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Louis Vuitton for Design Miami

Louis Vuitton builds beach house in Miami

Louis Vuitton has constructed a beach house planned by French designer Charlotte Perriand, 80 years after the iconic architect first designed the property.

Louis Vuitton for Design Miami

“La Maison au bord de l’eau” is currently being displayed as part of Miami Art Week.

Designed in 1934 as a competition entry for the magazine “l’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui,” (Architecture Today), the modernist house was intended as a prefabricated economical holiday home suitable for mass production, but the project received second prize and was never realized.

Designed to be assembled and dismantled as required, it has now been built according to the original plans, in partnership with Perriand’s daughter Pernette Perriand-Barsac.

Louis Vuitton Charlotte Perriand Beach House

Minor adaptations were necessary to translate the drawings into a physical structure. The prototype is furnished, as specified in the drawings, with items designed by Perriand herself during the 1930s.

This is not the first time Louis Vuitton has looked to Perriand for inspiration. The fashion house’s Spring-Summer 2014 “Icônes” collection was inspired by the designer’s talent and lifestyle.

Louis Vuitton  Beach House

“La Maison au bord de l’eau” will be on display until December 8 at The Raleigh, Miami Beach.

giant Louis Vuitton suitcase in Moscow

Louis Vuitton’s Red Square Trunk To Be Removed

 giant Louis Vuitton suitcase in Moscow

Louis Vuitton thought a two-story designer suitcase plonked in the middle of Red Square was a way to celebrate its more than century-old ties to Russia. Turns out not so much

The massive trunk measures 100 feet long and 30 feet high. It’s actually a pavilion set up, in front of Lenin’s Mausoleum to host an exhibition of the company’s luggage for the next six weeks.

But despite their apparently insatiable appetite for luxury brands, Muscovites saw the structure as a tacky. That message appears to have finally gotten the Kremlin’s ear.

Russian officials today reportedly announced they would have the massive structure removed, citing complaints from residents as well has building code violations.

A spokesman for the GUM shopping center, which takes up one side of Red Square and is home to LV and other ultra-high end shops, also said it would ask the company to remove the suitcase.

The trunk was not only considered an eyesore, but also an impediment to the upcoming New Year’s celebrations. Muscovites usually gather in the square for fireworks and drinking at midnight and were not happy about the prospects of sharing the space with a massive suitcase.

Louis Vuitton Trunk Red Square Moscow

Is this the biggest Louis Vuitton trunk in the world?

A giant Louis Vuitton trunk has been assembled in Moscow’s Red Square ahead of the opening of an exhibition dedicated to the famous fashion brand.

Louis Vuitton Trunk Red Square Moscow

The “Red Square trunk” is a gigantic replica of monogrammed luggage owned by Russian Prince Vladimir Orlov, who was part of the Imperial Family.

From December 2, 2013 to January 19, 2014, a special Louis Vuitton exhibition will be held in Moscow dedicated to legendary adventurers and travelers entitled ‘L’Ame du Voyage’ (or The Soul of Travel).

The visitors will discover the history of the House and the Louis Vuitton family as well as the history of new design through various artistic collaborations.

The exhibition will spotlight famous travellers that led them to meeting Louis Vuitton including: Karen Blixen, Pierre de Brazza Savorgnan, Sofia Coppola, Catherine Deneuve, Isadora Duncan, the Empress Eugenie, Greta Garbo, Zaha Hadid, Ernest Hemingway, Damien Hirst and more.

The trunk-bed, steamer trunk, tea case, toiletry kit, circus trunk, library trunk, and caviar box are just a few of the many incredible pieces featured at the show, along with their incredible stories.

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David Bowie for Louis Vuitton

WATCH: David Bowie Stars in a Film for Louis Vuitton

Legendary singer David Bowie stars in a short film titled L’Invitation au Voyage, which is part of a new ad campaign for French fashion house Louis Vuitton.

Set in Venice, the film features the famous red and white striped balloon from the earlier ‘Voyage’ advert which starred Arizona Muse, some shots of the American model herself, ornate tribal face paint, a baroque masked ball, and a few snatched glimpses of the Thin White Duke.

The clip was directed by Romain Gavras, who also recently collaborated with another luxury company, shooting the black and white Dior Homme fragrance advert starring British actor Robert Pattinson.

David Bowie for Louis Vuitton

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Nicolas Ghesquiere new creative director of Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Twitter

Former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière has taken the top role at Louis Vuitton, one month after Marc Jacobs announced his departure.

“Louis Vuitton is thrilled to welcome Nicolas Ghesquière as artistic director of the women’s collections,” tweeted Louis Vuitton on the afternoon of November 4, by way of an announcement.

Ghesquière is currently in a protracted legal battle with his former employer, which he left last year (to be replaced by American Alexander Wang) after 15 years at the helm.

Jacobs left Vuitton last month in order to focus on his own Marc Jacobs brand alongside business partner Robert Duffy and LVMH (a major stakeholder).

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013

15 years of the Louis Vuitton City Guides

Louis Vuitton City Guides 2013

This November, Louis Vuitton will launch the 15th edition of its city guides, each of which invites readers to explore one of the world’s top destinations through insider tips and recommendations.

The Louis Vuitton city guides have all of the world’s continents covered in this latest edition. The guidebooks are available for a total of 15 cities, including Paris, New York, San Francisco and Moscow.

Journalists and authors reveal their favorite hotels, restaurants, boutiques and cultural attractions in each city, presenting more famous landmarks alongside some of each city’s best kept secrets.

In keeping with the reputation of the Louis Vuitton brand, the listings in each guide are chosen by travelers with high standards and a taste for luxury.

The city guides are written in an open and subjective tone meant to immerse readers in the city’s history and atmosphere, and to urge both first-time visitors and inhabitants of the city to explore a new side of their home town. Each city guide also features tips from a local celebrity, such as South Korean actor Lee Byung-Hun for Seoul or Lourdes Lopez, director of the Miami City Ballet.

Louis Vuitton invited the French photographer’s collective Tendance Floue to illustrate the guides with photos that convey the mood and soul of each destination.

Each guide is available individually at €30 (around $40). For the avid world traveler, the brand also offers a limited edition lacquered wooden box containing all 15 city guides at the price of €450 ($600).

Louis Vuitton lacquered box city guides

Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History

Louis Vuitton City Bags

Since establishing its reputation as a purveyor of fine monogrammed luggage over a century ago, the Louis Vuitton brand has evolved to meet the demands of modern women, both in terms of fashion trends and lifestyle.

This evolution is explored with an almost scientific rigor in “Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History,” a new illustrated book published by Rizzoli.

Fashion historian Florence Müller collaborated with sociologist Jean-Claude Kaufmann, author Ian Luna and journalists Colombe Pringle and Mariko Nishitani for a multidisciplinary approach.

The result is an in-depth history and impressively complete taxonomy of the French brand’s famous bags, which have come to symbolize the essence of modern fashion.

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Family trees and family portraits

From trunks and suitcases to the Steamer bag, a soft-sided tote that was a step along the road to today’s city bags, the authors trace the roots of each line of LV’s iconic luggage and handbags.

Readers can discover the genealogy of the “Neverfull” and the iconic “Sac Plat,” for example, which descended from a laundry bag and a rigid clothing case.

The work also includes a selection of “family portraits,” illustrating various lines and styles of Louis Vuitton bags through the ages. One photograph, taken by Patrick Gries, brings together around 30 prestigious pieces, ranging from early trunks to modern handbags.

The authors also cover some of the brand’s most notable collections, including the Speedy, Papillon, Alma, Lockit, Noé, Bucket and Pochette lines, providing a sweeping overview of the luxury brand’s bags across the generations.

LV miniature Papillon bag

Campaigns and brand ambassadors

Collectors and loyal fans will also get a look at the brand’s campaigns through the years, illustrated with archival images of early Louis Vuitton advertisements and more modern fashion photographs.

The book includes images from Bert Stern’s 1967 shoot for Vogue UK, for example, featuring the British model Twiggy posing with the Papillon bag and the Toilette pouch.

“Louis Vuitton City Bags: A Natural History” is published by Rizzoli and priceed at $85.

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Marc Jacobs Is Leaving Louis Vuitton (Confirmed)

Louis Vuitton owner LVMH has confirmed the departure of the American designer, who will be leaving the French fashion label to focus on his own brand.

Marc Jacobs Louis Vuitton show SS2014

LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault and Marc Jacobs have announced the designer’s departure from Louis Vuitton on the final morning of this season’s Paris Fashion Week.

Jacobs’s contract is set to run out in 2014, and the 50-year-old designer, who has been with the brand since 1997, will not be renewing it, according to a report published Wednesday by WWD.

It is thought that he will focus, along with business partner Robert Duffy, on an IPO for his own multi-million dollar Marc Jacobs brand, which should occur within the next three years.

Louis Vuitton Spring 2014 collection

Nicolas Ghesquière has been touted as the US designer’s replacement. The former Balenciaga creative director left that label after 15 years last November (later replaced by Alexander Wang).

Dree Hemingway LV

Louis Vuitton presents new shoe collection with Dree Hemingway

 Dree Hemingway LV

The Fall/Winter 2013 shoe collection from the French luxury brand has arrived. Louis Vuitton announced the news by posting a photograph of the American model Dree Hemingway on Facebook.

Elegance and chic style are in the mix for this new collection, which draws inspiration from the brand’s iconic luggage and handbag lines. In fact, the photo inviting Louis Vuitton fans to check out the new footwear depicts more bags than shoes.

Dree Hemingway, the great granddaughter of the American author Ernest Hemingway, poses in a doorway surrounded by Louis Vuitton bags and cases. The image bears a tagline in French: “Settle into the Crillon [hotel in Paris] with Dree Hemingway and the new Louis Vuitton Fall/Winter shoe collection.”

Louis Vuitton Tambour Regatta Spin Time

Louis Vuitton for Only Watch 2013

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Participating for the fourth time, Louis Vuitton has produced a superb piece unique for the upcoming Only Watch charity auction. As in prior years, Louis Vuitton’s piece for Only Watch 2013 is extra special because it was designed in collaboration with young Paul Pettavino.

Paul has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and it is research towards a cure for this disease which proceeds of the event go to support. Paul’s father LUC is president of the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophies and a figurehead in the Only Watch event.

This year, Paul designed the enamel and gold sailboat or painted on the dial and the painted Louis Vuitton Damier canvas trunk. A message signed by the young boy is also stuffed inside.

This Tambour Regatta Spin Time has a 45.5mm x 16mm rose gold case, and the regatta timing function uses LV’s novel “spin time” mechanics (the red squares are actually rotating cubes). The “spin time” collection was first introduced by LV in 2010, and then in 2012 it was applied to regatta timing.

The regatta timing is managed by the button on the case at 8 o’clock. Pushing the button sets the watch to regatta timing mode. Note the subdial up top starts at “25″ and counts to “30″ (marking the five minutes preceding the start of the regatta). The red cubes then mark race time in 5 minute increments.

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Louis Vuitton Damier canvas trunk Only Watch 2013

Louis Vuitton Paris store

Louis Vuitton tops 2013 global luxury brand list

Louis Vuitton Paris store

Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Gucci were the top three global luxury brands of 2013, with Fendi and Coach entering the top 10 for the first time, a study said Wednesday.

The 2013 BrandZ Top 100, a ranking of the most valuable global brands compiled by research firm MillwardBrown, found luxury firms struggling with the need to balance exclusivity with attracting new customers through use of social media.

“On Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms, brands across the luxury spectrum mediated the tension between the exclusivity that protects brand desirability and the inclusivity needed to attract new customers,” it said.

The survey said luxury brands had become more “accessible, collaborative and experimental”.

After a modest purchase, for example, a firm might send a thank you note on twitter while a couture fashion customer might receive an invitation to an exclusive show.

Handbag firm Coach owed its position at number 10 on the list to its presence in China where it added 30 stores by the end of 2012, taking its total there to 69.

The survey said it was among the firms making extensive use of social media and the Internet, “emailing over 1.2 billion messages to selected customers”.

And it found that the Chinese customer continued to be key to the fortunes of luxury firms in Europe.

Although, the sector felt the impact of government limits on official gift giving and slowing economic growth in China, purchases by Chinese and other Asian tourists to Europe “buoyed luxury sales in the economically troubled markets of western Europe”, it said.

Overall in the past year, the value of the luxury sector had risen six percent, compared with a 15 percent increase a year ago, it added.

The top ten brands were: Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Rolex, Chanel, Cartier, Burberry, Fendi and Coach.

Michelle Williams For Louis Vuitton

Michelle Williams For Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton has tapped actress Michelle Williams to appear in a campaign spotlighting two new handbags, the W and the Capucines.

Perhaps best known for her role in the 2005 hit “Brokeback Mountain,” the 32-year-old has never previously appeared in a major fashion campaign despite her strong red-carpet pedigree.

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, the actress leans on vintage Louis Vuitton travel trunks and shows off the new ‘W’ and ‘Capucines’ bags.

We love her messy crop by Sam McKnight, and the strong red lip and dark eyebrow makeup created by Stéphane Marais.  Williams also sports pieces from the Fall-Winter ready-to-wear 2013 collection designed by creative director Marc Jacobs.

Debuting on August 2 in Marie Claire France, the two adverts are set to appear across the September and October issues of fashion magazines.

Michelle Williams Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Cup Pop-Up Store

Louis Vuitton Cup Pop-up store in San Francisco

On, July 3, 2013, Louis Vuitton opened the Louis Vuitton Cup Pop-up store in San Francisco, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the partnership between Louis Vuitton and America’s Cup.

Located in the America’s Cup Village at the end of Pier 27/29, the store provides visitors with views of the sailing finish line on San Francisco Bay, while offering the most extensive assortment and exclusive product from the Louis Vuitton Cup Collection.

The collection includes the greatly desired Tambour Louis Vuitton Cup Flyback Automatic Countdown watch, and limited edition of “San Francisco” Neverfulls, beach towels, and sandals.

Designed with a sleek, modern sailing aesthetic accented in navy blue and white, the store will remain open until the races conclude on September 21, 2013.

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Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 Ad Campaign

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The new Louis Vuitton Fall 2013 Ad Campaign Features supermodels Gisele Bundchen, Isabeli Fontana, Karen Elson and Carolyn Murphy wearing the brand’s latest fall 2013 offerings.

Photographed by Steven Meisel, the quartet poses on a moody set wearing fur jackets, silk dresses and matching short coifs which evoke a retro elegance as they lounge in a hotel room.

Louis Vuitton Travel Book London

Louis Vuitton travel guides hit London

Louis Vuitton Travel Book London

Luxury travelers looking to add to their collection of coffee table city guides may want to hit bookstores in London, where shelves are now stocked with Louis Vuitton’s latest, limited-edition travel books.

Illustrated by Japanese artist Natsko Seki, the London guide renders sites like the Tate Modern and Regent’s Canal — sites chosen because they express the “spirit of London,” she said — in her signature style, which super-imposes hand-drawn sketches and colors on top of still photographs.

Explaining the modus operandi behind her images, Seki said in a video: “In my mind it was as if I was creating a 3D city with everyday scenes like somebody walking their dog and the passers-by turning around to look.”

Other editions of Louis Vuitton Travel Books include Paris, illustrated by Congolese painter Cheri Samba, New York done by French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme, and Easter Island, interpreted by American artist Daniel Arsham.

Louis Vuitton Travel Books retail for €45. The London edition is now available at the brand’s New Bond Street location, while the four books been releasing via Amazon and elsewhere since early May.

2013 Louis Vuitton Travel Books

Louis Vuitton launches new arty travel book series

2013 Louis Vuitton Travel Books

Back in 1998, Louis Vuitton launched its City Guides collection, and now 15 years and over 100 destinations later, the French luxury brand has unveiled a new set of artistic travel books.

The Louis Vuitton Travel Books see a series of the world’s most interesting illustrators and artists let loose on travel destinations.

First up, in Paris, Congolese painter Chéri Samba explores the French capital with his usual blend of hyper-pigmented dream like visuals. American Daniel Arsham was inspired by Easter Island, French illustrator Jean-Philippe Delhomme (creator of the ‘Unknown Hipster’) ventured to New York, while Japanese artist Natsko Seki looks at London with his usual blend of pencil, color and collage.

Natsko Seki London Louis Vuitton

Already set for release in 2014 are Jiro Taniguchi’s manga-style look at Venice, and Vietnam seen through the eyes of Lorenzo Mattotti, the celebrated Italian comic book author and artist.

The first four books are available at selected Louis Vuitton stores around the world, selected bookshops in France and online at Louis Vuitton for €45.

A €2000 special limited-edition version (numbered and signed) has also been released for each title, featuring original works by the artists.

Easter Island travel book

Hatsune Miku

Louis Vuitton dresses 3D Japanese superstar

Hatsune Miku LV

Marc Jacobs has provided Louis Vuitton outfits for J-pop sensation Hatsune Miku, but there’s a twist: she doesn’t exist.

Hatsuné Miku regularly sells out stadiums in Japan, despite the fact that she doesn’t exist. The vocaloid popstar’s hits were in fact created via a ‘singing synthesizer application with a humanoid persona’.

Now Marc Jacobs is dressing Hatsune Miku in Louis Vuitton for a new tour which sees the star play ‘live’ around the world with the use of holgrams and other visual effects.

The video teaser for the ‘vocaloid opera,’ titled “The End,” features the Louis Vuitton Spring 2013 outfits, but we’re yet to see visuals of the live tour which will hit Tokyo in May and arrive in Paris in November.

Two performances (Nov 13 & 15) are scheduled in Paris, at the famous Theatre du Châtelet. According to organizers, the show tests the “traditional tragic structure of an opera asking ‘What is death?’ and ‘What is an end?’ and puts Hatsune Miku as the mediator to reread it in a modern way.”