designer bags

We borrowed Gucci, YSL bags in 2023

Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

No, we aren’t talking about weddings! Instead we’re all about designer bags and wearing a new one every day of the week.

We don’t have an endless budget for that, but it no longer matters when you can use a service like Vivrelle, allowing you to borrow designer handbags and accessories like jewelry and watches for a month (or months) at a time, at a set rate far less than their typical price tag.

Timed to New York Fashion Week 2023, we wanted to get our hands on a handbag or two, and headed to the site and then the in-person showroom in NYC to try the service out for ourselves. Warning: the bags you are about to see will make you want to shop ASAP.

Not in New York? No problem, as you don’t need to visit the showroom IRL to borrow a plethora of designer items. The brand ships throughout the US and even provides pre-paid shipping labels, but more on that later.

What is Vivrelle and how does borrowing work?

A pink Vivrelle sign and handbags
The Vivrelle showroom is so much more than that, doubling as a lounge and work area for their members.
Sophie Cannon
A wall of designer handbags
Holy handbag! This was just one of the many walls of bags lining the NYC showroom
Sophie Cannon


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Vivrelle is frankly a designer-lover’s dream.

In more words, Vivrelle is a members-only service that lets its users borrow designer handbags, jewelry and watches at a discounted rate, charged monthly via a subscription plan. Users can either visit the showroom located in Garment District of New York City or for those not local to NYC, they can also browse

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CC 171: The Divorced Handbag Lover

In today’s installment of Closet Confessionals, we meet a handbag lover in her late 40s who has been a vegetarian for 25+ years. Because of this, her collection is comprised mostly of fabric or leather bags, and CC 171 has a soft spot in her heart for Louis Vuitton. While she’s come to accept that LV bags do have leather trim, she also favors Prada Nylon bags and states that her Prada SA is an integral part of her collecting journey.

While CC 171 has a lovely collection of handbags, she’s been on quite the journey since she first began loving and collecting bags in her 20s. After her divorce, she started fresh, though she states that there are some regrets over pieces that she sold, particularly original Prada Nylon Pieces. CC 171 also favors designer shoes and does admit that while shopping at times feels like a form of therapy, her divorce and subsequent home sale made her realize how much excess stuff she owned that she didn’t need.

Read the full CC now, and don’t forget to submit your own!


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The Basics

Age: 47
Gender Identity: Female
Location: Southern CA
Occupation: Office Manager
Industry: Legal
Salary: $57,000
Household Income: $300,000

The Bags

Are you a PurseForum member? Yes

How many bags do you own? 14

What bags are in your collection?

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How much is your collection worth? I have no idea. I haven’t taken the time to research that.

What is your most expensive bag? Maybe the Louis Vuitton Monogram Utility Crossbody?

What are the most important brands or pieces in your collection? I love my Prada Re-Nylon crossbody and my LV Odeon MM. I use these bags the most. I also have the Louis Vuitton Clear Ambre tote that I absolutely

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What Valuables Should I Look For at Thrift Stores?

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If you’ve ever visited a thrift store, chances are you either loved it or hated it. Perhaps you’ve visited a thrift store with a menagerie of dust-covered objects from decades past or items that are so well-worn you wonder why they weren’t just thrown out. Or maybe the thrift stores you’re used to are more organized and carefully curated.

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One thing’s for sure: When you visit a thrift store, you must have the patience (and knowledge) to sift through lots of items to uncover a gem. The question is: What makes a thrift store find valuable?

“The reasoning of why these items are a good investment depends on when something is trending,” said Brynn Wren, a retiree who visits thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales to find collectibles for cheap and then resells them for a profit on eBay.

“For example, collector plates were once worth a lot, but even (though) they are older now, there is little interest and they aren’t worth much,” Wrenn said. “The items that hold the most value will often hold high sentimental value to people, especially if the item is from their childhood.

For example, Furbies are now starting to become more valuable as millennials age and they become sentimental about their childhood. Vintage teacups used to hold lots of value; but, as the generation that grew up with them dies off, they don’t hold the same value.

Basically, knowing when to sell or hold onto an item will also dictate its value, in addition to its rarity, so check out what’s selling on eBay regularly — or wherever you plan on selling your items.”

Here are some of the items

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The History of Fake Designer Bags

Famous fashion houses have been around since the mid-19th century, and their logos and designs have become iconic symbols of the industry. So when everyone has these designer bags, how do you tell the authentic ones from the fake?

This brief history of fake designer bags gives an overview of how imitation handbags started in marketplaces like New York City’s Canal Street, evolved into high-quality replicas, and eventually found their way into the closets of today’s fashionable consumers. Read on to learn more about the history of fake designer bags!

Part 1: How fake designer bags came into the world

Fake designer bags have been around almost as long as designer bags themselves. In the early days, replica Louis Vuitton bags were sold at flea markets and on the streets. As the demand for designer bags increased, so did the demand for fake designer bags. Today, you can find fake designer bags almost anywhere in the world. From China to Italy, there are counterfeiters waiting to serve your every need. For those who want an affordable alternative or a quick fix, replica Louis Vuitton bags may be their best option.

These replicas are typically made from durable leather that is easy to maintain with cleaning products that most people already own. A replica bag does not last forever, but it will last much longer than a knockoff bag since it is made from quality materials that are not glued together but sewn together with actual stitches. Replica Louis Vuitton also comes in various styles, colors, and prints, allowing the wearer to customize their look.

Part 2: From the flea market to your favorite retail store

In the early 2000s, fake designer bags became more prevalent as China began mass-producing them and selling them at flea markets worldwide. By 2005, counterfeit

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