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There’s a place in the world for everything, but at Dodie’s, we’re pretty firm on our position against knock-off designer items. We’ve even posted in the past about why to shop only designer-authentic when it comes to fashion. We’re committed to assisting our fellow shoppers in finding the fakes, so we’re going to begin posting more frequently on what to look for when only the real thing will do!
To kick off our mission, check out this awesome article from Susan at SnobAffair.com alphacaste on how to spot a fake Longchamp bag, and then go shopping for the genuine article in our store at DodiesDoodads.com!
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 an email at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Leather:PATTERNAuthentic: 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.
Original Individual Photo Credits: snegurochka79 on eBay, Mrs. Martinez, PurseForum
COLORAuthentic: 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.
BACKSIDE OF LEATHER FLAPAuthentic: 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”. As of 2013, the snap on the backside of these new bags have “LONGCHAMP” written twice.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.
AUTHENTIC. Photo Credit: PurseForum
FAKE. Photo Credit: Mrs. Martinez
FAKE. Button reads GUANG TONG.
HOT-STAMPED GRAPHICSAuthentic: - Front: The Longchamp Jockey logo is perfectly centered. The jockey and horse’s head are pointing to the left. The older models have a hot-stamped line underneath the logo, but the newer models do not have this line.
AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL. Photo Credit: PurseForum
- Back: The hot-stamped words should be spelled like below. Take note of the line breaks. In blue, the name of the size/model changes accordingly:
“CABAS”: Rectangular Tote model (No Zipper)“SAC À DOS”: Backpack Model“SHOPPING”: Long Handles, Small and Medium TotesTYPE “S”: Short handles, Small ToteTYPE “M”: Short handles, Medium ToteTYPE “L”: Short handles, Large. Travel LuggageTYPE “XL”: Short handles, Extra Large. Travel Luggage
LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE “SHOPPING” – MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ
LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE TYPE “M” – MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ Check for the hyphen ( – ). Check that the first accent mark on the E is pointing down to the right. The second and third accent marks on the E are pointing up to the right.
Older versions read:LES PLIAGES LONGCHAMP – TYPE “S” MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ – MADE IN FRANCEor
LE PLIAGE LONGCHAMP – TYPE “L” MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ – MADE IN FRANCE
LONGCHAMP PARIS MODÈLE DÉPOSÉ – MADE IN FRANCE
Perhaps the Longchamp Pliage was only made in France back in the day, but now Longchamp has outsourced the manufacturing to Tunisia and China as well.
AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL 1. Photo Credit: PurseForum
AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL 2. Photo Credit: Fuldashop
AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL 3. Photo Credit: PurseForum
Fake: - Front: The Longchamp jockey logo is not always perfectly centered. The logo can be inversed (where the horse and jockey’s head are pointed to the right instead of left). - Back: The words are not spelled correctly or the lack of accent marks on the E’s are indications of a fake bag.
HANDLESAuthentic: The handles are pretty flat. The Diamond pattern should also be visible. The handle’s side edge is painted black/dark brown. You could actually see the division of the folded leather straps, indicated by the dashed (——) lines below. The handles are basically thick leather folded in two, with nothing in between – this is confirmed by a Longchamp representative. If the tote is new, the handles are rather stiff, but with prolonged use, it becomes “soft”.Fake: The straps are round; almost cylindrical, because the synthetic “leather” is wrapped around a thick rope for reinforcement and shape. If the fake straps did not include a rope, the thin synthetic material would be too flimsy to form an arch shape when hanging the bag, not to mention that the straps would not be able to handle much weight, and rip! Furthermore, the strap’s side edge has binding or poor finishing. The binding is usually the same color as the strap or in some cases, mimics the black edge of the real deal. Just remember, Binding on straps = Fake.
AUTHENTIC (Grey, rightmost) leather handle attachment has a smaller stitching area than the Fakes.
STITCHINGAuthentic: Front of the flap has beige stitching. Backside of the flap has brown stitching. There is double stitching on corners and edges where there would most likely be strain.Fake: Front and backside of the flap usually have super white stitching.
AUTHENTIC. Brown Stitching underneath the leather flap. Beige stitching in the front of the flap.
SIZEAuthentic: Matches the dimensions of the Longchamp Pliage.Fake: Handles are too short and size of the bags are smaller or larger than what it should be.
Type “S” Type “S” Type “M” Type “M” Type “L” Type “L” Type “XL” Type “XL” Type “Shopping”, Small Type “Shopping”, Small Type “Shopping”, Medium Type “Shopping”, Medium
IMPORTANT NOTE: Regarding Type “Shopping”, Medium, Longchamp had an earlier version where the tote was larger and had a wider pocket, like below
AUTHENTIC (Graphite) VS. FAKE (Orange). The fake medium handle is too long for the dimensions of the “Short Handle” Pliage, and too short for the dimensions of the “Long Handle”
The Leather Corners
Special note on Type “L” and Type “XL”: You’ll notice that there is a hole on one side on the leather corners (The side where the zipper pull will close up the bag). Even though some people use Type “L” and Type “XL” as an everyday handbag, they are known as luggage bags. The hole is there to lock your luggage, over the zipper pull and hole.
COLORAuthentic: The nylon is rather matte and barely reflects light.Fake: Can reflect light quite a bit. If it’s too shiny, it’s a no go. Colors that have never been used in Le Pliage Longchamp designs, obviously. Consult the “PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE” below.
STITCHINGAuthentic: The color of the stitching is more or less the same color as the nylon.Fake: White Stitching on Nylon (except in the case of having the White or Paper colored Pliage Longchamp bags).
The Zipper & Zipper Pull:Authentic: - Is marked with a “YKK” and “T” on both sides of the zipper, and a “45” - The round zipper pull reads “LONGCHAMP” on top of the jockey logo and “1948” below, on both sides. - After prolonged use, the “gold” on the pull wears off and thus becomes lighter. Not sure about the Nickel and Bronze tags. - For the Short-handled totes in Medium, Large, and Extra Large (i.e: Type “M”, Type “L”, and Type “XL”), the zipper pulls are not gold, but are pewter in color (“gunmetal”?) - Older versions use a different font for 1948, so if this is the case, rely on other details instead. - Older versions of the round zipper tag can read “LONGCHAMP” on top of the horse and rider logo while below the logo, “PARIS” is written on one side and “FRANCE” is written on the other side of the round tag. The super old Longchamp Pliage bag with the zipper pull engraving PARIS/FRANCE instead of 1948 ARE NOT YKK ZIPPERS.Fake: - Does not have a “YKK” and “T” on both sides of the zipper, and a “45”. (Unless the zipper pull has the PARIS/FRANCE engraved like below) - Zipper tag possibly reads “LONCCHAMP”. The font for “1948” could be off. - After prolonged use, the round “gold” pull has traces of copper-colored discoloration. Not sure about the fake Nickel and Bronze tags.
AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL. “G” on “LONGCHAMP” is evident. “YKK” and “T” are present on zipper.Photo Credit: PurseForum
AUTHENTIC OLD MODEL. SIDE A. Photo Credit: LowYat
AUTHENTIC. Photo Credit: LeahDeLeon
COLORAuthentic: - Light or Vibrant colored bags have a white or beige lining, while dark colored bags have a black lining. Refer to the “PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE” Table. - The pocket is the exact same material and color as the exterior nylon. - The lining has a smooth rubbery texture.Fake: - The lining color is different from the official lining color of the particular model or the lining is the same color as the nylon. Refer to the “PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE” Table for the official lining color. - The white, beige, or black lining is not rubbery smooth.
STITCHINGAuthentic: - White Interior: The stitching is white in the areas where the fabric is white. The stitching elsewhere on the nylon (the zipper or pocket area) is more or less the same color as the nylon. - Black Interior: The stitching is black in the areas where the fabric is black. You might see a few specs of the beige stitching caused from the stitching of the other side (exterior), but that’s fine as long the main stich is black. The stitching elsewhere on the nylon (the zipper or pocket area) is more or less the same color as the nylon.Fake: The stitching is super white on the colored nylon (the color of your bag).
SNAP BUTTONSAuthentic: Both snaps (interior pocket and at the bottom of the bag) are reinforced with a transparent disc around the snaps.Fake: Snaps have no reinforcement.
THE TAGAuthentic: - Le Pliage Longchamp bags should indicate that it was either MADE IN FRANCE, MADE IN TUNISIA, or MADE IN CHINA. - White Translucent tag with the correct manufacturing locations and style number.
Style Numbers are comprised of a 4-Digit Model Number, followed by 089 (The code for the Le Pliage line), followed by a 3-Digit Color Code (###). Refer to the “PLIAGE COLOR CODE TABLE”
Style Numbers:Small Long Handle Tote, “SHOPPING”: 2605089### Medium Long Handle Tote, “SHOPPING”: 1899089###———-The old version of Medium Long Handle Tote, “SHOPPING”: 2724089###
Small Short Handle Tote, TYPE “S”: 1621089### Medium Short handle Tote, TYPE “M”: 1623089### Large Short handle Tote, TYPE “L”: 1624089### Extra-Large Short handle Tote, TYPE “XL”: 1625089### Rectangular Tote model (No Zipper), “CABAS”: 2704089### Backpack Model, “SAC À DOS”: 1699089###
Fake: - Wrong manufacturing locations or incorrect style number.
Say NO to knock-offs!
Worcester County experienced its first snowfall of the season today. Ready or not, the long New England winter is on its way! Here, the editors at Glamour.com give us their list of 10 essential layering pieces to carry you through the season and beyond. Versatile, functional and beautiful year-round. Enjoy!
…and today, we’re thankful for FLARED JEANS!!!
But what the heck are the best winter shoes to wear with them???
Our advice: choose a round-toed platform. Pointy toes can appear too delicate under a wide leg opening. For sleekness, the bottom hem of the leg should hit *just above* the floor, leaving about an inch of your shoes peeking out underneath.
Some to try: suede wedges, leather booties and ankle boots are some perfect kicks to do the trick with flares.
(Adapted from “Your Look Q & A”, InStyle Magazine, Sept 2013)
Time to be thankful!
We may be fashion people, but we know that a killer outfit needs to be supplemented by the confidence that comes with having great skin and hair. Here are some major beauty land mines to avoid, straight from Cosmopolitan editor Carly Cardellino.1. Not washing your face nightly. "By skipping this step, you’re inviting bacteria, dirt, and oil to have a field day and clog your pores,” she says. “Not only can this result in unwanted acne, but leaving your makeup on for a prolonged period of time can also dehydrate your skin, making it look lackluster and highlighting any fine lines and wrinkles that you might have that otherwise wouldn’t be visible if your skin was plump and hydrated.”
2. Picking your face. ”Regardless of whether you have a pimple or a spot of some sort on your face, do not pick it,” she warns. “Because the moment you do, the area will become red and even get infected and turn into a larger issue if you can’t stop yourself,” explains Gerstner. “Then, you’ll be left with a big scar.”
3. Introducing more than one beauty product into your routine at once. ”You can get actually give yourself contact dermatitis — a red, rash-like allergic reaction — if you start using too many new products on your complexion at once,” she says. “To avoid this from happening, I recommend introducing any new products one at a time to be sure you’re not allergic to any of their ingredients.”
4. Skipping sunscreen. ”A lot of young people are afraid that if they use an SPF daily they’ll breakout, but the trick to making sure that’s not the case is getting an oil-free sunscreen and using it religiously,” Gerstner says. “The sun has it’s own dangers that we need to be protected from, but its harsh rays can also cause scarring if you have or have had acne and don’t protect your skin from UV rays. Contrary to popular belief, sunlight cannot dry up a pimple, so don’t skip SPF because you think you’re going to end up with clearer skin — it’s just not the case.” Try an oil-free one fromPeter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion AM Moisturizer SPF 30.
5. Not extending your skincare down onto your neck and chest. ”Those two areas show your age (as do your hands)” — think brown spots, fine lines, redness — “so instead of applying your skincare onto your face only, make sure you slather your lotion and anti-aging products on them as well,” she says. That way you give the same fighting chance to your neck, décolletage, and hands that you do your face to look younger later in life.
6. Getting routine facials. ”The steam used during a facial to open your pores for a deepre cleaning can actually harm you in the long run because it can burst capillaries in your face because of the heat,” she says. “And extractions, even done by a professional, can lead to scarring because if the facialist starts digging at a spot that ends up being a mole or something else, he or she could cause a wound that could be there for life.”
7. Avoiding anti-aging products because you think you’re too young. You might not think you need to start early when it comes to anti-aging products, but these fountain of youth, peptide- and vitamin A-packed products are what will keep you looking 30 something when you’re actually in your mid 40s. Want just the bare essentials? Gerstner suggests using 20 percent glycolic pads three nights a week, skipping a day in between and using a retinol-based product on the nights you haven’t swiped your face with the glycolic pads. Again, remember not to leave your neck, chest, and hands out of the preventative fun. Try Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford Glycolic Pads and SkinCeuticals Retinol 0.5.
It’s not something you really think about, but in some ways what you rely on to make youself even more beautiful could turn on you in the end.
According to makeup artist Kirstin Piggott, here’s what you could be doing wrong the beauty department:
1. Using a foundation that is suffocating your skin. ”If you’re using a foundation that’s too heavy, you can actually clog your pores,” she says. “If you want coverage, you still need to find a formula that will let your skin breathe. If it looks or feels like it’s caked on, then it’s probably too thick for your skin and could end up causing breakouts with continued use.” Try Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation; it will help conceal any skin issues you may have, yet its lightweight consistency will allow your skin to breathe.
2. Curling your lashes after applying mascara or too roughly."Doing so too harshly, or curling them after you’ve applied mascara while they’re still wet, can cause them to stick to the lash curler and be tugged right out of your lash line," explains Piggott. "Instead, if you want to enhance your lashes, curl them when they’re bare and then apply your mascara. And make sure you squeeze the curler gently only a few times — if you’re rough when you do it, you can cause your lashes to break or you might even rip them right out of your lash line."
3. OD’ing on waterproof mascara. ”You can use waterproof mascara, but don’t do it everyday,” she says. “In general, it contains less moisturizing ingredients than your regular mascara because it has to adhere to your lashes longer, so it could end up causing your lashes to fall out early. Plus, it’s hard to get off, so when you’re rubbing it to get it off, you might pull a few lashes out then, which isn’t good.”
4. Wiping your eyes like crazy to get your makeup off. ”Be gentle when you’re removing your makeup,” Piggott suggests. “After you’ve dampened a cotton ball with your remover, take a minute and let the makeup breakdown as you hold it against your eye before you start wiping it off. Rubbing your eyes ferocisously will only leave your eyes and the surrounding skin red and irritated. Worst case scenario: you could even cause a blood vessel to burst.”
5. Leaving your lip balm out of the equation. Moisturized lips = ones that aren’t cracked, dry, flaky, or bleeding. Piggott recommends making sure your lips are properly hydrated —especially in the winter — when you’re not wearing a highly-pigmented color to keep them soft and supple aka ready to be kissed at any time.
6. Over tweezing. You may have wanted the skinny Kate Moss brow back in the ’90s, but thicker, bushy arches are what’s in now. “The only thing is some women take too much hair off with their tweezers and then it never grows back,” says Piggott. “Then they’re stuck creating elongated brows with powders, pencils, and brow mascara for the rest of their lives. You want your eyebrows to always be present because they frame your eyes and enhance the eye area, so instead of trying to come up with a completely different shape and strip them away, simply just clean up your natural shape with tweezers to be safe.”
7. Lining the inner rim of your eye every single day. "If you do this once in a while when you have a big event to go to and you really want your eyes defined, then it’s alright to do," says Elise Brisco, O.D. an optomatrist at Hollywood Vision Center and co-founder of the rehabilitative vision clinic at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in LA. "But if you do it on a daily basis, what ends up happening ultimately is the liner bleeds into your eye and the particles float into your tear duct clogging it. This can lead to eye infections, a sty, and trigger an allergic reaction in your eye, especially because of the preservatives and chemicals that the makeup contains." If you want to amp up your eyes but avoid the above (who wouldn’t?), apply liner along your lash line only — instead of the inner rim — just to be safe.
8. Sharing makeup. Sure, she’s your BFF but her bacteria isn’t as friendly as she is. Brisco says to stay away from sharing your favorite eye liner, mascara, any makeup you own with your friends, since each time you do it, you transfer bacteria. And since not all bacteria play well together, you could end up with an uncomfortable eye infection in exchange for your beauty-filled generosity.
"There are a lot of things you do on a daily basis that can wreak havoc on your hair," says celebrity stylist Harry Josh, who tends to the hair of Gisele, Rose Byrne, and a ton of other A-listers.
According to Josh, here’s what you might be doing that is totally trashing your hair:
1. Trying to bleach your hair yourself. ”If you’re trying to do ombré look or give yourself highlights at home, and your hair comes out looking more yellow than what you were going for, call your stylist,” he says. “If you go out and buy another box, thinking you’re going to give it another go, think again. You could end up frying off your hair and making it fall out in the end, which would be terrbile and unfixable.”
2. Using a hair tie that rips your hair out. ”You might still be using an elastic with the metal fasteners that hold the hair tie together, or god forbit an office rubberband to put your hair up, but these types of hair binders will only rip out your hair when you try to take them out,” Josh says. “Instead, get one that is made entirely out of fabric or one that isn’t held together with a small metal piece. And NEVER use an office rubberband to pull your hair up — they’re your hair’s worst enemy.” Try Emi Jay Hair Ties.
3. Pulling your hair up in the same ponytail position. ”If you normally put your hair in a ponytail in the exact same spot every day, you can actually cause surface breakage in that area,” he says. “What happens over time is that your hair will start to get weaker and break off in that spot and you’ll be left with a bunch of flyaways you’ll have to spray back with hair spray.” To avoid this strand situation, change up your ponytail placement so you don’t wear out your hair at the crown of your head, for example.
4. Copying ballerinas and pulling your hair back too tightly."Over time this can cause breakage to the hairline, since you’re essentially putting a lot of tension on your hair at the root," he explains. "If you have a frail hairline, opt for looser styles that don’t give an instant facelift as soon as you pull it back.”
5. Skipping heat protectant products when you style. ”These types of products nourish as they style and put a barrier between the plates of the hot tool and your inner core of your hair shaft that keeps it strong,” says Josh. “Some even contain UV filters, which help shield UV rays from sun damage that makes your hair porous, which makes it feel rough and look dry.” Try John Frieda Frizz-Ease Heat Defeat Protective Styling Spray.
6. Brushing your hair with boar bristle brush when it’s wet."You always want to use a paddle brush or wide-tooth comb when you’re trying to detangle your hair after you shower,” Josh warns. “Go for one with bristles set far apart; otherwise, using a boar bristle brush will yank your hair out since it’s bristles are so close together.”
7. Never brushing your hair. ”Brushing your hair invigorates the blood in your scalp, bringing it to the follicle,” he says. “And the healthier the follicle is, the healthier and more lustrous your hair will look.”Source: Cosmopolitan.com
Nothing says tempting and naughty like plaid. It inspires looks like the Sassy Schoolgirl and the Naughty Librarian, due to the fact that it comes off so polished and proper, but hides a “good girl gone bad” underneath.
To maintain the naughty and cut down on the prim and stuffy when wearing plaid, keep the hair on the wilder side. Go with a dark, bold lipstick or eyeliner to add a little edge to the look, instead of looking too put-together: think tartan top with leather pants, or tall boots with a plaid dress.
Go on! Try it!
(Adapted from “Clothes We Love”, InStyle Magazine, Sept 2013)
Plaid to the Bone