Louis Vuitton knows what side its bread is buttered on. The brand may make gorgeous full lines of ready-to-wear, outwear and shoes, but when it comes down to it, the make-or-break element of Vuitton's business is handbags and accessories, and nothing makes that clearer than the brand's seasonal ad campaigns. They're always chock full of yet-to-be-released bags, some of which also didn't appear on the runway, which means they're of particular interest to us.
Vuitton released its Spring 2017 campaign recently, which has lots of clear, up-close photos of the season's new accessories, including the buzzed-about Etui iPhone Case. The ads also feature longtime brand ambassadors Michelle Williams and Jennifer Connelly, as well as a handful of LV's favorite models.
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Today’s Louis Vuitton show took place in the future home of the brand’s Place Vendôme flagship. Scheduled to open in 2017, the new store will combine two buildings, spanning the famous square and the Rue Saint-Honoré. Sitting on the boutique-to-be’s second floor this morning with those monumental views out the windows, there was no escaping the metaphor: As global as its reach is, Louis Vuitton is Paris.
So it was fitting that creative director Nicolas Ghesquière brought his collection home metaphorically, as well. His Cruise offering, presented in Rio de Janeiro last May, was a tribute to that city’s sportif seaside culture—colorful, loaded with print, and beachily body-baring. The orientation of his bold new Louis Vuitton collection is different. While it retained some of the tropes of the previous season—the daring cut-outs in particular—the results were more glam. Call it hot bourgeois. “I realize that I didn’t explore that much yet the sophistication and the more dressed-up part of Louis Vuitton,” he said afterward.
The sophistication he was speaking of comes down to the type of clothing he zeroed in on: tailoring, first and foremost. Ghesquière’s are not suits for office drones; with slices removed from the shoulders and capeleted open backs, they negotiated the territory between practicality and experimentation. As he settles in at Louis Vuitton (today’s venue seemed conceived at least in part to quash the ongoing rumors that he’s on his way out the door), Ghesquière is leaning more toward experimentation, if not the outright high-concept fashion of his earlier days. See the asymmetric draped jersey numbers with the hip and midriff cut-outs, some with 1980s-ish sprinkles of crystals and glitter; see also the series of long, sheer-yet-discreet dresses at the end.
Among all the soigné stuff, there were sweatshirts, a logo tee or two, and skinny lace pants with matching pelmet skirts; they’ll be the kinds of things cosmopolitan fashion types will be seen in next season at the shows. The press notes mentioned a fact little known even among Parisians that, before the Place Vendôme was known by its current name, it was called Place des Conquêtes. As conquests go, this show had an indisputable one in the form of its Petite Malle phone cases. As the models walked by with them gripped in their hands, all the wannabe It bags we’ve seen over the last month of shows suddenly felt a little passé. Look around, a woman can make do without a purse, but not without her cellphone.
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Tech accessories present a huge opportunity for luxury brands, but even though we're a zillion generations into the iPhone's existence by now, none of the top-tier players have every gotten phone cases and accouterment exactly right. Brands tend to approach the pieces too rigidly, which means that most of the fun, quirky cases that consumers love are made by upstarts instead of luxury leather houses. With one of the pieces heavily featured on Louis Vuitton's Spring 2017 runway, though, that might be about to change.
There were a lot of exciting new bags in the show, including some very pretty full-leather pieces that should appease the logo-averse among us, but the thing I want to touch the most in person is the new iPhone case, modeled after the popular Petite Malle clutch. It looks as luxurious and detailed as any phone case I've ever seen, right down to the clochette that acts has an earbud-wrangler. The piece found its way into several models' hands, so I'm betting it (and hopefully a full line of equally luxe tech pieces) will be a big push for Vuitton come spring.
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Louis Vuitton News
Louis Vuitton Cruise 2017 ‘Race’ Speedy30 Bandouliere
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If you’ve walked into any Louis Vuitton boutique lately, you would already have seen the new Cruise 2017 bags that have started arriving on our shores. And one of the standout pieces from this collection would be the ‘Race’ Speedy30 Bandouliere, also known as Nicolas Ghesquière’s tribute to the Brazilian life, where the runway presentation was shown back in the month of May in Rio. Made with a mish-mash of LV’s best known icons, there’s a bit of Monogram Reverse, a bit of Epi and a bit ofDamier, all held together with the word Vuitton splashed across the front of the bag.
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Then there’s this, the other striking colour combination that this seasonal Speedy30 Bandouliere comes in. Finished with a patch pocket on the side (much like the ones the vintage Epi Speedy bags used to have) and a shoulder sling that’s also removable, I do hope this means that Louis Vuitton will start having more fun and seasonal Speedy bags again, just like the ones Marc Jacobs always had whenever he launched a new collection. Priced at SGD3400, it’s not exactly cheap but with such a mix of colours and materials (did I also mention this is limited edition?), I didn’t really expect it to cost any less.
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I've never been a NASCAR fan (or even seen a NASCAR race, for that matter), but I've always thought the league's team jackets, full of advertising patches and competing colors and lots of miscellaneous stuff, were kind of cool. They're sporty and exuberant, with little consideration for aesthetic gentility or traditional design norms. For Cruise 2017, Louis Vuitton took a page out of that playbook with the bold, bright Louis Vuitton Race Bags.
Racing's traditional checkered flag dovetails nicely with Louis Vuitton's signature signature Damier check, which gives the brand common aesthetic ground with motorsports that you wouldn't otherwise expect. From there, creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere experiments with color combinations and angles, capping things off with colorful monogram trim. It's a lot of look, as Tim Gunn would say, but, oddly enough, most of it works. That's especially true of the blue-based bags, which are more aesthetically pleasant than their orange counterparts.
I'm a little surprised to say it, but I kind of love the Louis Vuitton Race Bags? The blue Speedy, Neverfull and Alma BB Bags are pieces I could see myself incorporating into my mostly black wardrobe and enjoying a lot because they're so aggressively different than everything else out there right now. I have a feeling not all of you will agree, though, so feel free to roast me for it in the comments.
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Louis Vuitton Race Alma Bag
$2,680 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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Louis Vuitton Race Alma Bag BB
$2,140 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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Louis Vuitton Race Bandouliere
$560 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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Louis Vuitton Race Neverfull Tote
$1,570 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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Louis Vuitton Race Petite Malle Clutch
$5,750 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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Louis Vuitton Race Speedy Bag
$2,510 VIA LOUIS VUITTON
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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
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Louis Vuitton has been ambitiously, releasing series of new handbags recently. And we love it because they are all gorgeous. But there is one downside: ‘how to pick?’
Now, fresh from the Cruise 2015 Collection, we present to you the Louis Vuitton Lock Me Handbag. A ‘must have’ from the House of Vuitton, a luxurious crafted handbag that got the curves and everything we long for.
Perfect for petite frames, the Louis Vuitton LockMe Handbag features a subtle signature twist-lock in gleaming golden brass. Grab the bag by its curved top handle while doing your shopping spree. Or put it like a lady on your elbow, or easily slip it over your shoulder, the options are endless.
Leather laces are embellished on both sides; adjust the bag’s capacity to your level of comfort and needs. And here’s why you should use it as an everyday companion:
First, the Louis Vuitton Twist-Lock Closure, the handles are made in natural cowhide. It features an expandable front pouch, large flat leather pocket and double smartphone pockets for your convenient. Structure your essentials just like you would in your room. Finally, it’s refined with golden-brass hardware.
This is a modern handbag with Louis Vuitton’s craftsmanship detailing all over the bag. It’s for those who demand excellence.
The bag comes in two sizes:
Louis Vuitton LockMe Tote in PM
Size: 12.2 x 9.8 x 5.9 (L x H x W) inches
Louis Vuitton LockMe Tote in MM
Size: 13.8 x 9.8 x 7.5 (L x H x W) inches
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Louis Vuitton News
We’ve have been completely overwhelmed by all the fabulous bags coming our way this season. Just in case you haven’t been following the instagram and the #PurseBopGoesToParis adventures, I have been investigating the latest bag styles just for YOU. Many of the styles I saw in France haven’t hit the US shelves yet, so you’ll be ahead of your shopping game when they’re released in the states. So far, I’ve taken an up close look at the Chanel Spring 2016 Patent Boy Bags and also did a thorough comparison of the Chloe Drew Bags.
Today, I’m here to share a sneak peek of Louis Vuitton’s new bags from the Spring/Summer 2016 collection. You’ll agree with me that some of these bags are true pieces of art!
Some Louis Vuitton SS16 bags are already available for purchase in the US. Others are expected to hit the shelves at the end of this month and early February.
The shopping crowd in the Louis Vuitton Mothership store in Paris
The Louis Vuitton SS16 collection has a very futuristic, sci-fi vibe that still honors LV’s traditional styles and structures. Nicolas Ghesquiere quoted that the sci-fi movie Tron was his basis of inspiration for this line. Some bags such as the Alma were adorned with large, shiny embellishments making them look more like techy machines rather than just simple handbags. Other bags I saw had large, almost cartoon like graphics playing up on the idea of computer generated, digital fun. More than anything, Ghesquiere’s experimental attitude is apparent in this collection. The handbag is taken out of its everyday context and turned into a high-tech fantasy.
The Mirrored Alma is a standout piece of the collection and immediately draws your eye. This is a bag that demands recognition for being unique, but it isn’t so out there and eccentric to the point of being impractical. The mirrored circles are very shiny and reflective, which adds a cool dimensionality to the bag especially when you’re carrying it.
Louis Vuitton Mirrored Alma
VAT Refund (approx. 10%)
Cost after VAT
Louis Vuitton Alma in United States: $5,500
Louis Vuitton Alma in France: €3,800
Total Price in US: $5,500 + $564 (tax 10.25%) = $6,064
Potential Savings in France: €3,800 – €380 (VAT refund 10%) = €3,420 = $3,726 USD equivalent (savings ~ 39%)
The Louis Vuitton City Steamer I saw at the Paris store was definitely one of the more understated pieces of the collection. The colorblocking of red, gold/tan, and black still makes a statement, but would be suitable for everyday wear.
This fabulous Louis Vuitton Twist bag is a perfect example of the very digital, graphic patterns featured in this collection. The chain print alludes to LV’s monogram, but with the freshness of the future.
I must say LV was not holding back on quirky, statement pieces in this collection! Each of these bags can speak for themselves and you may just find the perfect one to help your collection pop during the spring.
Keeping checking back to stay on top of the game for next season. have more Spring/Summer 2016 updates very soon!
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Remember the Monogram Chain Prints we’ve talked about for the Spring Summer 2016 Collection? Well, it’s even prettier than we thought.
The Monogram Canvas is the brand’s iconic print and now you can have it ‘Enlarged’ and adorned with ‘Chains’. And to put the cherries on the top, these bags are also available in ‘drop-dead-gorgeous’ pink (no kidding).
The iconic Louis Vuitton Alma Bag will be joining the party – beautified with Pink Epi Leather, which gives a shiny and luxurious effect. Then embossed with the Monogram Chain Prints and refined with studs on the bottom edges. It’s an art of work.
The Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag is also embellished with this print, as well as on the Twist Bag. Which shoulder bag do you love more? The Petite Malle Bag inspired by the LV classic luggage or the lady-like shoulder bag with a 3D LV logo effect?
Here are the little details:
Louis Vuitton Small/Mini Alma Bag in Monogram Chain Print: around €1650 euro
Louis Vuitton Petite Malle Bag in Monogram Chain Print: around €3900 euro
Louis Vuitton Small/Mini Twist Bag in Monogram Chain Print: around €1250 euro
Louis Vuitton Small Clutch in Monogram Chain Print: around €1680 euro
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