How to keep your bag in good condition?

Bonjour #Cosettegirls and other bag lovers!

Today we are going to talk about how to keep your bag and other leather goods in good condition. For those who have lots of bags to store -or simply for most of us who are currently in isolation, now is the right time to reorganise your shelves and closet following our Cosette Team’s advices.

I. Where to store my bag?

You want to store your bags preferably on a shelf or at the top of your closet, where it can breathe freely. It is extremely important for your bag not to be all ‘squashed’ and to give it the space it deserves. After all, designer bags are the A-list of our personal products. We don’t want the handles to get damaged. If your bag came in a box, that’s a great place to store it, but make sure the box is clean and free from humidity. Make sure the removable straps, handles or chains are removed and either stored separately or put in a little dustbag inside the bag.

II. How to store my bag?

Now that you have found the dedicated space for your bag(s), and made sure that it is not all squashed, let’s talk about the stuffing. Most of the time when you’ve purchased your bag through us, it will come with some stuffing already inside. We recommend you to keep this stuffing so when you are not using your bags, you can put it back inside, et voilà! However, if you didn’t keep the stuffing paper, don’t worry, we are here to help. You can simply fill your bag with some silk paper, a small cushion, some old sweat pants or some ink-free cotton tote bags. Make sure not to under-stuff or over-stuff your bag. If you have a structured bag like the Givenchy Antigona or the Celine Luggage, it is crucial to keep it stuffed so it doesn’t collapse when unused.

When you are done with the stuffing, simply protect it by putting it back inside its former dustbag.

III. How long can I store my bag for?

When you are finally done with step one and step two: you can store your bag(s) for as long as you want. Don’t forget to check on them from time to time to make sure they stay in good condition and dust-free. Make sure that your bag is not in direct contact with natural or synthetic lights as it can damage both the material and the colour, and that it stays in a decent room temperature.

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Finally, we don’t particularly recommend to put any specific product on the leather as sometimes too many chemicals in a product can lead to irreversible damage or stains. We are currently developing our own bag cleaning formula that should be available in the coming months. If you have any specific questions regarding your bag, feel free to contact us at info@cosette.com.au and we will guide you through the steps to keep your bag as new as it possible can!

Bisous bisous!

Cosette xxx

Treat yourself this Valentine’s day.

Treat yourself this Valentine’s day.

Want to treat yourself, or that someone special? We have prepared many surprises fo you … 

We know #CosetteGirls (or none of us) need an excuse to celebrate, well… ourselves. That said, we can’t help but jump on any opportunity to paint the town Red and celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a special offerbien sûr


Whomever you want to treat – we have a long list of designer items that are just waiting to be loved. And this Valentine’s Day is all about the bags you’ll love forever.

We currently have an exclusive offer –  EXTRA 10% OFF Black bags or wallets. Including all of our latest New Season arrivals.

Make this Valentine’s Day the best EVER for that special someone. Or as we always say, just be your own Valentine, self-love is the best form of LOVE.

We can’t wait to see you in-store or online soon!

Bisous bisous!

Cosette xxx

Shop at COSETTE this Christmas

Renée Murden photographed by Ren Pidgeon

Wishing you a Very Cosette Christmas!

It’s been a pleasure bringing you the best fashion finds and help you celebrate a wonderful Christmas.

To wrap up in style we’ve been hard at work to get those dream-list gifts to you, in time, to hide under the Christmas tree. 

We love the Christmas spirit, and we celebrate it in the French way – all the way. Abundance of colour, gold, glitter, friends & family, food (and drinks) and of course, Gifts. 

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We can’t stop dreaming of these it-bags: Our dream-wish list of Gifts

Mood: Casual –  anything Balenciaga

Mood: Casual & classic – Gucci

Mood: Elevate my mood (and outfit) Saint Laurent. The ultimate synonym of elegance and sophistication and perfect for New Year’s celebrations. Those ‘Kate bags.

Mood: Plan that well-deserved holiday or quick escape – New in store Balenciaga  (medium sized totes makes the perfect travel companion)

Mood: Get lucky: Be in the know and look out for our back-in-store most-wanted Gucci bestsellers. Limited Stock – So Be Quick!

Anyway you could have guessed by now that we have a wish-list for all occasions. If you need help with compiling yours or a next purchase or your new fashionable best-friend find, we are here to help! Our Flagship store at The Rocks is open everyday (except on the 25th). Come visit us in store and treat yourself.

Wishing you a merry Christmas, from all of us at Cosette.

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Why we love Saint Laurent (and why you do too)

At Cosette, we have noticed that not one of our customers have ever said ‘I don’t like Saint Laurent’. When asked about the French Maison de Luxe, our clients all use the same words to describe it: timeless, iconic and chic. In French we would say ‘Intemporel’.

Every good bag connoisseur can name at least a few Saint Laurent bags – Kate, Sunset, Sac de Jour, Vicky, Loulou to name a few… and any bag lover can recognise a Saint Laurent bag within others.

 Whether you’re looking for a work-, day-, travel-, casual- or evening bag, Saint Laurent plays with a variety of neutral and timeless colours -proper to the brand and chooses within different types of fabrics or leathers such as smooth, grained, shiny, patent, soft or grain de poudre to suit every style but still honouring their original and proper branding with its unique topstitching signature and quilting details, signature black aesthetic, and metallic YSL logo hardware. 

Indeed, Saint Laurent is never too over-the-top, nor it is too discreet. Like any recipe for success overtime, everything is based on the right dosage. Thus, it is the right combination of hardware, fine leather and topstitches that makes the Maison so unique and an all-time favourite within us all Amoureux de la mode.

Renowned for its audace, its famous rock’n’roll with-a-twist touch and perfecting everything by adding some boyish shapes, La Maison Saint Laurent is in a never-ending process of reinventing its classics and turning them into it-bags. Is the secret hidden in its simplicity or extravagance? The House’s ability to always twisting 1980’s inspired shapes with modern aesthetics is probably why it never ceased staying trendy decades after decades by Monsieur Saint-Laurent’s successors.

Yves Saint Laurent was the pioneer in using exotic skins and leathers in his design process, but the secret was also hidden in his individuality in using innovative materials. Patrick Mauries, author of the book Yves Saint Laurent accessories says:

“Metal chains, which Saint Laurent had often used in his early years for necklaces and belts, were repurposed to serve as shoulder straps. Processes and techniques were adapted to achieve whatever the current theme demanded: leather could be studded (on both shoulder straps and the body of a bag), perforated, cut, pierced (allowing one colour to show through another), laced (rather than stitched), dotted with cabochons made of resin, or pieced together from lozenge-shaped sections or other patchwork.”. 

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Yves Saint-Laurent himself was not only a man who put women into pant suits, he also was passionate about his own idea of fashion to create something that has never been done by its predecessors. His innovative mind gave birth to what we could also refer as a fashion movement making his creations reinforced over time as the creative direction was being taken over by the talented Hedi Slimane and more recently Anthony Vacarello, both possessing the strong ability to create contemporary reincarnations of Yves’s creations.

While the work behind every Saint Laurent bag goes way back, there is no doubt the Saint-Laurent Fashion House will keep surprising us with its unconventional yet so-lovable bags creations. In addition, there is no doubt we will keep admiring their collections as the designers pass on the torch, and we will keep doing our best to provide you with all of your favourite and iconic Saint-Laurent Staple pieces.

Head to our website TODAY to shop all the latest arrivals and make a purchase that is in the continuity of a great French Fashion House history.

Until next time/A bientôt!

Xxx

Cosette 

Fendi Maniac

It all starts at the Fall/Winter 2018-19 Women’s Fashion Show on Milan’s catwalk where Fendi unveils FENDI MANIA collab, a creative logo mashup designed by Instagram artist @hey_reilly. Ever since, we cannot get enough of these remixed classics.

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FENDIMANIA Official Campaign 2018/19

“Previously unbridgeable divides between high and low, sport and soigné, tasteful and not, have all but disappeared.” (ELLE)

For those who might have been hidden in a cave for the last months, FENDI MANIA is a legendary capsule collection of ready-to-wear and accessories for men, women, and children between the fashion powerhouse Fendi and the Italian heritage sportswear brand Fila (OMG Eighties I love you).

Fila and Fendi remix their logo, exploring Fashion’s old love affair with loud and big branded things while blending two opposing elements: high-end fashion and everyday sportwear.

“It’s like when you wear sneakers with a tuxedo, because it’s today’s life. There are no borders anymore. FENDI MANIA enjoys the freedom to poke fun at fashion and fancy ideas.”says Fendi’s creative director Sylvia Venturini Fendi.

Yes, it does feel incredibly amazing to inject some insouciance in our closet. This one-of-a-kind collection is our new way of saying “forever young” throughout a beautiful and extensive range of T-shirts, tops, flowing gowns, puffer coasts, footwear, bags and so many more playful key pieces.

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How artist “Hey Reilly” created a logo mashup that went from brandalising virtual image to real.

It apparently all started from an Instagram DM after the artist had posted his now-famous-FendiMania-Lady-Liberty.

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I absolutely adore this logo fusion! Built on the one of the most iconic logo (“FF”), I find, from a creative point of view, the Fila x Fendi logo artistically powerful, setting standards high and imagery more impactful than ever.

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All the Fendi Maniac out there, I couldn’t encourage you enough to check out our beautiful Fendi Mania selection and perhaps become art of this incredibly iconic family 😀

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Roxy Jacenko for Cosette x Featuring FendiMania Medium Leather Clutch $1,111 and Fendimania Medium Runway PVC Cabas $2,550

Bisous

C.

A touch of Givenchy please

I am oh-so thrilled to have Le Sac GV3 on our Cosette shelves. Not only that I adore this bag for its wonderful character, I find its history absolutely fascinating. One-of-a-kind Givenchy handbag that embodies the duality that runs through the house.

It is so special that our buying team was able to put their hands on it, bringing it to our doors at the very best price Australia wide.Givenchy-GV3-Small-Bag-Black-Gold

Unique savoir-faire behind the GV3

Taking its name from the initials of the Maison’s address on the Avenue George V, Paris, number 3, the GV3 marks a unique moment in the brand’s history as the first handbag in a new collection from creative director Clare Waight Keller (previously Chloé house creative director).

Loyal to the Givenchy legacy, sophisticated yet practical, the GV3 is a flap shoulder handbag, composed of 2 separate halves as a whole, closing with the most iconic Double G “kissing clasp”. I remember seeing it as a little girl on my grannie’s Givenchy make-up powder and the fact that Waight Keller has revived it as a signature hardware is bold, meaningful and very brand iconic.

To me, the GV3 is paying homage to the past with today’s aesthetic for clean lines. And that is deeply beautiful.

Tactile materials of the highest quality

I’ve always had a thing for structured frame, well-designed shoulder bags as well as for soft, quilted leather – both synonym of true elegance.

Made in Italy with shiny goatskin chosen for its natural sleek grain, the GV3 pairs it with matt lambskin, with a “Tamponato” finish, which gives more depth to the natural leather character.

Entirely assembled by hand, every stiches and raw seam are hand-painted for the most impeccable finish. A piece of art.

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Playful & versatile

Last but not least, the GV3 offers endless ways to wear, let’s be creative ladies – it is time to have fun styling this beauty. Both its removable dual chain and leather shoulder strap allow 4 easy and very different looks to play with, whether you’d like to dress it up or down.

Feature-wise, the GV3 comes in 4 different sizes (Nano to Medium), the Small size being the main brand focus and the Nano designed to be worn as a belt. The Small Flap version has a superbly organised interior, with multiple compartments, pockets and gusset – we love!

Spotted as Meghan Markle favourite’s bag, the GV3 got everything of lady can dream of: beauty, history and timeless elegance.

Take a look at the GV3 styles currently available in our 2 boutiques and our online store – you won’t find any better deal 🙂

Bisous

C.

Step up your style game with badass frames

As Cosette recently became the official reseller of Dior, Fendi and Givenchy sunglasses in Australia and Pacific Asia, I am thrilled to share with you some of our favourite styles.

Sunglasses are a fun and easy way to step up your fashion game. From sunny rooftop drinks to afternoon wondering in the park, there’s a great pair for every situation, ensuring you’ll have 100% UV protection.

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I absolutely adore the Dior Nebula in Copper Gold for its modern cat eye shaped frame. Inspired by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior, the graphic double bridge will add an elegant and feminine look to any of your urban outfit.

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Dior Nebula S 54 Copper Gold $375 vs Original Price $680

Logo Splurge

Step outside the box and be sure to turn heads wearing the fantastique Fendi FF signature sunglasses. The all-over logo has been trending hard and still, we cannot get enough of it. Made in Italy, the Fendi FF has gone wild and chic with this statement frame – edgy and contemporary – they are the subtle version of an all-over monogram, same impact guarantee.

Fendi FF 0294/S 807 9O58 Black and Silver $359 vs Original Price $650

Aviator Love

Fact: Aviator sunglasses, also known as “pilot’s glasses” were originally developed in 1936, for pilots to protect their eyes while flying. Since then, I believe this is probably the most-loved style around the world. Worn by Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, they’re an eyewear statement our wardrobe could not miss.

I am so in love with Givenchy GV line, adorned with white metallic stars, they’re a great option for a chic & rock look. Poolside flying here we go!

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Givenchy GV 7075/STARS 807 58 IR Black & Metal White $303 vs Original price $530

Last but not least, I wanted to share with you our latest style crush from gorgeous Jessie Khoo and Elisha Herbert wearing they’re Dior sunnies from Cosette.

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Splurge on designer sunglasses now for an extra 20%OFF on already reduced prices and wear them on repeat for seasons to come.

xo

Why your bag needs a regular care regimen and how to start one

I am so excited to be doing a post on luxury-item-care today because I truly think this is often missed. If you’ve been following us for a while, then you probably know how much we love handbags.

If you’re owning a few designer pieces and wish to keep them for as long as possible, while making the most of your investment, read on for my tips bellow.

Why caring after your luxury goods is so important?

I believe most of us know we should look after our designer wardrobe but struggle to implement it in our daily lives. Taking good care of your items will lead to greater satisfaction wearing them, looking fresh and beautiful, they’ll reflect positively on yourself.

An item well maintained is an item that will wear well, getting even more beautiful as it ages, gaining in character and personality; following you through the years, building momentum and gorgeous history.

How to know what’s best for your item?

It might be very confusing and hard knowing what care requires a specific item – whether it is made with leather, exotic skin, luxurious fabric or a specific colouring.

Figure out the best products to use referring to experts – never ever try a product before being 100% certain this is suitable to your item.

Keep them organised

The more organised they are, the easier it will be to look after them.

I like keeping some of my shoe boxes for best wardrobe-looking-results and place most of my bags in their protective pouches to prevent from dust and sunlight.

Organising them per colour and season is also very helpful when it comes to styling your outfits. It will limit any risk of messy-wardrobe-alert, related to the classic “I have nothing to wear” panic attack.

I also recommend allocating a dedicated space in your wardrobe for designer bags, shoes, clothing and accessories.

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Keep them clean and ready to wear

You will find great joy and satisfaction in having all your items spotless and ready to wear, vs a dry-clean pile giving you anxiety each time you look at it.

Don’t over-use / over-load them

Most of us think that because they’re luxury items, they are some kind of unbreakable item but this is actually the opposite: they are fragile, mostly handcrafted out of the most delicate leather or fabric.

If you’re lucky enough to own different handbags: rotate them and try not to wear always the same, especially on a day to day basis.

Last but not least, be mindful of what you place in them. I know this is tempting to carry our all house around, but on this chapter, remember that less is more 😉

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Images via Rachel Parcell

Is Cosette authentic?

Hey Ladies!

All our bags are authenticated when we buy them and are delivered with official documents and we provide certificates from our partner Entrupy.

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Cosette is only selling luxury bags through official distribution channels! This is actually our business model to bring luxury designer bags from Europe and you need to take in consideration years of making (as all Luxury brands now tweak details every year in their collections to fight against fake makers).

Indeed we bring in-season couture from highly prized designers in Europe right here to you in Australia. In our exclusive boutiques and website you will find the most coveted, internationally renowned brands at cut-prices.

Thanks to our exclusive networks and high-end buyers with years of experience in Paris and Milan, we are able to source only the very best, for less. By taking advantage of the opposite seasons between Europe and Australia, we bring you the most sought-after trends long before they would ordinarily hit southern shelves. Our premium brands put you in the front row with runway-worthy style and wardrobe pick-me-ups of only the very highest quality without the designer price tag.

We aim to provide our customers with products of the highest standard and quality. If you have received an item with a defect, please contact us so we can guide you through the exchange, credit or returns process and help resolve the problem as swiftly as possible. Please note that we’ll need a photo or two showing the defect/fault, which will speed up the process for you.

See ya!

The Cosette Team

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Due to the locations of our stores at the MCA Government building in the Rocks and the high end shopping district, our products regularly go through verification of authenticity in order to successfully trade in those locations.

We also have been partnering with the only true authentication Artificial Intelligence system called ENTRUPY (https://www.entrupy.com)

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This third party (neutral) system is allowing us to check all stock coming from Europe but also to check all stock coming from individuals for our new marketplace (launching soon).

All other authentication companies review luxury designer items with only a few pictures without taking under consideration the year and batch of production of the models for each labels. Few details are changed from one batch to another in the manufacturing process of the models in order to limit the counterfeits. Not taking these under consideration leads to mistakes in authenticating.

Here are few certificates of some of the items we have on sell:

And you can of course request and verify your own certificate!

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At COSETTE we take pride in our reputation for providing luxurious items at affordable prices. All of our items are 100% authentic and brand new. We carry a wide range of designer shoes, clothing, accessories and leather goods that we sell in our retail stores and online. All products come with the branded authenticity/care cards, serial numbers and branded dust bags.

Please contact us via support@cosette.com.au if you need any more information.

Faithfully,

The Cosette Team