Louis Vuitton brings bags of class to Tel Aviv

Louis Vuitton’s “slow” road back to prestige

In this way, Dobkin said, he revolutionized travel for his time. The elongated shape meant that people could pack more, and would therefore travel more often. The Ramat Aviv store features one of the first travel trunks made by Louis Vuitton, a gift from the Paris Museum. Shown with lights and a plaque, it stands next to the modern travel bags that the store offers for sale. Customers are given the option to have their initials on the travel bags just like the initials brightly painted on the antique trunk. Celebrities such as Katie Winslet and Blake Lively are said to have taken part in this historic ritual. If customers dont wish to have their initials in big letters on the bag, they can choose to have them hot stamped onto their bags tag, free of charge. Every productsymbolizes the travel spirit, Dobkin said. You can see that even in the Lockit shoes, which are really popular. Theres a small lock that hangs off the zipper. Another part of the legacy is that everything in the store is handmade in artists workshops. The bags come from workshops in France, the leather from France and Spain, and the shoes from Italy.

Sorry Louis Vuitton, China’s No Longer Into You

‘The online-only format of this sale follows hot on the heels of our successful Vintage Couture: Handbags, Luggage and Accessories sale in April this year. ‘This sale which runs for 10 days provides another extended opportunity for buyers around the world to purchase handbags and accessories by some of the greatest designers of all time.’ Handbag history: A lesson Hermes Kelly and Birkin bags continue to be highly sought-after and have become increasingly popular since they were first designed. Birkin bags were inspired by English actress and singer Jane Birkin in the 1980s. In a chance encounter with the former Hermes CEO on an airplane, the celebrity suggested the design for a weekend bag, which paved the way for the consistently popular Birkin bag. The Kelly bag was named after Grace Kelly, who in 1956 had just become Princess of Monaco and was seen carrying the original leather ‘Sac a depeche’ to hide her pregnancy. Photographs of the young starlet were sent all over the world, leading to the bag being known as the Kelly. Originally designed in 1935 the shape is a classic form which Louis Vuitton Handbags has gained worldwide acclaim.

Bag a bargain! Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton among 84 designer handbags up for online-only auction from 2pm TODAY

Top seller: Lot 33, the 2011 35cm amethyst matte crocodile Birkin bag has a whopping final sale estimate of up to £28,000

Louis Vuitton is trying to take the slow road back to its dominance as a luxury retail brand, riding the back of a llama-like animal and a $2.56 billion acquisition. As I noted recently, the French vendor of elite handbags, clothing, jewelry and champagne has lost some of its shine. 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.

Click image to enlarge By Sara Bauknecht/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Can’t afford a Louis Vuitton or Chanel-style handbag? Now fashionistas can have the look of a designer purse (without the price!), plus the size and durability of a recyclable grocery bag with My Other Bag, a line of totes and carryalls with illustrations of designer purses printed on them. Founder and creative director Tara Martin started the collection after her home city of Santa Monica, Calif., banned plastic grocery bags. Other than lugging around an ordinary bag, she wanted something that was not only practical but also fashionable. The My Other Bag line is made in Los Angeles and goes for $30 for totes, $50 for carryalls and $40 for “pouchettes,” a longer, wider style with a zip top.

Stylebook Snapshot: My Other Bag totes

London carry all by My Other Bag, $50 at www.myotherbag.com.

Its firmly in the No. 2 spot. David Sadigh, Founder & CEO of Digital Luxury Group,said Louis Vuittons weak first quarter had a lot to do with China being over-sold the brand. Brands from different segments ranging from Chanel to Coach or Burberry are continuing to grow. The Chinese market is still developing. In order to stay ahead of the game, brands must have the ability to adapt (and) reduce the risk of brand saturation. In the case of Louis Vuitton, LVMH has already shifted gears, putting the brakes on its global expansion, while raising prices and developing more leather upmarket products, he said. This years China World Luxury Index shows Chinese consumer interest in the luxury fashion segment is mostly fixated on 10 global brands. After Chanel and Louis Vuitton comes Gucci in third place, followed by Hermes, Coach, Prada, Dior, Burberry, Giorgio Armani and Versace at No.

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