Louis Vuitton hosted a cocktail on Monday night at the storied Paris taxidermy store Deyrolle to celebrate the launch of the My Monogram service on Small Leather Goods
To set the mood, British artist Billie Achilleos transformed the maison’s signature wallets, coin pouches, belts, and bag hardware into a menagerie of animals.
The hardy armadillo, for instance, paid homage to the durability and quality of the leather, while the lively chameleon showed off LV’s wide spectrum of colors.
Byron Yiu has made his fortune by turning traditional shopping habits around and re-selling rich women’s luxury handbags in Hong Kong.
Yiu’s Milan Station retail chain buys trendy bags — luxury tote or shoulder bags to evening clutch — from the ladies who lunch in Hong Kong’s upscale neighbourhoods.
Locally known as “tai tais”, the small and often thrifty demographic, rarely seen without Prada, Chanel or Gucci on their arm, provides the retailer with a steady flow of bags which are later authenticated by Yiu’s team.
Victoria Beckham has designed a one-off bag for the Selfridges Christmas collection, costing £8,995 ($14,700).
The one-of-a-kind creation, part of the exclusive Selfridges ‘White Christmas’ range, is made from crocodile skin and features a delicate gold chain handle.
Other items in the all-white collection include a white Burberry trench, a white Mulberry Alexa bag, a white Issa gown and a white Alexander McQueen clutch.
When it comes to the best-performing fashion brand on the international stock exchange, you would most probably expect a name along the lines of the Pradas of this world, but it’s under-the-radar Mulberry that takes the crown.
Bloomberg reports that the British luxury handbag maker’s stock rose by 526 percent over the past year. Overseas revenue more than doubled over the same period.
In retail, its growth is currently only topped by PT Mitra Adiperkasa, a company that runs Starbucks coffee shops and Sogo department stores in Indonesia.
Gucci created a limited edition bag collection for Summer 2011, which will be exclusively sold in the flagship stores in Capri, Cannes, Marbella and Monte Carlo.
A different color for each boutique: sea green for Capri, lavender for Cannes, orange for Marbella and bright red for Monte Carlo.
The collection consists of three elegant proposals: the Tote Bag, a casual-chic shopping bag in caracas raw linen fabric and leather trims; a practical zipped wallet and a beige pashmina shawlwith the color of the boutique where it is sold.
A designer has reinterpreted the concept of wine-in-a-bag for the sophisticated, female oenophile in the form of luxurious French goatskin and Swiss workmanship.
Claudia Eicke’s Weekender bag is for the wine-loving female who routinely carries a bottle of vino in addition to her lip gloss, smartphone and day planner.
Made from natural grain goatskin from France, bottles can be tucked securely in the “tunnel” portion at the bottom of the bag which were specificaly designed to be stiff to prevent the wine from budging out of place.
A handbag that once belonged to former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was sold for £25,000 at auction at Christie’s in London Monday.
Thatcher frequently used the black Asprey bag on important occasions, such as summits with then US president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during her 1979-1990 premiership.
The former leader dubbed the “Iron Lady” donated the bag to her Conservative Party’s ex-lawmaker and author Jeffrey Archer for a charity auction.
It takes a lot of time and dedication for a luxury brand to establish an ‘it’ bag along the lines of a Mulberry Alexa or a Hermès Kelly bag, but when Chanel launches a whole new handbag range, you can be almost certain, they will be instant classics.
The new collection will draw inspiration from an androgynous style based on a hunter’s cartridge that founder Coco Chanel used to wear herself.
“Chanel used men’s underwear to make dresses,” the house’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld explained. “She had this boyish attitude, in fact it is the very spirit of Chanel. She got it from Boy Capel, the great love of her life…”
We brought you Blake Lively’s debut Chanel ad earlier in the week and now we’ve got our fingers on the full campaign for the Mademoiselle handbag line.
Karl Lagerfeld personally chose Lively for the campaign, calling her “an American dream girl,” and shot the photographs himself at Chanel’s Parisian headquarters.
The New York Times reports that Lively passed on other modeling opportunities, saying, “Thank you so much, but I am holding out for Chanel.”
Blake Lively was hired to be the spokesmodel for Chanel Handbags print campaign and now the first image has appeared online.
The ad, shot by Karl Lagerfeld, has the Gossip Girl against a set of mirrors staring at the viewer from her reflection and carrying the new Mademoiselle bag.
In contrast to singer Lily Allen’s playful Breakfast at Tiffany’s–inspired ads, Lively’s campaign feels edgier and more sophisticated, with a moody, Hitchcockian tone.
It could be a queue for a pop concert, a top nightclub or even the opening night at the theatre. But the hundreds of people lined up in a Hong Kong street are actually waiting to bag a bit of luxury.
“We’re looking for new handbags,” says student Celeste Law as she queues patiently alongside her friend Karina Luh outside the supermarket-sized branch of Chanel on Hong Kong’s Canton Road.
The students, both 20, already sport impressive accessories — Celeste carries a Louis Vuitton monogrammed bag, while her friend’s is from Chanel.
The House of Mouawad has just unveiled the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse, the world’s most expensive handbag, valued at a staggering $3.8 million.
The most expensive purse in the world was designed by Robert Mouawad and handcrafted by 10 artisans in over 8,800 hours.
The heart-shaped purse incorporates 18kt gold and 4,517 diamonds (105 yellow, 56 pink and 4,356 colorless) with a total weight of 381.92 carats.
Just some weeks ago we presented the Prada customizable sunglasses, allowing you to put two initials on the Prada Private sunglasses.
Now the Italian luxury brand takes the concept further and introduces the Made To Order “Lettering” Service exclusively online and in select Prada boutiques.
Backpacks, trolleys and tote bags can be customised with letters that come in pop art-tastic colours and prints.
The legendary “it” bag and luxury status symbol, the Hermes Kelly, has been magnified by 15 times its original size for a special exhibit in London.
Luxury goods company Hermes teamed up with Selfridges to present the “Kellydoscope,” a unique customer experience that showcases, using video technology and special effects, what it feels like to be inside the iconic handbag.
The Kellydoscope, which stands 4 meters (13 feet) high, took more than five months to develop. Every detail of the regular-sized Kelly has been faithfully reproduced on the giant tan leather-bound and beige toile fabric-lined one.
Louis Vuitton team have launched their new collection of accessories named Monogram Empreinte.
The Fall/ Winter 2010/ 2011 range is very diverse and it is mainly focused on handbags which are made of soft and nice-to-touch lamb skin.
The line offers a hobo, very practical tote bags with additional shoulder straps, handbags, wallets and some very appealing clutches.
Now available through Louis Vuitton is a Revelation Keep-all Bag, which is a part of the famed fashion houseâ€™s Fall/Winter accessories range.
The bag is distinctive with its raised Monogram pattern on soft black, grained veal leather which is inspired by scarification.
In the inside, the lining is also made from grained veal leather, but this time in rich burgundy-ish color.
The most popular model of the United Kingdom, Kate Moss, decided to spend next week-end with her mum, Linda.
The duo will go in the British countryside to relax in quiet serenity. In the meantime, Kate and Linda drive a wonderful vintage MG car through Londonâ€™s roads.
Kate Moss carries the new Gucci Union Jack handbag.
In order to celebrating the new Gucciâ€™s flagship boutique, newly designed on Londons Sloane street, the company created a funny handbag.
Gucciâ€™s creative director Frida Giannini designedÂ theÂ Gucci bag featuring a Union Jack with a new funkier make-over.
Maserati has launched the limited edition Momaboma eco-bag, dedicated to all female car-mad fashionistas.
Momaboma is an Italian company that creates handbags and accessories exclusively out of vintage materials, such as old newspapers, magazines and clothes.
These bags are entirely hand-made in Italy, like Maserati cars. They are unique because they are made of old brochures recovered from the Maserati archives: 95-year of history come back to a new life.
Using the finest quality materials, from exotic skin to genuine 14K gold, Annie Diamantidis debuts her namesake collection ofÂ Luxury Handbags for 2009.
Each Annie Handbag design exudes luxuryÂ and glamour and is a timeless treasure that can be passed down for generations.
Inspired byÂ the History and Mythology of Greece, these chic bags pay homage to Greek Goddesses: Athena, Clio, Selene, and Eris. Annie in factÂ incorporates classic and modern ideas into effortless glamour.