Richard Kestenbaum, a contributing writer for Forbes.com recently published his views on the future of The Real Real and in a roundabout way, the industry as a whole and it's honestly, spot on. Richard, who is no stranger to The RealReal, documented his experience and the issues with the authentication process on The RealReal [...]
There’s been much talk and reporting on Australian resale company Cosette and their selling of counterfeit luxury bags in the news lately and from the looks of it, this has been going on for a while. On July 27th, The Sydney Morning Herald reported that women were starting to accuse Cosette of selling them [...]
$1.1 million dollars in jewelry and watches were stolen, one Rolex had a GPS tracker. On August 1st, NBC New Bay Area reported that robbers of a high end jewelry store in San Ramon, Ca we arrested after stealing $1.1 million dollars in jewelry and watches. Their downfall? One of [...]
Understanding the difference between Data Matrix and QR codes in luxury handbags Gucci bags DO NOT have QR codes in them. Period. I have seen this referenced on so many websites and here is where I am going to explain to you the differences between a Data Matrix code and [...]
Even though I have created courses and offer in person authentication classes, I am always on the hunt for anything that can help me learn or tools that can make the authentication process easier and I am so excited to share what I just found and have literally been using all night on every [...]
Vestiare Collective announces the acquistion of Tradesy PARIS and LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Vestiaire Collective SA ("Vestiaire Collective), the leading global online marketplace for desirable pre-loved fashion today announces the acquisition of Tradesy, Inc. ("Tradesy"), the US pioneer in the fashion resale industry. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. [...]
Did you recently purchase a new Louis Vuitton at the brands boutique and notice something missing? Perhaps the Date Code? Don't fret, there's an explanation for this sudden (not really) change. In 2019, Louis Vuitton started experimenting with placing chips in their handbags and leather goods and "unofficially" have moved to using this model [...]
UPDATE December 2022 - I have just published a new, bigger book! Louis Vuitton: A Pre-Owned Authentication Reference Book which you can purchase on Amazon. 350+ pages with hundreds of images, visually reference date codes and heat stamps for most all manufacturing countries, vintage and newer heat stamps, a brief history along with comparison [...]
For the last few years I have been afforded amazing opportunities to speak at several national conferences about the luxury resale industry, how to get into and be successful and authentication. For each of these engagements, I spent months researching and putting together vast, educational presentations always thinking, this would be a great book. [...]
I am contacted on a daily basis about Louis Vuitton date codes and let me say it for the 1 billionth time, you cannot authentic by date codes. Period. While the date code in a Louis Vuitton item tells you where the item was made and when, this is not an indicator of an [...]
Education is the theme for 2020. This year has been a big one for the resale industry. The RealReal went public and are still having massive issues with authentication, social media platforms have become the new place to sell, brick and mortar stores are closing left and right and large players are popping up [...]
I literally cannot believe another woman has been arrested for the same scam of purchasing luxury bags as places like TJMaxx and returning counterfeits. Clearly something needs to be done about the massive amount of return fraud that is happening with e-commerce. MIAMI, Florida - Owning designer handbags is more often than not on [...]
Starting with @shoplindasstuff eBay launches consignment for luxury handbags.
As one of the earliest sellers of luxury goods on @ebay @lindalightman has built a wildly successful consignment business that will be the first to offer consignment for luxury handbags on their platform.
Like “trading assistants” years ago, you can use one of the approved sellers to consign your luxury items and have them sell it in Ebay for you. ~ With the eBay Authenticate program in full force, this is eBay’s way of competing with the likes of @therealreal and @thredup ~ 🔗 to the @bof article in my bio ~ #ebay #handbags #luxury #consignment
The end of Nancy Gonzales and no, her bags have not gone up in value.
“Between 2016 and 2019, Gonzalez used mules to smuggle over 200 python- and caiman-skin purses and handbags into the US without a permit, in violation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the indictment alleges.”
Like are you that hard up and cannot find a way to right your ship that you have now resorted to placing banner ads on every single listing on your site?
I’m over the greed from companies like this, that won’t spend the time or money to do what’s right to create a solid, honest business but will resort to whatever tactics they can to keep their investors happy while throwing their customers under the bus.
@therealreal success leaves clues, maybe check out @fashionphile for inspiration.
Several people are claiming that the bags that they purchased from Cosette are indeed fake and we’ve heard for years that this was a huge issue for them.
My advice, if you have purchased anything from this Australian resale company, get your items authenticated asap! You can use @the.fashiondetective @zeko_authentication @opnlxry or anyone else you choose but I would do it sooner than later.
The Fifth Collection is one of the best luxury resale companies in the market and I have such respect for their decision to take a sabbatical from their business. It’s not about the love for this industry or the passion behind the business. Sometimes, you need to put YOU first.
This industry can be tough and with the last four years being unprecedented for everyone, at the end of the day you need to do what’s right for you and the people closest to you.
If it means stepping back and regrouping, that can be one of the best business decisions you can make because if you’re not 100%, nothing else will be.
While we all love our luxury, don’t forget to take time out for you.
Make sure you follow @thefifthcollection because while this is just a pause, I’m super excited to see how they re-emerge from their break. And don’t forget to shop, shop, shop!!!
To @ouna24 you are sheer class and I’m wishing you and yours nothing but blue skies! ❤️
This is widely used for obtaining microscopic images of all those little details of a bag when trying to authenticate and it’s only $32.99 on Amazon! 🔗in bio to purchase and before you ask, I make zero dollars when sharing!