Working at the Coach Outlet

Many girls consider working at the Coach Outlet stores with visions of all the nice bags they can buy at great prices. The perfect college job! While this could be true, I think a lot of these girls spend most of their paycheck on Coach purses, wallets or whatever strikes their fancy. The rules have changed over the past few years on what type of discount these girls (and guys!) receive as an employee. At the time of this writing, some of girls have told me that they receive 60% off of the full price, or highest price on the tag. (The outlet tags often have two prices) This is a pretty good gig for a young girl who’s frothing at the mouth with every new truck load of merchandise that comes in. I think most of these girls would help unload the truck if they were allowed! Employees are not permitted to put anything on hold as they did in the past. Still, a pretty sweet deal if you are into Coach handbags. Or is it?

It starts with a beautiful scribble tote. The perfect bag for all my summertime fun activities! And 60% off… that’s even better than on eBay! You buy it. Next week a truck load of matching Mini Skinny’s come in. You have to have one. After all, it matches perfectly and once these cuties are gone they won’t be coming back. Ok, I’m set. Summer is great and I look awesome with my Coach tote and matching Mini. But the bag is not quite big enough. I’m not complaining, just taking note. I love the bag but maybe I did buy on impulse just a little. But it was cheap and still, I love it! Another truck comes in. Wow, look at these new Carly duffle’s! There is plenty of room and the signature khaki pattern will go with everything I own. I won’t have to buy another purse for years. Besides, the scribble is really just a summer bag. Fall will be here soon. I’m going to get it! You only live once! And this is the start of the cycle that continues until you finish college, are forced to find a real job and say goodbye to your paid hobby.

So while you may not have amassed much of a savings account, you’ve prepared yourself for your future by investing in other ways. You’ve stockpiled a massive arsenal of fashion accessories that will last a lifetime. You have a bag for every outfit. You look great at all your interviews and best of all, you’ll never have to buy another purse the rest of your life! A week has passed and today you are celebrating. You’ve landed your first real job. You owe much of your success to those Coach Factory Outlet years for looking so sharp at the interview. Monday you start your new position as assistant store manager at the Burberry Outlet Shop! I hear they have a great employee discount plan.

Discount Designer Handbags without the Designer Price Tag

Women love designer handbags and women love bargains. Put together these two things, and you get the discount designer handbag. Many times, women who love the appearance and quality associated with designer handbags don’t want to pay retail prices. The great news is that they may not have to. There are many different places where a savvy shopper can find a discount designer handbag.

There are several online retailers who offer a fabulous selection of genuine designer handbags at discounted prices. Brands Boutique is one such retailer. Brands Boutique boasts of a sizable inventory and wide selection of discount designer handbags, as well as many other types of discounted designer merchandise.

Those who shop with Brands Boutique can enjoy deep discounts on a wide variety of popular, high-end designers merchandise. The wide selection of designer merchandise available from Brands Boutique includes a wide selection of handbags designed by Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Diesel, Chloe, Chanel, Burberry, Balenciaga, Armani and many others. In addition to great deals on discount designer handbags, bargain hunters may also discover discounts on famous designer apparel and other accessories at Brands Boutique.

At Brands Boutique, bargain hunters have found excellent discount prices on classic handbags including the Gucci vintage aqua blue Jackie O shoulder bag — the coveted red Birkin bag. Discount prices are also available on some of the more trendy designer handbags such as the Christian Dior denim handbag, the G Star recycled paper tote bag and the Dries van Noten distressed leather shoulder bag.

Another excellent online retailer specializing in discount designer handbags is Handbag Crew. While you aren’t likely to find designer clothing at the Handbag Crew website, you will find an amazing selection of high-end discount designer handbags. This retailer specializes in the most sought-after designers such as Prada, Marc Jacobs, Fendi and others.

If you don’t find the discount designer handbag of your dreams at the first online retailer you investigate, keep looking. There are many online retailers that offer a wide array of designer handbags at excellent discount prices. Remember that bargain hunting takes time and sometimes requires strategy. That is why it is called hunting! Make sure to purchase your discount designer handbag from a retailer that certifies the authenticity of your purchase and offers deeply discount pricing. There is nothing more satisfying than finding a great deal on the perfect designer handbag to complete your wardrobe.

10 Triumphs and Tragedies of the 2005 Fashion Year

The good, the bad and the downright ugly fashion trends in 2005.

No one particular style stood out as being the “It” look in 2005. It was more an eclectic collection of “more is less” from the top designers, with the only real look to take home any prizes being the “boho princess” look, as epitomized by Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City. So here’s the lowdown on the best and worst of fashion in 2005.

1. The major no-no award goes to the “Mommy, I think I’ve got a drug problem” look, demonstrated in real life by ├╝bermodel Kate Moss, who demonstrated that despite her fall from grace, she has risen from the ashes of her drug addiction to still reign supreme. The drugged-out look was also evident in the stick-thin bodies of celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie. When will these girls learn that slim is OK; stick-thin screams “major eating disorder!”

2. The street boho look captured the imagination of runway onlookers around the world and while some of it looked appealing, it seemed as if a couple of international designers simply couldn’t make up their mind exactly what look they were aiming for, so scrambled together a mishmash of styles, colors and textures that looked like a bad breakfast at a second-rate diner.

3. Some of the hottest new designers like Stella McCartney and Christopher Bailey, who transformed Burberry from the ultra traditional but dowdy UK trench coat company into a design company to be reckoned with, produced awe inspiring collections with imagination, flair and great fashion sense.

4. Tacky designer copies were everywhere in 2005. From the done-to-death Louis Vuitton tote to the chic of fake Christian Dior sunglasses, it seems that everyone who can’t afford the real thing has gone for the next best thing – copies. Accepted, some of the replicas are so good it’s hard to tell the difference, but some simply scream “fake!”

5. The ugg boot is NOT a good look Pammy Anderson, no matter what or how you choose to wear them, and that goes for the rest of those women who think that ugg boots make a fine fashion statement. I’m sure they are wonderfully adept at keeping your tootsies warm while you stretch out by the fire on a cold winter’s night, but they shouldn’t leave the front door. Ugh!

6. Same goes for cowboy boots with short, floaty skirts. A well-tooled pair of cowboy boots looks sexy and stylish when paired with the right low-rider jeans, but no matter how good you think your legs may be, cowboy boots with summer-style shift dresses are a major faux pas.

7. Looking feminine with elegance was a welcome return for most of us. The return of the “black is the new black” little black dress (did it really EVER go away?) saw most of us either raid our cupboards for the LBDs we’d stored away eagerly awaiting their return or race out for the latest look, while long floaty skirts in an array of colors matched with a charming shrug or soft tank or blouse reminded us of the days when women were women and dressed accordingly.

8. On a positive note, Isaac Mizrahi has to be awarded a big gold star for his stunning range of fashion and accessories available at Target. His embellished totes and easy-fit moccasins are a joy to behold and make quality fashion available at a reasonable price. The same can be said for Stella McCartney’s special designer range at H&M.

9. There was glitz and sparkles everywhere in 2005, from the simplest cotton singlet top to the finest evening wear. Love it or hate it (and I simply LOVE a bit of glitz!), the wonderfully embellished patterns on dresses, shirts, tops, shoes, bags and accessories added a touch of real glamour to this year’s fashions.

10. Mr Blackwell’s famed list of worst and best dressed for 2005 had no real surprises, other than Renee Zellweger appearing on the worst dressed list. No surprises that Courtney Love, Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson have all made the worst-dressed list and I’ll bet you we’ll see them appear again given some of the fashion disasters from all three celebs during 2005. Likewise, celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Sarah Jessica Parker deservedly reappear as does relative newcomer Scarlet Johansson.

Treating and Removing Stains on Designer Bags

Are you fretting over the offensive stain that has ruined your expensive designer bag? Stains, marks, scratches and such cosmetic damage on your bags must be treated accordingly based on the types of material the bags are made of and the sources of the damage. The most common problems encountered are stains from color being transferred inadvertently from clothes, makeup, food and beverage stains and pen ink marks. In this article, we will share with you some proven tips to restore your bag to its original spotless and immaculate state.

Suede

Examples: Coach Ergo Pieced Suede Tote, Coach Hamptons Suede Hobo & Jimmy Choo Alex Suede.

The majority of stains on suede bags can be cleared using a suede brush. If the stains refuse to go away, try brushing with a suede cleaner over rising steam from boiled water. You can also use a white pencil eraser to rub off minor, dry marks. If yours is a Coach bag, it may have come with a half-pink, half-white block from your purchase. Quite a number of Branded Bags for Less readers have reported it being effective in ridding their Coach bags of ugly stains, marks and even molds from humidity. Simply wet the block and rubbed it gently against the stain.

Note that you should never use stain removers that do not explicitly state they are meant for suede fabric, for they may aggravate the stain and cause irreparable damage!

Leather

Part leather examples: Coach Carly Signature (fabric with leather trimmings), Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas (canvas with leather trimmings) & Burberry Nova Check Shoulder Tote (canvas with leather trimmings).

Full leather examples: Fendi Nappa Leather, Coach Legacy Leather, Coach Carly Leather, Louis Vuitton Mahina, Louis Vuitton Epi Leather, Gucci Leather Hysteria, Burberry Classic Check & Chanel Classic Medium Flap with Gold Chain.

You can apply leather cleaning cream, conditioner or protectant to remove surface grime and scratches, which is also good for moisturizing the leather so that it looks pristine. One highly raved cleaner is the Apple Leather Care line of cleaners which is able to remove many types of stains such as soil, grease, food and excess oils from leather. Alternatively, any leather protectant like Eagle One Nano Protectant also works well. Spray a generous amount onto a dry, white cloth and wipe it on the leather material of your bag evenly.

For stubborn ink marks and stains on leather, use traditional Asian medicated oil like the Axe Brand Medicated Oil or rubbing alcohol available at drugstores. This little-known technique is employed by handbag shop assistants and many Branded Bags for Less readers have also given favorable feedback that it did wonders for their bags. Pour a little onto a dry, white cloth and rub lightly on the offensive mark or stain and it should come off easily.

Patent Leather

Part patent leather examples: Coach Signature Stripe Patent (fabric with patent leather stripe and trimmings) & Fendi Canvas Patent Leather Bag Du Jour (canvas with patent leather trimmings).

Full patent leather examples: Tods Patent Leather Tote, Louis Vuitton Monogram Vernis & Coach Patent Zoe.

Of all the varieties of material, patent leather is probably the most difficult to treat. Once color is transferred onto patent leather, the damage is likely to be permanent unfortunately. However, if you discover the stain early enough, it might still be possible to salvage the bag through a non-acetone nail polish remover or Mr Clean Magic Eraser according to some who had tried numerous methods to fix the problem.

Canvas

Examples: Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas (canvas with leather trimmings) & Fendi Canvas B Shoulder Bag (canvas with patent leather trimmings).

Stains due to color transfer from clothes, paper bags and magazines can be treated easily with a white damp cloth or sponge and normal white soap. For food and beverage stains and other stubborn stains and marks, try the Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner which works for other brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci canvas bags as well. Coach’s Official Site gives a quote of $10 for this cleaner. Apply a few drops on a white cloth and wipe the stains off in gentle circular motions. Wipe away excess with a clean white dampened cloth. Some shop assistants and handbag owners also swear by Baby Wipes on canvas.

Fabric

Examples: Coach Carly Signature (fabric with leather trimmings), Coach Bleecker Signature Large Flap (fabric with leather trimmings) & Gucci Babouska Fabric Tote.

Just as for canvas, you can use the Coach Signature Fabric Cleaner which does the trick for other brands of fabric bags too. Coach’s Official Site gives a quote of $10 for this cleaner. Apply a few drops on a white cloth and wipe the stains off in gentle circular motions. Wipe away excess with a clean white dampened cloth.

A more economical method which some have used with great success is toothpaste, particularly of the Darlie brand. Apply toothpaste onto a damp, white cloth and rub on the stains in circular motions. Carefully dab off excess toothpaste off the darkened patch and allow it to dry. It works, surprisingly!

Above all…

Always be on the safe side – remember to do a patch test on the inside or an inconspicuous area of your bag first before applying any treatment all over. Do not use detergent for treating your stained bags as it may further damage the finish. Also, avoid contact of your bags with newspapers, magazines, colored paper bags and dark colored cloths during cleaning as color can transfer from these items to your bags in the process.