Site closing by Aug 17, 2021.
Thank you for being my audience. I have decided to dedicate my time and energy to something closer to heart. While I will always love fashion, I am not inspired by what’s been offered now. I’m onto something unknown. This website will be fully archived via Wayback Machine.
Best of Luck!
M.F. on the journey of seeking soul in fashion
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An unwavering passion and appreciation for ingenuity and craftsmanship urge me to rigorously search for truth and help you make more informed decisions. This is a space for open-source fashion and authentication knowledge and insights sharing. I’m particularly interested in helping consumers in underserved marketplaces worldwide.
The Dior Book Tote was first introduced into the market in Summer 2018 and as primary market has taken a stable hold on demand, the counterfeit counterparts are achieving maturity. I always thought Fashionphile is luxury resale’s last defense so when I saw a fake 2019 Tropicalia Dior Book Tote slipped through, I feel luxury resale has become a darker fantasy.
Is Mario Valentino, Valentino? Is it a copycat of Valentino Garavani? Consumer confusions between Mario Valentino and Valentino Garavani popped in my inbox regularly and could be traced back 40 years ago that in 1979, Valentino Garavani and Mario Valentino had to “enter into a co-existence agreement” to set boundaries on logo placement and Valentino Garavani has recently took Mario Valentino to court, according to The Fashion Law, for breaching such agreement.
In the backdrop of cryptorgy and NFT everything, Chanel dropped the bomb of ditching its half-a-century old hologram sticker based authentication system and quietly launched “microchip” based digital authentication, a close step following Gucci and Louis Vuitton’s switch to NFC/RFID chips in Q3 2019 and Q1 2021 respectively.
The outside of the “microchip” is a metal plaque engraved with the CC logo and 8 digit alphanumeric code. It is rumored that the technology would be NFC/RFID enabled blockchain - giving each product a unique digital identity that follows through its lifecycle.