THE BIG news story of the day was not the GFC or the horrors in Syria, but the seizure of 20,000 pairs of fake Christian Louboutin (loo-boo-tan) shoes. In this ABC News story you can see footage of a surly blue uniformed LA customs official handling a pair of screaming pink 6" heel pumps with rubber gloves and pronouncing them fit for the bonfire.
I Googled "spot fake Louboutin" and watched a bunch of hastily-shot home videos and blog posts laboriously pointing out the differences between the real deal and the counterfeit. So I thought I'd add my own to the mix. Because ...
... I own a pair of fake Louboutins! (I think).
Now, I didn't set out to support fakesters. But I spotted a pair of ridiculously glitzy gold Louboutin sandals JUST MY SIZE at a fairly reputable East Village consignment store that specializes in pre-loved and ex-fashion-shoot apparel. I've bought quite a few things from this store, as the owner has great taste, fair prices and connectio…
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Considerations:You can’t as easily carry your bike upstairs on your
shoulderGets in the way of your toolbagYou may need to cut down your seatpost to make it the right
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VIDEO: A glimpse from the road
I WAS recently contacted by a mysterious person on LinkedIn,
asking if I’d test a new bicycle shock absorber. The contact had a rather long, rather
foreign-looking name, and I confess my first reaction was to dismiss it as a
scammer from Russia along with the zillions of emails I get from factories in
China asking if I want to order some traffic cones (yes, I’m the inventor of the
Traffic Cone Bag).
But since I was heading out of the New York tundra and into a perfect Australian summer, I said, sure, beam it over!
FOR THE BENEFIT of those Downunder: last week was Thanksgiving, the day when 'mericans down tools and celebrate the "the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year," according to Wikipedia
It's more like the blessing of the buffet, and generally not a day to bear gifts except for oneself: stores are now opening on the actual day of rest...is nothing sacred? As an advertising/marketing pundit I use retail therapy to keep abreast of product design and retailing strategies (ok that's my excuse). My destination? The TJ Maxx outlet in Wilton, Connecticut, where I'm visiting for the holiday. Today it was empty. One explanation: TJ's merchandise is always on sale, so there's no real reason to make a beeline for it on Black Friday. "You're the first customer to acknowledge that," said the bored gal at the jewelry counter where I pondered over a pair of truly fake-looking gold Ralph Lauren hoop earrings for $12. "Everyone else is demandi…