• A Guide: Louis Vuitton Date Codes

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    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....

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    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

    If you want to find out more about authenticating designer items make sure to check out our Louis Vuitton and Chanel Authenticating guides on our website! 

    Freya

    Buyer + Stylist

     

     

     

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  • The SIOPAELLA APP is finally here!!!

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    The Big Reveal is Finally here!!

    YOU heard it here first! The SIOPAELLA APP has finally arrived and we cannot contain our excitement. It has never been easier and quicker for you to keep updated with the latest designer arrivals at Siopaella HQ. You can get the app NOW on the Apple App Store!

     

     We will hopefully have it up and running for Android phones super soon also so stay tuned! Not only can you be the first to get the app but you can also be the first to see some of our amazing new arrivals that we have been keeping secret until the launch shhh! Below is a sneak peek of some of the fabulous new arrivals that are available right now via the Siopaella app...

     

    You can also get a notification directly to your phone as soon as that designer item you have been specifically looking for comes in via the app! Yes please!! 

    If you are looking to sell your designer bag? Is it on our wishlist? It is now easier than ever to send us photos and info about what you want to sell via the app! Simply go to the 'Sell With Us' tab on the app to get started :)

    Here are a few examples of the super secret items we've been saving just for the app....

    Chanel Classic Lambskin Double Flap 

    Louis Vuitton Monogram Randonnee GM Shoulder Bag / Backpack

      Chanel  Matelasse Mini Leather Flap Chain Bag  

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  • GIRL POWER! - Our 3 favourite female designers <3

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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

    Freya

    Siopaella Stylist and Buyer

     

     

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  • VALENTINE'S DAY GIFT IDEAS

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    Valentine's Day gift ideas

    Fed up buying the same flowers and chocolates every year? Why not treat your loved one (or yourself!) to a pre-loved designer item this year! We have a range of items for every price range from homewares to Chanel bags...

    Jewellery;

    Jewellery is one of the most thoughtful gifts you can get someone. Everyone has their own specific taste so it can be difficult to choose, but there are definitely some fail safe options out there. Hermes bangles are timeless pieces that will be treasured for life. If your other half is a Michael Kors fan, they'll love an MK watch for sure! Shop all our jewellery here or see our picks below;

    Louis Vuitton Bracelet

    €199.

    Michael Kors Runway Watch

    €149.

    Product Three

    €199.

    Bags;

    Without doubt, designer bags are our biggest sellers around Valentine's Day. Sometimes the price and amount of bags in department stores can be off putting, but at Siopaella, you can browse a range of designers and compare price points easily. We have plenty of coveted Michael Kors totes in store for a fraction of the price- but it's our classic Chanel bags that are a huge hit. These beauties typically fly out the door as soon as they come in, so it's never too early to start planning your gift! See all our bags here.

    Chanel Coral Seasonal Classic Flap

    €2,499.

    Michael Kors Pink Leather Jet Set Tote

    €99.

    Louis Vuitton Pink Monogram Josephine Lin Bag

    €399.

    Accessories;

    Why not treat your loved one to something smaller than a handbag- a wallet, or some sunglasses perhaps! Shop all our accessories here.

    Miu Miu Pink Fold Over Wallet

    €199.

    D&G Pink & Red Sunglasses

    €129.

    Miu Miu Pink Mattelasse Card Holder

    €99.

    Homewares;

    Over at our homewares and lifestyle store Siopahome, we stock a range of unusual and thoughtful gifts. If your loved one likes their interiors, our ceramics and collection of vases are the gifts for you. We also have a variety of scented candles, and many are Irish-made too!

    GRAPEFRUIT & MAY CHANG SOY WAX CANDLE

    €16

    BROSTE LINES VASE

    €25

    MOROCCAN PINK LEATHER POUFFE

    €99

    If all else fails...

    Purchase a giftcard! If you've got a picky one in your life or would rather let them choose for themselves, pick up a giftcard in any of our stores or online. Simply pick your amount and you've got the simplest gift ever!

    by Rachel Farrell

    Stylist

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  • 2018's Hottest Trends

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    2018's Hottest Trends

    Hello straight leg, goodbye skinny! Hello monogram print, goodbye understated elegance! Hello ultraviolet, goodbye millennial pink! These are just some of the trends we're hoping to nail this coming season! To be honest we'll be happy if we nail even just one of these trends... (have my fingers crossed for a pyjama trend, now that is something I can get behind)! 

                  1.Monogram

    Monogram is back baby! Small baby bags as seen on the arms of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie many moons ago are creeping back into mainstream media. We're going to start minimalist with this one as we don't think we can quite nail it a la James Kavanagh. Click here to see James in our UGH-MAZING Gucci monogram jacket! Always ahead of the crowd!

     

     

     

     

     

    Taking monogram to a whole new level with this Louis Vuitton black multi colour pochette. This bag gives us serious Sex & the City vibes!! These bags aren't in production at the moment so this is a real find! 

    If there's one bag and one iconic print in particular that's making a comeback it's this Dior navy monogram! You may recognise it from being on the arms of Bryan Boy, Leandra Medine & Susie Bubble. Theirs also come monogrammed with their own name over the print! (Maria Grazia Chiuri if you're reading, my name is Ciara and I would LOVE one too, thanks xoxo)

    2. Street Wear 

    Effortlessly cool, effortlessly chic! There's been a shift from the glamorous, girly and dolled up look. Rather we're seeing movement towards a more laid back, relaxed style. Don't be fooled though, a lot of work goes into looking that cool! (I'm still desperately trying to find the balance between laid back and plain lazy). 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bum bags are the new cross body bags! All the New York and London cool street style kids are wearing them sideways to the front or back. We've styled this H&M x Masison Margiela bum bag with a Victoria Beckham military coat.

    We love it styled here to the front with the simplicity of this Acne sweatshirt. 

    3. Ultra Violet

    Ultra violet is Pantone's colour for 2018! I know what you're thinking, what do we do with all the millennial pink that we bought last year? Well, as you can see with this & Other Stories blouse and Halston Heritage skirt; the two colours are a match made in heaven!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our advice is to have fun with the colour... I mean you only have 11 months until they announce their newest colour! SO make the best of it!! I mean who said colour blocking, prints and glitter is too much?! 

    4. Floaty Midi Dresses

     
     

     

    Who said dresses are just for fawwwncy events? Not us, oh no! In fact according to the Sunday Time's Style magazine they're the new tracksuit! Comfy, oversized and look great dressed down with trainers and a jumper! Now this is one trend I'll try for sure!!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We styled these Lya Solis & Needle & Thread dresses with comfy casual wardrobe staples from Whistles and Zara. The trainers add an edgy and relaxed style while the Dior and Chanel bags bring the Siopaella je ne sais quoi. 

    5. Straight Leg Jeans

    Forget your skinnies (I mean, I'm keeping mine so please don't tell the fashion police). But this season it's all about the straight legged, ankle crop, raw hem jean! We love pairing ours with a vintage shirt while flirting with a whisper of ankle! Seductive and sexy we know! ;) 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Can we take a moment and see how well these trends go together! Birra straight leg jean, mixed with the coolest bum bag and the best monogram Dior. 

    6. Vintage

     

     
     
     
     

    This is a trend that's not even a trend anymore! To some people it's a way of living to others it's an adventure to find that piece they've always wanted. We decided to add it in here as with vintage it can be adapted and changed to suit whatever your mood, whatever the trend and whatever your style. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    There is something memorising about a vintage Chanel bag. The gold is goldier (made up word, I know) and the CC turn lock is just that bit more bigger. We're in love! We've styled this Chanel Vintage bag with a faux fur Charlotte Simone scarf and Theory wool and cashmere coat. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Praise to the Vintage Gods for this textured coat of dreams. A truly one of a kind piece styled here with our fav Dior Mini Saddle bag and Siopaedit sunglasses. 

     

    *Blind Boy & Donald Trump artwork by @subsetdublin

    Nail the trend by shopping our lookbook 

     

     

    Ciara McCaughey

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