Louis Vuitton News
We can't think of a better way to start a new month than with a new bag, and our PurseForummembers certainly agree. As we continue our exploration over on the PurseForum, our members revealed a bevy of gorgeous new bags in the super-popular Louis Vuitton subforum.
Get ready to live vicariously through our Forum members because there's an abundance of Louis Vuitton Neverfull totes to admire, Christmas Illustration prints to marvel at, and, of course, plenty of monogram! Our tPFers were even lucky enough to snatch up some vintage finds, like the Louis Vuitton Epi Figue Trèsor Coffret and the Louis Vuitton Monogram Stephen Sprouse Roses print. Our forum members were also the first to get their hands on the brand's new World Tour collection, which features patches from creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere's travels atop the classic monogram print.
Larkie D., a 40-something techology consultant based in Los Angeles, has been collecting Chanel ready-to-wear since the '90s. (Twenty years later, her uniform is still a pair of jeans paired with one of the French fashion house’s cropped tweed jackets.) A few years into building her clothing collection, she moved onto the handbags. Today, Larkie -- who asked that we not reveal her last name -- owns 20 to 30 Chanel bags at "any given time," many of which are crafted from exotic skins with prices hovering in the $30,000 range. Over the past decade, she’s certainly spent close to a million dollars on handbags -- although the number is hard to pin down exactly, since Larkie began reselling many of her Chanel bags a few years ago.
"I realized that I only really like one or two of the styles -- the classic flap bag in exotic skins," she says. Unfortunately, many of the bags she has resold have not gone for as much as she paid. "They don’t have a great resale value, especially when it comes to exotics," she says. "If you pay $50,000 for a jumbo flap bag in alligator, you might not be able to get more than somewhere in the mid-twenties for it. It’s not like an Hermès."
Which may be one reason that, over the past couple of years, Larkie -- who writes the blog Larkie at Large -- has “moved on to the orange side.” She currently owns "four or five" Hermès bags, including a Birkin and a few Kellys, one of which is in crocodile. "As much as I love Chanel, once you touch and hold an Hermès exotic skin bag in your arms, it’s hard not to cross over," she says. "My holy grail is a Kelly in fuchsia ostrich or alligator. That would be a miracle."
Larkie’s handbag collection may sound rarefied, but she's not alone. Since 2006, she’s been visiting the PurseForum, an online community dedicated to handbag lovers. "I was trying to authenticate a Chanel bag, and I stumbled upon it," she says. "Then I just got sucked in."
In a time when forums are verging on archaic, the PurseForum has more than 400,000 registered members and over 700,000 threads. The site, which also includes a well-read blog, receives three million visits a month, resulting in an average 25 million page views.
"We have really passionate people who have been there for a very long time," says Meaghan Mahoney Dusil, who co-founded the site in 2004 with then-boyfriend Vlad Dusil while they were students at Ohio University. The couple met on the swim team. When Meaghan, better known as "Megs," was injured and could no longer compete, Vlad thought it might be fun if she started a blog about handbags. (At the time, she had two designer bags: a Prada nylon messenger and a classic Coach style.) In January 2005, she published her first post. A few months in, PurseBlog was gaining traction -- and tons of comments. So the couple decided to build a forum in the spirit of The Fashion Spot, but more about shopping, less about the industry.
From the beginning, the Dusils had strict rules about what could and couldn’t be discussed on PurseForum. There would be no trolling, no talk of politics or religion. The result was a mostly positive mix of threads: there were plenty about authentication, sourcing and showing off your latest purchases via photos. Others were simply odes to specific brands. Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès have remained the most talked about luxury brands over the years, but Céline is a current hot topic. Coach remains popular amongst the contemporary labels, and so does Rebecca Minkoff. (Minkoff has told me in the past that she actually spent a lot of time on the PurseForum in the early years of her brand, responding to customer feedback.) The threads reach far beyond handbags, though, spanning the entire fashion/shopping spectrum. There are shoe threads, jewelry threads, clothing threads. Even threads dedicated to celebrity fashion.
To an outsider, the thing that is most striking about the PurseForum is the amount of wealth that is on display. Anh Vu Yu, a 40-year-old from Houston, Texas who has been a PurseForum member since 2006, became a star amongst the community when she posted multiple photos of the closet built for her Hermès collection. "My most prized bag is not just one bag; it is my entire Hermès collection that was a gift from my husband," she says. "When I built my home, I had my dream closet custom made to showcase all of my babies." (See it all here.) Vu Yu currently owns about 50 bags, 25 of which are Hermès. "My bag collection used to consist of trendy It bags in my 20s and early 30s," she says. "I’ve since downsized on the It bags. Now I mostly have Hermès Birkins and Kellys, as well as Chanel classic flap bags."
Of course, with such riches come the crazies -- as is with any forum. "We’ll get guys with fetishes coming in and asking women to post pictures of used Christian Louboutin shoes," explains a PurseForum administrator who asked that we not use her name for this story. (“Nobody likes the hall monitor,” she says, referring to the fact that trolls have attempted security breaches, like breaking into her personal Facebook account, in the past.) In general, though -- thanks to the strict moderation enforced by the Dusils -- these women see the forum as a refuge, a place where they can share their bounties without being judged harshly. "There’s a stigma attached for a lot of people that like to buy luxury goods," the administrator says. "Often people are accused of only liking something because of the label. What attracts people to the PurseForum is that the community doesn’t judge you for indulging."
While Larkie and Vu Yu have been a part of the PurseForum since 2006, there are plenty of members who only stick around for a brief time period. "I think a lot of the ‘oldies’, as they call us, left during the recession," Larkie says. "People's lives changed. They took a step back from the materialism. Like a sorority, they graduated and moved on. But I still use it as a resource."
Luckily for the Dusils, a new crop of PurseForum addicts emerged. The site is so successful that they are able to employ seven full-time employees in New York, as well as an administrator and other contract employees. Along with traditional banner ads and sponsored content, PurseBlog was an early adopter of affiliate marketing. They teamed up with the now-defunct eLuxury early on, and were one of the first to sign on with Net-a-Porter's affiliate program. "We owe our success to the community," Mahoney Dusil says. "We’re very lucky that they’re so passionate about their bags and accessories."
If there's one thing we can attest to, it's that there's nothing better than taking your sweet time unwrapping your new bag and embracing that new bag smell! We rounded up all of our favorite purchases below, and if you didn't get the opportunity to join the New Month, New Bag Club, you can always check out our forum members' other new Louis Vuitton purchases.
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TPF MEMBER: VENESSA84
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON NANO ALMA BAG
SHOP: $1,240 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: MARJEZZ
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON PALM SPRINGS MINI WORLD TOUR
LOUIS VUITTON WORLD TOUR NEVERFULL
SHOP: PALM SPRINGS $1,960 VIA LOUIS VUITTON AND NEVERFULL $1,570 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: 4NICHS
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON DAILY ORGANISER
SHOP: $1,180 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: BABYDOLL CHANEL
BAG CHARM: LOUIS VUITTON ILLUSTRE EVASION BAG CHARM & KEY HOLDER
SHOP: $225 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: ADDIETUDE664
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON EPI FIGUE TRÉSOR COFFRET
SHOP: SIMILAR STYLES VIA VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE
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TPF MEMBER: TONIMACK
SCARF: LOUIS VUITTON EPI STORM SCARF
BAG STRAP: LOUIS VUITTON BANDOULIÈRE EPI BAG STRAP
SHOP: SCARF $560 VIA LOUIS VUITTON AND BAG STRAP $560 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: LV BAGS LOVER
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON ALMA BB WORLD TOUR BAG
SHOP: $1,470 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: FIREBIRD!
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON MONOGRAM ARTSY MM BAG
SHOP: $1,960 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: ALEEYKAT
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON EPI NEVERFULL MM BAG
SHOP: $2,050 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: KM7029
BAG CHARM: LOUIS VUITTON ILLUSTRE EVASION BAG CHARM & KEY HOLDER
SHOP: $225 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: BLINGTHANG
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON SPEEDY 30 BAG
SHOP: $1,370 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: ANNAWAKES
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON COQUELICOT EPI LEATHER DOC BB BAG
SHOP: SIMILAR STYLES VIA VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE
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TPF MEMBER: FI7
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON MINI POCHETTE ACCESSOIRES
SHOP: $365 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: SQUIRREL75
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON ALMA PM BAG
SHOP: $1,500 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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TPF MEMBER: FI7
BAG: LOUIS VUITTON MONOGRAM STEPHEN SPROUSE ROSES POCHETTE ACCESSORIES
SHOP: SIMILAR STYLES VIA VESTIAIRE COLLECTIVE
We’ve talked about this bag in Monogram canvas before as well as in Empreinte leather version and now Louis Vuitton is taking us by surprise by featuring this favorite in the Monogram Vernis. Yes, without further ado, here is the Louis Vuitton Montaigne Monogram Vernis Bag.
Oh so ladylike and feminine, this Montaigne Monogram Vernis Bag is a perfect match for the dynamic businesswoman. It features a smartly designed interior to carry all your essentials, while the Monogram Vernis leather adds a dash of sophistication.
And oh, we might forget to mention that it comes in seven different colors. We are also giddy upon knowing this so take a deep breath and choose one to your liking: Amarante, Cherry, Magenta, Dune, Black and more.
Let’s get down to business by taking a look at its details. This beauty features a shoulder strap for hand or shoulder carry options, and a smooth calf leather trim. Inside, it has 1 central interior zipped compartment with padlock signature, 2 wide interior functional compartments, 1 double smartphone pocket, and 1 large flat pocket. So plenty of room!
Louis Vuitton Montaigne Monogram Vernis BB Bag
Size: 11.4′ x 7.9′ x 5.1′ (L x H x W) inches
Price: $2500 USD, 1880 euro, 1660 GBP, $20700 HKD, $3250 AUD, ¥295920 JPY
Louis Vuitton Montaigne Monogram Vernis MM Bag
Size: 13′ x 9.1′ x 5.9′ (L x H x W) inches
Price: $2870 USD, 2080 euro, 1840 GBP, $23700 HKD, $3600 AUD, ¥338040 JPY
Available via Louis Vuitton e-store.
This Louis Vuitton Montaigne Monogram Vernis MM named after the famed Parisian location is as sophisticated as it is sturdy. Crafted from amarante purple monogram vernis, this bag features dual-rolled handles, detachable shoulder strap, and gold-tone hardware accents. Its hook closure opens to a purple fabric-lined interior divided into two compartments with a middle zip compartment and slip pockets perfect for storing daily essentials. The bag’s detachable strap allows it to be worn longer on the body for added versatility. Authenticity code reads: CA0185. **Note: Shoe photographed is used as a sizing reference, and does not come with the bag. These are professional pictures of the actual bag.
Condition: Great. Very faint scratches on hardware.
Accessories: Detachable strap and leather clochette with keys and lock.
Measurements: Handle Drop 4", Height 8.5", Width 14", Depth 5.5", Strap Drop 13"
Designer: Louis Vuitton
Model: Montaigne Monogram Vernis MM
A BRIEF HISTORY OF LOUIS VUITTON
Before the Wright Brothers were the first in flight and Karl Friedrich Benz engineered the first petrol automobile, travelers in horse-drawn carriages, boats, and trains longed to find durable yet stylish trunks to accompany them on their travels. When 16-year-old Louis Vuitton began working with admired custom box-maker, Monsieur Maréchal, in 1837, his craft quickly obtained high-regards amongst Parisian travelers.
After 17-years of customizing boxes and trunks at Monsieur Maréchal’s Parisian atelier, Vuitton opened his own shop near the Place Vendome. Stylish, iconic, and durable, Louis Vuitton’s monogrammed "LV" and Damier collections remain some of the most revered handbags and luggage around the world.
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Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene Canvas Brompton Bag N41582
With its strong and modern lines and elegant detailing, the Brompton makes a dashing addition to the Damier range. An ideal “everything, everywhere” bag for a woman on the go, the Brompton features twin Toron handles as well as a detachable shoulder strap in smooth cowhide, so it can be carried any way one likes.
- Damier Ebene canvas
- 2 toron handles
- 1 removable shoulder strap
- 1 double smartphone pocket
- 1 interior zipped pocket
- 1 frontal long zipped pocket
- 1 leather patch on the front
- 1 Padlock
- 1 keybell
- 4 bottom studs
Size: 34 x 24 x 14 (1" = 2.54cm)
It Come with serial numbers, Louis Vuitton authenticity card, Louis Vuitton dust bag and Louis Vuitton care booklet
LOUIS VUITTON BROMPTON BAG
The Louis Vuitton Brompton Bag is another beautiful addition to the dashing Damier range. With its strong and modern lines and polished detailing, this one is an ideal companion for the woman who is always on the go.
The Damier Ebene canvas looks gorgeous on the newest Brompton Bag. This Louis Vuitton beauty also knows flexibility and multi-functionality with its 2 toron handles, which serves it best as a handbag and the removable shoulder strap perfect for wearing it as a shoulder bag.
Now off we go to the bag details, which we know you’re all excited about. Especially the interior is where you should pay attention to – it features 1 double smartphone pocket, 1 interior zipped pocket, 1 frontal long zipped pocket, 1 leather patch on the front and also a padlock as well as a keybell.
The top opens and closes with a double zipper and you can carry this bag by hand as well as a removable strap for shoulder carry.
Measuring 13.4’ x 13.4’ x 5.5’ (L x H x W) inches and is priced $2410 USD, 1780 euro, 1490 GBP, $20500 HKD, $2890 AUD via Louis Vuitton boutique or e-store.
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Louis Vuitton presents new designs and colors for the iconic Sofia Coppola Bags. This Spring/Summer 2016 Collection, the brand has introduced the Sofia Coppola Bag in perforated leather. The new style comes in three colors, Ice, White and Black with Red. The Perforated Sofia Coppola Bag is made of veau soie calfskin body and trim with microfibre lining. It is currently only available in PM size.The Jasper color is also now available in PM size, other new colors includes Cappucino and Blanc Mat. The regular leather still comes with a suede calf leather lining.
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Louis Vuitton Perforated Sofia Coppola PM Bag
Louis Vuitton Sofia Coppola PM Bag
I've always been extremely fond of the Louis Vuitton SC Bag. Designed by filmmaker Sofia Coppola in collaboration with Marc Jacobs during his tenure at Vuitton, the bag is rendered in soft calfskin, generally in a solid, neutral shade, and finished with little in the way of hardware, beyond a metal padlock. It surfaced in 2012 when the brand was still in the throes of Jacobs' exuberant, pop-art heyday and provided a relaxed, functional, extremely subtle counterpoint to all the Stephen Sprouse graffiti and Yayoi Kusama polka dots. It's a Louis Vuitton bag for the people who have never quite granted the brand's handbag premise.
The SC Bag never went away, but Coppola was a close friends of Jacobs's and designed it with him, so naturally the design shifted to the back burner when he left the label. Coppola has remained involved with the brand during current creative director Nicolas Ghesequiere's tenure, though, and now the bag has been reissued in three shades of perforated leather, which lightens and modernizes the traditional look.
I first noticed the new version of the SC on the arm of Selena Gomez, the face of the brand's Fall 2016 campaign. This new version is the 13-inch-wide PM size, which makes it a perfect day bag that avoids bulk or heft. At $4,400, no one would call the bag affordable, but it does clock in at slightly less than its non-perforated sibling in the same size. Check out all three colors below and shop via Louis Vuitton.
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Louis Vuitton’s Black Perforated SC PM is the Sofia Coppola design, this time with red glazing! Coming with a dustbag, shoulder strap, lock, key, and clochette, there is a tiny bit of wear on the feet. Under the three-inch drop to the handles, double gold zippers open the top to a red fabric lining with two hanging pockets—one zipped pocket and one slide. The inside works well and the outside is marvelous with the perfect perforated veau soie leather!
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Nicolas Ghesquière set the stage for the Resort season in Rio de Janeiro this afternoon. Celebrities and fashion insiders—including Alicia Vikander, Alessandra Ambrosio, Zendaya and Jaden Smith—flocked to Brazil for the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 show at the Oscar Niemeyer-designed Niterói Contemporary Art Museum. The collection drew inspiration from the city's vibrant art and culture, featuring pieces in splashycolors and prints, and futuristic silhouettes with sporty details. Accessories were equally cool—with such standouts as the label's signature trunk made over to look like a boombox and gladiator sandals with an athletic update.
Rio de Janeiro is in the eye of a storm, beset by a collapsing government, economic turmoil and the zika-virus-carrying A. Aegypti mosquito. On top of that, it has an Olympic Games to deliver in 68 days. The metro system isn't finished, let alone the beach volleyball stadium which will be the pride of Copacabana Beach but is currently nothing more than a mass of scaffolding in the sand.
Into this maelstrom last night came Nicolas Ghesquière, artistic director of womenswear at Louis Vuitton, to showcase his latest cruise collection for the French luxury behemoth. At first glance, his choice of the Brazilian port city seems almost as quixotic as Karl Lagerfeld’s decision to stage a Chanel cruise show in Cuba three weeks ago. It's certainly as much of a fashion ‘first’ as the Havana spectacular since there's never before been a major international catwalk show in Rio. But while the Cubans have been cut off from the wider world in fashion terms for about 60 years, Brazilians have very much kept up with the rest of us. Not only do they have genuine card-carrying supermodels - Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima to name merely three - they are also avid consumers of Vuitton’s handbags, luggage and accessories. And now, surely, of its fashion too.
Ghesquière is a lover of architecture, so the choice of venue was almost as important for him as the clothes he paraded there. And his building of choice was certainly spectacular. The Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and built in the 1990s, looks like a white flying saucer that has touched down on the tip of a rocky outcrop overlooking the sea about an hour’s drive from the centre of Rio. The only way out of the building is down a curving spool of crimson concrete that spirals down to the ground, creating the most dramatic runway any of the 47 seasoned models there can ever have walked. Louis Vuitton was founded in 1854 in order to help the wealthy travel in comfort and style, and Ghesquière has been true to the brief.
There was a sport and an athleticism to the clothes, whether white-stretch, multi-pocketed trousers, or performance-fabric, zip-fastened mini-dresses, that indicated that, whoever the Vuitton woman is, she’ll be going places this autumn. She’ll also be striding out in comfort since the shoes and boots shown on the catwalk were resolutely forgiving neoprene - and were the thong-toed lace-up boots inspired by flipflops? There were more nods to Brazil in the footballer print inspired by the local artist Aldemir Martins’ paintings of Pelè that adorned some tank tops. Meanwhile the ruffles, hot blues and reds, and cutaway sections on many of the mini-dresses evoked a spirit of carnival.
As did the bags - some of which were styled to look exactly like a 1980s boom box, while others delighted with their fringing, graffiti decoration and vibrant pinks, yellows and scarlets. ‘I’m a Frenchman who’s come to present a French luxury collection but it’s also tropical and exotic,’ explained Ghesquière. ‘Nature is explosive here, and at the same time you have these wonderful buildings. It’s a beautiful chaos.’
Watching this joyous marriage of Vuitton and Rio was a hand-picked group of celebrities including the French icon Catherine Deneuve, the Swedish Oscar winner Alicia Vikander, Jaden (son of Will) Smith, and Adriana Lima. Beautiful chaos indeed.
Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 Fashion Show took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the beautiful Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, which set against the Atlantic Ocean and designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer.
Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum
Inside Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum
“I so admire the power of Oscar Niemeyer’s conviction. His vision, his radicality, his utopia even. Being able to show a fashion collection in such an architecturally powerful space is a sensorial experience. In Rio de Janeiro, what I saw most of all was movement and an explosive energy that lives somewhere between modernism and tropicality. I was fascinated by the constant duality between nature and urbanism and the pictorial explosion it creates. For me, the main question was how to incorporate into my collection all these elements that are part of Brazilian culture, without forgetting that I am just a visitor who brings his own Parisian and French cultural references to the moment.” said the creative director of the house of Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière.
The collection is sporty and artful with asymmetrical hems, peek-a-boo cutouts and lightweight layers. The accessories are futuristic. The gladiator-style sporty flat thong sandals and sneaker ankle boots are functional and practical, featuring molded comfortable sneaker sole with strap up or lace up around the ankle. The pointed toe booties are designed with T-bar front and finished in contrasted colors. Leather oxfords with large ankle cuff completed the silhouette with an edgy, confident and relaxed attitude.
Louis Vuitton continues to outdo itself with must see shows in exotic locales. Rio de Janeiro was the backdrop for their recent Cruise 2017 show, and the brand added ample sparkle by inviting well heeled celebrity guest and style stars.
Take a look at who had an ticket to the front row:
Zendaya is such a beauty! The pretty young thing added a red lip to Louis Vuitton Fall 2016 printed dress, an LV Fall 2017 Ready to Wear Twist MM Bag, and the brand’s $970Unchain Ankle Strap Sandals. Boom!
She keeps getting better!
Model Liu Wen shined in a red accented Fall 2017 frock.
Jaden Smith smized in a Fall 2017 Louis Vuitton women’s jacket. He pulls it off!
It was hard to miss Miroslava Duma in black on black Louis Vuitton.
Marc Newson, pictured with three rolling trunks made in collaboration with Louis Vuitton
Australia's most lauded design export, Marc Newson, has again collaborated with Louis Vuitton on a range of rolling luggage that marries the designer's signature predilection for biomorphic curvilinear forms and bold colours with the 'art of travel' ethos that underpins the storied French house.
Dropping in stores from July 15 and online from September 30, Vuitton and Newson's rolling trunks were 18 months in the making and are a surefire sign that haute hand luggage has reached its zenith. Each piece boasts, per Vuitton, "a new type of self-reinforced polypropylene composite, essentially representing the structure of the trunk, moulded in a mesh matrix of several layers" - meaning the cases are both light and able to withstand the rigours of travel. Other innovations include "a transversal side hinge" that allows for a complete 180 degree opening; a three-digit TSA approved combination lock to secure your invaluable assets and a single zip - all in the name of reducing weight and streamlining your time in transit, and all of which are patent pending.
"I think it’s safe to say that we’re striving to break new ground in terms of developing a product which is one of the lightest on the market, and from a technical perspective is one of the most rigorously designed and engineered" says Newson.
Newson has previously worked with Vuitton on the creation of a leather and shearling backpack 'Celebrating Monogram'.
Gotta catch 'em all, I guess.
"I’m obsessive about packing everything into a bag of a certain size"
Credit: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
The Newson x LV trunk will be available in the signature Monogram canvas, Monogram Eclipse, Damier check print, Graphite, Taiga leather and in natural cowhide leather that comes in seven colours of Epi leather
Newson's designs, 18 months in development, eventuated in an increased internal volume of 15%
"What compelled me to join forces with Louis Vuitton was the challenge to design a great piece of luggage, because like a lot of people, I travel a lot"