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Items for Sale

I have procrastinated long enough so, I finally cleaned and organized my room today. What else can I do when I am snowed in with 2 ft of snow?!

Thanks to all the cleaning and organizing, I am listing my Forever 21 satin black dress and Cole Haan boots for sale.

I have a few more pieces of clothing but I think I will most likely bring those to a consignment store. I do still of course have the Marc by Marc Jacobs Owl Lady bag in Fire that needs to go to a new home of course.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Owl Lady bag in Fire

The listings for my items can be found in my booth on Bonanzle. There is a widget on the right that should direct you to the booth, should you be interested.

Help me clear my wardrobe, will ya? Heh.

Louis Vuitton Raindrop Besace aka Fancy Trash Bags

Need I say more? Leave it to good ol’ Marc to poke some fun at Louis Vuitton! At $1960 for these fancy waterproof trash bags, I’d be better off buying something from Chanel or even something from Hermes!


Louis Vuitton S/S 2010 Besace $1960

I wonder who would purchase these. Like a fellow forum member said, she might just mistakenly throw them out as trash. Ain’t that the truth! Now hand me the money that you were going to pay for these fancy trash bags instead, whythankyouverymuch. Promise I’ll put them to better use!

The Making of a Classic Chanel

I came across the pictures and the story sometime back on a handbag forum. Thought it would be nice to post them here. All of the pictures were taken from Vogue Espana while the story is from fashionoffice.org.

Over 30 new models are produced each year, forming part of the House’s seven annual collections. 6 to 15 people are working for up to 18 hours (depending on the material) on one Chanel “2.55”. While in the past, up to 80% of all bags produced were black, they represent only 50% of the diverse range proposed today.

We use a different shade of beige practically every time,” explains the responsible manager, “so things never get boring. Before any bag goes into production, the site’s development facility first finalises the details of the designs sent by Karl Lagerfeld’s studio.

Working from sketches, a range of hand-made mock-ups are produced before selecting a final prototype and deciding on its exact proportions and stitching details. This whole development stage is shrouded in mystery and usually takes around a week to complete. Then out of the 200 to 300 prototypes produced for each collection, the studio selects around 30.

The site’s archives hold nearly 3,000 different bags; together they map out CHANEL’s history. Lined up like trophies, these different models serve to inspire the design teams of today, as well as helping them to resolve any problems they might be having with the ideal shape of a handle or detail on a strap. Once the bag has been approved for production, a team of leather craftsmen, engineers and cutters will work on more than 10 different models every week to meet the demand from boutiques.

However, before the bag can be assembled, the leather must first be prepared. It is cut from the skin either by hand, using a punch, or by computer, and is then machine-stitched, trimmed and finished. This is an extremely precise process, with all dimensions measured to within a fraction of a millimetre.

80% of the total production time is spent on the assembly table, where CHANEL’s master craftsmen use their expertise to produce an item of unmistakeable luxury. After the material has been prepared, the bag is given its structure by inserting heat-sealed leather-finished supports. Each bag is then turned inside out and back again, in keeping with Mademoiselle Chanel’s firm belief in the importance of hidden luxury: the inside should be as good as the outside. As a result, the same amount of care still goes into the lining of each bag as goes into its exterior.

The bags are then quilted using machines specially developed by Chanel’s engineers, and this stage, though technical, is often one of the most creative in the design process, as can be seen on the series of models inspired by the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, where Coco Chanel grew up.