Saturday, November 14, 2015

教你如何區別LC 質素{{ Le creuset }} how to distinguish, 1st , 2nd quality and outlet quality compare with high standard quality Le creuset Casseroles

{{ Le crueset }} how to distinguish, 1st , 2nd quality and outlet quality compare with high standard quality Le creuset Casseroles

There are mainly 3 different  standards:
Best quality excellent ( perfectly, evenly painted with Hand, not many black dots, maybe a few on the wordings, such as " Le creuset ". but normally perfect on the rest of the smooth surface! and each pot is Q C < quality control > by an LC artist with the NAME on the sticker inside the POT )

 1st  standard  ( good quality, more evenly distributed paint and no sand bumb)
2nd standard   ( SECOND CHOIX ) doesn't mean they are bad quality, just not perfectly at high standard of oil painting.  also a.k.a Orange Labels.  coz the labels are orange.  maybe uneven edges on lid, or defects on silver knobe, ( the handle)

Long story cut short, addicted with this European cooking method , from stove top to oven back to the stove and than straightly serve on table( while mom and aunties  cooking with the helpers at home) , what else can pull the whole family together at Thanksgiving and Xmas time, while the big oval shaped Casseroles are perfect for the Turkeys!

Although I have been to the woodbury mall for more than 20 years since high school ,shopping with cousins and friends in states,  they don't have my favorite lilac mist colours, nor light purple back than in the 80s.... only primary and true colours at the LC shops. such as fame, pumkin, etc ..  ( Correct me if you are always a fan with LC cooking while Mom and servants are the main controller at the kitchen)
You can hardly find pastel colours such as lavender, light purple back than at the 80s , so I didn't purchase any pastel colour casseroles , only collected cassis and carribean blue.. the following are the examples extracted online as some of the bloggers from Taiwan did purchase and put on the web site, these images Courtesy on the Blogger here.

 second standard  with a dot at the bottom.
( even 2nd standard, there are not much black dots on the surface, only few acceptable ones
on the wordings, ) 
  courtesy lc woodbury outlet
Courtesy on the Blogger here
Courtesy on the Blogger here

Lilac Mist Photos  - colour -light purple

  lilac mist colour at the Fragship store in central under spot light , yellow lighting , unedited  except watermark for copyright .

 lilac mist colour at home in central under  yellow lighting , unedited  except watermark for copyright .

 {{ last tips for buying ; when buy , don't look at the web site or just facebook page, there are alot of Advertising  there, and the lighting are normally done inside the studio with white light setting, that means, it won't look the same colour while you go to see at Fragship store.. so Please go see there in your eyes before purchase!  different colours under different lightings .. and see if your home is flushed with sunlight ? or mainly with yellow lighting? viewing with different ambience have totally ruined your kitchen Colour scheme design! }}

{{ Official LC online lucky draw  }} 

newly launched LILAC MIST RARE limited items in 2014 

 my collection - LILAC Mist perfect quality - best without uneven colouring/ sand bumb/ etc. with clear wordings of LE CRUESET words.   ( the online lucky draw , save the hassle and bustle, no need to que or run fast at the local sogo store , just pick up at the fragship store in central & TST in HK)
 the tone is so Soft and pretty - my lovely lilic mist fafa ! only aound 180 pcs in hongkong and only launched in hong kong in 2014, which they have taiwan version in 2013.

 even the lilac mist marmite have a few black dots, which i don't mind at all, coz' you can't even notice! lol
only 80 pieces  limited ( 22cm Marmite )in HK

 Limited 150 sets  in Hong kong dated 2014.  26 cm Buffet + traivet 

 Limited 150 sets  in Hong kong dated 2014.  26 cm Buffet + traivet 

 lilac mist colour at home in central under  Day light , unedited  except watermark for copyright

This year, there are new colour - Bluebell  ( darker Lilic mist version) was launched in Hong Kong on 11 / 13 .. maybe it is BLACK Friday for Le creuset too, this is the first time, the exclusive New launched colour was Not SOLD Out on the same launching day. The exclusive colour at Sogo anniversry was sold out fast at 8pm far before the shop at sogo closed at 12am last year in 2014.. this year is a bad year for local LC sogo shop as the quality compared with last year... was disastrous.... even surfaces are covered by dark black dots .. .normally .. only on the wordings... this year, even the 3 embodied cornice on the surface has the dots dots on the 22cm buffet set.

 It is not a surprise as the economy was abit slow this week, the crash of the stock markets, there are still alot of tourist packed at the cosmetic counters on G/F and other outfit stores EXCEPT on LC counter, it was a surprised as it was packed and the quota were all given out within 30mins last year. But it was a disaster experiecnes for hte local Hong kong shoppers as some of them have to que for more than 3 hours at the back of houses at Sogo to wait for picking up the Casseroles. Lucky me,  i don't have to que and have win the lucky draw to get the casseroles and no need to run for the 150 limited quotas at SOGO last year 2014.( the newly launched Lilac Mist ,which is light purple colour 2014)

, As the Le Creuset Fan for more than 5 years in Hong kong and mom bought the first LC pot for cooking in states for more than few decades ago at the 80s ... there is a shock that the quality is not as good as before... Apparently , the coating has alot of changes throughout this few years, popular colours are antique rose, pp , pb , pink, Lilac Mist and the discontinued Cassis which was only sold at Lanecrawford exclusively.

As friends keep asking me the quality of the outlet ones compared with the 1st and 2nd 1quality standards, I start the research by going to different outlet malls, such as woodbury in New york, USA.

WEBSITE OF WOOBURY here: click the link below:,-74.1256622,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x8425fe21b5a2baa8

in USA :

 Courtesy Google Map 

Direction of Traansportation to woodbury outlet mall : 
Can book a reduced grouptour if you are not living in NEWYORK, Travel from newyork to woodbury by ( driving) car around 90 mins without traffic jam though lincon tunnel. 

The center is located on Route 32 just north of Route 17 and due west of Exit 16 on the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87). A weekend-onlyshuttle bus also runs from the mall to the nearby Harriman station on Metro North's Port Jervis Line ( extract fr wiki) ( normally we drive there from home to the retail mall by car , around 90 mins from newyork upper state) 

New expansion in 2011. double decked parking garages + extra retail spaces alot of stores there apart from Le Creuset ,please plan ahead for the shopping spree so not to have extra financial pressure! BUY smart and Live a quality life! 

Le Creuset - NYC ( central valley)
889 Grapevine Ct
Central Valley, NY 10917

Have fun shopping and hope you know the different quality standard as in USA. and compared with the stock in hong kong last year.. I am always satisfy with my purchases even in hongkong , it all depends on your luck and I won't lower my bars on quality standard and won't purchase 2nd standards.. so i only buy those i think they meet the high excellent standard of LC . 

More experiences of other people 's buying experiences at the lecreuset oulet store as folloed:

HAPPY Shopping , hope you have the LUCK to get the lucky draw quotas( buying coupon in hk for the newly launched BBQ bluebell purple colour in HK ,asia  and no need to que at the shop to buy  !! GOOD LUCK!!!

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