I knew there was no doubt that my Kelly dog was authentic, as I'd purchased it from a Hermes boutique and know that they'd never sell an inauthentic item to a long-time customer, but the issue came up recently.
In the wake of my closet-cleaning kick and all the ebay drama, I've been carefully going through all my possessions and have been finding items that I forgot I ever owned. Yesterday, I came across my blue electrique Kelly dog bracelet (pictured below, modeled with Chanel Blue Rebel nail polish--a great match, don't you think?!), which I've never worn, so I decided to give it to my oldest sister, who's a fashion freak, with a focus on bags and Kelly dogs (she owns 6 to date and is constantly on the lookout for more--she's a designer item freak in general--oh, it's a girl's dream to look in her closet, I mean, bedroom that was set aside just for clothes, shoes, and bags!). She was excited to get it, but her face fell when she examined it. She pointed out that, unlike the KDs she owns, there was no "HERMES PARIS MADE IN FRANCE" heat stamp on the inside of the leather band. I actually never noticed, and as I own just one KD and had no doubt it was authentic, I never even looked for it. It'd been 10 months since I purchased it, so I thought it was too late to do anything about it...but I decided it bothered me enough, so on the advice of my sister, I called the Hermes boutique from where I purchased it and spoke to a manager. She listened carefully and suggested that I bring it into the boutique.
Onto the Louis Vuitton story: my sister and I had been exchanging calls back and forth while we debated what to do about the KD dilemma (I involve my family as much as I can in my life--and she's the go-to for fashion crises). She asked that, while I was in Beverly Hills, could I pop into the LV boutiques (the store on Rodeo and the store-in-store at Saks) and see if any polka-dot Kusama Speedy bags were left. For someone really into fashion, I thought she was kinda slow on this bandwagon...but anyway...I did. Both were sold out of them totally (although a couple of Neverfulls were left--go figure), but a nice saleslady at Rodeo Drive told me that the Topanga Plaza store had a yellow and green left. It was kinda funny cuz she made a disappointed-looking face as she told me this and said, "Oh...you know where that is? It's way out in the Valley!". I smiled and said, "That's where I live". She then offered to put one on hold for me, but I said no thanks and called my sister right away. She then told me to go to her house, only 15 minutes away and bring the KD over. I did, and when I got there, she had a huge smile and told me she was heading to the Valley to pick up the yellow Kusama Speedy at Topanga Plaza. We headed there in our separate cars and got there within an hour, she before me. When I got there, she excitedly told me she had just purchased the yellow AND the green Kusama Speedy bags! They were the last 2 in the store, and now all the stores in the Los Angeles area are sold out of Kusama Speedy bags. I just laughingly shake my head at my crazy sister =)