About two weeks ago, we reported that eBay had lost a counterfeit case with Hermes. In that instance, eBay got away with being fined a mere 20,000 Euros. As a few of our readers pointed out to us today, eBay got a hefty slap on the wrist this time.

PARIS “” A French court on Monday ordered the online auction giant eBay to pay 38.6 million euros, or $61 million, in damages to the French luxury goods company LVMH, in the latest round in a long-running legal battle over the sale of counterfeit goods on the Internet.

LVMH, a maker of high-end leather goods, perfumes and other fashion and luxury products, successfully challenged eBay for a second time in the French court, arguing that 90 percent of the Louis Vuitton bags and Dior perfumes sold on eBay are fakes.

The court ruled that eBay, which earns a commission on the sales, was not doing enough to stamp out counterfeit sales.

via New York Times

We can only hope that this ruling will aid in removing some of the fake junk off eBay. It is the buyer that would benefit most of it.

courtney cox bird handbags

Courtney Cox is not followed around by the paparazzi as much as her best friend from Friends is, Jennifer Aniston, but I bet she likes it that way. But at least when she is followed Courtney Cox pairs her casual jeans and tee shirt outfit with a bold red handbag. Courtney Cox was snapped while carrying the stunning Bid Handbags Lady in ruby red snakeskin. This exotic snakeskin bag is a perfect throw on your shoulder bag. The design is ultimately simple, but something about it being so simple is what lures people in. From the moment I saw the designs from Bird Handbags, especially the Lady, I was intrigued. I have the bag in Ostrich and absolutely love it! The body of the bag lacks structure completely, but that makes it light weight and easy to throw on (and easy to pack as an extra bag). These bags cater to the hippy-chic crowd, and they exist (Kate Hudson is also a big fan). Inquire further through Bird Handbags about this exact version.

Pauric Sweeney Python Shoulder Bag The Pauric Sweeney Python Shoulder Bag has been a hit handbag long before the likes of Lindsay Lohan carried it (in my book anyway). There is something so overly simple yet intriguing about the Pauric Sweeney Overnight Bag. But the simplicity is what defines the bag, leaving the exotic black python skin to do all the talking. The brown leather handles with oversized stitching somehow add the perfect finishing touch. The handbag seems too easy but this is what makes it great. Sometimes all the extra add-ons are not needed and distract from an otherwise beautiful bag.

This bag is also available in gold and Anthracite python. Buy through Net A Porter for $2,860.

Our latest press has everyone at Purse Forum very excited! Vlad had been working with Amanda Kwan from the Associated Press on a story about authenticating handbags online. The verdict on the place to go: Purse Forum. Around 1.35 million handbag addicts flock to our forum monthly to discuss handbags and so much more. But early on we saw the need to have areas designated for handbag authentication help. With the help of knowledgeable members and collectors, designated Authenticate This threads have been viewed and updated daily helping members deduce if a bag they are eying is real or fake. While no one guarantees their advice, these threads have ended up helping thousands of people from being scammed and helped thousands of people get a great deal.

We first noticed the story publish on MSNBC, but that was not the end of it. The story has been published nearly fifteen times, and even better, spoken about by two anchors on 13WHAM in Rochester, NY, a subsidiary of ABC News. A special thanks to Amanda Kwan from Associated Press for putting this story together and two all who have helped our forum become the best place on the web to help those who are unsure realize if the bag they are about to buy it authentic or fake.

Here is the list of where the story has been published so far: MSNBC, Boston Herald, ABC News, Seattle Times, AOL, Canadian Press, Nola.com, WRAL, Netscape, The Northwestern, Manufacturing.net, TMCnet.com, and Smart Brief.

If you see the story anywhere else (or in your local paper which it should also hit) please do let us know! Read the entire article below. (more…)

temperley london saleThere is nothing better than sale season! One of my favorite designers (be on the lookout for more about their bags soon!) Temperley London is going 60% off this Saturday! The summer sale will boast 60% off the Temperley London Cruise & Spring/Summer Collections starting Saturday, June 28th. The boutique in NYC and in LA will be holding this sale, so if you are in the area make sure to check it out.

Check out Temperley London online for information about their clothing, bags, and more

bottega veneta ruched shoulder bag
Bottega Veneta Ruched Shoulder Bag

Today is a very late start after a morning filled with appointments. I went on my way to the appointments and everything was the exact same as usual, except one added little touch. Only valet parking at the Doctor’s office. It seems like a simple difference, well because it is, but it added that slight bit of extra luxury. Parking at this one Doctor’s office was like finding a specific shell in the ocean. Spaces were limited and beyond small and everyone was hunting people down in the lot. Believe it or not there is literally no where else to park. Nada, zip, zilch. So this added perk really made my day. And this is the precise thing Bottega Veneta has done with their Bottega Veneta Ruched Shoulder Bag which is updated with a slightly gathered middle. Everything else is the exact same as the iconic Bottega Veneta Veneta Bag; simple design, classic shape, buttery soft leather. But the middle ruching adds the perfect pizazz. There is something about this added dimension, on top of the woven leather, that really makes the bag stand out. The midnight blue leather is a stunning option for fall and winter, but easily works for summer (think of it like blue jeans, seasonless for the most part). The inside is lined with taupe suede and there is a zip top. Simple and elegant, just like Bottega Veneta likes it! Buy through Net A Porter for $1,950.

mamie gummer gerard darel Charlotte Gainsbourg, daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, has been the face of Gerard Darel since 2003. Gerard Darel bags have gained popularity year after year, and Charlotte Gainsbourg was the face toting the bags that we fell in love with. But a new face will be taking over Gerard Darel, that of Mamie Gummer, the daughter of Meryl Streep.

It looks as though Gainsbourg will be moving on to Balenciaga, her true love, and American Gummer will take over the brand as it continues to break into the US market.

OUI, MAMIE: Is Gérard Darel setting sail for the U.S.? The Parisian fashion brand has signed American actress Mamie Gummer as its new face, replacing iconic French singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, who has represented the label since 2003. New York-based Gummer, the 24-year-old daughter of Meryl Streep and artist Don Gummer, will strike a chord with the brand’s Hollywood fans, who include Eva Longoria and Jessica Alba. Currently appearing in the Roundabout Theater’s production of “Les Liaison Dangereuses” on Broadway, Gummer has two films due out this year while her first Darel campaign, shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin in New York, breaks for fall.

Via WWD and image via NYSD (more…)

Lambertson Truex Gallo in White/Dove leatherLambertson Truex Gallo in White/Dove leatherLambertson Truex Gallo in White/Dove leatherLambertson Truex Gallo in White/Dove leather

Lambertson Truex released their Resort collection earlier this month, which has caught many editors attention. Although the bags will not be in stores until October or early November, we had the pleasure of reviewing them now for all of you. Known for their meticulous attention to detail, clean lines, and overall simple yet elegant feel, Lambertson Truex has continued to forge their way in the handbag world. Their Resort 2008 line delivered precisely what it is they are known for, only further identifying with their goals and visions as designers. Our first bag to review from the Resort 2008 collection is the Lambertson Truex Gallo, which lures you in with its simple pairing of supple white leather and dove leather trim. The first thing that stands out about this bag are the colors used. (more…)

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kooba ashley
Kooba Ashley in Metallic Silver Python

Ever see a bag (or anything, I guess) and immediately think “Oh my God, that is GORGEOUS” and then, after you get yourself all excited and paw at it for a few seconds, realize, “Wait…something isn’t right.”

That’s what happened to me last weekend when I encountered the Kooba Ashley at Bloomingdales in Lenox Square Atlanta. I have a soft spot for Kooba since the Kooba Meredith in Slate from Fall/Winter ’07 is my favorite handbag of all time. I also think that pewter is the classiest metallic out there, and the Kooba Ashley’s most striking finish is a dark silver faux python. So, this bag should be practically made for me, right? Have the handbag gods been listening to all of my silent prayers? That’s what I thought, too. (more…)

marc by marc jacobs magazine clutch
Marc by Marc Jacobs Magazine Clutch

Now this is a purse that I have been drooling over for quite some time. Simple, fun, and cheap, what more could you ask for? Ok, so there are a few aspects that I am sure many of you would love to see spiced up; no structure, quite flat, and simple, but these are the precise reasons I love this clutch! Marc Jacobs has been able to deliver with many of his accessories, and lately I have love for his Marc by Marc line, which means CHEAPER! I will take cheaper and cuter than the big sis line any day. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Magazine Clutch combines cream leather with beige contrast leather panels giving a vanilla frappuccino smooth look. The colors are ideal, and somehow reminiscent of an old world feel, but the inside is lined in fuchsia print lining which gives a new world look. The outside is minimalistic, making this retro bag current. I can’t explain it, but something about this bag has always had my attention and always seems to keep my attention. It does get hard to carry around a flat clutch, but my small hands could carry it perfectly and wear this bag from season to season. Buy through Net A Porter for $370.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs Magazine Clutch detail shot

Tarah Smith Yuppie Bag
Tarah Smith Yuppie Bag

I have a bad habit of trolling shopping websites when I’m bored, irritated, or in need of a distraction. As I sit here watching my beloved Georgia Bulldogs absolutely choke in the second game of the College Baseball World Series, my mind can’t help itself but wander to happier subjects (happier subjects being the acquisition of handbags, natch). I’ve already mentioned my crush on the unattainable (until the pre-orders come in!) Rebecca Minkoff Nikki, so tonight, I had to find something else to strike my fancy and drown my sorrows.

A quick perusal of Revolveclothing.com, one of my usual haunts, gave me what I needed to momentarily forget about my ailing alma mater: the Tarah Smith Yuppie bag. I’m a sucker for patent leather, and this simple satchel delivers in both black and grey (I remain incredulous about the yellow and seafoam). There’s something simultaneously sexy and classy about a good black patent bag, and in a medium size, it can take you easily from day to night. The polish that patent gives can easily pull an outfit from ‘blah’ to ‘bam!’ and every girl should have one in her accessory arsenal.

The best part of this bag, however, isn’t the material or color – it’s the PRICE. At $385 before any sales or coupon codes, the Yuppie can surely fit into the wardrobe of even a budget fashionista, and it’s yet another bag that proves you don’t have to break the bank to carry something beautiful. $385 via Revolve Clothing. (more…)