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Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss new face of Lancaster Paris

Shot by fashion photographer Guy Aroch, the latest campaign from Lancaster features Victoria’s Secret sensation and general fashion star Karlie Kloss.

Karlie Kloss

“We were looking for someone that would represent the Lancaster girl here in the U.S.,” said Evelyne Ling, director of US operations. “Our photographer, Guy Aroch, suggested Karlie. It was the perfect fit.”

Karlie Kloss Lancaster

The choice of the all-American star (who has previously bagged campaigns for Chloé, Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab, YSL, and Christian Dior among many others) comes as the Parisian brand also looks to expand in the US market, even going as far as adding some additional elements to the designs:

Lancaster Spring 2014

“We showed the collection to different people in the industry because we wanted to be sure we were making the right move,” said Ling. “We had a great response, but also had to make some changes, like adding more color. We really tried to take into account all the feedback.”

Lancaster Spring 2014 campaign

Already stocked in luxury multibrands across the country, Lancaster is currently eyeing up suitable spots for a flagship store in Manhattan.

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.

LV trunks and city bagg

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.

Twiggy

Gucci Bamboo Confidential

Gucci Presents: “Bamboo Confidential”

Gucci Bamboo Confidential

Gucci has just released its Fall campaign, featuring the Bamboo Shopper and Lady Lock handbags, in a special short film called Bamboo Confidential.

Andreea Diaconu

The film was shot at The Savoy in London and gives us a glimpse into the brand’s history. Founder Guccio Gucci worked as a liftboy at the hotel and was inspired by London’s elite, who he saw coming and going between exotic destinations. This led to the beginning of his iconic leather goods company.

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Marriott International's tote bag

Marriott recycles bed linen to create tote bags

Marriott International's tote bag

Marriott International, together with British luxury brand Lily and Lionel and non-profit company SleepingBags, is releasing a limited edition tote bag made entirely of recycled bed linens from its hotels.

With the launch of this limited edition bag, Marriott International scores two points for corporate social responsibility. The first involves the reduction in waste that comes from upcycling its worn out linens, while the second involves committing a share of revenues from the initiative to The Prince’s Trust, a charity working to improve the lives of disadvantaged youth.

The dark grey bag has been printed with a blue and white design from Lily and Lionel, depicting birds in flight around a globe.

Only 1,000 of these tote bags will be produced, and each will sell for €23 (£20) through the Marriott website.

Audi and Michelle Vale create exclusive new bags

Audi Michelle Vale tote bag

Audi has teamed up with Michelle Vale, the New York-made handbag brand, on an exclusive tote. The bags will retail for $395 with a choice of silver or black and taupe colored handles.

They’ve thought about function as well as form, giving the bag four pockets and interior compartments big enough to hold iPads.

“Audi places a premium on attention to detail when it comes to its performance vehicles, and we found a kindred spirit in Michelle Vale and the quality she designs into her products,” said Loren Angelo, Audi of America’s marketing director.

Audi will sell the bag via its US website, in the company catalogue and in select Audi dealerships. According to Vale, the colors were inspired by the Audi 2013 color palette, allowing her to create “customized styles based on my signature tote.”

Audi Michelle Vale silver tote bag

Bentley Launches Capsule Handbag Collection

Bentley handbag collection

Bentley, the British automobile brand that is as synonymous with upscale style as it is with high performance sports cars, has turned its attention to women with a new collection of handbags.

The names of the first two models in the capsule collection set the tone: “The Continental” and “The Barnato.” The first honors Bentley’s signature automobile, first marketed in 1952, while the second is a nod to British aviatrix Diana Barnato, who is also the daughter of the Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato.

For this initial launch, only 160 pieces will be sold. Each model will be available in four colors, with prices ranging between €4,500 and €5,500.

This is not the first time that Bentley has brought its illustrious brand name to other luxury products than cars. The company recently presented a complete interior decoration collection in partnership with Luxury Living Group as well as a precious perfume developed in collaboration with Lalique.

Bentley luxury bag

Hong Kong’s rich turn to handbag-backed loans

luxury shopping hong kong

Hong Kong’s ladies-who-lunch are indulging in a smart new trend — cashing in luxury handbags for quickie loans in the Asian style capital.

Luxury purses by brands like Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Gucci can all be used to secure a loan in less than half an hour, with specialist pawnbrokers providing cash at up to 80% of a bag’s value.

Yes Lady Finance Co. offers the first specialized loans against pricey purses in Hong Kong, a city with around 200 licensed pawnbrokers and nearly a thousand shadier backstreet operations.

The company’s “brand name handbag loan” provides cash in half an hour in exchange for genuine luxury bags from big name brands. Customers then have to pay off their loan at 4% monthly interest within four months to get their arm-candy back.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Yes Lady recently lent one client $20,600, which was guaranteed with a famous Birkin bag by French luxury label Hermès.

Another happy customer, office worker Angel Yam, received a $1,550 loan for her Chanel bag. “I have too many idle handbags at home,” Yam told the Wall Street Journal, saying she used the money to travel and buy stock and wasn’t too concerned whether she got the bag back. Other clients use the loans to cover school fees or holiday costs while avoiding lengthy credit checks and banking delays.

Luxury goods loans are growing around the world: in Australia the Cash Now Perth loans company also provides loans guaranteed against “luxury cars, boats, jewellery, art and anything of value.”

Expect to see plenty more specialist services popping up, helping cash-strapped luxury lovers take advantage of the assets in their closets.

The Lulu Guinness Paint Project

London-based accessories designer Lulu Guinness has unveiled her latest project, an Anish Kapoor-style paint-splatter collaboration titled the “Paint Project”.

“I’m driven to create something unique” says Guinness, who teamed up with artist Joe Steele to create 180 exclusive paint-splattered Lulu Guinness bags.

Steele worked with explosive experts SysFX, to splatter the bags with red, white and black paint: “I find traditional forms of painting slow and boring. My work with explosives is about creating something beautiful out of a moment of chaos,” explains the artist in a video posted by the brand.

Bags from the Paint Project collection are available now for $446 in Lulu Guinness stores and online.

Three of the bags, as well as one from Guinness’s personal collection, will be auctioned off on eBay to benefit children’s charity The Art Room.

Lulu Guinness Paint Project

Escada 1978

Escada creates luxury handbag for 35th anniversary

Kendra Spears Escada Fall 2013 Campaign

To celebrate the German luxury label’s 35th anniversary, Escada is launching a new handbag in tribute to the year of its founding: 1978.

Simply named Escada 1978, this luxurious trapeze-shaped handbag is a patchwork composition of two different kinds of leathers — embossed calfskin for the central part and suede leather on the sides.

The signature bag features in the ad-campaign for Escada’s 2013-2014 fall/winter collection, starring American model Kendra Spears. The young woman is sitting on a couch with the handbag at her arm. The Escada 1978 is priced at €1080.

Loewe Fall Winter 2013

Penelope and Monica Cruz turn bag designers for Loewe

Loewe Fall Winter 2013

The Spanish luxury goods label has joined forces with sisters Penelope and Monica Cruz to design a new handbag, set to be unveiled in November.

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz stars in a new Loewe advertising campaign shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot on the roof of the Casino de Madrid in the Spanish capital. It’s the second campaign featuring the star who inked a three-year endorsement deal with Loewe in November 2012.

Loewe also took the opportunity to announce a new collaboration with Penélope and her dancer sister Mónica Cruz who will design a new bag, set to appear in November. The siblings created the cross-body bag which features outside pockets bag with British creative director Stuart Vevers.

penelope cruz Loewe Fall Winter 2013

“We wanted to do something special but also practical, and we wanted the design to have an unmistakable Spanish element,” Penelope told WWD. The sisters’ collection will also feature coin purses and large zip wallets.

The bag is one of the last projects for 39-year-old Vevers who is departing Loewe to take up his new post as creative director of Coach.

penelope cruz Loewe Fall 2013

Kate Moss strips off for Versace

Versace Fall Winter 2013

Supermodel Kate Moss appears in a new Versace campaign shot by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Shot in London in March this year, a chestnut-haired Kate Moss stripped off for the famous Italian luxury brand in a new campaign for the Versace Fall-Winter 2013 collection.

Stylist Melanie Ward evidently decided that less was more, using three Versace leather handbags in red, black and yellow to cover the 39-year-old model up in one shot, while Kate appears in nothing but a bright animal print fur in another image.

Donatella Versace said she wanted the photos “stripped back to the raw power of the clothes and models”. She added: “There’s no set, no distraction, just the provocation, glamour and attitude of our fashion. Mert & Marcus genius transformed Kate and Saskia into these strong Versace characters.”

Dutch model and artist Saskia de Brauw also stars in the women’s campaign, while David Bradshaw styled models Travis Smith, Dominik Bauer and Matt Trethe for the menswear images.

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Cambridge Satchel Company bags

Cambridge Satchel Company unveils new bags

Cambridge Satchel Company bags

The famed bag company which has seen its satchels become a global phenomenon has launched a new line of ‘Batchels’ at London fashion week.

If you’ve ever wondered who’s behind the bright neon leather satchels hanging off the shoulders of style icons like Alexa Chung and young Hollywood star Elle Fanning then you’ve been admiring the work of the Cambridge Satchel Company.

Based in the famous university town, the so called ‘Brit It Bag’ makers have launched a new lune of ‘batchels’ (briefcase-satchel hybrids) inspired by the latest trends in men’s footwear.

Formerly at Mulberry, the company’s new product developer Rose McNamara added details from men’s shoes like rouging and fringing for a launch at the London Collections: Men.

“I have drawn on the incomparable beauty and timelessness of the Cinque Terre region,” Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane told WWD, explaining the masculine Italian colors.

The new color block batchels retail at $267. The company was founded by Deane back in 2007 with only £600 and has now grown into a household name, which makes over 900 bags every day.

orange birkin bag

Hermes Birkin Cat Fight at Auction Houses

tri colored crocodile Hermes Birkin bag

Two rival auction houses have clashed over which one may have set the record for the sale of a crocodile-skin Birkin handbag by the luxury goods firm Hermes.

Paris auction house Artcurial said last month it had sold a red, orange and pink coloured bag, named after the British-born French actress and singer Jane Birkin, for a record $82,600 on May 21.

But US auctioneers Heritage Auctions disputed the record, saying they sold a red Birkin bag in the US in December 2011 for $203,150, although the claim was quickly disputed by Artcurial which pointed out that the clasp was encrusted with a diamond, meaning it was not a like with like comparison.

Heritage countered that it had also sold a grey Birkin bag in April with a “palladium” clasp for $86,500 and others with unspecified variations for $113,525, $104,500 and $95,600.

Perhaps the record wasset by another bag sold in 2007, according to media reports, for $96,723. But that too had a distinguishing feature: it was owned by Jane Birkin.

tri-colored crocodile Hermes Birkin bag

Birkin handbag sells for record $83,000

tri-colored crocodile Hermes Birkin bag

A crocodile-skin Birkin handbag made by luxury goods firm Hermes has sold for a record 63,800 euros ($82,600) at an auction in Paris.

The bag, manufactured in 2006 and marked by its unusual combination of orange, red and pink colours, was sold at above its estimate of 40,000-50,000 euros at the auction on May 21, , auction house Artcurial said on Monday.

The previous record sale price for a Birkin bag was 61,000 euros, during a 2011 auction in Paris.

Named after French actress and singer Jane Birkin, the Birkin handbags are one of Hermes’s signature designs and have become iconic in the fashion world.

Louis Vuitton The Landmark Hong Kong

Louis Vuitton Hikes Up Prices on Iconic Bags

Louis Vuitton The Landmark Hong Kong

Louis Vuitton, which last month raised prices by 12 percent in Japan, has imposed similar increases on non-leather handbags in most of its main markets since the start of the year, according to Bloomberg.

LV lifted prices on bags such as the Speedy and NeverFull by about 10 percent in the euro region, Antoine Belge, an HSBC analyst, said today in a note to clients.

Vuitton raised prices by at least 10 percent in the U.K. and U.S., and by 5 percent to 10 percent in Asian markets including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, the analyst wrote.

Vuitton’s price increase in Japan, the biggest ever by the brand in the country, was taken to offset the impact of the yen’s slide on sales, the company said Feb. 20.

In addition to protecting margins, the “price increases must be seen, in our view, as a means to accelerate LV’s repositioning towards more leather,” Belge wrote. The decision will probably weigh on the number of items sold, though it’s “the right thing for brand equity longer term.”

 

Alma Bag

Louis Vuitton Alma Bag Ad Campaign

LV Campaign Alma Bag

Louis Vuitton has released a new campaign for its Alma Bag starring Karlie Kloss, Jac Jagaciak, Daria Strokous and Iris Strubegger. The ads come with the tag line “Chic on the bridge.”

Photographed by Steven Klein, the four women carry bags in colors that are emblematic of the cities depicted: taxicab yellow for New York, French blue for Paris and lacquer red for China.

Created by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, the Alma bag was originally dubbed the Squire and was rechristened Champs-Élysées before settling on its current name.

Louis Vuitton Campaign Alma Bag

Alice Dellal Chanel boy spring 2013

Alice Dellal poses as a sexy rider for Chanel

Alice Dellal Chanel boy spring 2013

French luxury brand Chanel has shared the first photographs of its new campaign with punk rock it-model Alice Dellal. Karl Lagerfeld shot the latest campaign starring the face of Chanel Boy bags.

In the black and white photographs taken by German photographer and designer Karl Lagerfeld, Alice Dellal strikes a suggestive pose on a beautiful white horse.

Chanel Boy Bag Spring 2013 ad

The British model, who is also a musician, is very much in-demand by the biggest names in fashion, from Calvin Klein and H&M to Vivienne Westwood.

Chanel Boy Bag Spring 2013

A Chanel brand ambassador for a few seasons now, Dellal represents the house along with Blake Lively and Tilda Swinton and Gisele Bündchen for a beauty line.

The Chanel Boy collection is available in different materials including calfskin and lambskin.

Chanel Boy Bag Spring Summer 2013

Gucci Hobo bag

Gucci launches new line of eco-friendly handbags

Gucci Hobo bag

Gucci has teamed up with Livia Firth’s Green Carpet Challenge for the first-ever line of handbags produced with Rainforest Alliance-certified leather.

Leather is one of the largest byproducts of South American cattle farming, alongside environmental damage.

According to Sabrina Vigilante, director of Strategic Initiatives at the Rainforest Alliance, “agricultural conversion for cattle production is the leading cause of deforestation in the Amazon.”

It’s not just the deforestation that’s a problem — the amount of energy that goes into producing a natural hide is around 20 times that is needed for a synthetic substitute.

Still, a number of groups are seeking to help limit the impacts associated with leather production.

This line of Gucci bags is the first ever to be produced with the Rainforest Alliance-certified leather, which is produced under strict controls in order to limit deforestation and protect wildlife habitats.

Gucci Jackie bag

The certification also seeks to ensure that farmers provide ethical treatment to livestock and also help promote and maintain the rights and health of their workers.

The leather is all produced by the Fazendas São Marcelo group of four ranches located in the Mato Grosso state of Western Brazil.

The new bags appear in ‘Tote’, ‘Jackie’ and ‘Hobo’ styles. They will go on sale at select Gucci stores around the world and will be available online at Gucci.com in the US and Europe.

Livia Firth, the eco-campaigner and wife of Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth, established Green Carpet Challenge to help to raise awareness of environmental issues in the fashion world and support the work of ethical fashion brands.

Gucci Tote bag

Elsa Zylberstein Mauboussin

Mauboussin’s first bag will be available from March

Elsa Zylberstein Mauboussin

Famous jeweler Mauboussin is launching its first handbag. This will be a new venture for the brand which has only sold jewelry and perfume up until now.

The beige and brown canvas and leather handbag will come in one size. Mauboussin will unveil an ad campaign for this exclusive piece with the slogan “Simplement pour Elle” (“Simply for Her”).

The shots taken by photographer Sylvie Lancrenon show an almost naked Elsa Zylberstein covering up with the Mauboussin handbag. The bag will be available from March and will retail for €500.