Designer Handbag Trends – Summer 2008

Ladies, we all know a handbag can make or break your outfit. Sometimes, it is not even about what you are wearing but your accessories that get you noticed and adds the finishing touches. Let’s take that basic little black dress that we all reach for time after time. Don’t carry your basic black clutch. Reach for gold strappy sandals and carry a metallic gold clutch. Layer on your chunky gold jewelry and your set. Metallics are definitely hot right now and will continue to be through the fall and winter seasons. They are the new neutrals. They go with everything.

I know there are some of you that don’t go for the metallics so you reach for your leather turquoise designer handbag and your matching shade of strappy sandals. Throw on some turquoise jewelry and your ready to hit the door.

Maybe you are more casual and you reach for your colorful capris and tank tops most often like me. As I say; “the bigger the bag, the better”. Yes, I have children. So for us; I would recommend a large black tote bag with buttery soft leather and silver studs . Black is a basic so it will match all of your colorful clothes. Accessorize with your silver jewelry pieces and let the fun begin.

Another great choice would be a tote bag in red patent leather. Patent leather in any color is huge this season as well as the larger handbags. I would opt for red patent leather wedge sandals and the ever-popular chunky bead necklace and earring set in black onyx or red jade. Always remember proportion though! If you are a tiny gal, do not buy the largest handbag on the shelf just because it is in style. It will drown you. Look at yourself in the mirror. What do you see? If all you see is a handbag, I am quite sure you have the wrong bag! A handbag should complete your look; not be your look.

One final choice for the summertime would be a Eco-friendly colorful tote. It will perfectly match all of your casual colorful summer clothes and be right on trend. Also the perfect choice if you desire to “go green”.

Just remember, it is definitely important to incorporate some form of color for the summer season and nothing can be easier than selecting colorful handbags and accessories that make summer dressing a breeze!

This article was written by Julie Thompson. For all the latest in the authentic designer handbag world; visit us at http://www.designerhousehandbags.com

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The History of Prada Designer Handbags

Prada handbags are carriable masterpieces and these bags always deliver a fashion statement with a touch of class. Many also think they are, and have been for many years, the best handbag around.

Prada was established in 1913 by Mario Prada in Italy. The company Fratelli Prada, Italian for Prada Brothers, started designing and creating their range of leather handbags and goods from two boutiques in Milan many years before Prada became a well known fashion brand. This soon changed however as the company evolved and captured the imagination of people in Europe and America.

After Mario, who believed against women interacting with business, passed away, his son had no interest in the company, so it was inherited by his daughter-in-law where it was maintained for nearly 20 years. In 1978 her own daughter, Miuccia Prada took over the company. Miuccia, Mario’s granddaughter, at the time had a PhD in political science, although no other qualifications a top designer may expect. However, The label had been struggling financially for several years due to competition from other designers like Gucci. Miuccia did have some experience in making bags, as she made backpacks from black nylon for a few years prior to taking over.

She had previously met Patrizio Bertelli who joined her, greatly advising on decisions within the Prada company. As she went about changing the label into what it is today, she went on to release the classic Prada handbag which was made from simple black nylon, and in 1985 it became an overnight success.

Prada then followed up on this with its pret-a-porter collection – elegant, simple pieces featuring clean lines, luxurious fabrics, and simple colors. The fashion world took notice, and Prada’s popularity carried on rocketing up.

Within 2 years, Miuccia won two fashion awards awards, in 1993 she received an international reward from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and then in 1995 she also won the “Designer of the Year” Award. Since then, Prada has gone on to open boutiques in dozens of cities and countries worldwide. Miuccia is attributed to using many new fabrics and accessories on making fashion accessories in the entire Prada ranges. A typical Prada handbag is usually made of materials like deerskin, leather, calfskin and fox fur trim whereas the strap hooks, buckles and clasps are generally made of silver or gold.

Prada designer handbags come in wide range of signature colors such as champagne, camel, black, natural canvas, pewter and, of course, white, but also on occasion more vibrant brighter colors.

Nowadays, Prada handbags are incredibly practical and usually come with an assortment of extra features that help you carry your cosmetics and other things with ease. These features include inner pockets with zips (to stop things falling about), magnetic snap bag closing fasteners and key rings. Of course, lets not forget that the number one feature on the bag is always going to be the Prada logo plate, proudly displayed on the bag to let the world know that you are indeed carrying a genuine Prada designer handbag.

The author is an expert on designer handbags and designer brands. For more information about how to buy cheap designer handbags, visit the website http://www.discount-designerhandbags.com

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Designer Handbags at Any Price?

How much is too much to spend on a designer hand bag? An Hermes’ Birkin just sold at auction for more than $80,000. Is that too much to pay? It was made of genuine crocodile and had a diamond studded clasp, still too much? Believe it or not, that is not the most expensive bag available, not even close. Forbes recently put out a list of the world’s most expensive handbags, at $80,000 that silver Birkin did not even make the top 5.

So what is the phenomenon with outrageously priced designer bags? Is there any limit to their extraordinary prices or to their appeal. Well, I guess that depends on who you ask. I don’t think my mom ever paid more than thirty or forty dollars for a hand bag. She seems perfectly happy and always has a place for her wallet, pack of Kleenex and her cell phone. It does the job. I can’t imagine my mom ever looking longingly at someone else’s Louis Vuitton tote. She is too much of a practical Yankee to ever consider spending hundreds never mind thousands on something so unimportant.

Yet for others the hand bag takes precedent over everything else. I once witnessed a mother rebuke her teenage daughter for spending $450 on several articles of rather practical clothing saying, “Four hundred and fifty dollars! You could have bought a hand bag for that much!” When did this turn take place? When did a handbag become more important than back to school clothes? When did teens become the sensible ones and adults go over the deep end?

Obviously the women who can afford to spend tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands on a single handbag live in world very different than the rest of us, with their own motives and rationale that the rest of us may never understand.

So what about the rest of us? Those of us that are willing to save our money or cut our budgets elsewhere so we can afford a Louis Vuitton or a Coach bag, how do we know what’s a good investment and what’s just paying too much? A classic handbag in a neutral color is going to give you more mileage than a trendy bag in a seasonal color way. You’re paying not only for the name but for the design and most of these bags are designed with great attention to detail. The perfect bag for you is one that suits all your needs, not only aesthetic. It should be of a size and shape that’s fits you comfortably. Most women are more comfortable with a bag they can carry on their shoulder and that is slim enough to sit under their arm. Even a small bag should have compartments to accommodate all your stuff and to keep essentials within easy reach.

If you prefer a bag that grabs attention or is more about the current trends than longevity your investment might seem to be short lived, remember the Louis Vuitton cherries of a few years ago? Even these flash in the pan trends can be saved, clean ’em up, put ’em in their dust jackets and stash it in the back of your closet. In a few years these currently trendy bags can be very retro chic. A good quality bag will last for years.

So where are the best deals? Buying from an authorized dealer has definite advantages. First being the service. The service you receive in a store like Channel is a part of the experience of buying and owning a designer bag. You can shop all their styles and see which one truly suits you in a way you can not when buying online. Also you know that what you are buying is the genuine article. The after care can often justify paying a premium price. The better design houses will take care of your purchase for its lifetime. Being able to register it with the company can help if you ever need to submit an insurance claim if it is ever lost or stolen.

Sales don’t just happen at discount stores but you will rarely see one advertised at any important designer’s store. To get the inside track on the good sales you have to have a connection. (See my earlier posts on shopping sales.) Having a relationship with your sales person will get you tipped off when your coveted clutch hits the markdown sheet. At the premium brands all the great sale deals go to their clients and the general public never even knows it’s happened. At Giorgio Armani the first day of the sale 90% of all the mark downs are already sold, having been waiting on hold in the back room with a name and credit card number waiting for the big day. By the time you hear of it, if you hear of it, all the best pieces are gone. The “clients” scooped them up weeks earlier. Why? Because they got a phone call inviting them to come pre shop the sale.

If you prefer finding great deals on-line there are plenty of options though not all are legit. There is a lot of fraud going on out there. Many online sellers represent counterfeit bags as the real McCoy and getting your money back from a criminal like that, well, good luck. Doing your research here is very important. There are lots of e-bay sellers offering deals on legitimate products. E-bay is a great place to buy vintage bags. With so many buyers only interested in “New with tags” you can pick up a used bag for pennies on the dollar and having that patina of use adds to the look. It also shows that your bag, while not off the lot new, is genuine. Fake bags don’t age well real bags age beautifully.

There is another on-line option, rent the bag! There are several companies offering new bags for rent! If you love the idea of growing a collection that you can pass down this is not the option for you. If you always want the newest and the best and then move on to the next this can be a great way to save some money. Rather than paying thousands for tomorrow’s cast off you can spend a couple of hundred, use it for a month or two, send it back and get something completely different. This idea would definitely throw my mom’s head into a tail spin, hundreds of dollars for a handbag for a MONTH! But if you are spending thousands and only using your purchases for a season anyway, it would actually save you loads of money. For many hand bag renters it’s the only way they can afford the real thing, it could be a great option for going to an event. Who wouldn’t like to walk into their high school reunion with an Hermes’ Birkin on her arm, no one there needs to know she couldn’t possibly afford it. It is better to have the real thing for one month than to have

Thomas Swider
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The Fendi Designer Handbag

This is the time of the year when all the fashion designers are bringing out new ranges for the summer. Fendi is no exception and has brought out new ranges of designer handbags. They have been producing quality designer products for many years.

The fashion empire of Fendi was founded in Rome, Italy 1925. At this time they manufactured leather goods and furs. These products made Fendi an immediate success and they were able to open a second shop in 1932. The name Fendi at that time became renowned throughout Rome for high quality products.

The company now manufactures a range of different designer products, these being:

Handbags Bags Wallets Purses Sunglasses Colognes Watches

Fendi’s has brought out a new line of handbag for Spring/Summer 2008 season. This is the Spy Bag which is both a classic design and a legend in its own right. It is a high Fashion handbag that contains lots of detail including Napa leather material with braided leather trimming, Matching top-stitching, zippered main compartments with large leather pull, external flap pocket with mirror like hardware and Internal patch pocket. The inside of these intricate bags is completely lined in Fendi Zucca Brown fabric, found on the top of the line Fendi items.

With a vast range of top quality designs by Fendi it becomes very difficult for a woman to choose the perfect handbag. In general most women collect handbags and have one for practically every occasion. At one time women would buy a particular handbag that would be in coordination with the clothing or the shoes. These days are now gone, take a look at some of the celebrities who buy designer handbags, these are sometime loud and very noticeable. When the handbag is in full show it gives a woman that feeling of being special. The Fendi product has that affect on women and brings out the true fashion design in them.

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Duncan Archibald is the author of this article and is co-owner of ShopnDropDirect.

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Are You a Vera Bradley Fan Looking For Discounted Vera Bradley Handbags?

This is a fascinating story about two Hoosiers who were waiting for an airplane in Atlanta in 1982 and noticed that all the luggage looked rather masculine and incredibly unfeminine. They made a pact to change all that and began their task as soon as they arrived home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. These two ladies rapidly developed from a home-based business to the winners of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award. The name of the company, Vera Bradley, is the name of one founder’s mother. The two Hoosier’s with a big idea and lots of talent, Patricia Miller and Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, proved that with talent, ingenuity and a big dream, all things are possible.

Their marketing plan, while not fashioned after Disney, uses the same basic concept of retirement of pieces similar to the retirement that Disney uses for its movies. Like many collectibles, once it no longer is available it increases in price. This planned obsolescence creates almost frantic buying when a retired item appears at an annual special sale held each year. The retirement of these items also keeps the product line fresh and new so Vera Bradley followers always have something to look forward to each year.

What started out as a desire to create feminine luggage grew into an entire line of products that range from designer felt tip markers to the well-known Vera Bradley handbag. You can purchase notebooks, glass cases and memo boards as gifts for under $25. The collection includes every piece of luggage that you ever conceived possible and for the stormy days, offers a designer umbrella to lift the spirits.

There are also limited edition items that sell at store listed as platinum, silver or gold stores. These items are the only available through those store, or infrequently sold by an owner that needs to make room for more purses and luggage. Occasionally you find them pop up on eBay where the bidding is fast and furious.

The Vera Bradley Company does not allow Authorized dealers to sell new articles on eBay, you can get some great buys on used, or barely used items. Many items sold on eBay still have the tags on them and are in pristine condition. The easiest way to find Vera Bradley items at that site is simply type the name Vera Bradley into the search engine and a multitude of items pop up.

The prices are not just reasonable they are too good to pass up.

If you look at the feedback from other buyers, you can easily judge the reputation of the seller and make your purchase accordingly. Online shopping can be scary but eBay has perfected the safety measures that keep you from worry. A simple pay pal account protects your personal banking information from getting into the hands of someone unscrupulous. It’s a win-win situation for everyone. You safely buy Vera Bradley products at rock bottom prices and the seller knows their item got a happy home.

Carol Murray is the owner of the website http://www.1stopbags.com that features Vera Bradley products. She is an avid eBay seller and shopper and loves to find bargains on high quality items.

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Designer Bags – How to Travel in Style!

Whether you’re looking for a travel set with matching handbag and three sizes of suitcase or a lightweight duffel, designer bags are the ultimate fashion accessory to make a style statement wherever you go. Prices vary from a hundred to thousands of dollars, so it’s vital to know how to avoid being ripped off and make the most of your designer bag purchase.

Real or fake? – Poorly designed fake designer bags have flooded the market. With poor quality knock-offs it’s easy to spot a fake by looking out for cheap leather, mismatched patterns and logos with spelling errors. However, fake designer bags are becoming big business and makers are increasingly turning out better and better quality, making it even more difficult to spot the real thing.

The best tips for spotting a fake are to first of all think about the price – if you’re paying $100 for a bag that normally costs $1000 you can be pretty sure it’s a fake. Take a look at the stitching – fake bags don’t have the same craftsmanship as the original. Look out extra stitching and detailing such as unique buckles and zippers which are more likely to be found on the real thing. Also do your research online – fake makers tend to add colors and styles not available in the original design.

Practicality – When you’re looking for a fashion statement, practicality isn’t one of the first words which springs to mind, however when it comes to luggage it can save you hours of frustration and regret later on. If it’s a tote, make sure it’s practical to carry around without causing back pain. If you’re buying designer luggage, check it’s sturdy enough to withstand airport security checks, is easy to carry through an airport or crowded train station and that pickpockets can’t easily reach inside.

In Fashion for a Season… or for Life? – A designer bag is a major purchase, so it’s important when shelling out your hard-earned cash to make sure you buy a piece that will last more than just a season and is a classic design. Soft leather never goes out of trend and ensures durability as well as the tendency of leather to get better with age. When picking a high fashion designer bag, ask yourself if you really like it, does it make you feel confident, or are you just buying it because you saw it on the latest pages of Vogue?

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What are Designer Inspired Handbags?

Designer handbags are popular because of their durability and style. However, the assurance of fashion and quality that goes hand in hand with a designer label usually comes with a high price tag. Thus, designer inspired bags may be a workable solution for those who love the designer look, but can’t quite swing the designer price tag.

When you want the look of a designer bag without having to pay the going rate for an authentic designer bag, you may love what you see when you check out the selection of designer inspired handbags.

Designer inspired handbags are not imitation designer handbags. In other words, they are not fake or knock-offs. Designer inspired handbags are simply designed in line with the current trends in handbag fashion, and so have a look and feel similar to that of fashionable designer handbags.

Don’t think fake when you think designer inspired. Instead, think trendy. Popular, high-end designers set the trends of what is and is not fashionable. Other manufacturers frequently take inspiration from the latest trends, which are usually first introduced to market by well-known designers.

By producing handbags that take their inspiration from the latest trend in designer handbags, less pricey manufacturers are able to make and market high-demand handbag styles on a larger scale. Many reputable handbag manufactures create and market designer inspired handbags that offer excellent quality and durability.

By purchasing a designer inspired handbag, you are able to outfit yourself with the latest trend in handbag fashion without spending a fortune. Many trendy handbags come in and out of fashion very quickly, so it makes sense to spend less on these types of bags.

What you lose when purchasing a designer inspired handbag rather than an original designer label is the status associated with owning a unique handbag that few people are able to have. The designer inspired bags are more widely available, which means they are much more common.

What you do gain when purchasing a designer inspired handbag is a fashion accessory that reflects an in-style look, and money left over to spend on something else!

Only You Can Decide

You are the only one who can decide if a designer inspired handbag will meet your needs, or if you should make the investment in an original designer accessory.

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The Chloe Handbag- The Perfect Gift for Moms

Most moms secretly long for a designer handbag, but many of them will not spend the extra money when there are so many other things that their family needs. Mother’s Day and Christmas are great opportunities for a person to shower his or her mom with the luxuries that she has always desired, but would never buy for herself.

Jenny’s Chloe Handbag Story

Jenny’s mom had always wanted a Chloe handbag. She loved to look at the new styles of Chloe handbags that the stars were carrying in the weekly magazines. But as a single mom, there was no way that she could afford to buy one; saving for a Chloe handbag seemed frivolous since there were so many other things that the family needed. So Jenny’s mom just satisfied herself with admiring the Chloe handbags from afar.

Jenny swore that one day she would buy her mom a Chloe handbag. After all, her mother deserved one after all those years of sacrificing for her family. As soon as Jenny got her first job, she began saving for that Chloe handbag for her mom. From her first day of work until her mom’s birthday, Jenny had nine months to save for her surprise gift.

A Childhood Inspiration

As a child, Jenny heard an inspirational story of a mother who was always setting aside her desires in order to put her family’s needs first. As a young woman, she married a good man and hoped that one day he would be able to give her a diamond ring even though they couldn’t afford it right away. Her husband loved her so much that he wanted to give her whatever she wanted, but he didn’t have the money for diamonds. So he told her that they would save for a diamond little by little.

By the time they had saved enough money for her diamond ring, their first child was born and they used the diamond money for much needed baby expenses. The couple then had a second child. Those children had to be put through college and then they had their own weddings to pay for. Needless to say, the diamond fund was used many times for reasons other than the purchase of the woman’s diamond ring.

Time went on and the husband retired from his job. With his retirement money, he finally purchased his wife the diamond she had always wanted. At that point, her son and daughter-in-law announced that they were expecting their first child. A young couple in love, just as the woman herself had once been, the son and daughter-in-law had not been able to afford a diamond either. The woman, in her usual self-sacrificing style, handed her diamond ring over to her daughter-in-law saying that she was too old to appreciate its beauty.

Saving is Hard

Jenny could not express how hard it was to save $50 every month for her mom’s Chloe handbag. But after almost a year, she had finally saved enough to make her mom’s dream come true. Jenny bought the best Chloe handbag she could afford and it was truly beautiful. The look on her mom’s face when Jenny gave the Chloe handbag to her was more reward than she could have ever imagined and made each month of setting aside the money well worth the sacrifice.

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Hot Style Tips For Handbags

Having the right handbag can be the most important part of your outfit. Not only should you have the most stylish bag around, but the type of handbag should be appropriately matched with the style you are sporting. Here are some of the simple things to remember when you are grabbing one of your designer handbags before you run out of the door.

The most important thing to consider when matching a bag to your outfit is size. A large bag is very casual and should only be worn so. One piece of clothing should be loose to compliment the size of the bag. A loose top or a skirt really help the bag flow with what you are wearing. Small bags with a shoulder strap are great to be matched with a sun dress or jeans with a snug top. This type of purse is the easiest to wear and is usually moderately priced by most designers. Large bags get expensive very easily, so don’t blow money on a lot of large bags. A clutch is a very versatile purse especially if it is black. Clutches can be matched with anything from a dress to an evening gown. Very dressy handbags will usually have sequins on them and they should only be matched with upscale evening wear.

Great brands to invest in are the top designers that have been around for a while. They usually have a classic line that stays in style for many years. Classic designs by Gucci and Louis Vuitton usually compliment a variety of outfits and you will get your money’s worth out of them. You can update classic styled handbags with flower pins or simply tie a scarf onto the strap. A good way to find out what the latest trends are is to shop around and see what designers are adding to their most recent bags.

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How to Tell if a Web Site Sells Authentic Designer Handbags

There are many web sites out there claiming to sell authentic designer handbags. Unfortunately, many of these web sites, although claiming to sell authentic handbags, are in reality selling fakes. Here are some simple tips that can help you figure out whether a web site is selling authentic goods.

1. Guarantee: A web site selling authentic hand bags will always have a guarantee: Authentic or money back. If this policy is not listed on the web site, contact the web site operators to find out if they offer such a guarantee. If they don’t it indicates that they are not so very much convinced that the goods they are selling are really authentic.

2. Quality: If the web site claims that the products being sold are of the best quality, or something along these lines, something is wrong. If they are selling authentic goods, then the quality is constant and is equal to the quality offered by each competitor. If they talk about offering good quality, they are really saying that they have good quality fakes.

3. Chinese connections: Companies based in China are almost always selling fakes. To find out where a company is based, go to http://whois.sc and enter the domain name. You will normally see who registered this domain. If this is an address in China, stay away. The domain information will also include the IP address. Click on this IP address and see it’s information. You will, amongst other things, get a location. If the location is in China, stay away.

4. Louis Vuitton: If a web site is selling Louis Vuitton goods, this is usually a very bad sign. The only web sites that sell authentic Louis Vuitton goods are eluxury.com and vuitton.com. Other web sites may have a limited choice available in limited qualities, but even that is exceptional. Some people do sell authentic Louis Vuitton on eBay. These sellers will usually be a member of MyPoupette. Look for the MyPoupette logo before buying Louis Vuitton from eBay.

5. Contact: A trust worthy web site will list a street address. If a web site does not list a street address or phone number, stay away.

6. Return policy: Stay away from web sites that will not take returns.

There is no simply formula that will determine whether a web site sells authentic designer handbags. You always have to use your own judgment. But the above rules should help you make this judgment with better confidence.

Henk Devos is the founder of Genuine Designer Bags, a great source for authentic handbags by Fendi, Gucci, JP Tod’s, Marc Jacobs and more.

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Women’s Handbags: Spruce Up the Ordinary

Do you ever find your wardrobe is missing something? Have you ever wondered how to make an outfit more or less formal? The answer to many of today’s wardrobe problems can be answered with the handbag. You do not have to run out and buy an entirely different wardrobe; a new handbag will spruce up the average jeans/t-shirt ensemble, or add life to an everyday work outfit. This can make an otherwise casual outfit a little dressier without sacrificing comfort. That same handbag can also add to a formal or business ensemble by adding a little glimmer that catches anyone’s eye.

If you find yourself stuffing your wallet into your back pocket or grabbing the same boring and worn-in satchel, a bright and trendy handbag can turn frumpy into fantastic. Some people believe that the handbag they have carried for years is just the perfect size and some have even developed an emotional attachment. A healthy wardrobe, however, consists of more than one useable handbag. Many other bags are able to fit just the right amount of makeup and other essentials. Not all designer handbags are impossibly small or unnecessarily big. There are all types and sizes to fit with every personality type.

Also, beautiful women’s handbags do not have to be a drain on your wallet; many are inexpensive and very durable. Choosing a great handbag is easy; if it catches your eye, it’s a keeper. Every time you wear it, you’ll feel great and sexy.

Kimi Lasser is a consumer writer and fashion consultant, and an enthusiast of women’s handbags. She currently attends Rochester Institute of Technology where she studies Advertising Photography.

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Spotting Counterfeit Designer Handbags

You may try to save a few bucks by buying a designer handbag replica, but there are several reasons why it makes sense to buy the real thing:

1. Although replicas may look like the real thing, the workmanship and quality can’t be compared to the original.

2. Counterfeiters avoid paying taxes since their businesses are generally operated on a cash basis. Citizens like you and I still have to pay.

3. The sale of counterfeit designer goods has been linked to terrorist and gang activity as well as organized crime. Drugs are often smuggled inside counterfeit handbags.

Spotting a fake

There was a time when it was easy to spot a fake: misspelled logos, cheap leather and shoddy hardware. Now, fakes are starting to look rather good and it’s hard to tell the difference. Here’s how to tell what’s real and what’s not:

1. Authentic handbags are purchased from authorized registered dealers. Authentic designer handbags are not sold by street vendors, at home parties, at flea markets, in New York’s Chinatown, in Los Angeles’ Santee Alley, or at mall kiosks.

2. If you’re considering a Coach handbag, the company’s website provides a list of authorized dealers. Both Coach and Kate Spade give detailed information on spotting replicas of their products.

3. The price. A new Prada handbag will not sell for $50.

4. Country of Origin Labels. The country of origin for Fendi handbags is Italy. If the handbag has a label that says “Made in Taiwan”, it is not the real thing.

Buying designer handbags online

If you’re shopping online and find a designer handbag at a price that’s hard to pass up, there’s a way to tell if you’re getting an authentic product:

Read the product description carefully. Some online merchants will lure you into their sites by describing their products as original, authentic or genuine. After reading descriptions, you may find such phrases as “inspired by” a particular designer. This product isn’t authentic and the phrase is used to protect the merchant from trademark infringement.

Want to know for sure it’s real?

Buy designer goods from authorized registered dealers only. That’s the only way to be sure that you are purchasing an authentic designer product.

Sharon Owens is the editor of Luxewise.com which helps its visitors become more savvy shoppers of luxury goods.

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