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The fakes are better than ever, would you know the difference?

With the troubled economy, many people are dropping off their designer handbags to resale shops, or turning to Ebay to sell them online. And if you’re buying, it’s an opportunity to snag great deals on luxury products. But would you know the difference between the authentic bag and the fake? Before you buy, we have […]

How To Choose The Right Handbag?

The choice of the most suitable handbag can make your whole outfit just POP! Now, let’s just acknowledge that this question is very subjective. Style does not follow any official rule and in fact all the latest modern stylists are just going against all the previous trends. Be unique and let express yourself in an […]

Coach Handbags a Victim of the Recession

Coach is now planning to provide its iconic handbags at lower prices. Coach also will slow the pace of its share-repurchase program. Recession where effecting all section of the society, fashion market and top handbag industries like Coach are also into clutches. The company reported that bag sales fell 6% across all channels in North […]

Coach Rich Heritage

It was in 1941, in a New York City loft that the founder of the Coach family business got his inspiration from a classic American symbol, the baseball glove, to create his personal heritage. For him the distinctive markings and deep glowing burnish of the glove would uncover a potential far beyond its sources. The […]

Coach Signature fabric

The “C” pattern will be crooked.  Except for some newer patterns, like the “optic” or my new favorite “scarf print,” the tip of the horizontal “C” facing the other “C” should touch. Also, the pattern should line up and start in the center of the front panel of the bag (same with the back panel).  […]

The Stitching of Authentic Coach Handbags

The stitching or general construction of the bag looks sloppy – this is a sure sign because COACH does not make sloppy products!  Each stitch should be the same length as every other stitch, it should be in a straight line, and there should be no “over-stitching”.

The bag does not look like any other bag

If it looks “sort of” like a bag you’ve seen but something is “off” – be careful! The design is also subjected to copyright. This means that fake handbags must look different in their design from original ones. These changes are kept to a bare minimum, but they are still visible for the trained eye. […]

Coach Handbags Replicas

The seller is listing an unusually large number of the same exact bag. This is a red flag because there are websites where you can purchase good-quality replicas, and I have seen these replicas listed on eBay claiming to be authentic. Note that replicas are usually made of fabric, as leather is more expensive and […]

Photos Quality

Beware of blurry photos or stock photos (a stock photo is one that has been cut-and-pasted from the COACH website, usually with a white background) – this does not necessarily mean the bag is fake, but if you see either of these types of photos, I would contact the seller and ask if they can […]

Coach Authenticity

Take note if there is absolutely no mention that the bag is authentic! If so, ask the seller to verify that they are offering an authentic product. If they fail to respond to your request, this may be a sign that they don’t want to incriminate themselves. But be careful! Just because the seller claims […]

 

LA Cloud Sandal

Featuring form-fitting elastic straps, the new LA Cloud Sandal offers all-day style, support, and breathability.  

LA Cloud Sandals

Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%

Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%
  • Zoom Air Pods
  • ZoomX Foam
  • Full-length carbon fiber plate (scaled to size)
  • New Flyknit upper called AtomKnit
We may have found the fastest running sneaker on the planet?
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%

Zoomx
According to the Nike website, "The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% is the fast you’ve never seen—or felt—before. By combining our two most innovative technologies, Nike ZoomX foam and VaporWeave material, it’s the fastest shoe we’ve ever made. Scroll down to learn more about the future of racing shoes."
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Shoe King or Tiger King

You may have heard about the story of eccentric zookeeper Joe Exotic and the Netflix true crime hit "Tiger King".  But have you heard about "Shoe King".  Yes, another true crime show on Netflix.

Shoe King


Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Recycled Apparel Tag Fasteners Ecotach

A complete line of new sustainable product solutions called Ecotach™ is now available from Avery Dennison Fastener Solutions. The Ecotach line of sustainable fasteners is designed specifically to meet the needs of environmentally conscious apparel retailers, brand owners and consumers who want to reduce their environmental footprint.


Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

DaniLeigh Talks Levi High

How’d you get the idea for “Levi High?

I’m not even gonna lie. I was in the studio and David Biral, the producer, played the beat. And I just saw it: “Levi High jeans, sitting right…” because I had my Levi jeans on. That’s my explanation. I was really wearing them.
Levi High
The singer discusses that crazy music video with DaBaby, tells us where she gets her Levi’s®, and more.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Manufacturing Respirator Masks

Monterey Mills and Eder Flag, team up to start manufacturing of much-needed respirator masks

Monterey Mills based in Janesville, WI is the largest textile mill of its kind in North America, and supplier of knitted pile fabric used in a variety of medical and air-filtration products. Eder Flag, based in Oak Creek, WI is the nation’s largest manufacturer of flags and flagpoles and is converting part of its flag-sewing operations to produce the barrier masks.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Protective Masks for Covid-19 Pandemic

Protective masks for Covid-19 are being worked on by the apparel industry.

Hospitals across the country face dwindling supplies of medical equipment.  Hospitals have been rationing supplies and some have been asking staff to reuse masks until they become soiled.


Although factories already exist that produce protective apparel, they are clearly overwhelmed by the speed of the Coronavirus pandemic.


Several apparel industry companies are stepping up to help.


Also, craft stores are teaching us how to make protective masks at home.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Hanes Face Masks

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals & first responders are facing shortages of personal protective equipment.

Hanes is retrofitting plants to make medical masks.

It has been reported that Hanes is sharing its design with Fruit of the Loom, SanMar, Beverly Knits and the National Council of Textile Organizations, as part of an effort led by yarn manufacturer Parkdale Mills America.

The Hanes design has apparently been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Live Fashion Commerce and Conversation

Could this be the beginning of interactive commerce’s breakout moment?

Every week, Betabrand invites its fanbase to an interactive chat experience celebrating the company’s latest product launch. Recently, a new discussion thread has emerged: How are you feeling? 

Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Whitney Cummings wears UNOde50

Whitney Cummings records a podcast while wearing UNOde50 earrings

Whitney Cummings wears earrings
The Good People actress spiced up her work from home outfit with UNOde50's Switch On Earrings ($100, www.unode50.com).

NINObrand Fashion


Ninobrand

Late last year they got to collaborate with an amazing young artist who ended up treating and hand painting a few styles for us. Her name is Cassie O'Toole and this year we're working on something bigger and brighter together. Please keep an eye on a very limited capsule collection launching soon. 

Ninobrand.com

Understanding N95 & Surgical Masks

The FDA regulates surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators differently based on their intended use.

The Apparel Search Company is NOT an expert in regard to protective masks.  However, we did compile a bit of information that may be of help if you wish to further research face masks because of the COVID-19 illness.  As you have heard on the news, COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Below is partial information that we have found online.  Please review below but also do further research on additional websites for a more comprehensive understanding.  If you have specific question, you can possibly contact the FDA or CDC.

It is important to recognize that the optimal way to prevent airborne transmission is to use a combination of interventions from across the hierarchy of controls, not just PPE alone.


What is an N95 mask? 

An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s. People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make breathing difficult should check with their health care provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe. Some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing out easier and help reduce heat build-up. Note that N95 respirators with exhalation valves should not be used when sterile conditions are needed.  N95 respirators are not designed for children or people with facial hair. Because a proper fit cannot be achieved on children and people with facial hair, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection.
  • All FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as "single-use," disposable devices.
What is a surgical mask?

surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. These are often referred to as face masks, although not all face masks are regulated as surgical masks. Note that the edges of the mask are not designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth.

While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Surgical masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the face mask and your face.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »



Ruthie Davis announces the launch of the Mulan Warrior collection in celebration of Disney's "MULAN." Inspired by acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro's epic depiction of the fierce and inimitable warrior whose courage shaped the legend, the Mulan Warrior collection embodies the fearless, inner strength of the film's protagonist. "MULAN" opens in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.

Mulan Shoes


Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

BHM Nike Sneakers 2020

BHM Sneakers

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The fakes are better than ever, would you know the difference?

With the troubled economy, many people are dropping off their designer handbags to resale shops, or turning to Ebay to sell them online. And if you’re buying, it’s an opportunity to snag great deals on luxury products. But would you know the difference between the authentic bag and the fake? Before you buy, we have […]

How To Choose The Right Handbag?

The choice of the most suitable handbag can make your whole outfit just POP! Now, let’s just acknowledge that this question is very subjective. Style does not follow any official rule and in fact all the latest modern stylists are just going against all the previous trends. Be unique and let express yourself in an […]

Coach Handbags a Victim of the Recession

Coach is now planning to provide its iconic handbags at lower prices. Coach also will slow the pace of its share-repurchase program. Recession where effecting all section of the society, fashion market and top handbag industries like Coach are also into clutches. The company reported that bag sales fell 6% across all channels in North […]

Coach Rich Heritage

It was in 1941, in a New York City loft that the founder of the Coach family business got his inspiration from a classic American symbol, the baseball glove, to create his personal heritage. For him the distinctive markings and deep glowing burnish of the glove would uncover a potential far beyond its sources. The […]

Coach Signature fabric

The “C” pattern will be crooked.  Except for some newer patterns, like the “optic” or my new favorite “scarf print,” the tip of the horizontal “C” facing the other “C” should touch. Also, the pattern should line up and start in the center of the front panel of the bag (same with the back panel).  […]

The Stitching of Authentic Coach Handbags

The stitching or general construction of the bag looks sloppy – this is a sure sign because COACH does not make sloppy products!  Each stitch should be the same length as every other stitch, it should be in a straight line, and there should be no “over-stitching”.

The bag does not look like any other bag

If it looks “sort of” like a bag you’ve seen but something is “off” – be careful! The design is also subjected to copyright. This means that fake handbags must look different in their design from original ones. These changes are kept to a bare minimum, but they are still visible for the trained eye. […]

Coach Handbags Replicas

The seller is listing an unusually large number of the same exact bag. This is a red flag because there are websites where you can purchase good-quality replicas, and I have seen these replicas listed on eBay claiming to be authentic. Note that replicas are usually made of fabric, as leather is more expensive and […]

Photos Quality

Beware of blurry photos or stock photos (a stock photo is one that has been cut-and-pasted from the COACH website, usually with a white background) – this does not necessarily mean the bag is fake, but if you see either of these types of photos, I would contact the seller and ask if they can […]

Coach Authenticity

Take note if there is absolutely no mention that the bag is authentic! If so, ask the seller to verify that they are offering an authentic product. If they fail to respond to your request, this may be a sign that they don’t want to incriminate themselves. But be careful! Just because the seller claims […]

 

LA Cloud Sandal

Featuring form-fitting elastic straps, the new LA Cloud Sandal offers all-day style, support, and breathability.  

LA Cloud Sandals

Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%

Nike Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%

Air Zoom Alphafly NEXT%
  • Zoom Air Pods
  • ZoomX Foam
  • Full-length carbon fiber plate (scaled to size)
  • New Flyknit upper called AtomKnit
We may have found the fastest running sneaker on the planet?
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%

Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT%

Zoomx
According to the Nike website, "The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly NEXT% is the fast you’ve never seen—or felt—before. By combining our two most innovative technologies, Nike ZoomX foam and VaporWeave material, it’s the fastest shoe we’ve ever made. Scroll down to learn more about the future of racing shoes."
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Shoe King or Tiger King

You may have heard about the story of eccentric zookeeper Joe Exotic and the Netflix true crime hit "Tiger King".  But have you heard about "Shoe King".  Yes, another true crime show on Netflix.

Shoe King


Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Recycled Apparel Tag Fasteners Ecotach

A complete line of new sustainable product solutions called Ecotach™ is now available from Avery Dennison Fastener Solutions. The Ecotach line of sustainable fasteners is designed specifically to meet the needs of environmentally conscious apparel retailers, brand owners and consumers who want to reduce their environmental footprint.


Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

DaniLeigh Talks Levi High

How’d you get the idea for “Levi High?

I’m not even gonna lie. I was in the studio and David Biral, the producer, played the beat. And I just saw it: “Levi High jeans, sitting right…” because I had my Levi jeans on. That’s my explanation. I was really wearing them.
Levi High
The singer discusses that crazy music video with DaBaby, tells us where she gets her Levi’s®, and more.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Manufacturing Respirator Masks

Monterey Mills and Eder Flag, team up to start manufacturing of much-needed respirator masks

Monterey Mills based in Janesville, WI is the largest textile mill of its kind in North America, and supplier of knitted pile fabric used in a variety of medical and air-filtration products. Eder Flag, based in Oak Creek, WI is the nation’s largest manufacturer of flags and flagpoles and is converting part of its flag-sewing operations to produce the barrier masks.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Protective Masks for Covid-19 Pandemic

Protective masks for Covid-19 are being worked on by the apparel industry.

Hospitals across the country face dwindling supplies of medical equipment.  Hospitals have been rationing supplies and some have been asking staff to reuse masks until they become soiled.


Although factories already exist that produce protective apparel, they are clearly overwhelmed by the speed of the Coronavirus pandemic.


Several apparel industry companies are stepping up to help.


Also, craft stores are teaching us how to make protective masks at home.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Hanes Face Masks

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hospitals & first responders are facing shortages of personal protective equipment.

Hanes is retrofitting plants to make medical masks.

It has been reported that Hanes is sharing its design with Fruit of the Loom, SanMar, Beverly Knits and the National Council of Textile Organizations, as part of an effort led by yarn manufacturer Parkdale Mills America.

The Hanes design has apparently been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for use.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Live Fashion Commerce and Conversation

Could this be the beginning of interactive commerce’s breakout moment?

Every week, Betabrand invites its fanbase to an interactive chat experience celebrating the company’s latest product launch. Recently, a new discussion thread has emerged: How are you feeling? 

Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

Whitney Cummings wears UNOde50

Whitney Cummings records a podcast while wearing UNOde50 earrings

Whitney Cummings wears earrings
The Good People actress spiced up her work from home outfit with UNOde50's Switch On Earrings ($100, www.unode50.com).

NINObrand Fashion


Ninobrand

Late last year they got to collaborate with an amazing young artist who ended up treating and hand painting a few styles for us. Her name is Cassie O'Toole and this year we're working on something bigger and brighter together. Please keep an eye on a very limited capsule collection launching soon. 

Ninobrand.com

Understanding N95 & Surgical Masks

The FDA regulates surgical masks and surgical N95 respirators differently based on their intended use.

The Apparel Search Company is NOT an expert in regard to protective masks.  However, we did compile a bit of information that may be of help if you wish to further research face masks because of the COVID-19 illness.  As you have heard on the news, COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Below is partial information that we have found online.  Please review below but also do further research on additional websites for a more comprehensive understanding.  If you have specific question, you can possibly contact the FDA or CDC.

It is important to recognize that the optimal way to prevent airborne transmission is to use a combination of interventions from across the hierarchy of controls, not just PPE alone.


What is an N95 mask? 

An N95 respirator is a respiratory protective device designed to achieve a very close facial fit and very efficient filtration of airborne particles. Note that the edges of the respirator are designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth. Surgical N95 Respirators are commonly used in healthcare settings and are a subset of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators (FFRs), often referred to as N95s. People with chronic respiratory, cardiac, or other medical conditions that make breathing difficult should check with their health care provider before using an N95 respirator because the N95 respirator can make it more difficult for the wearer to breathe. Some models have exhalation valves that can make breathing out easier and help reduce heat build-up. Note that N95 respirators with exhalation valves should not be used when sterile conditions are needed.  N95 respirators are not designed for children or people with facial hair. Because a proper fit cannot be achieved on children and people with facial hair, the N95 respirator may not provide full protection.
  • All FDA-cleared N95 respirators are labeled as "single-use," disposable devices.
What is a surgical mask?

surgical mask is a loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment. These are often referred to as face masks, although not all face masks are regulated as surgical masks. Note that the edges of the mask are not designed to form a seal around the nose and mouth.

While a surgical mask may be effective in blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, a face mask, by design, does not filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures. Surgical masks also do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants because of the loose fit between the surface of the face mask and your face.
Read MORE of this fashion blog post »



Ruthie Davis announces the launch of the Mulan Warrior collection in celebration of Disney's "MULAN." Inspired by acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro's epic depiction of the fierce and inimitable warrior whose courage shaped the legend, the Mulan Warrior collection embodies the fearless, inner strength of the film's protagonist. "MULAN" opens in U.S. theaters on March 27, 2020.

Mulan Shoes


Read MORE of this fashion blog post »

BHM Nike Sneakers 2020

BHM Sneakers

Read MORE of this fashion blog post »