INSIDE THE PURSEFORUM: A SAFE HAVEN FOR SHOWING OFF $50,000 HANDBAGS & Louis Vuitton Purchases Shared By Our PurseForum Members

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We can't think of a better way to start a new month than with a new bag, and our PurseForummembers certainly agree. As we continue our exploration over on the PurseForum, our members revealed a bevy of gorgeous new bags in the super-popular Louis Vuitton subforum.

Get ready to live vicariously through our Forum members because there's an abundance of Louis Vuitton Neverfull totes to admire, Christmas Illustration prints to marvel at, and, of course, plenty of monogram! Our tPFers were even lucky enough to snatch up some vintage finds, like the Louis Vuitton Epi Figue Trèsor Coffret and the Louis Vuitton Monogram Stephen Sprouse Roses print. Our forum members were also the first to get their hands on the brand's new World Tour collection, which features patches from creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere's travels atop the classic monogram print.


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Larkie D., a 40-something techology consultant based in Los Angeles, has been collecting Chanel ready-to-wear since the '90s. (Twenty years later, her uniform is still a pair of jeans paired with one of the French fashion house’s cropped tweed jackets.) A few years into building her clothing collection, she moved onto the handbags. Today, Larkie -- who asked that we not reveal her last name -- owns 20 to 30 Chanel bags at "any given time," many of which are crafted from exotic skins with prices hovering in the $30,000 range. Over the past decade, she’s certainly spent close to a million dollars on handbags -- although the number is hard to pin down exactly, since Larkie began reselling many of her Chanel bags a few years ago.

"I realized that I only really like one or two of the styles -- the classic flap bag in exotic skins," she says. Unfortunately, many of the bags she has resold have not gone for as much as she paid. "They don’t have a great resale value, especially when it comes to exotics," she says. "If you pay $50,000 for a jumbo flap bag in alligator, you might not be able to get more than somewhere in the mid-twenties for it. It’s not like an Hermès."

Which may be one reason that, over the past couple of years, Larkie -- who writes the blog Larkie at Large -- has “moved on to the orange side.” She currently owns "four or five" Hermès bags, including a Birkin and a few Kellys, one of which is in crocodile. "As much as I love Chanel, once you touch and hold an Hermès exotic skin bag in your arms, it’s hard not to cross over," she says. "My holy grail is a Kelly in fuchsia ostrich or alligator. That would be a miracle."

Larkie’s handbag collection may sound rarefied, but she's not alone. Since 2006, she’s been visiting the PurseForum, an online community dedicated to handbag lovers. "I was trying to authenticate a Chanel bag, and I stumbled upon it," she says. "Then I just got sucked in."

In a time when forums are verging on archaic, the PurseForum has more than 400,000 registered members and over 700,000 threads. The site, which also includes a well-read blog, receives three million visits a month, resulting in an average 25 million page views.

"We have really passionate people who have been there for a very long time," says Meaghan Mahoney Dusil, who co-founded the site in 2004 with then-boyfriend Vlad Dusil while they were students at Ohio University. The couple met on the swim team. When Meaghan, better known as "Megs," was injured and could no longer compete, Vlad thought it might be fun if she started a blog about handbags. (At the time, she had two designer bags: a Prada nylon messenger and a classic Coach style.) In January 2005, she published her first post. A few months in, PurseBlog was gaining traction -- and tons of comments. So the couple decided to build a forum in the spirit of The Fashion Spot, but more about shopping, less about the industry.

From the beginning, the Dusils had strict rules about what could and couldn’t be discussed on PurseForum. There would be no trolling, no talk of politics or religion. The result was a mostly positive mix of threads: there were plenty about authentication, sourcing and showing off your latest purchases via photos. Others were simply odes to specific brands. Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès have remained the most talked about luxury brands over the years, but Céline is a current hot topic. Coach remains popular amongst the contemporary labels, and so does Rebecca Minkoff. (Minkoff has told me in the past that she actually spent a lot of time on the PurseForum in the early years of her brand, responding to customer feedback.) The threads reach far beyond handbags, though, spanning the entire fashion/shopping spectrum. There are shoe threads, jewelry threads, clothing threads. Even threads dedicated to celebrity fashion.

A photo from Anh Vu Yu's closet, which she posted on the PurseForum.

To an outsider, the thing that is most striking about the PurseForum is the amount of wealth that is on display. Anh Vu Yu, a 40-year-old from Houston, Texas who has been a PurseForum member since 2006, became a star amongst the community when she posted multiple photos of the closet built for her Hermès collection. "My most prized bag is not just one bag; it is my entire Hermès collection that was a gift from my husband," she says. "When I built my home, I had my dream closet custom made to showcase all of my babies." (See it all here.) Vu Yu currently owns about 50 bags, 25 of which are Hermès. "My bag collection used to consist of trendy It bags in my 20s and early 30s," she says. "I’ve since downsized on the It bags. Now I mostly have Hermès Birkins and Kellys, as well as Chanel classic flap bags."

Of course, with such riches come the crazies -- as is with any forum. "We’ll get guys with fetishes coming in and asking women to post pictures of used Christian Louboutin shoes," explains a PurseForum administrator who asked that we not use her name for this story. (“Nobody likes the hall monitor,” she says, referring to the fact that trolls have attempted security breaches, like breaking into her personal Facebook account, in the past.) In general, though -- thanks to the strict moderation enforced by the Dusils -- these women see the forum as a refuge, a place where they can share their bounties without being judged harshly. "There’s a stigma attached for a lot of people that like to buy luxury goods," the administrator says. "Often people are accused of only liking something because of the label. What attracts people to the PurseForum is that the community doesn’t judge you for indulging."

While Larkie and Vu Yu have been a part of the PurseForum since 2006, there are plenty of members who only stick around for a brief time period. "I think a lot of the ‘oldies’, as they call us, left during the recession," Larkie says. "People's lives changed. They took a step back from the materialism. Like a sorority, they graduated and moved on. But I still use it as a resource."

Luckily for the Dusils, a new crop of PurseForum addicts emerged. The site is so successful that they are able to employ seven full-time employees in New York, as well as an administrator and other contract employees. Along with traditional banner ads and sponsored content, PurseBlog was an early adopter of affiliate marketing. They teamed up with the now-defunct eLuxury early on, and were one of the first to sign on with Net-a-Porter's affiliate program. "We owe our success to the community," Mahoney Dusil says. "We’re very lucky that they’re so passionate about their bags and accessories."

If there's one thing we can attest to, it's that there's nothing better than taking your sweet time unwrapping your new bag and embracing that new bag smell! We rounded up all of our favorite purchases below, and if you didn't get the opportunity to join the New Month, New Bag Club, you can always check out our forum members' other new Louis Vuitton purchases.



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LOUIS VUITTON MONTAIGNE MONOGRAM VERNIS BAG

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We’ve talked about this bag in Monogram canvas before as well as in Empreinte leather version and now Louis Vuitton is taking us by surprise by featuring this favorite in the Monogram Vernis. Yes, without further ado, here is the Louis Vuitton Montaigne Monogram Vernis Bag.

Oh so ladylike and feminine, this Montaigne Monogram Vernis Bag is a perfect match for the dynamic businesswoman. It features a smartly designed interior to carry all your essentials, while the Monogram Vernis leather adds a dash of sophistication.

And oh, we might forget to mention that it comes in seven different colors. We are also giddy upon knowing this so take a deep breath and choose one to your liking: Amarante, Cherry, Magenta, Dune, Black and more.

Let’s get down to business by taking a look at its details. This beauty features a shoulder strap for hand or shoulder carry options, and a smooth calf leather trim. Inside, it has 1 central interior zipped compartment with padlock signature, 2 wide interior functional compartments, 1 double smartphone pocket, and 1 large flat pocket. So plenty of room!

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Louis Vuitton Montaigne Monogram Vernis BB Bag
Size: 11.4′ x 7.9′ x 5.1′ (L x H x W) inches
Price: $2500 USD, 1880 euro, 1660 GBP, $20700 HKD, $3250 AUD, ¥295920 JPY

Louis Vuitton Montaigne Monogram Vernis MM Bag
Size: 13′ x 9.1′ x 5.9′ (L x H x W) inches
Price: $2870 USD, 2080 euro, 1840 GBP, $23700 HKD, $3600 AUD, ¥338040 JPY

Available via Louis Vuitton e-store.

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This Louis Vuitton Montaigne Monogram Vernis MM named after the famed Parisian location is as sophisticated as it is sturdy. Crafted from amarante purple monogram vernis, this bag features dual-rolled handles, detachable shoulder strap, and gold-tone hardware accents. Its hook closure opens to a purple fabric-lined interior divided into two compartments with a middle zip compartment and slip pockets perfect for storing daily essentials. The bag’s detachable strap allows it to be worn longer on the body for added versatility. Authenticity code reads: CA0185. **Note: Shoe photographed is used as a sizing reference, and does not come with the bag. These are professional pictures of the actual bag.

Condition: Great. Very faint scratches on hardware. 
Accessories: Detachable strap and leather clochette with keys and lock. 
Measurements: Handle Drop 4", Height 8.5", Width 14", Depth 5.5", Strap Drop 13"
Designer: Louis Vuitton
Model: Montaigne Monogram Vernis MM

A BRIEF HISTORY OF LOUIS VUITTON
Before the Wright Brothers were the first in flight and Karl Friedrich Benz engineered the first petrol automobile, travelers in horse-drawn carriages, boats, and trains longed to find durable yet stylish trunks to accompany them on their travels. When 16-year-old Louis Vuitton began working with admired custom box-maker, Monsieur Maréchal, in 1837, his craft quickly obtained high-regards amongst Parisian travelers.
After 17-years of customizing boxes and trunks at Monsieur Maréchal’s Parisian atelier, Vuitton opened his own shop near the Place Vendome. Stylish, iconic, and durable, Louis Vuitton’s monogrammed "LV" and Damier collections remain some of the most revered handbags and luggage around the world.

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Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Canvas Brompton Bag N41582

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Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Canvas Brompton Bag N41582 
With its strong and modern lines and elegant detailing, the Brompton makes a dashing addition to the Damier range. An ideal “everything, everywhere” bag for a woman on the go, the Brompton features twin Toron handles as well as a detachable shoulder strap in smooth cowhide, so it can be carried any way one likes. 
- Damier Ebene canvas 
- 2 toron handles 
- 1 removable shoulder strap 
- 1 double smartphone pocket 
- 1 interior zipped pocket 
- 1 frontal long zipped pocket 
- 1 leather patch on the front 
- 1 Padlock 
- 1 keybell 
- 4 bottom studs 
Size: 34 x 24 x 14 (1" = 2.54cm) 

It Come with serial numbers, Louis Vuitton authenticity card, Louis Vuitton dust bag and Louis Vuitton care booklet


LOUIS VUITTON BROMPTON BAG



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The Louis Vuitton Brompton Bag is another beautiful addition to the dashing Damier range. With its strong and modern lines and polished detailing, this one is an ideal companion for the woman who is always on the go.

The Damier Ebene canvas looks gorgeous on the newest Brompton Bag. This Louis Vuitton beauty also knows flexibility and multi-functionality with its 2 toron handles, which serves it best as a handbag and the removable shoulder strap perfect for wearing it as a shoulder bag.

Now off we go to the bag details, which we know you’re all excited about. Especially the interior is where you should pay attention to – it features 1 double smartphone pocket, 1 interior zipped pocket, 1 frontal long zipped pocket, 1 leather patch on the front and also a padlock as well as a keybell.

The top opens and closes with a double zipper and you can carry this bag by hand as well as a removable strap for shoulder carry.

Measuring 13.4’ x 13.4’ x 5.5’ (L x H x W) inches and is priced $2410 USD, 1780 euro, 1490 GBP, $20500 HKD, $2890 AUD via Louis Vuitton boutique or e-store.


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Louis Vuitton Perforated SC Bag PM

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Louis Vuitton presents new designs and colors for the iconic Sofia Coppola Bags. This Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, the brand has introduced the Sofia Coppola Bag in perforated leather. The new style comes in three colors, Ice, White and Black with Red. The Perforated Sofia Coppola Bag is made of veau soie calfskin body and trim with microfibre lining. It is currently only available in PM size.The Jasper color is also now available in PM size, other new colors includes Cappucino and Blanc Mat. The regular leather still comes with a suede calf leather lining.


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Louis Vuitton Perforated Sofia Coppola PM Bag $4,400.00 (USD)
Louis Vuitton Sofia Coppola PM Bag $4,550.00 (USD)

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Louis Vuitton’s Black Perforated SC PM is the Sofia Coppola design, this time with red glazing! Coming with a dustbag, shoulder strap, lock, key, and clochette, there is a tiny bit of wear on the feet. Under the three-inch drop to the handles, double gold zippers open the top to a red fabric lining with two hanging pockets—one zipped pocket and one slide. The inside works well and the outside is marvelous with the perfect perforated veau soie leather!



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