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Montblanc Urban Spirit: Leather Accessories

German luxury brand Montblanc is best known for its sophisticated writing instruments and fine Swiss-made timepieces but we have always liked its leather accessories! In the new Montblanc Urban Spirit Collection, the brand aims to bring these leather accessories to the forefront with its innovative functionality. Perfect for the modern traveler, the designs can swiftly move from night to day.

Sleek and versatile, the 22 pieces in the collection are thoughtfully crafted to cater to the needs of the user. From business to pleasure, the accessories come in various sizes that boast reliability and security. The latest collection is fitted with a special lining called the Montblanc Shield. The lining is fitted in the internal pockets of the small leather goods and the internal zipped pocket of the larger leather goods.Montblanc-Urban-Spirit-Collection-Leather-Accessories-Article

The purpose of the material is a real technical one, to prevent the tampering and copying of personal data found in the chips of credit cards and passports. Made of soft, supple Italian leather the collection is a chance for the brand to showcase the craftsmanship that it has nurtured at Montblanc Palletteria in Florence; yes the leather goods are the work of craftspeople in Florence, as we learned ourselves first-hand at a presentation in Singapore.

The century-old Florentine traditions come to life in the Double Gusset Briefcase that is fitted with the signature Montblanc closure system. Along with the roomy compartments, the briefcase comes with a practical satellite system that allows it to be hung on trolleys.

The multi-functional aspect of the designs come into play with the Tote Bag, thanks to its cufflink closure which sees the bag go from an workbag to a small duffle in minutes. For wallets, the Montblanc Urban Spirit Collection has brought out external pockets that provide easy access to frequently used cards.

Wearable Innovation: 132.5 Issey Miyake Tote

When the objects we use every day and the surroundings we live in have become in themselves a work of art, then we shall be able to say that we have achieved a balanced life. Bruno Munari, Design as Art (1971)

The Japanese craft of origami reimagines a single sheet of paper in countless ways as a plethora of different shapes. It exploits the primordial, uniquely human ability to imagine one thing as something else. If even a bird can see a twig being repurposed as a component of a nest, surely we can visualize it as a piece of furniture, fuel for fire, decoration and, of course, paper. But in a world that constantly churns out the new, what does it mean to be imaginative?

Over the past 45 years, Issey Miyake has become synonymous with innovation. Some inventions, we’re familiar with: revolutionary pleating techniques gave birth to Pleats Please, a line that supposedly compliments every body type. Their A-POC line similarly holds the philosophy that a single piece of cloth can be fully utilized and sensitive to the body, and decrease wastage as a result. Even their campaigns were one of the first to encourage race equality in fashion. In a nutshell, the design house is fueled by razor-sharp vision.

Thus it is only appropriate to select this star-shaped tote as this month’s object – a symbol of mankind’s quest to reinvent. Inspired by the work of computer engineer Jun Mitani, the developers of Issey Miyake’s Reality Lab designed special computer software for the creation of 132.5 Issey Miyake. The numbers are significant: one item, a three-dimensional form that is derived from two-dimensional shapes, which, the brand declares, propels the design into the fifth dimension when it is carried.

Without a doubt, Issey Miyake has plotted a thought-provoking map of shapes. The celestial 132.5 might not solve life’s existentialist conundrums, but it sure is a testament to how technology can lead to new, exciting possibilities.

This article was originally published in L’Officiel.

Emirates shopping bags

Emirates recycles billboard posters into shopping bags

Emirates shopping bags

What happens to advertising banners once they’re removed from the billboards? In the case of the airline , they’re turned into shopping bags, in one of the latest innovative recycling projects by a carrier.

The company recently took one of its 208 square meter PVC posters from a billboard at Zurich Airport and transformed it into over 300 reusable totes.

The image, a giant photo of an Emirates Cabin Crew member, was repurposed into a limited edition line of “upcycled” bags by 10 workers at Feinschliff, a Swiss company that supports long-term unemployed people returning to the labor market.

Each bag took 27 minutes to fabricate, with a process involving cutting and washing the poster and stitching on the 13 straps.

The lightweight accessories were then imprinted with the company’s ‘Where will you be tomorrow’ tagline and handed out during an open air cinema screening in Zurich, in a clever recycling of the original advertising campaign.

Emirates actively promotes recycling across its business, whether it is used newspapers left behind in aircraft cabins or obsolete electrical equipment no longer needed in its offices.

Between 2010 and 2013, Emirates ‘ Engineering department alone recovered and recycled over 432 tonnes of materials from Boeing 777 cabin interiors.

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

Fendi baguette bags

The Fendi Baguette book

Fendi baguette bags

Italian fashion house Fendi is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its legendary Baguette handbag with a book called Fendi Baguette ($125).

Published by Rizzoli, the new book features 250 pages dedicated to the small, rectangular handbag that Silvia Venturini Fendi conceived back in 1997.

It is being billed as the catalogue raisonne for the Baguette, a comprehensive and exhaustive reference for all things Baguette.
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Hermes Most Expensive Handbag

Hermes Makes $1.9 Million Gold Handbags

Hermes Most Expensive Handbag

Hermes, which already produces the world’s most expensive functional handbags, the Kelly and the Birkin, has unveiled four new designs, each priced at $1.9 Million.

The miniature totes, which are crafted from gold and studded with thousands of precious stones, double up as high jewellery.

Significantly smaller than the popular leather versions, they are designed to be worn as a bracelet, with the handbag strap resting on the wrist.
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richard nicoll vodaphone handbag

Richard Nicoll mobile phone-charging handbag

richard nicoll vodaphone handbag

One of the most talked about pieces from the ongoing London Fashion Week is a Richard Nicoll handbag that can power a cell phone.

Nicoll unveiled the elegant white tote — which was designed in collaboration with phone company Vodafone — at his presentation February 19.

Designed to charge Blackberries, iPhones and androids while on the move, The Telegraph reports that the final product will go on sale this Spring.
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longchamp mary katrantzou handbag

Mary Katrantzou for Longchamp

longchamp mary katrantzou handbag

Rising London-based designer Mary Katrantzou has collaborated with French label Longchamp for a collection of Eastern-influenced handbags.

Designed with the vision “When East meets West”, the line continues Katrantzou’s signature patterned aesthetic, and includes an array of totes adorned in Eastern-inspired motifs such as orchids and paper lanterns.

With a pre-exclusive launch scheduled January 23, the line will be available at Parisian boutique Colette, whose e-commerce site offers international shipping.
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Coach Year of the Dragon Accessories

Coach rolls out the ‘Year of the Dragon Collection’

Coach Year of the Dragon Accessories

In celebration of the Year of the Dragon, Coach has collaborated with Chinese artist Zhang Lan to put his stamp on a collection of exclusive items.

Mr. Lan’s dragon illustration, in the traditional style of ink painting, adorns Coach’s iconic tote shape, as well as an assortment of matching small leather goods.

The gold design pops against a backdrop of the brand’s Signature pattern in mahogany.
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milan station luxury handbags

Old luxury handbags get new life in Hong Kong

milan station luxury handbags

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.
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gucci made in italy summer 2011

Made In Italy By Gucci – Summer 2011

gucci made in italy summer 2011

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.
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YSL Manifesto SS11 tote

YSL’s Manifesto Spring/Summer 2011

YSL Manifesto SS11 tote

Yves Saint Laurent will be launching its much-awaited Spring/Summer 2011 Manifesto on 5 March.

The publication will be released in major cities including London, Paris, New York, Milan, Tokyo, Hong Kong and, for the first time, Los Angeles.

‘La Manifesto’ features images starring face of YSL‘s S/S ’11 campaign, Arizona Muse, which has been photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
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Design your own Longchamp bag via Facebook

Longchamp has unveiled a new Facebook application that allows users to customize and share their own version of its iconic Le Pliage totebag.

Once exclusively available on Longchamp’s website, Facebook users who “like” the Parisian brand can now create their own bags without leaving Facebook.

The easy, four-step process asks shoppers to chose the model and size of their Le Pliage, customize them with longer straps or short handles, and select colors to produce a one-of-a-kind creation that they can share with their friends.
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YSL to Distribute Manifesto in a Strawberry Tote


The Yves Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2010 Manifesto will make an exclusive debut in the streets of New York on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.

This Manifesto – the sixth edition features Natalia Vodianova photographed by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Over half a million copies of the Manifesto will be distributed on the streets of London, Paris, Milan, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and, for the first time, Berlin.
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