The Handbag Lover’s Dictionary

Handbag Lover's Dictionary |

Like any other collector’s niche, handbag lovers have their own language–or handbag slang. These phrases and abbreviations can help shoppers navigate the vast, complex world of designer bags. We’ve rounded up a few key words and terms to know when you’re buying and selling designer bags online. It’s like a vocabulary lesson, but with handbags.

Fashion/Handbag Buying and Selling Related Words and Abbreviations

SA: Sales Associate
LE: Limited Edition
SLG: Small Leather Goods, usually wallets, card or key holders
HG: Holy Grail. Your ultimate wishlist item. The bag or item you?ve always wanted, usually something rare or expensive, like a ‘Himalayan Crocodile Birkin’.
Unicorn: The same as holy grail, but sometimes referring to a harder to find, limited edition bag like a ‘Louis Vuitton White Watercolor Monogram Speedy 30’ in Like New condition.
HTF: Hard To Find
Full Set: A term used in reselling that refers to a bag that comes with everything it came with when purchased new in store (box, dust bag, receipt, tags, booklets, ribbons).
BN: Brand New
NWT: New with tags
B/NIB: Brand New in Box
B/NWT: Brand New With Tags
NWOT: New Without Tags
ISO: In search of
NFS: Not for Sale
OBO: Or best offer
SHW: Silver Hardware
GHW: Gold Hardware
RHW: Ruthenium Hardware
WOC: Wallet on Chain
ML: Referring to a size Medium/Large
RTW: Ready to wear
BOTD: Bag of the day
OOTD: Outfit of the day
WIMB: What’s in my bag
TPF: The Purse Forum (the top online forum/community for bag lovers)
TTS: True to size
SS: Spring/Summer release
FW: Fall/Winter release

Louis Vuitton Terms & Abbreviations

BB: Baby Bandouliere (mini size)
PM: Petit Modele (small size)
MM: Moyen Modele (medium size)
GM: Grande Modele (the biggest size)
NM: New/Nouveau Model
DE: Damier Ebene Canvas
DA: Damier Azur Canvas
Vachetta: Natural, vegetable-tanned vachetta cowhide leather: usually on Monogram Canvas bags.The leather starts out with a white tone and gradually darkens over time, leaving a rich caramel or amber color.
Patina: When vachetta leather ages, it develops a “tan,” which is referred to as a patina
Clochette: French for “little bell”. A bell-shaped leather holder on a leather strap which holds a padlock key at the end.

Chanel Terms & Abbreviations

WOC: Wallet On Chain
GST: Grand Shopping Tote
PST: Petite Shopping Tote

Hermes Terms & Abbreviations

SO: Special Order
PO: Podium Order
FSH: Faubourg St Honore, the main Paris store
B25/30/35/40: Birkin sizes
K20/25/28/32/35: Kelly Sizes
HAC: Haut A Courroie Birkin
PHW: Palladium Hardware
GHW: Gold Hardware
TPM: Très petit modele (very small size)
PM: Petit Modele (small size)
GM: Grand Modele (large size)
TGM: Très Grand Modele (very large size)
VGL: Veau Grain lisse (leather)
VL: Vache Liegee (leather)
VN: Vache Naturel (leather)
CDC: Collier de Chien


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