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Fondation Louis Vuitton

Fondation Louis Vuitton almost ready for grand opening

Paris’s brand-new Fondation Louis Vuitton is almost ready for its public debut. Designed by , the striking glass building has been designed for the exploration of “artistic creation in all its forms.”

Located at the Jardin d’Acclimatation in the city’s picturesque Bois de Boulogne area, the building will house a permanent collection made up of works belonging to the collection of Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH.


Fondation Louis Vuitton

It will also host two temporary exhibitions per month, in addition to musical events.

Set to open to the public at the end of this month with an “Inaugural Weekend Event,” the Fondation will host an artistic program to unfold in three stages between October 2014 and July 2015, with each stage including a temporary exhibition and a presentation of the collection.

Louis Vuitton Fondation

The first stage will run through December 2014, featuring an exhibition on the architecture of Frank Gehry for the Fondation Louis Vuitton and the presentation of certain works from the permanent collection, in addition to musical events from Lang Lang and Kraftwerk.

Louis Vuitton Fondation

The Fondation Louis Vuitton will open to the public on October 27 following an Inaugural Weekend from Friday, October 24 to Sunday, October 26. Free tickets for the inaugural weekend are available upon reservation.

More information: www.fondationlouisvuitton.fr/en.html

Louis Vuitton Fondation paris


What Do The Top Watchmakers Think of Apple Watch?

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The Apple Watch looks “too feminine” and its design will not stand the test of time, luxury giant LVMH’s watch guru has told German media.

Jean-Claude Biver, who heads LVMH’s luxury-watch division, said Apple had made some fundamental mistakes designing the Apple Watch.


This watch has no sex appeal. It’s too feminine and looks too much like the smartwatches already on the market,” Biver said in an interview with daily Die Welt.

“To be totally honest, it looks like it was designed by a student in their first trimester,” added Biver who heads up ,  and

Apple Watch

Biver predicted the much-anticipated device, with its square face and curved edges, would soon be outdated.

Luxury always has something timeless, it’s rare and conveys prestige,” he was quoted as saying, adding that the same could not be said for Apple Watch, which is expected to be bought by millions of customers and will likely be beyond repair in a few years’ time.

Biver is not the first watch chief to be dismissive of Apple’s efforts. Swatch CEO Nick Hayek earlier told Swiss media that the world’s biggest watch group was “not nervous” about Apple’s foray into the market.

Apple Watch, which comes in several colours and links to the iPhone, will start at $349 when it is released early next year.

exhibition of counterfeit goods

LVMH, Google unite against fake online luxury goods

 exhibition of counterfeit goods

French luxury products group  and Internet search engine Google have agreed to work together to fight the sale of counterfeit goods online.

The agreement ends nearly 10 years of litigation over complaints by LVMH that the Google Adwords key words service helped counterfeiters sell their products on the back of LVMH brands.


LVMH is a leading group in the growing, global market for luxury products, but faces the mounting problem of copycat products sold at huge discounts.

The companies said in a joint statement that they would work together “to develop new ways of engaging consumers online whilst preserving the value of trusted brands and enhancing creativity…”

They said they would use their considerable resources “to tackle the advertising and sale of counterfeit goods online”.

Google was found guilty in a French court in 2005 of counterfeit activities, unfair competition and providing misleading advertising.

The Internet giant lost an appeal the following year and a superior court then referred the matter to the EU European Court.


In 2010, the European Court of Justice gave a judgement in favour of Google, holding that the search engine did not itself undermine protected brands and trademarks when it allowed them to be used as keywords to trigger the presentation on screen of advertisements.

However, Google could be held responsible once it realised that an advertiser was involved in illicit activities, and if it did not act immediately to withdraw or block the advertiser’s content, the court ruled.

The case was then sent to the Court of Appeal in Paris, but has now been settled by the agreement announced on Thursday.

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Third Cheval Blanc hotel set to open in St. Barts

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

LVMH Hotel Management has announced the reopening on October 15 of Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France. Fully renovated, the legendary property will carry a new name: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France.

The newly renovated hotel, now under the ownership of the prestigious luxury hotel group, will feature 40 suites, bungalows and villas, as well as the Case de l’Isle, a must-visit dining spot for visitors to Saint Barthelemy.

Located in the Baie des Flamands, the re-opened hotel will feature a spa providing exclusive Guerlain treatments with four treatment rooms.


Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France

In the course of 2015-2016, a double treatment room will open for duo treatments. A brand new fitness center will also be available to guests

When it comes to luxury services on offer, clients will be able to spend the day at sea on board a 21-meter long luxury yacht with their personal butler, who can serve as sailor for the duration of the boat ride.


Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Meanwhile a host of details will ensure the experience is unforgettable (lobsters for lunch on the beach, Guerlain treatments on the boat, etc.).

Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France will be Cheval Blanc’s third hotel and will be joining Cheval Blanc Courchevel, which opened in French ski destination Courchevel 1850 in 2006, and Cheval Blanc Randheli, unveiled in the in the Maldives in the fall of 2013.

Le Cheval Blanc Palace

Clos des Lambrays wines now under LVMH brand

clos des lambrays

Luxury group LVMH has announced the purchase of one of the oldest and most prestigious vineyards in Burgundy, the Clos des Lambrays.

With a history that dates back to 1365, the vineyard boasts a colorful past. In 1789, during the French Revolution, the property was sold and divided between 74 owners, but it was reunited in 1868.

In 1981, the vineyard attained the designation of Grand cru. Located near the village of Morey-Saint-Denis, the vineyard, which spans nearly nine hectares, produces Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru, Puligny-Montrachet Premier Cru “Clos du Cailleret” and Premier Cru “Les Folatières” white wines.

The latest LVMH acquisition expands the group’s premium alcohol portfolio, which includes Moët & Chandon, Dom Pérignon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Ruinart, Mercier, Château d’Yquem, Château Cheval Blanc and Hennessy.

clos des lambrays grand cru

Mine All Mine video

Nowness create its first shoppable video

LVMH’s Nowness digital platform has unveiled a new interactive video featuring shoppable pieces from Louis Vuitton, La Perla, Kenzo, Bottega Veneta, Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, and Maison Martin Margiela.

Mine All Mine video

Directed by Tell No One (Luke White and Remi Weekes), who describe it as a “game of tag with clothes,” the short film features five dancers from the Sadler’s Wells ballet company. Choreographed by Paolo Mangiola, they dance around to a minimalist soundtrack, magically swapping their clothes in the air:

“The film doesn’t straightforwardly distinguish between male and female roles: we put one of the male dancers in a women’s look that included a Haider Ackermann dress,” explained stylist Agata Belcen.

Nowness is joining a huge recent trend for interactive videos, which have been produced by brands including Gucci and Juicy Couture and luxury retailers like Neiman Marcus.

Unlike many previous shoppable videos, this one doesn’t get interrupted by your interaction with it: clicking on the clothes as they rush across the screen saves them for later, using the Cinematique tool.

The items are then shoppable via third party e-commerce sites!

LVMH designers

LVMH launches fashion prize

The French luxury giant has announced the creation of the LVMH Young Fashion Designer Prize and enlisted some of the biggest names in the fashion business to judge the prize.

LVMH Fashion prize

LVMH is offering one lucky emerging talent the chance to win €300,000 as well as business advice from a crack team of LVMH executives. The competition is open to both men’s and womenswear designers, but they must be aged under 40, and have presented and sold at least two ready-to-wear collections.

Budding designers can apply online from Thursday and the first winner will be announced in May 2014.

Jury members include eight big-hitting creative directors from the company’s different fashion houses: Nicolas Ghesquière (Louis Vuitton), Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs), Karl Lagerfeld (Fendi), Humberto Leon and Carol Lim (Kenzo), Phoebe Philo (Céline), Raf Simons (Dior) and Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy).

They will be joined by LVMH bigwigs Delphine Arnault, Jean-Paul Claverie (advisor to Bernard Arnault and head of corporate philanthropy for LVMH) and Pierre-Yves Roussel (Chairman and CEO of the LVMH Fashion Group). “As a leader in our industry, we have a responsibility to discover young talents and to help them flourish,” explained Delphine Arnault.

There’s also an additional prize for young fashion graduates. The jury will pick 3 recently-graduated design talents who will win €10,000 and will also get the chance to work within LVMH design teams.

Budding designers still have time to apply online here, with the final entries set to close on February 2.

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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).

J W Anderson

J.W. Anderson teams up with LVMH

JW Anderson

Jonathan Anderson, head of the J.W.Anderson fashion label, has been named creative director at Loewe, replacing fellow Brit Stuart Vevers who left the Spanish label after nearly six years.

The deal will also see Loewe’s owner LVMH take a minority stake in the J.W.Anderson brand. This week the Paris-based luxury conglomerate, which owns Louis Vuitton, Givenchy and Fendi among others, announced that it had also invested in shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood.

“For me, the process that led to this exciting partnership has been a natural one,” he said. LVMH has the resources and expertise in sharp, modern luxury and I believe we can work together to create something new. I am equally thrilled to join the house of Loewe, one of the oldest leather-goods houses in the world, where I have found an exceptional craftsmanship combined with purity and lightness.”

The son of an international rugby star, Anderson first trained as an actor, before finding his way into fashion via the world of stage costume design. At 29 years old he’s already a fashion superstar.

Nicholas Kirkwood

LVMH Buys Nicholas Kirkwood

Nicholas Kirkwood

LVMH has announced a new deal with 33-year-old British footwear designer Nicholas Kirkwood, which sees the French company take a majority stake in the business.

Kirkwood’s distinctive designs are currently available in around 150 luxury stores around the world, including his recently opened Las Vegas flagship, and the young designer described himself as excited and proud to be entering into the venture: “LVMH is home to the most celebrated and revered brands and talents in our industry, and has an implicit understanding of luxury,” he explained.

“We discovered rapidly that we shared the same vision and beliefs,” said LVMH heiress Delphine Arnault, “we want to allow him to further explore the boundaries of his creativity while the brand will benefit from LVMH’s expertise”. So what’s the next step for Kirkwood? All signs point to a handbags and accessories collection.

Earlier this year LVMH also invested in young French ready-to-wear designer Maxime Simoens, part of a bigger trend for talent-spotting in the fashion industry.

In January this year Christopher Kane gained a giant boost when French luxury group Kering purchased 51% of the Scottish designer’s label. The French company then swooped again this month, taking a minority stake in Franco-American womenswear designer Joseph Altuzarra’s namesake label.

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LVMH Acquires St Barth Hotel

Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

The acquisition of high-end establisment Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France on the French Caribbean island of St. Barts by LVMH, confirms the company’s ambitions to become a leading reference in five-star accommodations.Consisting of 39 rooms, suites and villas, the hotel also features two restaurants.

Hotel Saint Barth Isle de France

LVMH Hotel Management, founded in 2009, already owns several hotels under the Cheval Blanc brand (open now or to be opened soon), as well as the White 1921 boutique hotel in Saint-Tropez.

Luxury Hotel Saint-Barth Isle de France

Cheval Blanc Courchevel

Located in France’s picturesque Savoie region, this hotel opened its 34 rooms and suites in 2006. The facilities include two restaurants, enigmatically named White and 1947. The second, featured in the Michelin Guide with two stars, is overseen by the chef Yannick Alléno.

Le Cheval Blanc Palace

Cheval Blanc Randheli in the Maldives

To the north of Malé, LVMH is currently putting the finishing touches on a new Cheval Blanc hotel, scheduled to open in November 2013. The high-end establishment will have no less than 45 private villas. It is worth noting that to get to the hotel, guests have to ride on a seaplane that was designed for Cheval Blanc.

Samaritaine Cheval Blanc

Cheval Blanc Samaritaine in Paris

In late 2014, LVMH is expected to cut the ribbon on the jewel in its Cheval Blanc crown, to be located in the 1933 Art Deco building of the historic Parisian department store La Samaritaine. The five-star hotel will include 80 suites and rooms as well as a well-being center, the Spa Givenchy. The building, which was in dire need of restoration, will be outfitted with a new façade and hanging gardens on the roof.

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Cheval Blanc in the Middle East

As far back as 2010, LVMH Hotel Management announced its plans to enter the Middle Eastern market with two sites: Al Sodah in Oman and Amoun at Aswan, in Egypt. The former hotel will take shape on an 11 square kilometer island, while the second will offer 40 rooms, most with a view of the Nile.

Champagne bar White 1921

White 1921 in Saint Tropez, France

LVMH managed the reopening of this boutique hotel in June 2012. Tucked away in the former Maison Blanche hotel on the coastal town’s animated Place des Lices, this hotel includes 8 rooms decorated in contemporary style. There is also a bar and lounge designed by the archtect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a Mediterranean garden and a champagne cellar.

White 1921 Saint Tropez

LVMH buys Loro Piana for $2.6 Billion


LVMH, the world’s biggest luxury group, on Monday said it had acquired 80 percent of Italian fashion house Loro Piana for 2 billion euros ($2.57 billion).

Founded in 1924 in Quarona, Italy, Loro Piana is one of fashion’s longest and most estabished players, known for luxury knits and furs, and innovative new techniques.

The remaining 20 percent will stay in the hands of the family with brothers Sergio and Pier Luigi Loro Piana continuing to helm the firm.

Alongside their own collections, Loro Piana produces high-end fabrics and knitwear for fashion houses like Brioni and Christophe Lemaire, as well as mid-range retailers like Brooks Brothers.

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Dior: Les Journées Particulières [VIDEO]

Dior les journees particulieres 2013

As part of the LVMH ‘Journées Particulières,’ Dior opened up the brand’s salons at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris to show off the historic artisan techniques that go into their products. This short film explores some of the action in the haute couture, shoemaking and leatherworking ateliers.

Sephora flagship Shanghai

Sephora opens Shanghai flagship

Sephora flagship Shanghai

Cosmetics chain Sephora has opened a beauty mega-boutique in Shanghai featuring 7,000 products over five floors. It is located at the junction of Nanjing West Road and Maoming Road.

Sephora has been present in China since 2005 and has expanded to 133 locations in 47 towns and cities in the country. This latest store is the largest in the country with 1,500 m² of shopping space, featuring 118 different brands, of which 17 are Asian.

Chinese cosmetics are skincare driven, and the first two floors of the new store are devoted to cosmetics, haircare, skincare and fragrance.

The third floor features a Sephora academy, which aims to train up a team of ‘beauty experts’ to be deployed in-store.

Founded in Paris, France, in 1970, Sephora is now owed by luxury giant LVMH. It has grown into a global beauty brand with nearly 900 stores in Europe (including Russia), 700 in the North and South Americas, 144 in Asia, and 24 in the Middle East.

island of Randheli

LVMH to open Maldives resort in 2013

island of Randheli

Luxury giant Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy LVMH will open a resort hotel in the Maldives in 2013. The resort will consist of 46 luxury villas and the property is currently under construction on the island of Randheli in Noonu Atoll.

“Maldives has (also) become the birthplace of tourism innovation,” Maleeh Jamal, deputy minister of tourism, arts and culture told the e-daily.
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