Yves Saint Laurent does not design bags, so where did YSL bags come from? (Part 2)

How to detect fake YSL bags:

When buying new, Yves Saint Laurent bag always comes with its own card and pouch. If those aren’t available, this is a red flag.

Yves Saint Laurent bags are renowned for being durable and well made, so the first thing to do to detect counterfeits is to thoroughly check its quality.

Whether the bag you are checking is slippery, suede or calfskin, the material should always feel super soft and durable.

The lining is almost always black and is made of fabric or leather.

Look at stitching – apart from tight, even stitches, no loose threads and all edges are contoured, there should never be any diagonal stitching, especially with quilted YSL bags cotton.

It is important to become familiar with the different Saint Laurent symbols. Take note that they have changed over the years, so if you’re looking at a vintage bag, it might be a different logo from the modern one.

For the “Saint Laurent” or “Saint Laurent Paris” logo, the N and T in “Laurent” are always connected, no matter where the label is on the bag. Note that the R in Laurent and the R in Paris have a slightly different font, which is something counterfeiters often overlook.

Most YSL bags are labeled with a serial number, which is usually stamped on the skin somewhere inside the bag. This is often accompanied by the phrase “made in Italy.” You can actually look up the serial number on Saint Laurent’s website.

The three-letter logo is very specific, so you should consult its image carefully before buying. The overlap and thickness of the letters never change, although some things can differ depending on the era of the bag, such as whether the logo is attached to a decorative nail tip.

For chain bags, the links will always be made of flat chain links, and there will always be a connector labeled Saint Laurent.

The large locks or the inner closure are always stamped with Saint Laurent Paris, although smaller locks on the wallet may not be present.

The underside of the lid will usually leave the signature of Saint Laurent Paris bare.

If you are confused and really unsure, you can contact a professional authentication service for a second opinion.

The Face We All Want To Avoid!…. Gift Face

This is a genius piece of marketing from Harvey Nichols for this festive season demonstrating ‘Gift Face’, the face we all want to avoid receiving when giving gifts. When I first watched this advertisement it really tickled me, at some point in our lives we’ve all had to give ‘gift face’ the face that says it all but ultimately is us trying our best to hide how we really feel by attempting to look grateful and like you love the gift you’ve just received.


I also have just come across another of Harvey Nichols adverts that I really like, this one from last year, how this one passed me by is beyond me but I love it so just had to share this one too.

Shops To Extend Opening Hours.

Shops are set to extend their opening hours in England, this is something I have a pretty strong opinion on.
I may not work in retail but strongly think that it’s only fair that retail staff get time off from work like the rest of us. I already won’t go shopping on Boxing day over the Christmas period as I feel that it’s wrong to make staff go to bed early on Christmas day and cut their festivities short with their families and loved ones for some to be back in at work at 4am on Boxing day morning, after all whats one more day, let them have a break.
Now, shops are looking at extending their daily opening hours further, do we not already have long enough opening hours and if you crazily can’t manage to get all your shopping done within those hours then why not Internet shop!? Those shops are open ALL the time! 
I really feel extending the opening hours further is wrong. 
What are your thoughts?

Out To Play In My Playsuit…

Wow, what a week it’s been. I’ve been full of busy with work, preparing exciting things for the blog and last weekend one of my best friends hen parties in London which consisted of copious amounts of prosecco and cocktails and fabulous rooftop bars, a very classy affair I must say. 
 
It was getting so close to Jen’s hen weekend when I had began packing all my outfits and had very specific items planned, but I just couldn’t stop thinking about this little Reiss playsuit that they had very tactfully been dropping into my email inbox for about 3 weeks prior when I got to a point, Reiss had got to me. 
Believe me I’m a sucker for Reiss so it didn’t take me much to be swayed to heading into town to get this little number tried on. 
The moment I put on the ‘Hail’ graphic jacquard playsuit, I fell in love.
 
I fell for this jumpsuit for it’s comfort, it’s easy wearing for day or night events and had a culotte style feel to the shorts, perfectly loose for someone who is thigh conscious like myself. Not only that, but it fitted perfectly to my waist and chest, the perfect shape for my hourglass figure.
I don’t usually like too much print as it can feel fussy on my face however this is a simplistic  yet classy print. This one piece is sure to get a lot of wear this Spring/Summer, I may even get it out again tonight for a friends birthday celebrations, lets see.