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Design your own bespoke replica handbag at Mon Purse in San Francisco

Sometimes the most brilliant of ideas strikes in the unlikeliest of places. At least that’s what happened to Lana Hopkins, CEO and founder of Australian accessories brand Mon Purse, which opened its first West Coast boutique on March 7 inside Bloomingdale’s Westfield San Francisco Shopping Centre.

In 2014, the 33-year-old Sydney resident went in search of the perfect purse at a Westfield mall in Bondi, a Sydney suburb. Unable to find what she was looking for, Hopkins gave up and made a detour to a Build-A-Bear Workshop, where she found herself having fun designing a custom teddy bear for her nephew’s birthday.

“In that moment, I had an epiphany,” said Hopkins, on a recent visit to San Francisco for the boutique opening. “I thought, how would my girlfriends feel if they could design their very own perfect replica handbags? Would they not be completely over the moon?”

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Despite her lack of manufacturing experience (she was working in sales at News Corp Australia at the time), Hopkins decided to jump on her unconventional idea of producing bespoke luxury leather cheap handbags, sold at affordable, nonluxury prices.

“I didn’t know the first thing about manufacturing, but that was probably a good thing,” Hopkins said. “When you come from a totally different industry, that’s how disruption tends to happen. You’re not thinking in a preconceived mold. You’re not thinking how things should or cannot happen.”

Launched as a beta site online in 2014, the fast-rising brand now has a flagship store in Sydney that, at just under 100 square feet, brings in nearly $1 million (AUD) in sales annually.

Mon Purse boutiques can also be found inside select Myer department stores in Australia, and Selfridges in the United Kingdom. Besides San Francisco, Bloomingdale’s New York is its only other U.S. retail location, although Hopkins is already eyeing other international expansion.

The company has grown exponentially, she said. With $12 million as its current annual run rate (the amount of money a company projects it will bring in this year if current business conditions were to continue), the brand is on track to do $25 million in 2017, she said.

While customers can shop the brand’s clean-lined, ready-to-wear assortment of clutches, saddle bags, backpacks and totes, the real draw is Mon Purse’s proprietary 3-D “bag builder,” which allows for the customization of almost every detail, from the color and texture of the leathers to the hardware, piping and lining. That means a dizzying 10 billion possible design combinations.

Using a technology common in the gaming industry, Hopkins says Mon Purse is the first fashion brand to use physics-based rendering, or PBR, for the production of personalized luxury products on-demand.

“What PBR allows you to do is capture light, color and texture in a realistic way and display that on a screen, much more so than displaying photographs,” said Hopkins, who compared her actual red, pebbled leather iPhone case to an identical virtual image on her laptop screen.

Made from quality Italian or Turkish leather, the products are manufactured in one of three Mon Purse factories in Turkey. After placing an online order, the bag arrives at a customer’s doorstep within four weeks. The company is working toward reducing that turnaround time, Hopkins said, which may be available in the future for a premium.

In San Francisco, the 850-square-foot boutique is located at the main-floor entrance of Bloomingdale’s, across from Louis Vuitton, in the space formerly occupied by Dior. It features an all-white, gallerylike display showcasing the brand’s top-selling goods and seasonal items.

In line with the emerging showroom trend in fashion retail, the physical space gives customers a chance to touch and feel samples of leathers and hardware before designing and ordering a bag on one of the in-store iPads.

Those looking for instant gratification can buy in-stock items, which can be personalized at a monogram station on-site. Initials, emojis, zodiac signs and even personal messages can be stamped onto the leather or hand-painted onto the handbag’s lining.

Prices range from $45 for a monogrammed iPhone case to $600 for a fully customized handbag. The average bespoke bag order falls between $200 to $500.

“Five years ago, you would’ve never been able to find us between a Louis Vuitton and a Ferragamo,” said Hopkins of the San Francisco spot. “For just an 18-month-old brand, that’s a sign of a massive shift in the industry. It validates the point that traditional retail is dying, and what’s keeping the department stores — and consumers — alive is this injection of creativity and personalization.”

Nicholas Kirkwood Dips Into replica Handbags With Bulgari

The collaboration is Kirkwood’s first since his brand was acquired in 2013 by LVMH — the same parent company as Bulgari — and represents an opportunity to expand into accessories beyond footwear.

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While the footwear designer is no stranger to such partnerships — he has created shoes for Erdem, Roksanda and Peter Pilotto — this is his first collaboration since his brand was acquired in 2013 by luxury conglomerate LVMH, the same parent company as Bulgari.

“We’re a very different company than we were before,” says Kirkwood. “The last couple of years we’ve had a lot of reorganisation, and now I’m at the point where I’d like to work on more collaborations… For me, it was [an opportunity] to work on another product.”

The replica handbags, which will be priced upwards of £1,990 (around $2,600), is inspired by Bulgari’s signature “Serpenti Forever” motif. “Although we’re very different kinds of brands, there are a lot of similarities in the codes that we use,” he says. “I wanted there to be this slightly more contemporary London feel about the collection, but still execute it in a very Bulgari way.”

Kirkwood added that he hopes to explore the possibility of offering more than footwear in the future from his namesake brand.

Luxury replica handbags join China’s super-hot sharing economy

First there were car rides and bicycle hires. Then basketballs, umbrellas and mobile-phone chargers entered China’s “sharing economy”. Looking to cash in on this rising trend, entrepreneurs are looking for ways to get people comfortable with sharing an increasing variety of items.

And at least one of them has decided it is time for luxury replica handbags to enter the fray, despite the continuing availability of high-quality counterfeits in China.

High-end handbags from top-tier luxury brands ranging from Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Hermes and Prada to Louis Vuitton are now available for rent on a platform called “Dou Bao Bao”, which literally means “show off your replica handbags” in Mandarin. The platform, launched last month, is built on WeChat, China’s smash-hit chat app, and transactions are supported by WeChat Pay, one of the two big digital wallets in the country.

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It could be a tempting proposition, especially for moderately well-off women who long for the lifestyles of the ultra-wealthy, as the monthly rental fees and deposits are considerably less than the original prices of luxury handbag.

Among the 15 brands on Dou Bao Bao’s shelves, Gucci’s Dionysus GG Supreme canvas hobo is the most reachable, costing only 99 yuan (US$14.50) per month with a deposit of 999 yuan. It sells for 7,500 yuan in the shops.

Meanwhile the rental ceiling is claimed by Chanel’s Le Boy shoulder bag, which costs 1,878 yuan per month and a deposit of 19,000 yuan, for a  total equivalent to half of the retail price.

Besides the relatively low prices, Dou Bao Bao pledges that every handbag is 100% authentic, to combat a major concern for Chinese consumers, that they might be lent a fake product.

Though rental of luxury goods is already popular in the United States, Japan and the UK, it seems the business model just found its way to China by riding the heat of the sharing economy.

“Some luxury leasing companies overseas are growing very fast. They have strong profitability as well as a large [number] of paying users, and their valuation varies between US$100 million and $500 million,” Cheng Kaiwen, the founder of Dou Bao Bao, told the Securities Daily. “From this perspective, the capital market is optimistic about luxury sharing.”

The company is trying to send out a clear message that it wants to make luxury brands available to every young Chinese woman. However, before its arrival, some women had already found a way to lay claim to the lifestyle of the super-rich, via exquisite knockoffs.

“The demand for well-made counterfeits of luxury replica handbags has been growing in the past few years because of the improvement of people’s sense of esthetics,” said a vendor whose family name is Wang and who has run a wholesale handbag store called Pin Ou in the XBM International Clothing Wholesale City in Shenzhen for about seven years. “Whenever the big brands launch new [products], people come and ask if there are counterfeits ready.”

Wang thinks it is hard to tell whether the luxury sharing model will take away the consumers who once nourished the fake-bag industry in the future, but she believes high-quality knockoffs will still have their place. “Handbags outlet are very personal. Some women may not be willing to use a second-hand bag, or to say it has been in multiple hands.”

Bloomie’s Thieves Try Using Stolen Cards to Buy $42K Chanel replica Purses: NYPD

UPPER EAST SIDE — Four Queens residents were caught trying to purchase more than $42,000 in designer replica handbags from Bloomingdale’s with stolen credit cards on the same day, according to the NYPD.

In the first incident, two women, Zihong Yuan, 22 and Ting Ting Zhao, 21, and a male teen walked into the department store at 1000 Third Ave., at 59th Street, on Thursday just after 3 p.m. and grabbed nine Chanel replica handbags worth a total of $36,315, authorities said said.

All three of them tried using stolen credit cards to buy the bags but were busted at checkout, police said.

During a  search, Zhao was also found with a controlled substance in glassine envelopes inside her purse, authorities said.

All three were charged with grand larceny, identity theft and criminal possession of stolen property, and Zhao was additionally charged with criminal drug possession, police said.

About an hour later, another Queens woman whom police said was unrelated to the trio tried using a fake credit card to buy two Chanel bags valued at $6,400, police said.

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Liangyu Zhu, 42, was charged with grand larceny, six counts of possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of stolen property, authorities said.

Other notable incidents in this week’s blotter from the 19th Precinct include:

A shoplifter threatened a convenience store worker with a scissors and bit a drugstore employee while stealing Red Bull and other items in two separate incidents this spring, authorities said.

Joshua Smith, 21, of Lower Manhattan, was arrested last week following the April 27 robbery at a 7-Eleven and the May 7 robbery at a CVS, police said.

In the first incident, he walked into the 7-Eleven at Third Avenue and 82nd Street around 2:30 a.m. and put 16 cans of Red Bull into his bag, police said. When an employee confronted him, Smith showed him a pair of scissors and said, “Don’t come near me. I’ll smash you in the face with the scissors,” according to a criminal complaint. He then fled the scene.

In the second robbery, Smith went into the CVS at 1172 Third Ave., near 68th Street, around 6:45 a.m. and grabbed 21 packages of Trident bubble gum, 20 Monster energy drinks and 20 Red Bull energy drinks before trying leaving the store, police said. Employees followed and tried to stop him, when a 31-year-old man working on the corner stepped in to help, police said. Smith bit the 31-year-old on the hand and they both fell to the ground, where Smith hit him the man on the right side of his face. The victim suffered cuts to his hand and face, and Smith ran south on Third Avenue, police said.

Detectives eventually tracked Smith down and arrested him at the 19th Precinct on June 27, police said.

At his arraignment, he was charged with robbery, petit larceny and possession of stolen property, court records show. The judge set his bail at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. His attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

Every lust-worthy replica designer bag in Jhanvi Kapoor’s closet

jhanvi-kapoorSridevi is no fashion slouch, and it stands to reason that she passed on her sartorial gifts to her daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi as well. And blame it on the millennial need for instant gratification, but 20-year-old Jhanvi isn’t waiting for her actual big screen debut to begin making inroads in tinsel town. While Karan Johar flips a coin and decides which star kid to hand out a big break to next, Jhanvi has been quietly, and assuredly, punching in her presence on every best-dressed list available.

Her ascension to the next big thing is backed up by a healthy appetite for replica designer handbags, Hermès and Chanel being her partners in crime. We took stock of the many, many luxury labels dotting her closet and here’s what we have to report.

When your parents are the crème of the film fraternity, your uniform involves Chanel quilted replica bags. Jhanvi took her tan sling to the movies for the Mirzya screening, but ensures that her classic black number regularly sees the light of the day (and the lens of a camera) too.

While her wedding closet has been unofficially sponsored by Manish Malhotra, Jhanvi’s off-duty look is dominated by crop tops and her signature Goyard Saint Louis tote. Roomy enough to stash replica handbags everything in, including probably a backup outfit reserved for run-ins with the paparazzi, it isn’t hard to see how Jhanvi landed on this winner.

Superstar Sridevi’s daughters, Jhanvi and Khushi, have yet to make their official Bollywood debuts but thanks to their insane style cred, they are bona fide Instagram celebrities already. We dare you to tell replica handbags us that this little black-and-white snap isn’t giving you lowkey Kardashian vibes already.