Sound the alarms! Chanel is one of the most requested replica reviews I am consistently asked to provide by blog readers. However since I had a couple of good Chanel replicas I purchased years ago (in a caviar jumbo double flap in black, a beige lambskin double flap, a Le Boy, a WOC, and a GST) I put off buying any new Chanel bags. I will do a rep collection post soon showing how all my Chanel replica bags have held up over the years, and which I would recommend the most based on my personal usage. However this post will focus on a bag I recently fell for – the Chanel Reissue bag – which I think it is very stunning and sublime.
Hello lovely blog readers,
In this post I will be reviewing the Bottega Veneta Olimpia bag in the nero color (a.k.a black) and in the small size. Bottega Veneta is one of those understated luxury brands that makes intricate woven leather bags in their nappa leather (which is lambskin). I have always had a Bottega Veneta bag on my wish list however it has never been at the top of my wish list (trendy it bags tend to top my list on a rotating yearly basis). In other words it’s a brand I’ve had my eye on for a long time however never really seriously pursued … that is until now. I purchased a replica version of the small Olimpia Bag because I needed a new everyday bag that I can quickly grab and go to run errands. What I absolutely love about the brand Bottega Veneta as a whole is that they do not have their logo plastered all over their products. In fact they explicitly have a motto that states, “When your own initials are enough.” This is quite a refreshing perspective on luxury goods considering the current hot trend is logo-mania as you may have noticed when perusing social media.
The Chloé Faye bag is a bag that you have probably spotted before since it has been worn by many celebs and fashion influencers on social media. The bag has multiple version including a backpack (which I also bought and will be also reviewing), a medium day bag, and also a mini version. It’s safe to say that the Chloé Faye bag is one of Chloé’s modern hits, and this is quite a feat since the bag was only introduced in 2015.
Hello lovely blog readers,
In this blog post I will be reviewing the Louis Vuitton Montaigne MM replica bag that I purchased, highlighting the bag’s pros, cons, and overall quality in comparison to the authentic. I fell in love with the Montaigne MM bag when it first came out a few years ago and it has been on my wishlist since 2015. However it kept getting pushed back due to other designs that would pop up and I would desire to obtain more quickly. One thing I can say about the Montaigne MM is that I believe that it’s shape and structure make it one of those Louis Vuitton bags (much like the Speedy and Neverfull), that will stand the test of time. The bag is very functional and I love the MM size. It can comfortably fit in your wallet, sunglasses, phone, and cosmetics. Another feature of the bag I love is the detachable shoulder strap which is one of my favorite features that I always seek out in almost every bag I buy as functionality is very important to me.
Dear blog readers,
This is a review received by email for pursemall.ru from a blog reader named Jill (pseudonym used to protect Jill’s real identity).
When I first received the review I visited pursemall.ru (which I have heard mentioned a couple of times by several blog readers in the comments), and was struck by the poor site design. That would be a red flag to myself personally while shopping, however it is easy for first time buyers to be so enamored with the idea of saving money on designer goods, that they would overlook this and shop on the site anyways. The price point of the bag is also another red flag that would have triggered concern from me because you usually can’t get good replicas at that low of a price point in my experience. Here’s Jill’s experience in her own words:
Dear blog readers,
It is that time of year when I receive my goodies for the summer season, and share it with you ladies & gents. As many ardent blog readers are aware of, I like to usually make bundle rep purchases twice a year (once in the fall for my fall/winter looks and once in the spring for my spring/summer looks). These are the bags I have purchased and will be reviewing and sharing details of in the next few days:
This is just a quick post regarding a “wtf” moment I had today when I discovered some questionable individual seems to have copied the blog over at their domain (myphotostash.com) so I just wanted to let you ladies & gents know that that blog is not run by me, and to not trust anything you read/see there.
I am not sure what the person’s motive is in copying the blog, but thought I’d share a warning just in case they try to impersonate me and do suspicious things (e.g. try to scam people). The only 2 domains which this blog is based on are:
So keep your eyes open when clicking any links you think are from this blog and make sure you are on the correct domain! Hope Y’all have a great week & I’ll be posting some new reviews this week on some new LV & Chloe goodies I have purchased!
UPDATE: I noticed that the impersonator has copied this article onto their blog and have edited to make it seem like their domain is legitimate. Please once again be advised that myphotostash.com is a fake blog.
UPDATE #2: Now myphotostash.com is redirecting to
This is a known scam site. Please do not click on
myphotostash.com nor shop on isbags.ru.
Dear blog readers,
I have already warned you about Jessica of e8bags on the Scam Sellers page here, but it looks like her site domain name keeps morphing and is now e8bbag.net. Although the domain keeps changing, Jessica’s tactics do not. She keeps scamming people. One blog reader named Tracey just recently went through the headache of dealing with Jessica and has emailed in her experience. Here are some pics of the order she placed on the site:
Dear blog readers,
There are certain reoccurring reasons that people state prevent them from buying replica bags. Some authentic purists often even get offended when they hear other people may mix in a fake or two into their collection, and they begin to spurn a list of criticisms, three key ones which include:
- The bags are made by factory workers in poor conditions in China (or another developing country).
- The original brands make it with the care and love of a true artisan – that is why they deserve to be paid thousands of dollars for their art.
- The bags support terrorists, gangs, and every other despicable organization out there.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are good reasons not to buy replicas of certain bags. For example there are certain bags I like to buy authentic because the embroidery or handwork is not something that I have seen eloquently created in the replica market. Or when a certain bag by a certain designer that I love is so fringe or non-popular that I know a replica manufacturer cannot get perfectly right (hence why I recommend sticking with many popular models when it comes to shopping for replica bags).
Some of my friends get duplicate fake bags of their real ones, simply because they don’t want to worry about their thousand dollar investment getting dirty or deteriorating quickly. So I definitely understand that there are situations where it is better to buy authentic, while there are other situations where it is better to buy fake.
However the key point I am trying to make here is that this air of snobbery and those oft mentioned criticism I listed above are not justified, especially after the damning New Yorker article which was released recently, which makes explicit the fact that all of our favorite designers, whether it be Gucci, Prada, or even Chanel, outsource their work to Chinese factories that are located in Europe. The article even states that many of these brands outsourced their work directly to Asia at certain points, before they realized they could not do that and simultaneously label their products “Made in Italy”.
I find the article very ironic because very so often on this blog I notice that in the comments certain individuals pop up and use luxury or designer goods as a tool to attack others, try to elevate themselves, and essentially use it as a mechanism to deem themselves superior. Examples include:
This prominent niche of people who I call orthodox authentic shoppers like to think they have a certain air of moral superiority when it comes to buying strictly authentic bags. And this is what is wrong. These are the biggest shockers I read in the article (you can read the original by clicking here):
1.Workers employed to make bags for top brands (e.g. Gucci) work in very poor conditions.
Based on the price tag people tend to naturally assume that the bags are made by artisans who are paid well and who treated like humans. This is wrong. The article highlights how many workers work in poor conditions where they are yelled at to meet quotas, work long hours, and sometimes are not even paid for their work (which has lead to protests against certain factories). Read this snippet from the article:
One of the employees who protested later told me that he had been paid only twelve hundred euros a month, with no benefits, to work in a freezing-cold room. He remembered working on products for companies including Ferragamo, Prada, and Dior. The crew chief, he said, “would scream at us to work faster, to get more pieces done.” (The employees were officially paid a higher salary, to comply with the law, but, according to a union representative, managers required them to withdraw their “extra” wages and give that money to the owner.)
2. Most designer products are made by Chinese workers in a town called Prato, Italy.
Factories import workers from China as well as other developing countries to work in factories in Prato which have deals with top brands to make their goods.
3. If 2 steps of the manufacturing process take place in Italy then a product can be labelled “Made in Italy”
This allows designer brands to outsource the remaining steps to countries with cheap labour in order to maximize their profits. In the ‘90s brands would make their goods from start to finish in China or Eastern European countries (where labour costs are lower than Europe) and lie to their consumers labelling their products “Made in Italy”. They stopped when they were caught.
4. It costs Gucci about $75 USD per bag.
Read this snippet to see how much it costs per average Gucci bag produced:
Arturo took me through the economics of doing work for luxury-fashion brands. He was paid a set fee for an order, no matter how long it took to complete. He generally lost money on the first bags he finished, but his workers got much faster with repetition, and the later iterations were profitable. When he was fulfilling Gucci contracts, he said, the company paid him an average of nineteen euros an hour. He showed me a bag that featured the company’s insignia fabric, with its interlocking “G”s, and said, “This fabric would cost fifteen euros a metre. But they make millions and millions of metres, so they don’t pay fifteen. Maybe ten. The leather here costs maybe fifteen to twenty euros. It’s two euros for the zipper, plus the money they pay us—that’s the cost. And they put it on the market at between ten and fifteen times that cost.”
In 2014, an Italian artisan spoke to the investigative television journalist Sabrina Giannini. Gucci had given him a big contract, he said, but the pay was so low—twenty-four euros a bag—that he had subcontracted the work to a Chinese mill, where employees worked fourteen-hour days and were paid half what he made. When the bags made it to stores, they were priced at between eight hundred and two thousand dollars.
The Bottom Line
I could go on and on and on about how this article debunks a lot of myths about authentic bags being made, but that’s unnecessary.
The prime take away from this all is that there are wrong reasons not to buy replicas, and right ones. The ones discussed in this article are the wrong reasons not to buy replicas.
Another key takeaway is that as much one covets designer brands they are a business at the end of the day – i.e. a money making enterprise, and as a result we should not fetishize these brands to the point where we forget that they too can have disheartening manufacturing practices. There is a big percentage of “fugazee” when it comes to luxury goods.
What do you think of the story? Leave a comment below as I’d love to know!
I’ve received this email regarding another Instagram scam for replica bags and am posting it to give everyone a headsup to avoid this seller if they run into them on the social media platform. Apparently they have already scammed a lot of people out of their money which is disgusting, so please read below and remember to be very vigilant when you spot a seller on social media because those places are hot spots for scammers! This is the content of the original email:
Hi Purse Queen,Please post this on the blog to warm other from being scammed out of a lot of money. I have gathered several people that have. Been scammed by this seller on IG the goes by
Email [email protected] or [email protected]Also IG [email protected]_storebags, @cindy_storebags and most recently @Istambulpremiumbags. The name has changed several time this week.Please post the attached on your blog to warn people so they can avoid from being taken by this scammer. I have several people that have been scammed out of a lot of money. She also has YouTube videos claiming to have the best replica from Turkey. Everyone that she stolen from has commented on those videos and she has deleted all comments.. Also shortly after she received my money on Jan 24 she has blocked me from Instagram and is not responding to any messages. I have reached out to other followers and they the same has happened to them.. Please help and post these on your blog