Madison Avenue Couture CEO Judy Taylor details why she resells luxury goods

As global markets have become increasingly unpredictable, luxury accessories have seen steady growth in sales.

The recategorization of luxury goods — especially luxury handbags — has a lot to do with how financial investments are perceived, from frivolous purchases to sustainable investments.

Volatile stock markets have created opportunities for alternative assets within portfolios. With limited edition handbags selling for a premium and their value increasing over time, they have surprisingly become one of the safer options.

With a global market value of $72 billion, which is expected to reach $100 billion by 2026, it’s clear that this emerging class of products isn’t going anywhere.

And while demand increases, supply doesn’t keep up, driving up prices in the secondary market.

These factors have created a niche market opportunity for haute luxury goods within the broader sector, led by players such as New York’s Madison Avenue Couture.

Founded in 2010 by CEO Judy Taylor, the pioneering company’s diverse set of rare luxury handbags—physically located in stores—quickly gained traction among a new breed of luxury buyer investors, and Madison Ave Couture soon began popping up boutiques on La Rue. La.

Within a year and a half, Judy’s brand caught Gilt’s attention, leading to a mutually beneficial three-year partnership that put the luxury reseller on the map.

After thirteen years in business, Madison Avenue Couture has earned a reputation as the gold standard in the luxury handbag resale space.

Focusing on highly sought-after brands such as Hermès and Chanel, discerning local and international shoppers recognize Madison Avenue Couture’s curated handbag collection.

Whether shopping online or in its NYC showroom, fashion enthusiasts and lifelong aficionados—whose personal reserves rival those of most luxury vintage stores—can always find what they’re looking for.

As with any resale item, authenticity is paramount due to the massive counterfeit market that has reached $3 trillion.

Madison Avenue Couture follows a thorough three-step authentication process—consisting of two in-house checks and a third-party one—ensuring that each bag’s condition is as advertised, proper documentation is provided, and the bag customers see on the website is the correct one. will receive.

Taylor explained: ‘Our edge is our ownership, and we actually have all the items listed on hand and can be shipped to buyers’ homes within one to two days of the sale’.

Since physical possession of the bag in question is rare in the industry, this competitive edge is a major game-changer for buyers.

Whether shipping internationally or coming to the New York showroom for pickup, customers will receive their purchases as fast as Amazon Prime orders.

For clients who prefer to test out their pieces before buying, the showroom in downtown New York City – which opened in 2020 – allows customers to ‘try before they buy’ while receiving support and advice from the team’s experts.

And those who can’t travel to the showroom can schedule a FaceTime appointment with Madison Avenue Couture’s luxury experts to check out the merchandise.

Such concierge services are a key differentiator for shoppers who expect their shopping experience to match their purchasing power.

Madison Avenue Couture’s unique inventory of rare bags attracts high-end collectors more than anything else. ‘Details and rarity, these specifics are really important to our clients,’ adds Alexis Klerber, vice president of sales and marketing.

In addition, the company accommodates those new to the space or those just starting to build their collection by providing education and helping them find the best fit for their specific needs.

For example, if a husband wants to surprise his wife with a dream kelly bag, the team can help him throughout the process, even offering an option to FaceTime to view the possibilities on video.

Recognized as a leading reseller of Hermès, the company is renowned in the space for sourcing some of the rarest pieces in the world, including the recently sold Birkin Himalaya with diamond hardware, which cost $550,000 (setting a record).

Also, because of Hermès’ complex buying policy, which often involves long hours and purchasing various fillers, Madison Avenue Couture’s concierge service is an equally luxurious but welcoming option that doesn’t require a waiting list.

Whether it’s sustainable style or a step toward change, fashion is constantly in flux, responding to the world as it evolves.

As the changing global economy causes uncertainty across markets, investing in luxury handbags, whose value has consistently proven to stand the test of time—even outperforming stocks from time to time—has become increasingly popular. In fact, the price of luxury handbags has increased by 92% over the past decade.

Madison Avenue Couture continues to expand its inventory range and quickly respond to trends and customer demand, the company is at the forefront of the luxury reselling game and this growing category of investment.

Kim Jones presented the French Dior collection at the Summer 2024 men’s show

Kim Jones, artistic director of French luxury fashion house Dior, celebrated his fifth anniversary at the brand by showcasing his fashion collection at the Dior Summer 2024 men’s show. Jones is known for appropriating the traditions of womenswear culture and applying it to menswear.

The collection pays homage to the influence of Dior’s predecessors, LVMH said in a press release.

Yves Saint Laurent reinvented tailoring with its creative volumes transferred to relaxed masculine suiting and sweeping coats. British tailoring traditions meet the codes of haute couture tailoring for women. Dior codes travel through time, such as knitwear, cannage on saddles and satchels, or abundant tweed for summer ensembles.

Kim Jones, artistic director of Dior, marked his fifth year at the brand by unveiling his ‘New Look to New Wave’ collection at the Dior Summer 2024 men’s show. The range reflects the blend of menswear with womenswear traditions. British tailoring traditions mingle with haute couture, with reinvented tailoring, polos, leopard print and tweed ensembles.

Polos in popping colors, leopard print, and fluorescent tinted eyewear add a fancy touch to luxury. Inspired by the classic 1995 Lady Dior bag, the shoe takes on a new circular logo on the heavy-soled loafers.

‘New Look to New Wave’, as Kim Jones dubbed the collection, also features a reinterpretation of New Wave beanies by Stephen Jones. The caps are decorated with delicate ‘Ronghua’ velvet flowers produced in China by master craftsmen who worked closely with the Dior ateliers.

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Shower your dad with these amazing gift ideas for 2023

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Shopping for Father’s Day is always a great and challenging adventure because it involves picking a gift for a beloved family member while also making sure that you choose something that they will actually love and use regularly.

We’ve collected a few options here that are guaranteed to be loved and put to good use by dad.

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Keep all of Dad’s precious memories in one place with the Aura Carver Mat, a minimalist digital frame inspired by modern architecture This freestanding landscape frame features a color-calibrated 10.1” HD display and is easy to set up and add photos from anywhere with the Aura app. You can even surprise dad by regularly adding photos to it.

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Keep dad connected on the go with the Nokia T20 tablet, a device optimized for life with a long battery life, fast charging options and the ability to seamlessly and easily watch movies without skipping work meetings. A beat. Whether you’re watching a work presentation on the go, or just relaxing at home with a movie, every detail will look fantastic. It’s also blue light certified so it’ll protect dad’s eyes during the day and on those late-night movie marathons on the go.

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As the guardian of their home, the father always wants to make sure that the house is safe for the family. Canary Pro helps him keep a watchful eye on his home while he’s out on the town, away at the office, or leaving the older kids behind to run a quick errand. Canary cameras have a built-in climate and air quality monitor so dad can monitor the thermostat and air quality, as well as two-way talk to chat with the family or pup if needed.

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Make dad feel like he’s part of the racing team with Ferrari: Inside and Outside, the book that shows the world of Formula 1 through the lens of two legendary photographers and the contributions of iconic figures including Piero Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, Stefano Domenicali, Jean Todt and legendary designer Mauro Forghieri. The book is edited by internationally renowned Formula 1 commentator and Michael Schumacher biographer James Allen.

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Long gone are the days when beauty and self-care were reserved for women. Now dads experience best-in-class dermatological technology with the Bellum Face Massager that combines microcurrent and vibrating functions to reach deep into hard-to-reach facial muscles, beneath the surface layers of the skin. Microcurrent therapy sends low-voltage electrical currents, which mimic natural currents, through the superficial layers of your skin, down to the facial muscles to work the muscles. Microcurrents stimulate collagen production to improve facial contours and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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To compliment the face massager, start dad with a routine for healthy and glowing skin. Verify Core Trip Gift Set with Ultra-Hydrating Self Absorbed Facial Moisturizer, a Power Trip Facial Serum, that gently exfoliates and hydrates skin. And to finish, the award-winning 20/20 Eye Cream dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Keep dad cool and his eyes protected with KIAURA Eyewear, a line of sunglasses inspired by the luxury and coastal energy of Southern California. Available in four distinctive styles, dads will love The Lautner, honoring the legacy of famed American architect, John Lautner, or The Kaufman, inspired by Richard Neutra’s Kaufman House in Palm Springs.

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Andar The Apollo is a unique wallet that truly takes the classic to the next level With a modern take on the traditional bifold, this wallet features a unique pull tab on the back and a quick access notch on the front so dad can have easy access to all his essentials.

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There is something magical about beautifully crafted woodwork and dad is sure to love Hosle Woodworks decor pieces. This featured tray is made of Baltic Birch Europly and multiple sheets are laminated together, then edge turned, creating a special sheet of wood. When wood trays are carved, the “waves” of plywood layers create an incredibly satisfying effect. The tray stands perfectly as a sculptural decor item, it can be used as a catch-all tray, or even for serving snacks.

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Give the gift of simple and pure coffee every morning with Simply Press. Forget those devices that are difficult to use and require many steps! Simply Press gives dad a perfect coffee every morning in 3 minutes without the hassle of programming or finding the right setting.

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Give him a shower of love by gifting him the Brondel Nabia Core, an innovative shower head that reduces water usage by up to 50% while giving dad a luxurious and indulgent shower experience. It has 4 unique and powerful spray modes to satisfy every preference. Removable spray wand and secure magnetic mounting dock add versatility and convenience.

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Make him feel the most comfortable with the Honeydew Sleep Body Pillow. This ultimate luxury body pillow will help dad relax more and sleep better, with proper body alignment by reducing stress on knees and hips, so he wakes up rested and refreshed.

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Bring Dad to the ultimate level of zen with Senset, a division that calms the fight, flight or freeze response and conditions the body to self-regulate and manage future stressors. In 10 minutes a day, this little device will help dad prioritize his mental health and even calm deep-seeded fears like the fear of flying.

Ambercycle launched the Tombogo x cycora collab at Paris Fashion Week

US-based circular materials innovator AmberCycle launched the Tombogo x cycora collaboration at Paris Fashion Week, which took place from June 20-25, 2023. The partnership introduced a three-piece modular collection made using Sycora regenerated canvas as part of designer Tommy. Bogor’s S/S 2024 ready-to-wear collection titled ‘The Future is Bright’.

The collection marks the first dress on the Paris Fashion Week runway to incorporate circular polyester. The collaboration demonstrates the potential of innovative circular materials to meet the artistic and technical needs of high-fashion creations, AmberCycle and Tombogo said in a joint press release.

Ambercycle debuted the Tombogo x cycora collection at Paris Fashion Week. This three-piece modular range, part of designer Tommy Bogo’s S/S 2024 ‘The Future is Bright’ collection, uses Sycora regenerated canvas. The collaboration not only reduces environmental impact but also illustrates how circular materials can meet high-fashion needs.

By reducing the extraction of raw materials from the earth, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diverting materials from landfills, Sycora Materials provides designers worldwide with environmentally responsible material options.

Research shows that about 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined during the design phase. The Tombogo x Psychora collaboration demonstrates a new standard in how designers can seamlessly integrate circularity into their creative process, the release added.

“Partnering with Tommy is a truly exciting opportunity for us to bring his vision to life. Forward-thinking designers are essential to our circular ecosystem, enabling us to lead into a future where style and circularity coexist seamlessly,” said Shaw Shetty, co-founder and CEO of AmberCycle.

“Using the Sycora fabric was a wonderfully seamless experience—lacking the complexity and limitations you sometimes associate with sustainable fabrics. As a designer who cares about the impact of fashion on the world, I find it refreshing to work with a fabric that allows us to design and Fits effortlessly into the manufacturing process, while also being good for the environment,” said Designer Tommy Bogo.

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Ritani launches pet jewelry with a $34,000 lab-grown diamond dog collar


Online jewelry retailer, Ritani, is launching its first line of pet jewelry featuring lab-grown diamonds and sustainable leather.

Ritani collaborated with Hemincuff, a vegan, sustainable accessory brand based in NYC, to create these “pooch perfect” collars.

“We are excited to offer pet owners a luxurious and sustainable option that combines the finest jewelry craftsmanship with fashion-forward vegan leather design,” said Rhea Papasifakis, Ritani’s Head of Product.

The first vegan leather dog collar will come in four variations:

In 14k white gold, a 3.90-carat weight solitaire lab diamond setting on the collar. Estimated retail price is $12,450.


14k white gold with a multi-row, pave diamond setting weighing a total of 2.50 carats. Estimated retail price is $8,850.


A 14k white gold setting with an 8-carat pink sapphire center and 8.90 carat weight of pink sapphire and champagne diamond side stones. It has an estimated retail price of $13,750.


The fourth collar (pictured above) combines the gem and gold settings of the other three collars with a total weight of 15.3 carats. The retail price of this call is $34,880

Mango has opened a flagship store in Ludhiana, India

Mango, one of Europe’s leading fashion groups, continues its expansion in India by opening a new flagship store in Ludhiana. Spread over 420 m2 spread over two floors, the store is India’s second Mango store with women’s, men’s and kids’ lines under one roof after opening in Bengaluru in March.

The new point of sale also includes a Mediterranean-inspired concept known as New Med, which is already present in some of the group’s flagships around the world. The concept aims to reflect the spirit and freshness of the brand and has sustainability and architectural integration as key elements.

Mango’s presence in the country has tripled in the last two years and India has become the country in Asia with 80 points of sale by the end of 2022, 34 more than the company’s 46 stores at the end. That’s three times more than 28 by the end of 2021 and 2020, the brand said in a media release.

Fashion brand Am is expanding into India with a new flagship store in the city of Ludhiana. The new store features the New Made concept, reflecting the spirit and sustainability of the brand. Mango has tripled its presence in India over the past two years, bringing the total to 110 points of sale, with plans to open more than 35 additional stores by 2023.

“India is one of the most important markets in our internationalization strategy, as according to all forecasts, this country will become the third largest consumer market in the world in the next few years and we want mangoes to have a significant presence. It is with the help of a local partner, Myntra,” Daniel Lopez, Director of Expansion and Franchise, Mangosaid.

Mango has been expanding in India since 2014 with the help of its franchise partner, Myntra, which provides expertise and support to understand and adapt its operations in the country.

In 2023, Mango will accelerate its expansion in India by opening over 35 new stores, bringing the total store network to over 110 sales points by the end of the year. In addition, the company hopes to adapt some stores to its Mediterranean-inspired store concept, New Made, which is already present in the company’s flagship stores around the world.

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Jacob & Co’s latest Epic X Skeleton Titanium is a watch you’ll want to own

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From astronomical figures to celestial bodies, from collaborating with automobile giants to encrusting the entire dial with jewels, Jacob & Co is one of the few watchmakers pushing the envelope with creativity, watchmaking finesse and unbridled innovation. With an ocean of horological wonders to offer, every watch aficionado has at least one Jacob & Co on their wish list!

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The Swiss watchmaker’s Epic X collection is a symbol of watchmaking craftsmanship and innovation that has seen numerous iterations over the years. Skeletonizing has been around for decades, yet the challenge of balancing performance and aesthetics remains, and it’s safe to say that Jacob & Co have nailed that arena.

Offered in exotic colors using different metals like titanium, rose gold and rhodium, each Epic X timepiece features a sapphire crystal that flaunts its wonderful movement. The latest is the Epic X Titanium which features a black Neoralith inner ring with a beautiful contrast to the anti-reflective sapphire crystal bezel that accentuates the inner workings of the watch’s more than 158 components. The skeletonized leaf-shaped hands in the center floating on the mechanical splendor add to its character.

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Featuring a Swiss-made automatic movement, the timepiece has a reliable power reserve of up to 48 hours. The watch comes with a black rubber strap that is both classy and casual. Titanium folding buckle makes it cohesive and complete. The strap can be adjusted and fits wrist sizes up to 8.5 inches.

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The Epic X Skeleton Titanium, with its strong yet sophisticated design and strong ‘X’ detailing, is a classy timepiece that will be your companion for business meetings as well as nightclubs. Priced at $22,000, it is a style statement given the horological precision and craftsmanship.

Prada’s SS24 collection showcased in Milan highlights the freedom of the body

The spring/summer 2024 Prada menswear collection by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons proposes a complete freedom of the body, expressed through the base of the garment. The collection was recently showcased at the Fondazione Prada Depository at the Prada SS24 Menswear Show in Milan.

The shirt is a point of departure, its structure and details borrowed as a base to transform an entire stable of menswear—suits, raincoats, active sportswear and reporter jackets. Starting with simplicity, the collection foregrounds the idea of ​​expansion, the amplification of an idea—a paradox between silhouette and materiality, Prada said in a press release.

Prada’s Spring/Summer 2024 menswear collection by Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, shown in Milan, explores total physical freedom through clothing design. The collection borrows the structure and detailing of shirts, transforming common menswear staples. Embellishments are three-dimensional and playful, reinventing floral prints and repurposing utility pockets.

Centrally, qualities of lightness and softness are brought to the garment, creating an uneasy relationship between the body and its garment. These concepts permeate every aspect of the clothing – the headband and glasses, made of a single piece, appear like motion capture pieces; Leather bags are unexpectedly soft to the touch.

The silhouettes borrow their lines from masculine suiting, but their structure belies an inherent flexibility. Shirting transitioned construction into tailored clothing, reshaping their archetypal silhouettes with a new fragility. Stitching elements can be suggested over cotton poplin, in true hybrid garments that are understood to exist in a new space within sartorial disciplines.

Evolving the concept of expansion, the decoration is three-dimensional, reinventing the concept of floral print through the application of corsage and fringe, animating the static. Expanding on this concept, utilitarian pockets are detached from their functionality, instead serving as more decorative devices, the release added.

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Ulysses Nardin celebrates World Oceans Day

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Ulysses Nardin has refreshed two of its dive models for World Oceans Day (June 8) with eye-catching blue dial markers and matching blue rubber straps.

New Ulysses Nardin diver net azure.

One model, the Diver Net Azure, adds sparkling blue to the watchmaker’s existing eco-friendly Diver series. This latest model in the collection (which also includes the Ocean Race Diver) uses recycled materials in the case, made from carbonium (with 40% lower environmental impact than other carbon composites), nylon (polyamide recycled from fishing nets) and 95% recycled steel. .

The watchmaker reports that the new model represents a greater use of recycled steel than the first Diver Net concept model in 2020, which contained 80% recycled steel.

The watch is water-resistant up to 300 meters and displays its blue color on the X accents on the dial, dial markers, bezel markers and its rubber strap.

Ulysses Nardin fits the watch with its automatic UN-118 movement (above), a silicone balance spring and a diamonsile escapement wheel and anchor. Price: $12,600.

New Ulysses Nardin Diver X Skeleton Azure.

The Diver X Skeleton Azure is a more complicated dive watch. As the latest model in the watchmaker’s Diver X Skeleton collection, the skeletonized watch features its UN-372 manufacture caliber, a top-level in-house automatic Ulysse Nardin movement with an extra-large oscillator and a silicone escapement wheel, anchor, and balance-spring. .

The movement is housed in a 44 mm titanium DLC case, which is water-resistant to 200 meters. Its components are visible under a dramatic black and blue X-shaped bridge. Lightweight carbonium tops the barrel cover at the 12 o’clock position and covers the unidirectional rotating bezel. Price: $26,400.

Ulysses Nardin Caliber UN-372.

(See below for full technical specifications for both new watches).

Specifications: Ulysses Nardin Diver Net Azure

(Ref. 1183-170-2B/3A)

Movement: UN-118 manufacturing capacity, automatic movement display hours, minutes, small seconds, date, power reserve indicator. Silicon balance-spring, diamonsil escapement wheel and anchor. Frequency 4Hz (28,800 vph).

Case: 44mm by 14.81mm with central case, bezel, case back and movement mount in 95% recycled stainless steel. Side case and case back ring: 60% nylon recycled fishing net and 40% carbonium up-cycled carbon fiber from the aeronautical industry. Open sapphire crystal case back. Concave unidirectional rotating bezel in 100% upcycle carbonium with domed sapphire crystal. 300 meters water resistance.

Dial: sandblasted black with an embossed and satin X power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, date and small seconds at 6 o’clock, hour-markers and hands with Super-LumiNova.

Strap: Black “Ulysse Nardin” ceramic material with azure-colored rubber strap with black ceramic pin at 6 o’clock.

Price: $12,600.

Specifications: Ulysses Nardin Diver x Skeleton Azure

(Ref. 3723-170-2B/3A)

Movement: UN-372 manufacture caliber, self-winding skeleton movement hours, minutes, seconds. Oversized silicon balance wheel, silicon escapement wheel, anchor and balance-spring. Frequency 3Hz (21,600 vph).

Case: Polished and satin 44mm by 15.7mm black DLC titanium case, concave unidirectional rotating bezel in carbonium with domed sapphire crystal, open sapphire crystal caseback in black DLC titanium. 200 meters water resistant.

Dial: X-shaped skeleton dial with polished and satin-finished black PVD carbon barrel cover, black hour-markers and hands with Super-LumiNova.

Strap: Azure-colored rubber strap with black “Ulysse Nardin” ceramic material at 6 o’clock, compatible with R-STRAP, folding clasp in black ceramic and black PVD titanium.

Price: $26,400

US brand Sketchers collaborates with The Rolling Stones

Sketchers has announced that it has collaborated with The Rolling Stones. Produced in partnership with Bravado, Universal Music Group’s industry-leading merchandise and brand management company, the new Skechers x The Rolling Stones collection features a unique collection of Skechers sneakers for women and men featuring the band’s trademark tongue logo.

“We love partnering with brands that offer great products and give our fans something new to enjoy,” said. rolling stone. “And Skechers is the must-have for anyone who wants style and the most incredible comfort.”

Skechers has collaborated with rock band The Rolling Stones to create a collection of sneakers for men and women. The Sketchers x The Rolling Stones collection features the band’s famous tongue logo and offers both style and comfort. This partnership continues Sketchers’ tradition of working with famous musicians to promote their footwear collections.

“For six decades, the Stones have endured like no other – rebelling, conquering and heard by billions. Almost every adult on this planet knows their iconic logo,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Sketchers. “Skechers x The Rolling Stones style is the ultimate band march from one of the biggest names in rock!”

The partnership follows The Comfort Technology Company’s next decade of music artists, whose footwear collections have been promoted by legendary musicians such as Ringo Starr, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Snoop Dogg and Doja Cat.

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