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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

TIPS MERAWAT TAS

Seperti yang kita ketahui bahwa tas kulit wanita saat ini sedang trendy dikalangan masyarakat perkotaan. Kebanyakan wanita ingin selalu elegan dan menyempurnakan penampilan mereka dengan menambahkan berbagai aksesoris baik yang melekat dibatam maupun dibawa.
Berbagai macam keceriaan warna bisa anda jumpai di butik butik tas, dan akan anda jumpai beragam tas kulit yang sedang menjadi tren bagi wanita aktif dan fashionable. Namun, banyak orang beranggapan bahwa merawat tas kulit cukup membutuhkan ketelatenan dan ribet, benarkah seperti itu? Baca dengan seksama artikel merawat tas kulit wanita, agar koleksi Anda senantiasa indah, bersih, siap pakai kapan saja dan enak dipandang mata.
Mencuci Tas Kulit Wanita Mencuci tas kulit bisa dikatakan sebagai salah satu cara merawat tas wanita yang paling sulit, banyak sekali langkah agar tas anda tidak rusak saat dicuci, misalnya:
  • Tidak boleh menggunakan air panas
  • Tidak boleh memakai detergen
  • Tidak boleh menggunakan sikat pakaian
  • Dan tidak boleh terkena panas sinar matahari secara langsung
Ikuti tips mencuci Tas Kulit Wanita dibawah ini agar koleksi anda tetap awet:
  • Siapkan sabun mandi dan air hangat, kemudian campur bahan tersebut di sebuah ember plastik. Disamping itu, siapkan pula satu ember lain berisi air hangat
  • Pastikan bahwa anda telah mengeluarkan semua isi barang di dalam tas, berikut dengan kain pengaman sehingga debu yang tertinggal di dalam tas wanita anda ikut keluar.
  • Pergunakan tangan untuk mengolesi tas dengan air sabun diatas, kemudian gosok lembut dengan sikat gigi anak-anak atau menggunakan sikat gigi dengan bulu yang amat lembut.
  • Bilas 3-4 kali dengan air hangat, dan bilasan terakhir dengan air dingin.
  • Segera angin-anginkan di tempat yang teduh, jangan sampai terkena sinar matahari secara langsung.
  • Setelah tas tersebut kering, segera olesi dengan lotion handbody yang kaya akan moisturizer dan air.
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>>Membersihkan Tas berdasarkan Bahan<<
 Beda bahan tas beda pula cara merawatnya. Ini beberapa tips cara merawat tas yang tepat yang disesuaikan dengan materi yang digunakan:
  •  Leather (Kulit)
Kulit adalah bahan paling lentur, awet, dan berkualitas untuk dijadikan tas. Merawat tas kulit asli harus rutin dilakukan. Caranya, semir tas kulit (pilih semir warna netral) setiap 3-4 bulan sekali. Gunakan sikat berbulu halus. Mulailah menyemir dari bagian bawah tas untuk memastikan semir tak merusak warna tas. Lalu, sikat perlahan ke arah atas sesuai tekstur kulit.
  •  Patent Leather
Untuk tas berbahan patent (kulit lak paten), Anda bisa menggunakan mineral oil, petroleum jelly atau aseton untuk membantu membersihkan kotoran dan noda kecil pada tas. Letakkan pembersih yang Anda gunakan di atas sebuah kain yang lembut. Usapkan secara perlahan dengan tekanan lembut pada bagian yang terkena noda sampai hilang.
  •  Kain
Pada umumnya untuk tas berbahan kain dirawat dengan menggunakan vacum cleaner berukuran kecil. Dengan begitu semua debu dan kotoran akan lebih mudah hilang. Tetapi penggunaan vacum cleaner hanya bisa digunakan jika tas memiliki konstruksi yang kuat. Jika tidak, Anda bisa juga membersihkannya dengan air hangat dan sedikit detergent. Pastikan jangan mencucinya dengan cara disikat, cukup kucek sedikit sampai noda hilang.
Tas kain dengan manik-manik, bebatuan, atau ornamen biasanya lebih sukar dibersihkan, apalagi bila terkena noda. Jangan bersihkan sendiri tas kain jenis ini karena bisa merusak warna dan ornamennya. Sebaiknya, kunjungi tukang tas yang bisa membersihkannya. Tapi, Anda tetap bisa merawatnya. Simpan tas dalam kantong khusus yang diberikan saat awal membelinya. Untuk menjaga bentuknya, isi tas dengan serpihan kertas atau tisu. Simpan pada posisi berdiri atau digantung bersama wadahnya.
  •  Suede
Merawat tas suede yang lembut dari kulit kambing yang dianyam bisa cukup dengan menyikatnya untuk menghindari bahan suede mengeras dan tampak kusam. Tas suede jangan disimpan di tempat lembab agar tekstur kulitnya tak rusak. Untuk membersihkan bagian dalamnya, gunakan penyedot debu kecil untuk menjangkau debu di bagian tersembunyi. Lalu, bungkus tas dengan kertas tisu bebas asam dan masukkan ke dalam kotak dengan posisi rebah. Sesekali diangin-anginkan agar tak cepat berjamur.
Tas yang terbuat dari bahan suede dapat dibedakan menjadi dua cara tergantung noda yang didapat. Jika tas suede terkena noda kering, Anda bisa membersihkannya dengan menggunakan penghapus pensil dengan karet kenyal. Sapukan penghapus pada bagian tas yang terkena noda.
Bila terkena noda yang basah, tempelkan handuk kecil pada bagian yang basah agar air terserap sampai kering, setelah itu baru Anda bisa menggunakan penghapus pensil. Jangan membersihkan bahan suede dengan produk penghapus noda seperti aseton karena bisa merusak bahan suede. Untuk finishing, sikat bahan suede dengan sikat khusus.
  •  Plastik
Siapkan air yang ditetesi sedikit sabun. Boleh memilih sabun apa saja, yang biasa digunakan untuk keperluan rumah tangga dan bermutu baik. Seka permukaan Tas Plastik atau Bags Plastics dengan kain lap yang dibasahi larutan sabun tadi. Lalu, bersihkan sisa sabun dengan lap kering. Angin-anginkan tas sampai kering. Agar Tas Plastik atau Bags Plastics tetap mengilap, semprotkan silicone wax yang bisa dibeli di toko sepatu olahraga.
  •  Anyaman Jerami
Untuk membersihkan debu di sela-sela anyaman jerami, gunakan penyedot debu kecil (yang biasa digunakan untuk membersihkan sofa). Agar tampak mengilap, bisa gunakan cairan pembersih untuk sepatu kets. Caranya, gunakan lap bersih untuk mengulaskannya. Lalu, keringkan dengan cara digantung di tempat teduh. Hindari menjemur tas jerami di bawah sinar matahari langsung karena bisa mengerut.
  •  Rantai
Tas dengan aplikasi rantai juga memerlukan perhatian khusus. Bersihkan rantai dengan cara membungkus rantai dengan kain flanel, masukan kain ke dalam rantai kemudian tarik. Lakukan berulang kali hingga rantai Anda kembali bersinar.”

Thursday, June 13, 2013

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE BALENCIAGA BAG

The Leather

One of the reasons Balenciaga handbags are so popular is because they are made from some of the softest, thinnest, and most lightweight leather available. Once you’ve touched a Balenciaga handbag, you will be instantly “hooked”! The leather is very thin, but extremely durable. The type of leather used by Balenciaga is a very distressed looking type of leather. Every bag has a unique appearance. You’ll find lines, wrinkles, folds and smooth spots all over the bag’s body. No two Balenciaga bags look identical.
Most of the fake bags are made from cheap leather, which has a shiny and stiff appearance to it. The leather on the fake bags looks more “cracked” than distressed.
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Look closely at the fake bag’s appearance. See how shiny it is? An authentic Balenciaga bag doesn’t have this much shine to the bag. You’ll also notice that the bag’s material appears more “cracked” rather than distressed. Almost as if those lines were intentionally put there:
The leather on the fake bag is too even and structured. It looks the same all over the bag. An authentic Balenciaga will usually “collapse” when empty. This is because the leather is so thin and soft, whereas the fake bags tend to hold their shape even when they’re not stuffed.
Here is a close up comparing the leather of an authentic bag to the “leather” of a fake bag.
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When you look at it this way, the differences in the appearance & texture of the leather, become much more apparent. You can actually see the stiffness & cracked appearance in the fake bag versus the soft and distressed look of the authentic.
The most obvious difference between most of the fake Balenciagas and the authentic Balenciaga is the leather. The Authentic’s is so soft that there’s no way the bag will stand upright unless it is very tightly stuffed. As I mentioned above, the authentic bags tend to collapse when you set them down, even when the bags have many things inside. It doesn’t take much inside of a fake Balenciaga bag in order for it to retain its shape.
The Tassels
The tassels that are connected to all of the zippers should be just as soft as the bag’s leather. They should hang loosely, and feel like velvet in your hands. The tassels on most fake bags are stiff and hard, and do not hang loosely.
The Hardware
The hardware on the fake bag is too silver & shiny. The hardware on an authentic bag is either brass or “dirty” silver. See the tonal differences in the authentic bag?
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There are other differences also, if you look closely. See the hardware that connects the handles to the bag? On an authentic bag this hardware is rounder and wider, while the hardware on the fake bag is much more narrow and longer. Also, the studs on the bag. The studs on the fake bag have a very flat appearance to them and look as if they protrude from the bag. On an authentic bag, the hardware is three-dimensional and appears to “blend” with the bag. Also, the hardware on a fake bag is single-toned, meaning that it is only a single shade of silver (or brass). The hardware on an authentic bag is multi-tonal, and looks like different colors in different light.
Another thing to look at are the small rings on the zippers where the tassels are tied. There should be small rings on each of the zippers (the top zipper, the front zipper and the inner zipper pocket). All of these rings should be sealed or welded closed so that there are no gaps and/or spaces. Most of the fake bags (that I’ve seen) have small gaps where the ends of the ring meet. These rings are also made from a type of metal that cannot be easily bent and/or “pinched”, whereas the rings on the fake bags tend to be much to thin and can be easily bent or pinched together, or in some cases, easily fall off.
The Straps
The shoulder strap of an authentic bag should should be one solid piece with small openings at the ends where the hardware fits into. The leather on the shoulder strap of most fake bags are folded over the hardware and wrapped around it, creating a double layer of leather. The hardware at the ends should have a rounded, curved appearance to it, while most of the fake bags have more of a squared appearance to this hardware. There should also be a small eye hook that connects the hardware together. The tip of the eye hook should have a flat head and should be pushed up through the corkscrew shaped hardware. It should not stop just below it, as it does on most of the fake bags. The detachable shoulder strap is almost always connected to the bag, it is also never wrapped in plastic (or bubble wrap) and tucked inside the bag.
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The Zipper
As I’m sure most of you know, authentic Balenciaga bags are made with Lampo zippers. The thing that most people don’t know is that Lampo makes two different types of zippers. An authentic Balenciaga should have the type of Lampo zipper that is written in italics with a line underneath which extends from the bottom of the “L” and the TM symbol in the upper right corner. The other type of Lampo zipper, which is printed in uneven, capital letters is NOT the type of the zipper that should be found on an authentic Balenciaga bag. The word “Lampo” should be embossed on the zipper (printed in raised letters), whereas most of the fake bags have the word “Lampo” engraved into the zipper. Please be aware, however, that there are many fake bags with authentic Lampo zippers. YOU CANNOT TELL IF A BAG IS AUTHENTIC BY LOOKING AT THE ZIPPER ALONE!!
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The Handles
The handles are weaved, or braided with leather. Balenciaga calls it “sueded leather”, which has a raw appearance to it and looks more like rope or a shoelace. It shouldn’t be finished leather, coated or protected. The following picture shows the difference in the braiding on an authentic bag and a fake one. See how the braiding on the fake bag looks like it has a protective coating over it:
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The Tags
The Classique (small), the City Classique (medium) and the Voyage (weekender) should all have a leather tag with a silver plate on the front side. The Office Bag (large) and Boston Twiggy should just have leather tags with no silver plate (some older Twiggy bags had silver plates, but this was changed in 2004). Most of the numbers should be the SAME on every bag in one style. The only number that is different is the first number on the top of the silver plate (the one that starts with “No.”). The number 103208 is the model number of the Classique (small) and should appear on the bottom of the silver plate and should be the first set of numbers on the back of the leather tag, followed by the numbers 213048The model number of the City Classique (medium) is 115748 and should be found on the bottom of the silver plate and should be the first set of numbers on the backside of the leather tag, followed by the numbers 3444.The model number of the Voyage (weekender) is 110506 and should be found on the bottom of the silver plate and should be the first set of numbers on the backside of the leather tag, followed by the numbers 213048The model number of the Twiggy bag is 128523 and should be the first set of numbers on the backside of the leather tag, followed by the numbers 3444. The model number of the Office Bag is 132110followed by the numbers 1669. All of these numbers should be found on all authentic bags for the current season. Many fake bags have one set of numbers on the silver plate, with another bag’s model number on the backside of the leather tag. The numbers and “made in italy” should be evenly centered on the backside of the tag. On many of the fake bags, these numbers are printed too high on the tag, or sometimes printed unevenly. The pics below show the tags from an authentic Classique and a fake Classique. You’ll notice that numbers on the backside of the tag inside the fake bag are the numbers that should appear on the tag of a Twiggy bag!
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The Cosmetic Mirror
When purchasing a brand new Balenciaga bag from an authorized retailer, the cosmetic mirror that is included with the bag comes tied around the rear handle of the bag so that it hangs. It does NOT come wrapped in platic (or worse, bubble wrap!).
The Extras
You may notice that many of the bags that you find listed, will include all the “extras” wrapped in plastic. The only item that comes with an authentic Balenciaga bag that is wrapped in plastic are the extra tassels, that are included with every bag. While I’m sure it’s always POSSIBLE that a seller might wrap the accessories for protection during shipping, this is not how brand new bags are normally sold and is another way that may help you determine if the bag is fake (but again, you should not rely on this alone).
A few other things you should do when considering placing a bid on one of the Balenciaga bags listed on ebay,
(1) Contact the seller and ask them when and where they originally purchased the bag. This shouldn’t be a big secret. There are only a handful of retail locations that are authorized to sell authentic Balenciaga handbags. Many of the online sites that are selling bags with the Balenciaga name, are actually selling fake bags. (The fake Black Twiggy bag pictured above was purchased for more than $1100 from one of these sites!) You can usually tell that these bags are not authentic because either the colors are wrong, or they have way too many available. There are waiting lists that are months long at most authorized retail locations. It’s impossible for any retailer to have as many of these bags available for immediate shipment as some of these websites have.
(2) Familiarize yourself with the names of the styles, the colors and when they were released. Only a handful of colors are produced each season, and they are almost always “retired” at the end of each season. The only colors that are continuously produced are black and white. Red is an older color from approx 2 yrs ago, so if a seller has a brand new red bag which they claim they just bought, chances are it is not an authentic Balenciaga bag. You can get a list of the current colors from any authorized Balenciaga retailer.
(3) Know your seller. Check their feedback. How many Balenciaga bags has this seller sold? Do they have a continuous inventory of these bags, as well as other designer bags. Do they have more than 2 or 3 black bags currently available? Black is the most popular color and the hardest to find. It would be next to impossible for any ebay seller to have more than 2 or 3 black bags available for bidding.
(4) Unless the bag has been previously used, it is IMPOSSIBLE to purchase an authentic Balenciaga bag for less than its retail price. At its current price, with sales tax, the lowest possible price to buy a brand new authentic Balenciaga handbag (in the US) is approx. $1000. If a seller has a brand new bag that they’re selling for much less than this, chances are, the bag is not authentic. You know the saying, “If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably not.”

SOME STEPS TO KNOW A FAKE CHANEL CLASSIC

Chanel Classic

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With fake bags, most of the time the lines of the bag is not clean, the shape is wrong and you can see the overall quality is not even close to the authentic one. Authentic Chanel bags have superior workmanship. We can see that the fake Chanel has a really heavy quilting compare to the authentic one.
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From this side view you can see that the perimeter of the flap of the authentic bag does not have any stitching, like the fake one does. This stitching is actually for the Chanel Caviar leather not the lambskin leather. Most of the fakes that I’ve seen use the perimeter flap stitching on the lambskin leather.
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One of the easiest to spot a fake Chanel is by looking at its’ back pocket. Fake Chanels usually have the wrong size of pocket. Notice how the fake Chanel has bigger pocket than the authentic one? Also the diamond quilt on the authentic Chanel lined up perfectly while the fake one does not. The top edge of the authentic Chanel looks more like a soft wave while the fake one looks like a flat curve.
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The inside of the first flap should be smooth. Notice how the inside of the first flap of the fake Chanel is all wrinkly.
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Inside the second flap there is the interlocking CC logo. This particular fake Chanel has too skinny C’s compared to the authentic one.
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On this other fake Chanel the interlocking C’s are too fat and too flat. The interlocking C’s are supposed to be raised a little.
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