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Guide to LV Hardware

| By: Nancy Roque

Authenticity, Hardware, and Other Details One of the biggest factors that contribute to authenticating a Louis Vuitton Speedy bag is taking a close look at the hardware. Though the differences may be minute, there are telltale signs which will point you one way or another. These a potential giveaways of a counterfeit piece: Poor quality materials or craftsmanship Lack of trademark stamps Missing date code Sloppy or poor quality engraving on hardware pieces Uneven glazing on the edges of the handles and leather trim In the photo above, you can take a closer look at the quality of stitching and glazing on...

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Alessandro Michele Needs to Shift Gears at Gucci

| By: Couture USA

At this point, I feel like Gucci is the cat of the fashion world. I haven't seen nine lives yet, but I've seen four. The Gucci of my adolescence was synonymous with blatantly fake bags and tees, and was a brand that someone's mom would have worn. The Gucci of my early adulthood was glitzy and full of Tom Ford's signature sex appeal.

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How To Safely Clean Your Jewelry

| By: Brittany Andrew

Cleaning Precious and Semi-Precious Metals For the most part, metals can be gently cleaned with diluted liquid soap mixed with warm water and a soft baby toothbrush. Silver, gold, and platinum can all be cleaned in this manner. Here are a few extra tips for cleaning metals: * Yurman recommends avoiding at-home steam and ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, as they can be too rough on fine pieces. * Only soak cable pieces in warm water for a couple of minutes, to avoid fading the intentional cable tarnish. * If an at-home cleaning with mild, warm soapy water isn’t sufficient then a...

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Pantone

| By: Brittany Andrew

Pantone decided "why wait?" with its 2017 top color release.  Honestly, what better time, though? We're right in the midst of fashion week and with the see-now-buy-now approach being increasingly adopted,     So which colors made the coveted list? Niagara, Primrose Yellow, Lapis Blue, Flame, Island Paradise, Pale Dogwood, Greenery, Pink Yarrow, Kale and Hazelnut.    

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