Brand Love - Prada and Miu Miu
Here at Siopaella we love Prada and it's sister brand Miu Miu! Although both brands essentially come from the same place they are completely different! Especially in terms of styles and designs...Here is a few points why we love both Prada and Miu Miu so much!
Prada - The Iconic Saffiano Leather
Something that Prada is most well known for is its iconic Saffiano leather. It was created by Mario Prada and is essentially a textured leather that makes it extremely resistant to scratches. After Saffiano leather was perfected in 1913 they began the production of their very first handbag, 'The Saffiano'. Which is now one of the most iconic bags in fashion history.
A brief history of Miu Miu:
Miuccia Prada first created Prada's sister brand Miu Miu in 1993 with its first boutique opening in Milan. Miu Miu's first runway show at New York Fashion Week in 1995 featured supermodel Kate Moss and this immediately caught the attention of the fashion world. Miuccia Prada herself said that she would describe Miu Miu of more of her personal style than Prada. Personally I think Miu Miu has that little bit more of a youthful style than Prada...but I love them both all the same! <3
Stylist Freya's 5 Fave Bags!
Working in Siopaella means we get to see all the amazing stock that comes in straight away...aren't we lucky!! Here is Siopaella Stylist Freya's 5 fave bags we have in stock atm <3
Balenciaga Orange Leather Giant 21 Gold Motorcycle City Bag
As someone who used to not be a big fan of Balenciaga at all my opinion has completely changed the past year or two! The motorcycle city bags are iconic in the world of designer handbags but what I love the most is how amazing they wear. They also now come in every colour and size you could ever want YAY! I absolutely adore the shade of orange this city bag is, how perfect for summer?!
Louis Vuitton Monogram Speedy 30
Louis Vuitton Speedy's will always be a favourite of mine! I just think they are a bag that will never go out of style but they're also so practical! They're perfect for everyday without being too big that they get in the way. I fit my shoes in my speedy 30 and everything!
Fendi Monogram Shoulder Bag
Fendi is making a huge comeback at the moment and I, personally am LOVING IT! The Fendi 'Zucca' monogram is especially proving to be very popular with celebrities like the Kardashians, Bella Hadid and more! But get on this trend fast and grab yourself a designer bargain while you can because Fendi is becoming more and more popular by the day!
Gucci Blue Velvet Belt Bag
Everyone is loving the bumbag trend at the moment and I have to say they are super handy for holiday and festival season! Gucci are killing it with their collection of bumbags at the moment but there is something about this royal blue velvet one that is to die for. This baby won't last in Siopaella for long!
Chanel Matelasse Mini Leather Flap Chain Bag
You can never go wrong with Chanel..that's my motto! This mini flap is such a nice slightly different take on the classic flaps and it's such a perfect size for the evening! The gold chain adds that little bit more glam and will jazz up the plainest of outfits <3
Vintage Finds You Pop-Up at Siopaella
We are so so excited to have our fabulous friend Vintage Finds You back for another amazing pop up in one of our Siopaella stores this weekend. Naomi and her vintage finds will be joining us in our Temple Lane Store but keep reading to find out more info....
Where and when?!
Vintage Finds You will be joining us at the following times and days so don't miss out!
5pm - 7pm Friday 27th April
10am - 6pm Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th April
Location: 25a Temple Lane South, Dublin
A little about Vintage Finds You...
Vintage Finds You is all about helping you find that unique vintage piece that you will probably never find anywhere else. Naomi personally picks each vintage clothing piece and accessory to help you add to your personal style and to reflect your personality. Whether you’re searching for bespoke couture vintage pieces, or if you’re just dipping your toe in the vintage pool of gems for the first time, Vintage Finds You has got you covered.
So come join us for some prosecco and vintage shopping in our Temple Lane store this weekend...you won't regret it!
All You Need to Know about Louis Vuitton Date Codes
Here at Siopaella we get asked quite a lot how to tell how old a Louis Vuitton is, where it was made, and of course how to authenticate LV bags. And this can all be found in the date codes yay! We thought we would put together a little blog post to help you learn all about the date codes....
First and foremost...
It is important to note that slightly older LV bags have different date codes to the newer models! Below is a little list of the difference of date codes on slightly older Louis Vuitton bags...
Date codes which will either be a small leather tab or will be engraved into lining of bag . Models produced prior to 1980's have no date codes.
Early 1980's - Three or four numbers with the first two numbers representing the year and last number(s) representing the month. E.g. "836" would indicate a manufacturing date of June, 1983.
Early to late 1980's - Three or four numbers followed by two letters with the first two numbers representing the year, the next number(s) representing the month and the last two letters representing the country (see right sidebar for factory location codes). E.g. "874VX" would indicate a manufacturing date of April, 1987 and factory location in France.
Late in the 1980's - The letters representing the factory location came before the three or four numbers representing the manufacturing date.
Newer models of LV, which you are more likely to see more of, are usually quite similar in terms of their date codes! Here is a list of all the details of LV date codes up to the current date...
1990 to 2006 - Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the month and the second and forth numbers representing the year.
2007 and newer - Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the week of the year, and the second and forth numbers representing the year Letters indicate factory location
Where does the bag come from??
If you are examining a date code and want to know what location the item came from, check out our list of factory codes below!
Check the “Made in XXX” and make sure the code matches factory location
France - A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS, AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, CO, CT, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TR, TS, VI, VX Italy - BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, RC, RE, SA, TD
Spain - CA, GI, LO, LB, LM, LW S.A. - FC, FH, FL, LA, OS, SD
Switzerland - DI, FA
Germany - LP
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HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY!
YAY it's international women's day and we're feeling more inspired than ever especially by some of our fave female fashion designers that are the definition of girl bosses. So keep reading if you want to be super motivated and inspired by some of the most successful ladies in the fashion industry....
1. Vivienne Westwood
We all know Vivienne Westwood as being the queen of not giving a damn and she literally does what she wants and wears what she wants. WHAT A WOMAN <3 This kind of attitude also reflects in her unique designs which we are such a fan of. She started sewing when she was just 12 but actually dropped out of Art School after just one term would you believe! Her reason being that she thought a middle class girl like herself would never be able to make a career of art or fashion. But she was most definitely wrong! It was only when she began to style a pretty popular band that her partner managed at the time, the Sex Pistols, that her fashion career really took off.
2. Stella Mc Cartney
So in case you hadn't already connected the dots, Stella is the daughter of Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney. But Stella has made a serious name for herself in the fashion industry. In 1995 McCartney opened her own boutique in London to sell her designs. Her designs were snapped up by fashion-conscious shoppers, including models, actresses, and musicians! Stella's style screams sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity and we love it <3 She also takes a lot of time to work with charities for women and raising awareness of being more conscious of the environment in the fashion industry!
3. Victoria Beckham
Of course many of us know Victoria from her hugely successful career in the girl band Spice Girls, but this lady has now made a huge name for herself in the fashion world. She started off by becoming ambassadors for some of the biggest names in fashion like Just Cavalli, Dolce and Gabanna and more! She even wrote a fashion book and then went onto create and design her first clothing line named DVB Style. It was such a hit that she then went on to launch Victoria Beckham Womenswear in 2008. She is now named one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK! <3
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