So is Louis Vuitton’s updated version of the Neverfull handbag. An iconic shape among the LV collection, the previously monogrammed tote is now available in a range of brightly dyed Epi leather textures, with statement red, fuchsia pink and tangerine (or Piment as they call it) leading the pack. Spacious and chic, the longstanding bag shape offers flexibility when it comes to dressing up or down, while those new hues are set to steal hearts the bag world over. What do you think? Loving the new Louis Vuitton? CLASSIC HANDBAG: Louis Vuitton Neverfull Epi in Piment orange
How the Louis Vuitton Cup changed the sport
Because obviously, you dont have enough shoes in your collection already, July 15 marks the launch of the Louis Vuitton Shoe Salon (a.k.a. heaven) within the department stores Shoe Hall. Alongside a carefully curated selection of the brands luxury footwear, therell also be a limited edition LV heel on sale, titled the “Pump London.” As exclusive as it sounds, it’s actually even more so. Turns out, there are only 24 pairs of the pump being made, so expect hair pulling and elbow jabbing. Pics reveal the heel is as glorious as we’d hoped, made up in a mix of silk, satin, metallic calfskin blend, and hand-embroidered sequins.
He also said this year’s competition continues another long tradition of the Louis Vuitton Cup. “We have great memories of the big personalities involved in the Cup,” Trouble said. “All of these big personalities are a key element in the legend of the America’s Cup.” The big personalities this year include Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison , whose team won the Cup in 2010 in Valencia, Spain; Swedish tycoon Torbjorn Tornqvist of Artemis Racing; sailing legend Grant Dalton of Emirates Team New Zealand; and Patrizio Bertelli , the Italian entrepreneur and head of the fashion house Prada, whose team is Luna Rossa. Bertrand, another big personality – and the Australian who ended the longest winning streak in sports for America in the waters off Newport, R.I., in 1983 – recalled that the first Louis Vuitton series was an “intense battle (that) allowed us to raise our performance level. But above all, we needed this new trophy in order to win the honor of racing against the defender and carrying on the adventure.” Bertrand and his team aboard Australia II won 48 of 54 qualifying races, and beat the British syndicate Victory 83 by 4 races to 1 in the finals to go up against defender Liberty, skippered by legendary American sailor Dennis Conner . Bertrand recounted the battle against Conner: “The first team to win four heats would walk away with the oldest trophy in the world. We were down 1-3 and couldn’t afford any more mistakes. Even so, we missed our start Louis Vuitton and took off several lengths behind the Americans – it couldn’t have looked any worse.
Louis Vuitton’s “slow” road back to prestige
While it is still the worlds number one luxury brand, it has given up luster to rivals like Prada and Gucci. Luster is everything in the allure of the luxury world, so LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (the full name-dropping moniker of the company) is doing what it can to polish up. Its latest move: Its spending $2.56 billion to acquire 80 percent of Loro Piana, an exclusive Italian textile firm and clothier that hails from near Lake Como, a place where George Clooney hangs out. Loro Piana represents the opposite of the fast fashion trend epitomized by the likes of Zara and H&M. As BloombergBusinessweek noted , you could call it slow fashion. It deals in materials like vicuna wool, which comes from a South American llama cousin that yields the fine fibers only every two or three years – hardly the in-today out-tomorrow vision of a Zara shop. Likewise, Loro sells a $6,000 sports coat made from Myanmars lotus flowers. An LVMH executive called Lora Piana, one of the most elitist brands in the world. The weird world of luxury fashion is one of the few places where you can say something like that proudly and without blinking an eye. Is this indeed the slow road back to brand domination, or is it a desperate attempt at snob appeal?