Kim Kardashian West’s Controversial Birkin

Kim Kardashian West’s Controversial Birkin

Kim Kardashian flaunts her toddler sized HERMÈS Birkin illustrated by George Condo

Kim Kardashian flaunts her toddler sized Birkin

Kim Kardashian flaunted her toddler-sized HERMÈS Birkin again during Paris Fashion Week. Kanye West gifted the Birkin his future wife 2013. It isn’t any $40,000 Birkin with some DIY applied nude but an art piece by contemporary artist George Condo. He painted a nude image of a woman surrounded by three other bodies with warped faces. (One had a slime green demonic visage with a gaping red mouth.) West had also tapped Condo to illustrate his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

Get inspired by this example, get an affordable, authentic replica Birkin in our store and get the Acrylics out. If you lack talent, find some at the local art fair.

 

BALENCIAGA. Whole fit lit, it cost me nada.

The rapper and singer is able to comment on an approach to fashion that hasn’t had much recognition in the music scene.

New York rapper Princess Nokia has a brand new single out, called “Balenciaga.” Over a mid-tempo beat, Nokia flexes her frugal fashion statements in the face of designer clothing:

“Sketchers looking like Balenciaga / Thrift clothes looking like the Prada / Whole fit lit, it cost me nada / B*tches always talking, I give them all nada.”

The rapper and singer is able to comment on an approach to fashion that hasn’t had much recognition in the music scene since Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s “Thriftshop” in 2012. While Nokia’s cadence is less playful than the aforementioned entertainers, the message of autonomous meaning-making remains the same. 

“This song is about the fun I’ve always had taking designer concepts and recreating them with imagination and personality,” Nokia said in a statement. “It’s about weird, off-kilter fashion and the blurred lines between fashion and style. It’s not anti-designer at all…it’s just a song about practicality and comfortability with one’s self. It’s about non-conformity and not taking fashion too seriously. The underlying theme I realized was about not caring what people think and dressing for yourself.”

Her song calls out the mainstream appeal of aligning oneself with the counterculture brand

Princess Nokia, whose offstage name is Destiny Frasqueri, suggests that the creativity one imbues into an outfit is a more veritable measurement of personal style than adorning oneself with the accoutrements of ready-to-wear garb. What’s interesting about Frasqueri’s lyrics is her use of the brand Balenciaga, which is known as a subversive fashion house. Her song calls out the mainstream appeal of aligning oneself with the counterculture brand online, as “dressing for hype” and “likes.” This popular approach to the alternative brand corrupts the philosophy of subversion, which is acknowledged as behaving in a way that goes against the norm. It’s in this headspace of cognitive dissonance that consumers, myself included, begin to go a little mad. This unfolds onscreen throughout Frasqueri’s choreography where she dances in an interpretative style while stripping her clothes off, possibly alluding to the tale The Emperor’s New Clothes.

What’s different is the inhibition expressed toward equating the monetary value of a brand’s identity to one’s personal identity.

This mature lens through which Frasqueri sees society could be accredited to her New York upbringing, which is underscored as being an adolescent in characteristically adult scenarios. (At age two, Frasqueri lost her mother to AIDS. Between the ages of 9 and 16, she was in foster care. During her time in foster care, her foster mother was physically abusive.)  It seems Frasqueri developed a sense of personal agency at a young age and let that quality positively evolve with her as an adult with an acute eye for individual style and flair. The message in her song renders an inspirational theme of self-assurance.

Fashion acts as a neutral party, it is important for us as cultural players to stay aware of how its reputation is framed within music and media.

My generation, Gen Z, seems to be polarized between conservation and consumption. On one hand, there are the Kylies and the Arianas. On the other, there’s Greta Thunberg. Princess Nokia’s sentiment is particularly important for younger listeners who need a more balanced message from celebrities. Mixed messages regarding the two topics only divide members of the young audience further. Fashion acts as a neutral party, playing a role that’s neither good nor bad, but important for us as cultural players to stay aware of how its reputation is framed within music and media.

Would You DIY Customize Your Designer Bag?

Would You DIY Customize Your Designer Bag?

Many bag lovers are choosing the DIY route.

Purseblog is asking if you should self customize your valuable designer bag. We say absolutely. But get our authentic quality replicas, you can afford to waste a few bags until you get it right. Express yourself without inhibitions/

Big brands have taken notice and many offer customization options of popular styles. There’s Gucci’s DIY service, Louis Vuitton’s Mon Monogram, Goyard’s hand-painted service, Mansur Gavriel’s hand-painting and more. These services are available to the masses, and though they’re personalized and one of a kind so to speak, if you want to take it one step further, you can. Many bag lovers are choosing the DIY route, and a quick google search yields a ton of results. Whether it be a painted Louis Vuitton Speedy, a patched-up Neverfull or a DIY painted Birkin, it seems that there are a lot of brave handbag lovers out there.

The results, when executed well, are edgy, unique, and fun.

Have you ever thought about DIY-ing one of your favorite bags? The results, when executed well, are edgy, unique, and fun.

Deauville C’est CHANEL

Deauville C’est CHANEL

The CHANEL Deauville, named after a seaside resort in France is our most popular tote bag.

Deauville is a seaside resort on the Côte Fleurie of France’s Normandy region. An upscale holiday destination since the 1800s, it’s known for its grand casino, golf courses, and horse races. It’s wide, sandy beach is backed by Les Planches, a 1920s boardwalk with bathing cabins. The town has chic boutiques, elegant belle epoque villas, and half-timbered buildings.


1913 was the year when Coco Chanel chose to open her first fashion boutique on rue Gontaut-Biron in Deauville.
It was in Deauville where she first to invented a sporty sense of style that reflected a changing society, a style that would forever alter the course of women’s history.

But this place had the most meaning for another icon: Peter Lindbergh acclaimed fashion photographer made Deauville his open-air studio throughout his career.

Furthermore the CHANEL Deauville tote is our most popular tote bag.

Luxury Brands and Friends

Luxury Brands and Friends

Pop artist Andre Tan’s parody riffs on the logos of international brands.

A major portion of Singapore pop artist Andre Tan‘s parody riffs on the logos of international brands like HERMÈS, CHANEL, LOUIS VUITTON, SUPREME, in combination with a number of comic and cartoon characters. These animated personalities interact with the brand in anarchically improbable ways, generating a wink and a smile as recognition, then humor strikes its audience. Both brands and characters have high recognition factors in fields as varied as fashion, film, music, animation, and gaming, drawn from both Western sources as in comics and cartoons, or Eastern ones as in Manga or Anime. As such, they are drawn from the very fabric of contemporary popular culture, placing Andre firmly in the genre of pop art.

Andre Tan questions our negotiation of self- identity in the context of a mass- media economy.

Conceptualized for brand-conscious societies as ourselves, Andre goes beyond the mere juxtaposition of disparate images to construct complex witty tableaux as desirable as the products they parody. He blurs the boundaries between reality and the unreality project projected by the mass and consumer culture and questions our negotiation of self- identity in the context of a mass- media economy that remain largely driven by Western culture.

Original Pirate Material

Original Pirate Material

Is it Legal to Sell Replica Bags, Counterfeit Goods, Knockoffs?

In the fight against intellectual property infringements, you need to know your vocabulary. There is a difference between counterfeit goods, replica items, and knockoffs, and it is essential to know them apart because different laws, regulations, and penalties apply when it comes to the selling and purchasing of these items. The fast-paced development of the internet, which provides an easy breeding-ground for fake products, makes it almost impossible to keep track of authenticity when it comes to your purchases. Moreover, it creates such a large variety of counterfeit goods on offer that it becomes difficult to understand what the legal repercussions are of selling counterfeits, replicas, and knockoffs. This article will explain, once and for all, whether or not it is legal to sell these products. It will also give you some insight into the rules of selling products on large e-commerce platforms.

When are products considered to be replica items, counterfeit goods, or knockoffs?

Itʼs easy to get lost in a sea of attractive products when youʼre shopping online. However, you must be extremely careful about checking what you buy. Scammers arenʼt just selling their wares in back-alleys and street corners anymore. No, they are fully operational online, making it harder to distinguish between originals and fakes. There are various kinds of fake goods, and it is essential to know the difference between them. Take a look at the distinctions here:

Definition of counterfeit goods

A counterfeit is a product that is made to look exactly like another product, thereby infringing upon the trademark of that product mark. The fake product is meant to deceive customers into believing that they are purchasing an original, usually at what appears to be a considerable discount. It tends to be challenging to distinguish the counterfeit from the original, though they can generally be told apart by looking at labels, packaging, as well as quality.

Definition of replica items

Replica is a relatively new term coined by counterfeiters to promote their products online. If it is similar to an original design but not identical (for example, missing the brandʼs logo), it is more like a knockoff.

Definition of knockoffs

A knockoff is a product that resembles another product, yet is not identical. Sometimes reputable brands even sell knockoffs of other brand’s products and designs, taking inspiration from them. The original brand could take the party copying their idea to court for infringing on their intellectual property.

What is illegal to sell on the most popular e-commerce platforms?

Each e-commerce platform has its own list of items that are prohibited for sale on its platform. Counterfeits, replicas, and knockoffs are illegal to sell on most e-commerce platforms, especially on the most popular ones like eBay, Amazon, and Alibaba. Besides, there is an endless list of items that are prohibited from selling on Amazon, and it includes things such as drugs, weapons, fine art, cosmetics, and animals. One is allowed to sell almost anything on eBay, but there are strict regulations one has to comply with. However, drugs and explosives such as fireworks are totally prohibited. Alibabaʼs prohibited items list includes weapons, drugs, adult or obscene material, and medical devices. 

Selling replica items, counterfeit goods, and knockoffs

Selling counterfeit products is illegal in the U.S., though there are no laws for punishing consumers for buying counterfeits. 

So fake, replica, knockoff. Or as The Street’s Mike Skinner is saying: “Let’s push things forward.”