Archive for September, 2009

Big Ice

September 30, 2009

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September 24, 2009 was a lucky day in the South African Petra Diamond Cullinan mine when a 507.55 carat rough diamond (above) was found among the rubble. The huge stone–extremely rare and apparently of exceptional color and quality–is one of the top 20 largest high-quality rough diamonds ever found. Amazingly, three other very large rough diamonds were found in the same run at sizes of 168, 58.5 and 53.3 carats each.

I particularly love stories about Cullinan because I was lucky enough to visit the mine as part of a press trip several years ago. It’s amazing to see the vast amounts of land and resources used to unearth these relatively tiny gems.

Want do a quick search on diamond jewelry on Portero? You can search by your desired gemstone by using the brown search box above the product for each category. Happy hunting!

Fall Fur on Portero

September 29, 2009

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to check out our just-launched, amazing collection of pristine fur. We’re really excited to have scored a bunch of great brands and unbelievable prices, especially in a season when modern fur accessories are so in style. (We have jackets, coats, accessories, vests and home goods!)

We had a lot of fun putting together a fashion shoot for the products, and the video above will give you a behind-the-scenes look at all the work that goes into the making of Portero.com. Check it out and then shop Fur to make a stylish statement this year.

Also, we’re offering a limited-time promotion: Buy any Fur item and receive 10% off a 2nd item, from any other category, added to the same order now through October 15, 2009 11:59PM ET. Just enter FUR at checkout and start shopping now to save.

Weekend Warrior: Spend and Save!

September 25, 2009

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Good news as you’re heading into the weekend: We’ve cooked up a brand new promotion that will let you save even more on your favorite luxury goods. Here’s the gist: For the next five days, buy any product* on the site from $1,000-$1,999 and save 5%, or splurge on something $2,000 and above and get 10% off.**

Sounds pretty simple, right? TGIF, indeed!

**Discount automatically applied at checkout. Valid for one time usage per person. Cannot be combined with any other offer. *Hermes Birkin bags are excluded from this promotion. Free Shipping and Insurance is automatically included for all qualifying orders over $1,000.

Friday Eye Candy: Marc Jacobs

September 25, 2009

Marc Jacobs runway

I pulled this image from the recent Marc Jacobs runway show as soon as I saw it–I’m drawn to it in a number of inexplicable ways. Maybe it’s the ballerina vibe (I myself wore point shoes until age 16), maybe it’s the sketch-like quality derived from the wispy black stitching, or maybe it’s just the beautiful trompe l’oeil that confuses your brain a bit.

You can get a similar look in real life by choosing a bag with topstitching that really accentuates a pattern. This Chanel Tan Lambskin Big Stitch Quilted Large ZipTote is a perfect example of using dark thread on a light leather to create visual interest.

Another good choice would be this Louis Vuitton Limited Edition Olympe Cirrus Show Bag. While it doesn’t use a black accent, the stitching is over cloudy lambskin in such a way that the logo feels more like a beautiful pattern than a corporate sign.

Portero Introduces: FUR!

September 22, 2009


(Click to enlarge. From left: Hermes, Roberto Cavalli, Alessandro Dell’Acqua)

If you’ve taken even the slightest peek at the runways of New York Fashion Week over the last 10 days, there’s no doubt you have noticed the abundance of fur on the catwalk. Whether it took the form of oversized coats, short boleros, collar accents or fabulous accessories, designers found a way to work it in whether discreet or over-the-top.

In fact, even Anna Wintour herself proclaimed to New York magazine that one of her must-have items this fall is a “savage fur” — according to NY mag, that’s Vogue shorthand for a rough, shaggy stole or collar of some kind.


(From left: Lanvin, Alberta Ferretti, Christian Lacroix)

That’s why we’re so excited to bring you our just-launched Fur category featuring a curated selection of never-worn high-fashion fur accessories ranging from coats, wraps and vests to pillows and blankets. Whether you prefer to parade your fur in the fall air or use it at home for a pop of luxe texture, we have a selection sure to fit the bill. Best of all: these pristine designer furs (including Cassin, Vera Wang, Alaïa, Marni, and more) are available to Portero customers for prices unavailable anywhere else.


(From left: Andrew Gn, Sonia Rykiel, Dolce & Gabbana)

Get in on Fall’s hottest trend one step ahead of the curve! Shop Portero’s Fur collection now.

Images via Style.com

Fall Furs

September 21, 2009


We’ve been preparing a bit of a September surprise for you–and it’s in the form of gorgeous fur accessories ranging from fashion to accessories to home goods. This picture is just a bit of a sneak peek–you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to see the full collection of high-fashion furs that we’ve curated for this new Portero category.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the launch of this brand new collection!

Watch Sale!

September 21, 2009


Now that September is here, you’ll probably be needing to check the time much more than you did during summer. Although scheduling can be a bit of a drag, at least it gives you a good reason to buy a fantastic new watch for fall. Enter our timepiece sale, running now through September 30.

All you need to do is enter code SEPTWATCH at checkout, and you’ll receive an additional 20% off select pre-owned watches found right here. Not a bad way to start the season, right?

Cut it Out

September 17, 2009


One of my favorite trends I’ve been seeing on the runways this week is the use of cut-outs. It’s interesting to see all of the different ways that designers choose to use the technique–ranging from more subtle sheer panels to graphic removal of fabric to create pattern. Check out how Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs and Rodarte (from left to right, above) all used the technique in successful ways. (Click to enlarge)

Not ready to show quite so much skin? Get into the look with a handbag that features the same idea:

Mary Norton Gold Hard Metal Cutout Dark Peach Suede Convertible Metallica Clutch

Salvatore Ferragamo Savana Cut-Out Shoulder Tote

Images via Style.com

Black & Gold baubles

September 16, 2009


As a longtime jewelry writer, I always appreciate when designers integrate high-end accessories into their runway shows. That’s why I loved the Celestino Spring 2010 presentation that took place on Monday night at the Ukranian National Institute. It’s interesting to note that the collection contained quite a few of the Pantone colors we looked at yesterday (ie Aurora, Pink Champagne and Eucalyptus), and I really liked the pairing of bold black coral, gold and diamond jewelry by Passman Galleries.

Interestingly, you can get the same look with a variety of different black materials including onyx, enamel and even rubber. Check out these pieces for sale right now to see what I mean:

M+J Savitt 14k Yellow Gold Onyx Diamond Hinged Cuff Bracelet

SOHO 18k Yellow Gold Black Enamel Hinged Bangle Bracelet

SOHO 18k Yellow Gold Tiger Enamel Diamond Rubber Necklace

September 15, 2009


Now that we’re seeing the fashions for 2010 hit the runways, I thought it would be a good time to check out Pantone’s bi-annual color report for the upcoming season. It’s really interesting to see what designers are gravitating towards, and I’m personally feeling a lot of pull towards Violet, Amparo Blue and the bright yellow Aurora.

Want to to invest in a pop of these soon-to-be-hot colors? Here’s a few suggestions:

Judith Leiber Purple Snakeskin Triple Gold Cross Adjustable Belt

Michael Kors Bright Blue Patent Leather Envelope Clutch

Gianfranco Ferre Large Mustard Yellow Suede Horn Rope Handbag

To read all about top designers’ personal predictions and sketches for the upcoming season, definitely check out Pantone’s PDF.

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