Louis Vuitton Crocodile Capucines Bag

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Well, here’s something to drool on…

We know for the fact that the Louis Vuitton Capucines totes have become exceptionally popular since its first release in the Fall Winter 2013 collection. But that’s not surprising at all, who can resist a fashion piece that’s linked to the history of a giant luxury brand like Louis Vuitton? Rue Des ‘Capucines’ is the name of the street where this brand has established its first store in 1854. That’s a long time ago and for this reason Louis Vuitton have poured everything into it, to make it as classic as possible.

Rendered in rare and precious Crocodile skin, Capucines combines refined details, including semi-rigid handle for hand, elbow or shoulder carry secured by jewel-like shiny golden brass rings, with a spacious and functional shape. Its distinctive flap can be worn in two ways: outside to reveal the outline of a quatrefoil clover Monogram flower or inside to show the LV initials. Inside the bag is lined in supple goatskin leather and features two large interior compartments, a zippered pocket and a flat pocket.

Selected from the finest crocodile leather and embellished to make it timeless and most luxurious. So rare that only a small selected Louis Vuitton boutique stores them and refined with a shiny gold brass rings that’s connected to the semi-rigid handle. One thing I am certain; fragrantly expensive, but worth every penny.

The best from both worlds; effortless and flexible, roll the flap inwards to flaunt the LV initials or move the flap outwards to show the monogram flower. One bag with two designs or two faces. The interior is enriched with goatskin and you will find two interior compartments and a zippered pocket in the interior.

Got love for this bag? We can give you more information; available in two sizes:

Louis Vuitton Capucines in Crocodile Bag in MM: 14.2″ x 9.1″ x 5.5″
Louis Vuitton Capucines in Crocodile Bag in GM: 15.7″ x 10.6″ x 6.3″

The price is around $50,000 USD/ €36.000 EUR, is it worth your credit card?

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Louis Vuitton W Pochette

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Louis Vuitton Fall collection had shocked us with the new W bag as a new addition to the monogram collection. The Ad Campaign was featured with the American Actress Michelle Williams. The new W in monogram was a ‘love or leave it’ kind-of bag. Many people liked it, but there were also a few that wasn’t attached to it.

But the new Pochette W bag is inspired by the graphic lines of the W tote, Louis Vuitton combined the iconic monogram canvas with the precious Veau Cachemire calfskin, giving it a luxurious feel. It’s made in such a way that it can easily carry all your everyday essential, so that you are always ready-to-go…’downtown’.

Measured 10.6 x 7.1 inch with a loop hand carry and in the interior you can find six credit card slots. Priced at $1,000 for the monogram with Veau Cachemire and $1,110 for the Cuir Orfèvre with Veau Cachemire. Find it in Louis Vuitton e-store.

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Louis Vuitton Monogram Montaigne Bag

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The iconic monogram canvas remains top priority at Louis Vuitton, as it is still popular today as it was ten years ago. What you will find at the boutique this year is the new release of the Louis Vuitton Montaigne bag. Wanna know more?

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It’s named after the Parisian avenue; a smart, exterior, structured and organized bag, made for the business lady to fashion-up when is on the way to her office or a business meeting. It’s practical as well as functional with a lot of spaces to manage your daily essentials.

Here’s what you need to know; the Louis Vuitton Montaigne bag can be carried in several ways, but for the most trendiest look; carry it across your body (thanks to its extra-long removable strap). Or if you like; carry it in the hand or on the hand.

The combination of impeccable craftsmanship and LV’s burgundy microfiber lining make it a lust for anyone to have. Your wardrobe certainly got room for more. The interior is enriched with one central compartments with a zipper, two-wide compartments and a double pocket and flat pocket. Of course Louis Vuitton needs to make sure you got your things on the right spot, every second in business counts.

While the speedy is the most famous casual-to-go bag, the Montaigne is the perfect work-to-go essential. Speedy has less structured interior than the Montaigne. It’s also more compact and classy, elegant, matching to any of your formal clothes. Such a lovely timeless bag is a one-time purchase and trending forever. At Louis Vuitton e-store.

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Louis Vuitton Doc Bag

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It’s getting better and better, please meet the Louis Vuitton Doc Bag.

First question though, it’s always easy to stick with what’s already trending, but as iconic as the Speedy Bag is, would you rather try the new Doc Bag or would you just stick with the classics?

Though question though, but here’s my answer, if it’s possible, why not pick both.

The Louis Vuitton Doc Bag is a part of the Fall Winter 2014 Collection and it’s a modernized accessory that’s stylish and timeless – an exceptional piece for a well-heeled woman.

It comes with a single leather handle, which is great as you toss it on your shoulder without finding yourself repeatedly pulling on the second handle that somehow never wants to stick on your shoulder.

What’s more?

The Louis Vuitton signature is embossed on the trim and keybell. It’s also engraved on the lock, I know that too much is exaggerated but you will be please to know that its actually crafted with style and elegant.

Refined with golden hardware, the interior is finished with a zipped pocket and 1 open pocket. There are plenty of spaces to store all your daily essentials and so much more.

The Doc Bag actually comes in two variations; in epi leather and in Malletage style. If you like it ‘chic’ and minimal, the epi leather is your thing. It’s a beautiful bag for everyday use, even for work or during the weekends.

The Malletage style is a new print with vivid diamond patterns in two colors like black and beige stripes or beige with red stripes. The Doc Bag in Malletage is certainly an attractive accessory that can send you a lot of attention. The red diamond patterns, blending with black gives a bit of vintage taste.

Louis Vuitton Epi Doc BB
Size: 8.6’ x 7’ x 4.3’
Colors: Coquelicot, Black
Price: $2,850 USD

Louis Vuitton Epi Doc PM
Size: 11.4’ x 9.4’ x 5.1’
Colors: Natural, Coquelicot, Black
Price: $2,960 USD

Louis Vuitton Malletage Doc BB
Size: 8.6’ x 7’ x 4.3’
Colors: Natural, Black
Price: $3,950 USD

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How to Refurbish a Louis Vuitton Bag

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Because of the desirability and quality of Louis Vuitton, there are many vintage pieces out there. While these bags are still fashionable, some signs of age are probably visible. This post will go over how to refurbish all of the usual areas that show wear, and how to make your bag look newer than it really is by lightening and evening the vachetta leather and brightening the metal fittings.

Here is our bag before any refurbishment. This charming Speedy 30 is 22 years old and is considered a vintage piece. As is, it's still very wearable, but we can make it way way better!

Louis Vuitton Speedy Boston 30 Vintage Handbag

As you can see, the monogram canvas holds up very well. There is no tearing and very little wear to it. But, the metal fittings, lock, and zipper have lost their luster. Instead of shiny gold, it is a dull bronze accompanied with a little bit of rust. Also, the vachetta leather exhibits age. Vachetta leather is a beautiful leather that develops a patina over time. Some people love a darkened patina on their Louis Vuitton, but blotchy uneven patina is generally not desirable. Other than these two things, this classic vintage bag does not exhibit much wear at all. Luckily, we can fix dark blotchy vachetta leather and dull metal hardware!

psst... Btw, you can use this guide on most canvas and vachetta leather Louis Vuitton bags, not just Speedy bags!

What You Will Need to Refurbish your Louis Vuitton Bag

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1. Paper towels
2. At least 5 q-tips
3. BlueMagic metal polish cream 
4. 1 Mr. Clean Magic Eraser 
5. Cadillac boot & shoe care leather conditioner 
6. Clean soft cloth (not pictured)

I strongly recommend Blue Magic metal polish cream due to its effectiveness. It fights the tarnish and gunk, while not disturbing any etching and brand markings. Do NOT use metal polish on gold-plated hardware. For example, Chanel frequently uses gold-plated hardware on their bags.

I also strong recommend Cadillac leather conditioner . I've tried and used MANY different leather conditioners including Apple and more high-end conditioners, and Cadillac is the best, most versatile one that I have tried. Used reasonably and sparingly, it is one of the few leather conditioners in the market that will not darken vachetta leather, while noticeably re-hydrating it.

Now, let's proceed with how to make your bag look amazing!

STEP 1: With a dry paper towel, try to wipe off as much of the rust around any of the fittings.

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Look at all that rust that built up over the years!

STEP 2: Now, using the q-tips, buff the small metal fitting pieces with a small amount of metal polish cream. Try not to get any of the cream onto the leather.

STEP 3: Using a dry paper towel, firmly buff the metal pieces that have received metal polish treatment. Keep buffing until the metal is shiny and no longer giving you black residue.

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The left metal fitting and stud has not been polished. The right one has been polished and exhibits a gold mirror finish!

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Before and after metal polishing. Huge difference!

STEP 4: Buff larger metal hardware such as the lock as well. Instead of using a q-tip, use a paper towel for both polish cream application and buffing. Locks will require this step to be repeated a few times before it is shiny.

And, here is the bag after all of the metal hardware have received polishing. This included the zipper as well.

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Making the hardware shiny has already made this bag look much more polished (pun intended :D )!

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Before proceeding to the next step (Magic Eraser), please examine how glossy the vachetta leather is. If the leather does not look glossy, do NOT apply the magic eraser step. If the leather is not glossy looking, it means that the bag was recently cleaned and further cleaning can be bad for it, or that it is too dry or too new for cleaning.

STEP 5: Taking your Magic Eraser, dampen it, and squeeze out all excess water. Now rub this against the vachetta leather handles, and tabs. Remember, rub, NOT SCRUB! Focus on each spot for 15 seconds. Do not do more as this cleaning process is very strong and too much time in any one spot can dry out the leather. So, this means, the small end tabs each took 15 seconds of rubbing, while each handle with larger surface area got a total of 1.5 minutes of rubbing. You will need to rinse out the Magic Eraser every once in a while, because it accumulates a lot of residue. Squeeze out excess water each time before going back to cleaning the vachetta leather. You will want to do this step in a large sink, as the Magic Eraser will start to disintegrate and crumble. Try to keep the bag as dry as possible.

The vachetta leather will be darker when you do this step. Don't freak out! This is only temporary. After this step, you will see the leather start lightening within 3 minutes!

STEP 6: Immediately, after the leather has dried (approximately after 30 minutes - 1 hour), put a small amount of Cadillac leather conditioner onto a soft clean cloth and condition the entire bag.

A small amount of Cadillac leather conditioner will make the cleaned vachetta leather hydrated, smooth and buttery with a slight sheen. This final step is important and keeps your bag protected.

Here is the beautiful final result:

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And, just to show the drastic transformation, here are closeups of the vachetta leather handles throughout the cleaning process.

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And, here is the entire bag:

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I'm so happy with the results of this diy! The vachetta leather is so even in color and many shades lighter! The metal fittings look so glamorous!

My previous how to lighten Louis Vuitton vachetta leather post is completely inferior to the Magic Eraser solution.

Hope you enjoyed this post! Leave any questions or comments below. Would love to hear from you!

Though this process worked very well for us with no problems, we do want to caution that outcomes cannot be guaranteed. Please proceed with caution.

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Easy Louis Vuitton Bag Authentication Guide

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Louis Vuitton is the most counterfeited designer out there. They have produced many different lines of bags throughout the years; canvas monogram, epi, vernis, damier azur just to name a few of their outside finishes. With all of this, authentication can be overwhelming. So, we put together an easy beginner's guide to authenticating Louis Vuitton bags. Enjoy!

When authenticating Louis Vuitton purses, there are many details to study: leather, stitch trim, inside lining, hardware details, monogram pattern/alignment, d-rings, etc, etc. Unless you're really familiar with LV, it is just too much! So, let's look at 3 of the most important authentication features that apply to ALL Louis Vuitton bags.

1. Louis Vuitton Stamping

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These are all AUTHENTIC Louis Vuitton stamps.

The main Louis Vuitton stamp is very important for authentication, and oftentimes it can easily allow you to determine that a bag is fake.

Features to pay attention to: 
1. The tail on the L is very short. 
2. The O's are very round and look bigger than the L. 
3. The T's are almost touching each other or are so close that it looks like it. 
4. Lettering should be thin to somewhat thin, clear and very crisp.
5. Study the general font used and how it is aligned.
*There are rare exceptions to the above rules.*

Next up, are some counterfeits that you can compare to:

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These are all FAKE Louis Vuitton stamps.

Notice how the first three fake Louis Vuitton stamps all have obvious errors. For instance, oval O's instead of round O's, the size of the O's, the space between the T's, and width of the imprint.

The last (4th) fake Louis Vuitton stamp is from a better counterfeit. Notice how this stamping does not appear to have any mistakes. Further authentication steps would be required to weed out this fake.

2. Hardware

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Authentic zipper is on the left, while the counterfeit zipper is on the right.

In general, most fake Louis Vuitton bags will have very poor quality hardware. In fact, some are colored plastic!

Observing how clean and precise the imprinting is on hardware will also be a giveaway for many fakes. Notice how clean and crisp the lettering and imprinting on the authentic hardware is compared to the replicas.

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Authentic clasp is on the left, while the fake clasp is on the right.

3. Datecode

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All Louis Vuitton bags before the early 1980s did not come with a datecode. But most Louis Vuitton bags still in circulation will have a datecode.

Datecodes can provide the date and place of manufacture of the bag. Because many datecodes provide the country origin of this bag, this can be another checkpoint for authentication. Again, this is another thing that counterfeiters mess up on.

For instance, the fake datecode is MI 1920. MI means that the bag came from France. If the stamping on the Louis Vuitton bag states: made in U.S.A or Spain, you know that this bag is a counterfeit. The country signified on the datecode must be the same country specified on the "Made in" stamping.

Countries and their Datecodes:
made in France- A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS, AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TR, TS, VI, VX
made in Italy- BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD
made in Spain- CA, GI, LO, LB, LM, LW
made in U.S.A.- FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD
made in Switzerland- DI, FA
made in Germany- LP

Datecodes are embossed on a piece of leather on the inside of the bag or on the side near a seam inside the bag. They can sometimes be difficult to find. Unless the datecode has been rubbed down or the bag is very vintage, it should always be there. Fake bags oftentimes do not have datecodes.

We hope that this simplified guide helps you significantly. These 3 easy tips would be adequate for many Louis Vuitton counterfeits. A thorough authentication guide for Louis Vuitton would cover specific hardware pieces, datecode fonts, monogram alignment and much more; it would be extremely lengthy and too exhaustive for a non-specialist!

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