I am charging more for a 2.55 bag than the listed price in a Chanel boutique”, she continues. “But it is because the 2.55 I am carrying is a one-of-a-kind piece designed by Mademoiselle Chanel herself, that cannot be found anywhere else in the world!”

Indeed, some of her stock is so rare, it isn’t even for sale. Take her Chanel bicycle, for instance. One of about a hundred left on the planet, it features two sidesaddle ‘handbags’ and the signature Chanel quilting not only on the bags, but on the seat as well. She also owns the original Birkin bag from Hermes. It boasts the initials JB and is numbered 0—it being the first. It also features a strap created at Ms Birkin’s request: “She wanted to be able to put it on her shoulder while she looked for things inside the bag,” explains Catherine.

Her amicable husband assures me that there are many more treasures cached around the store. “She will only show them to people who are truly interested”, he tells me. But when Catherine finds those people who share her enthusiasm and love for vintage Chanel and Hermes, it makes her day–even if there’s no sale.

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Catherine explains she would love to share her enthusiasm for these collectable designer pieces in a modern venue, like Harrods Department store, because she believes the English have a better appreciation for all things vintage than the French, who are more likely to use accessories that were passed down through the generations rather than buying vintage pieces themselves. ‘It’s all about heritage,’ she says.

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Louis Vuitton Replica Versus Gucci Replica Handbag: Which One You Like More?

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This is the first comparison between two replica handbags but the other day, when I was planning to make a purchase, I just couldn’t made up my mind. Both bags are beauties and as soon as I think the Louis Vuitton replica Speedy is the one for me, I start having second thoughts.

What do you think? Would Gucci replica handbags fit better?

Louis Vuitton Replica Versus Gucci Replica Handbag: Which One You Like More?


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Since I’m a practical woman, the best way to figure which one is best for me is by making a list with the pros and cons of these replica handbags. And here is what I came up with:

The size: Both bags have almost the same size. Louis Vuitton replica Speedy bag has 13.5″ x 7.75″ x 9″ and Boston Gucci replica handbags have 13″ x 7″ x 9″.

The details: The Speedy bag has an integrated strap along the sides and even if you remove the shoulder strap, it’s still visible. On the other hand, I think the Boston is more delicate and if you take off the strap, it doesn’t look so chunky. The hook-buckle is more subtle on the Speedy bag but I think the one on the Boston bag is more resistant. Also, the extra rivets on the handles of the Boston bag make it more durable.

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The inside: I love more the beige lining of the Boston bag, red is too strong for me. But the D-ring of the Speedy is really useful…

The overall look: The slim leather handles with extensions running down to the bottom of the bag make the bag more appealing and the colors make it more versatile, right? I feel like the Louis Vuitton replica Speedy made of Damier Ebene canvas is a bag for fall or winter. Here is where you can buy the Speedy and here is where you can find the Gucci Boston bag.

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